Art Gallery of Alberta

Three-time Emmy award winner and underground comic star to speak at the Art Gallery of Alberta

Three-time Emmy award winner and underground comic star to speak at the Art Gallery of Alberta

Exclusive talk by Pee-Wee’s Playhouse set designer presented as part of Animation Week at the AGA

Monday, July 5, 2010

Edmonton, AB – The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is proud to present an artist talk with renowned illustrator, painter, designer and comic world legend Gary Panter on Thursday, July 8 at 7 pm.

New York-based Panter has won three Emmy awards for his work designing the sets and puppets for the 1980s classic TV show Pee-Wee’s Playhouse. Panter has completed record covers for the likes of The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and created the popular comic Jimbo, a post-nuclear punk-rock cartoon character. In 1980, Panter published “The Rozz-Tox Manifesto“, a highly influential document that directed his generation to infiltrate the mainstream with underground ideas and culture.

Panter has been credited with successfully breaking down “the barrier that separates “trash” from “art” and transform[ing] underground comix into a viable art form.” In 2006-2007, Panter was a featured artist in the touring exhibition, Masters of American Comics.

The talk is free for AGA Members and $10 for the general public. Tickets are available on the AGA’s website:

The Gary Panter artist talk is presented as part of Animation Week at the AGA, running July 6-11, 2010. This week of animation-focused programming is presented alongside the recently opened exhibition The Art of Warner Bros. Cartoons, and will feature free film screenings, an animation workshop an animation-themed All Day Sunday and Refinery, a late night art party.


Free screenings of classic Warner Bros. films, such as The Golden Age of Looney Tunes and Road Runner versus Wile E. Coyote will be offered at 7 pm in the AGA’s Ledcor Theatre on July 6, 7 and 9.


The Absolute Magnitude Workshop will be offered on July 10 at 2-5 pm. This animation workshop is lead by the local talent, Robert Burke Richardson and Kuen Tang, behind the Warner Bros. published comic book, Absolute Magnitude. Admission to this workshop is $10 for AGA Members and $15 for the regular public; registration is through the AGA’s website. Also on July 10, from 8 pm-2 am, the AGA presents the Warner Bros. inspired Refinery party featuring performances and projects by local artists. Refinery tickets are $45 and available on the AGA’s website.

On July 11, from noon-4 pm, the AGA presents All Day Sunday: Animated AGA. This day of family-focused programming features a special appearance by The Edmonton Street Performers Festival, along with musical performances. Participants of all ages can learn to cartoon and create balloon animals with local artists. All Day Sunday is free with admission.

For more information about Animation Week at the AGA, and for event tickets and registration, please visit


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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 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 resto lounge; Shop AGA; Ledcor Theatre and an Art Rental and Sales Gallery.

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 who have made the AGA’s New Vision possible, as well as the ongoing support of the City of Edmonton, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Canada Council for the Arts and our Members.