Art Gallery of Alberta

36 artists from 9 Alberta communities; the AGA announces the artists to be featured in the 2013 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art

For Immediate Release
June 29, 2012 

Edmonton, AB (June 29/12) – The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is pleased to announce the names of the artists who have been selected for inclusion in the 2013 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art, to be presented January 26-May 5, 2013.

The artists are: Trevor Anderson, Edmonton; Kyle Armstrong, Edmonton; Noel Bégin, Calgary; Elisabeth Belliveau, Grande Prairie; Richard Brown, Calgary; Eric Cameron, Calgary; Bruno Canadien, Black Diamond; Sherri Chaba, Edmonton; Chris Cran, Calgary; Alysha Creighton, Edmonton; Dave and Jenn, Calgary; Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby, Calgary; Mackenzie Frère, Calgary; Sarah Fuller, Banff; Jason de Haan and Miruna Dragan, Calgary; Faye HeavyShield, Standoff; Terrance Houle, Calgary; Gary James Joynes, Edmonton; Kristopher Karklin, Fort McMurray; Emily Luce, Lethbridge; Eric Moschopedis and Mia Rushton, Calgary; Robyn Moody, Calgary; Pamela Norrish, Calgary; Gabrielle Paré, Edmonton; Laura St. Pierre, Grande Prairie; Jewel
Shaw, Red Deer; Taras Polataiko, Lethbridge; Larissa Tiggelers, Calgary; Laura Vickerson, Calgary; Jennifer Wanner, Calgary; Donna White, Calgary and Maria Whiteman, Edmonton.

Entitled The News from Here: The 2013 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art will explore the theme of post-regionalism in the context of Alberta art. According to guest-curator Nancy Tousley, Alberta artists, working in the second decade of the 21st century, are forming their identities around the places they choose to live, work and travel—the idea of a single, dominant centre is no longer applicable as it is distant and divorced from their daily lives. They are now, more than ever, aware of the larger art world in which they participate. In this exhibition, the physical, societal and cultural geography of Alberta is felt in the works of art, both in the foreground and background of imagery, subject matter, content and critical issues.  Rather than a defensive regionalism, one finds in their work an acceptance and consideration of place.

The News from Here: The 2013 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art is curated by Alberta-based writer, critic and curator Nancy Tousley. Tousley reviewed over 200 portfolios and conducted 60 studio visits before selecting these 36 artists. The Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art brings national attention to Alberta’s art scene and promotes the province’s artists. Since its inception in 1996, the Alberta Biennial has featured the work of over 130 Alberta contemporary artists.

The News from Here: The 2013 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art is presented at the Art Gallery of Alberta by ATB Financial from January 26-May 5, 2013.

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ABOUT THE CURATOR

Nancy Tousley is an award-winning senior art critic, arts journalist and independent curator. In March, she was awarded the 2011 Governor General’s Award for Visual and Media Arts for outstanding contribution. She is currently Critic-in-Residence at the Alberta College of Art & Design. Tousley was art critic of the Calgary Herald for more than 30 years and has been a contributing editor to Canadian Art magazine since 1986. Her writing has appeared in magazines such as Artscanada, Vanguard, Parachute, Border Crossings and Canadian Art since the early 1970s, as well as more than 30 public art gallery and museum catalogues. Tousley is also an accomplished curator, having organized exhibitions for the Brooklyn Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, Glenbow Museum and Art Gallery of York University, among others. Tousley has been recognized with many prestigious awards including the Board of Governors of the Alberta College of Art and Design’s Award of Excellence (1997), the Ontario Association of Art Galleries award for best curatorial writing on contemporary art (1999 and 2001), the Canadian Museums Association’s award for outstanding achievement in arts journalism (2002) and the medal of the Royal Canadian Academy of Art (2009). 

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 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 Edmonton Arts Council, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Canada Council for the Arts and our Members.

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