Art Gallery of Alberta

AGA Board of Directors appoints Catherine Crowston Executive Director of the Art Gallery of Alberta

For Immediate Release
June 25, 2012

EDMONTON, AB – Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) Board Chair, Barry Zalmanowitz announced today, that after six months as Acting Executive Director, Catherine Crowston has been appointed Executive Director of the AGA, effective July 1, 2012.

“For more than a decade, Catherine has been the driving force behind the outstanding exhibitions and programs presented at the AGA,” Zalmanowitz comments.  “She is one of the most respected curators in Canada, has excellent business skills and is a strong leader.  These qualities make Catherine the perfect choice to guide the AGA forward. In her time at the AGA, Catherine has worked with the Board to build relationships with key partners locally, nationally and internationally, and has made the AGA a centre of excellence for the visual arts in Western Canada.  Catherine will maintain her role as AGA Chief Curator and AGA visitors can continue to expect the highest standard of programming under Catherine’s direction with her commitment to positioning the AGA as Alberta’s must-see attraction and a museum of international significance.”

Crowston joined the AGA in 1997 as Senior Curator, and was made Deputy Director / Chief Curator in 2006.  Crowston also currently serves as Vice-Chair of the City of Edmonton Public Art Committee and is a member of the University of Alberta’s Festival of Ideas Advisory Board.

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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. 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 restaurant; 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.

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Shaun Peters, Acting Senior Manager, Marketing & Communications, Art Gallery of Alberta
T: 780.392.2466 C: 780.819.2297 E: shaun.peters@youraga.ca