Art Gallery of Alberta

AGA Executive Director accepts position with Canadian Museum for Human Rights as Vice-President of Museum Practice

For Immediate Release
November 10, 2011

EDMONTON, ABArt Gallery of Alberta (AGA), Executive Director, Gilles Hébert announced his resignation from the AGA effective December 31, 2011 and acceptance of the senior executive position of Vice-President of Museum Practice with Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) in Winnipeg. In his new role, Hébert will focus on programming of international significance and provide future direction in what will be one of Canada’s most dynamic institutions.

“It has been a tremendous honour to work alongside a terrific staff, and our members, donors, sponsors, community partners, government and the AGA Board of Directors during the last two years to establish a gallery of world-class distinction here in this great city and province.  As a community we can be proud of the AGA as a centre of excellence for the visual arts in Western Canada,” says Hébert.

Hébert joined the AGA in late 2009, just three months before the opening of the iconic new gallery building, designed by renowned Los-Angeles-based Randall Stout Architects Inc.   

“Gilles undertook the task of implementing the new vision for the AGA as a gathering place to connect people, art and ideas through the development and presentation of original exhibitions of contemporary and historical art from Alberta, Canada and around the world.  Since 2010 innovative exhibitions and programming have generated record attendance, increased membership and an international profile for the AGA,” says Board of Directors Chair, Barry Zalmanowitz, Q.C.

“We know that this is a wonderful opportunity for Gilles and are sorry to see him depart.  We appreciate the significant and pivotal role he played during such a crucial period in our history; we recognize the instrumental relationships he helped establish that will continue to position the AGA as a pre-eminent institution of international stature.”

“On behalf of the AGA Board of Directors and Gallery staff, we extend our very best wishes to Gilles as he moves forward with this new endeavor.”

On November 21, the AGA will announce its early 2012 schedule.  Guided by the AGA Board of Directors and Senior Management team, including Deputy Director/Chief Curator, Catherine Crowston the Gallery promises an unforgettable season of exhibitions and programming for Edmontonians, Albertans, and visitors from around the world.

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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Media Contacts:

Barry Zalmanowitz, Q.C., Board of Directors Chair, AGA
T: (780) 423-7344 E: barry.zalmanowitz@fmc-law.com

Gilles Hébert, Executive Director, AGA
T: (780) 392-2460 E: gilles.hebert@youraga.ca

Alison Bulloch, Media Relations & Communications Coordinator
T: (780) 392-2468 E: alison.bulloch@youraga.ca