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The Art Gallery of Alberta respectfully acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 Territory, the traditional land of diverse Indigenous peoples including the Cree, Nitsitapi / Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Iroquois, Dene, Ojibway/ Saulteaux/Anishinaabe. We also acknowledge all of the Indigenous, Inuit and Métis peoples who make Alberta their home today.

Morgan Melenka

Morgan Melenka's studio, courtesy the artist.

Morgan Melenka's studio, courtesy the artist.

Morgan Melenka

What does it mean to you to be an artist working in Edmonton?

I’ve spent a good chunk of the last decade returning to Edmonton, I can’t seem to leave it for long, where the long winters and an intense work culture that permeates Alberta has led me to periods of intense productivity. Being an artist in Edmonton means night falling at 4pm and not noticing that somehow I’m still at the studio at 11pm - when it’s always night what difference is one hour or five tucked into the studio? Time doesn’t only behave strangely in the winter. In the summer too the days stretch on, and between our collective dedication to outdoor/transitory shows and the flurry of festivals there’s always work to be made. This sounds like the making for unhealthy and lonely studio hours, but it’s not. My studio has been at SNAP for many years, and I’m rarely alone in the studio -  the city has a dedication to making that I love. My favorite nights are when everyone is exhausted and as a group all break loose - there’s something magical about being part of the late night crew. Finally, and most importantly, being an artist working in Edmonton means being O.K. with operating saws outside in the freezing cold. It just comes with the territory. 

Be sure to catch Morgan Melenka in The Scene at your AGA  in 2021 (stay tuned for our re-opening announcement).

Hours

Monday: closed
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: closed
Thursday: closed
Friday: closed
Saturday: closed
Sunday: closed

Admission

AGA members
FREE
Youth 0-17
FREE
Alberta students 18+
FREE
Out-of-province students
$10
General admission
$14
Seniors 65+
$10

Location

2 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada T5J 2C1

780.425.5379
info@youraga.ca

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The Art Gallery of Alberta respectfully acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 Territory, the traditional land of diverse Indigenous peoples including the Cree, Nitsitapi / Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Iroquois, Dene, Ojibway/ Saulteaux/Anishinaabe. We also acknowledge all of the Indigenous, Inuit and Métis peoples who make Alberta their home today.