Art Gallery of Alberta presents new exhibit by Indigenous artists

(ANNews) – The Art Gallery of Alberta is announcing a new exhibition that celebrates the art of Indigenous artists in Alberta.   LandMark: A New Chapter Acquisition Project opened on  April 28 and will continue until November 11, 2018.  

The exhibition, LandMark, features new works by Alberta Indigenous artists: Brenda Draney, Tanya Harnett and Terrance Houle. For each of these artists, the land and landscape of their home territory in Alberta has provided inspiration for the creation of works that address time and ancestry, nature and the environment, community and story-telling. 

Working in painting, photography and video, the work of these 3 artists present the land, not as geography or vista, but as intimate and person places that are marked by lived experience.

Brenda Draney grew up in Slave Lake, Alberta. She is an award winning contemporary artist who is based in Edmonton. She has a BA in English and in Fine Art in Painting from the University of Alberta and an MA from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design. She is well known for her panorama installations and sparse style, of suspending paint in calculated gestures that allow the viewer to expand upon their own memories to complete the story. 

 Tanya Harnett is an artist and a professor at the University of Alberta in a joint appointment in the Department of Art and Design and the Faculty of Native Studies. Working in various media including, photography, drawing, printmaking and fiber, Harnett’s studio practice engages in the notions and politics of identity, history, spirituality and place. She has exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally.

In a practice that ranges from performance to photography to film and video works, Blackfoot artist Terrance Houle remakes the troubled history of colonialism and First Nations identity with a roguish wit and punk-rock edge. A graduate of the Alberta College of Art and Design, Houle has been featured in solo and group exhibitions across Canada and internationally, including at the Smithsonian Institution, MASS MoCA and the MacKenzie Art Gallery.

 LandMark is the second in a series of exhibitions supported by a Canada Council for the Arts “New Chapter” grant, that showcase new acquisitions to the AGA’s permanent collection of work by Indigenous, Métis and Inuit artists.

This is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter program. With this $35M investment, the Council supports the creation, and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada.

 The Art Gallery of Alberta, located in downtown Edmonton, 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 contemporary and historical art from Alberta, Canada and around the world. Founded in 1924, the AGA maintains a collection of over 6,000 objects and is the oldest cultural institution in Alberta and the only museum in the province solely dedicated to the exhibition and preservation of art and visual culture. For more information visit  

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