Art Gallery of Alberta

Now open! New Manning Hall installation invites viewers to play at your AGA.

August 19, 2013

Now open! New Manning Hall installation invites viewers to play at your AGA.

The Art Gallery of Alberta’s (AGA) Manning Hall has been transformed into a giant word search puzzle by Lethbridge-based artist Megan Morman,. Now You See It, the AGA’s latest commission for the Gallery’s main level public space, is now on view; admission is free.

The AGA will host Megan Morman in Conversation the Artist on Sunday, September 15 at 2 pm. This informal and engaging talk between Morman and AGA Curator Kristy Trinier is free for AGA Members or free with paid admission.

Designed to be an interactive game, Now You See It also celebrates numerous artists whose work is in the AGA’s permanent collection, as it is their names that are hidden in the puzzle. The AGA’s collection consists of almost 6,000 art works, in all media, by Canadian and international artists including A.Y. Jackson, Tom Thomson, Anthony Caro and Edward Burtynsky.

Viewers are encouraged to become active participants as they try to solve the word search puzzle to discover all 280 names. Visitors can take away a paper version of the word search to fill out; an answer key is available at AGA Member and Guests Services. For Morman, play is an integral part of the work as it encourages participation and social exchange that is fundamental to how art and ideas circulate in the world.

Initiated in the fall of 2011, the Manning Hall commission series provides a unique opportunity for the AGA to support the creation and exhibition of new, site-specific works by Alberta artists. Previous commissions were Dara Humniski: MASS (2011) and MARK CLINTBERG: Behind this lies my true desire for you (2012).

The Art Gallery of Alberta’s Ernest C. Manning Hall is a multi-use, large-scale space for public and private events and programs. Manning Hall is open to the public and can be accessed without paid admission. Please note, Manning Hall is one of the AGA’s rental spaces. Due to booked events, the artwork on display in this space may be unavailable for viewing. Please call ahead to confirm this exhibition is open to the public.

For media information or for interviews please contact:

Kimberly Van Nieuvenhuyse, Communications Specialist
T: 780.392.2468 E:

Public Programs and Events


Public Programs

Conversation with the Artist: Megan Morman with Kristy Trinier
Sunday, September 15, 2 pm
Free with Gallery admission

BYOP: Game Night
Wednesday, October 16, 5-9 pm
Free with Gallery admission

BMO All Day Sunday: Games Day
Sunday, December 15, 12-4 pm
Free with Gallery admission


Members Opening Reception
Friday, September 13, 7:30 pm
AGA Members and VIPs Only

Megan Morman’s practice wrestles with questions of belonging, artistic socialization and “recognition by one’s peers”; she’s particularly interested the ways that membership in professional communities is established through storytelling, gossip and insinuation. Her text-based work uses humour, games and the visual vocabulary of childhood to animate people, places and ideas.

Morman’s visual and performative work has shown across Canada at artist-run galleries and festivals including ARTSPACE, Neutral Ground, Gallery 101, Open Space and Mountain Standard Time. Since graduating from the University of Saskatchewan, she has worked in design and communications with arts and queer cultural organizations. Born in Minnesota, Morman is currently based in Lethbridge, Alberta.

The Art Gallery of Alberta is a centre of excellence for the visual arts in Western Canada, connecting people, art and ideas. The AGA is focused on the development and presentation of original exhibitions of contemporary and historical art from Alberta, Canada and around the world. The AGA also offers a full-range of art education and public programs. Founded in 1924, the Art Gallery of Alberta maintains a collection of more than 6,000 objects and is the oldest cultural institution in Alberta. It is the only museum in the province solely dedicated to the exhibition and preservation of art and visual culture.

The Art Gallery of Alberta is a not-for-profit organization that relies on the support of its Members, donors, sponsors and government. The AGA is grateful for the generous support of the many public and private donors and sponsors, as well as the ongoing support of the City of Edmonton, the Edmonton Arts Council, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Canada Council for the Arts and our Members.