The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is thrilled to see many of the Canadian artists we have worked with receiving recognition recently through a variety of nominations and awards. These artists have shown their work in past exhibitions, are currently featured at the AGA, and will be featured in upcoming summer shows.
Brenda Draney, who was included in the AGA’s 90X90: Celebrating Art in Alberta exhibition in early 2015 and BRENDA DRANEY: Suspend in our RBC New Works Gallery in early 2014, was recently shortlisted for the 2016 Sobey Art Award. This prestigious prize is a national award given out by the Sobey Art Foundation and Draney is representing the Prairies and North region. Draney was raised in Slave Lake, AB and currently resides in Edmonton. Draney was also part of the 2015 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art.
The 2016 University of Alberta (U of A) Alumni Association’s Alumni Horizon Award recipient Duane Linklater currently has his work on view in Duane Linklater/Tanya Lukin Linklater: A Parallel Excavation. Duane graduated with a BA in Native Studies from the U of A in 2003 and completed his BFA there in 2005.
Linklater was also chosen, along with five other First Nations artists, to place his work at Edmonton’s first Indigenous Art Park (opening in 2018) and he received a Be3Dimensional Innovation Fund Grant to support his research and work in 3D printing technology.
Jason de Haan
Upcoming, from July 22 to November 13, the AGA will feature Jason de Haan: Grey to Pink. De Haan was selected as one of ten recipients of this year’s Alberta Lieutenant Governor Emerging Artist Awards. These awards celebrate Alberta’s rich cultural fabric by honouring our most accomplished artists and supporting professional artists in the early stages of their careers. De Haan was also involved in the 2013 Alberta Biennial and short-listed for the Sobey Art Award in 2012.
The AGA congratulates all of these dedicated artists, who put endless work into their craft, on their accomplishments.