Art Gallery of Alberta

New exhibition focuses on women artists of a pioneering generation, who contributed to Alberta’s cultural roots and the formation of a vibrant and decidedly modern visual arts community in the province

For Immediate Release
March 29, 2012 

EDMONTON, AB – The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is pleased to present Alberta Mistressesof the Modern: 1935-1975, March 10 – June 3, 2012.

Focusing on the work of ten women artists, all born by the end of 1918, Alberta Mistresses of the Modern: 1935-1975 shines new light on the establishment of modernism in the province.  Working largely in Edmonton and Calgary, the work of these artists reveals the important role women played in the development of modernism, particularly early forms of abstraction, in Alberta. While the artists represented in Alberta Mistresses of the Modern: 1935-1975 were largely painters (oil, watercolour & later acrylic) and/or printmakers (linocuts, woodcuts, etching, silkscreen & clay prints), the exhibition also includes ceramics.

Guest-curated for the AGA by Mary-Beth Laviolette, Alberta Mistresses of the Modern features over 80 works on loan from more than 15 different private and public collections, including: Art Gallery of Alberta, National Gallery of Canada, Glenbow Museum, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Nickle Arts Museum, University of Alberta Art Collection, University of Calgary Archives and Special Collections, Buchanan Collection, Lethbridge College and Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

Alberta Mistresses of the Modern is presented with the support of ATB Financial as part of the ATB Alberta Masters exhibition series.

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For media information, images or interview requests please contact:

Shaun Peters, Senior Manager, Marketing & Communications
(tel.) 780.392.2466

Janis Galloway, Marketing & Communications Coordinator
(tel.) 780.392.2467


Friday, March 9, 1 pm, Art Gallery of Alberta

  • Art Gallery of Alberta: Catherine Crowston, Acting Executive Director / Chief Curator
  • Guest Curator: Mary-Beth Laviolette
  • Exclusive Media Preview with access to Alberta Mistresses of the Modern: 1935-1975

Please RSVP to:

Shaun Peters, Senior Manager, Marketing & Communications, (tel.) 780.392.2466