Art Gallery of Alberta

The Art Gallery of Alberta is pleased to present a new exhibition entitled Art School: Banff 1947

Banff School of Fine Arts summer program (1947) brought together a diverse mix of artists, who influenced one another and shaped artistic practices in this province and throughout the country

For Immediate Release
March 2, 2012 

EDMONTON, AB – The Art Gallery of Alberta is pleased to present a new exhibition entitled Art School: Banff 1947, March 10 – June 3, 2012.

The starting point of this exhibition is a photograph from 1947 by Bill Gibbons of the faculty of the Banff School of Fine Arts, a summer program that had been established by the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Extension. The program brought in adult students from across the country to study with established artists from different disciplines. The visual arts program began with A.C. Leighton and H.G. Glyde, and then expanded to bring in other Prairie-based educators such as Walter J. Phillips and Marion Nicoll. Soon, the school’s faculty expanded to include out-of-province artists such as the Toronto’s A.Y. Jackson, Vancouver’s J.W.G. Macdonald and Kingston’s André Biéler.

The 1947 photograph is a fascinating image of artist networks at play and the spheres of influence that were created. While these artists would shape the practice of their students, they would also impact each other’s production.

This exhibition showcases works produced by these artists during this period of time. These works will be contextualized by photographs, archival documents and film footage from the period.

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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

Exclusive MEDIA PREVIEW of Art School: Banff 1947

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

  • Art Gallery of Alberta: Catherine Crowston, Acting Executive Director / Chief Curator
  • Art Gallery of Alberta, Ruth Burns, Associate Curator and Interpretive Programs Manager
  • Media preview of Art School: Banff 1947 exhibition 

Please RSVP by contacting:
Shaun Peters, Senior Manager, Marketing & Communications
(tel.) 780.392.2466