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Edmonton, AB (September 14/12) – The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is very pleased to announce that Capital Power will continue its support of The National Gallery of Canada at the Art Gallery of Alberta program through the Capital Powered Art initiative for the next three (3) years. Capital Power has supported this initiative since its inception in 2010, which has enabled the AGA to feature the work of artists such as M.C. Escher, Francisco Goya and Pablo Picasso, among others.
“Capital Powered Art demonstrates our commitment to the arts in Edmonton and to bringing world-class art to all Albertans,” says Capital Power President and CEO, Brian Vaasjo. “We are pleased to renew our three-year partnership with the Art Gallery of Alberta and to introduce a new art acquisition program.”
As an enhancement to the Capital Powered Art program, Capital Power is introducing a new initiative starting this fall, the Capital Powered Art Acquisition Program. This new program provides the opportunity for art lovers, enthusiasts and visitors to help the Art Gallery of Alberta build its own permanent collection. Each year, people will be able to donate funds for an art acquisition, which Capital Power will match with a donation of up to $25,000 for the purchase of works of art by living Alberta and Canadian artists.
“Capital Power’s ongoing and expanded commitment to the AGA provides us with the support we need to present a vital program of contemporary and old masters exhibitions and also now to build our collection for the future, “ says Catherine Crowston, Executive Director/Chief Curator of the Art Gallery of Alberta. “It is an investment in the cultural life of Edmonton and Alberta, but also makes a significant contribution to building the legacy of our country’s creativity.”
This fall, there are two Capital Powered Art sponsored exhibitions at the AGA: Misled by Nature: Contemporary Art and the Baroque (September 15) and Beautiful Monsters: Beasts and Fantastic Creature in Early European Prints (October 13).
For more information or to coordinate interviews with Catherine Crowston (Executive Director/Chief Curator, AGA) or Brian Vaasjo (President & CEO, Capital Power), please contact:
For Catherine Crowston:
Kimberly Van Nieuvenhuyse, Communications Specialist, Art Gallery of Alberta
T: 780.392.2468 E: Kimberly.VanNieuvenhuyse@youraga.ca
For Brian Vaasjo:
Michael Sheehan, Media Relations Manager, Capital Power
T: 780.392.5222 E: MSheehan@capitalpower.com
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 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.
ABOUT CAPITAL POWER
Capital Power (TSX: CPX) is a growth-oriented North American power producer headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta. The company develops, acquires, operates and optimizes power generation from a variety of energy sources. Capital Power owns more than 3,300 megawatts of power generation capacity at 16 facilities across North America. An additional 487 megawatts of owned wind generation capacity is under construction or in advanced development in British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario.
ABOUT NATIONAL GALLERY OF CANADA
The National Gallery of Canada is home to the most important collections of historical and contemporary Canadian art in the world. In addition, it has pre-eminent collections of Indigenous, Western and European Art from the 14th to the 21st century, American and Asian Art as well as drawings and photography. Created in 1880, it is among the oldest of Canada’s national, cultural institutions. As part of its mandate to make Canadian art accessible across the country, the NGC has one of the largest touring exhibition programs in the world. For more information, visit www.gallery.ca.