Art Gallery of Alberta

Winning Manning Hall commission invites AGA visitors to play along

Winning Manning Hall commission invites AGA visitors to play along

For Immediate Release
March 21, 2013

EDMONTON, AB (March 21/13) – The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is pleased to announce that Lethbridge-based artist Megan Morman has been awarded the 2013 commission for the Art Gallery of Alberta’s Ernest C. Manning Hall. Morman will create a new, temporary installation for the AGA’s main floor space. The work will be on view to the public starting September 13, 2013. Admission to the AGA’s Manning Hall is free.

Morman’s installation for Manning Hall is comprised of a large-scale word search puzzle featuring the names of artists in the AGA’s permanent collection. The six-foot tall puzzle will wrap around the Manning Hall space, inviting AGA Members and visitors to play and participate in artwork. The AGA’s collection consists of almost 6,000 art objects, in all media, by Canadian and international artists including A.Y. Jackson, Tom Thomson, Anthony Caro and Edward Burtynsky.

Megan Morman currently lives in Lethbridge, Alberta. Her work frequently incorporates humour, irony and active audience engagement. She is particularly interested in cultural communities and the ways that group membership is established through storytelling, gossip and play. Morman completed degrees in Sociology and in Gender Studies, with a focus on critical theory and community development, from the University of Saskatchewan.

On September 24, 2012, the AGA announced a one-stage competition open to Alberta artists for the creation of a temporary installation in the Gallery’s Ernest C. Manning Hall. A jury appointed by the AGA selected the winning proposal. This is the third project in the Manning Hall commission series, which was initiated in 2011. 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; however, this space may not be available for viewing during certain special events.

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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 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.

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