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May 17, 2011
EDMONTON, AB – In anticipation of the upcoming Refinery Factory Party, the Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is launching the Superstars Wanted contest. Fans of the AGA’s Facebook page that are 18 years or older can enter to become the AGA’s Refinery Superstar for the night by submitting a photo of them based on Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests. The entry with the most votes (‘likes’) will receive four tickets and a limo ride to the party, where he or she will be recognized as the Refinery Superstar. Full details can be found at youraga.ca/superstars.
Taking place on Saturday, June 4 from 9 pm-2 am, the AGA’s Refinery Factory Party is a late night art event inspired by the upcoming exhibition ANDY WARHOL: Manufactured. Tickets for the party are available online at youraga.ca to the general public for $25 beginning on May 16, 2011. They have been available since May 2 to AGA Members for $20 and Ultra Members for $10. Tickets are already 70% sold.
The party will entertain guests with a variety of artist projects including a Time Capsule Project with Sarah Patterson, a ”Silkscreen Factory” with local artist-run centre SNAP, Super 8 video portraits by Zachary Ayotte, and an inventory of Refinery guests following the formula of Warhol’s Screen Tests. DJs Blue Jay and Travy D will spin sounds of the 60s and more, while snacks by Zinc Catering, along with cash bars will be available throughout the Gallery.
Each party in the AGA’s Refinery series is themed around a different AGA exhibition and includes a new mix of Alberta-based talent. The past two events have hosted sell-out crowds of 800.This is the second Refinery party of 2011.
ANDY WARHOL: Manufactured opens at the AGA on Saturday, May 28, 2011. This major exhibition features the work of one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. It offers a unique look at his artistic range and complexity as an individual, as demonstrated through his work. This exhibition explores Warhol’s interest in American consumer culture, mass production and invented personas, and includes works spanning each decade of the artist’s career. ANDY WARHOL: Manufactured takes you beyond the surface, beyond the commercial and into the world that Warhol so carefully manufactured.
Refinery Factory Party
Saturday, June 4, 9 pm – 2 am
Art Gallery of Alberta
$25 Non-Members / $20 AGA Members
Must be 18+ to attend
Contest Opens: May 12, 2011
Voting: May 12-29, 2011
Contest Closes: May 29, 2011 at midnight
Winner Announced: Monday, May 30, 2011
There will be one contest winner, announced through an AGA Facebook status update on May 30, 2011. The winner will receive:
FOUR complimentary tickets to Refinery: Factory Party
A limousine ride to the Factory Party
Any Facebook Fan of the AGA can submit a photo to the Superstars Wanted event. The winner will be determined by having the most votes (‘likes’). Limit one submission per person. Submissions made after May 29, 2011 at midnight will be disqualified.
Visit youraga.ca/superstars for more information.
ABOUT THE ART GALLERY OF 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 and the only museum in the province solely dedicated to the exhibition and preservation of art and visual culture. The AGA recently underwent a major re-building project. Designed by Los Angeles architect Randall Stout, the 85,000 sq foot (7,900 sq metres) new AGA opened to the public on January 31, 2010. The new Gallery features three floors of premiere exhibition space; the City of Edmonton Terrace; the Singhmar Centre for Art Education; Zinc Restaurant; Shop AGA; Ledcor Theatre and an Art Rental and Sales Gallery.
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