The Art Gallery of Alberta, is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1924 and has been an iconic representation of arts and culture in the Edmonton community for close to 100 years. Celebrating its 100th year in operation in August 2024 and its prominent location on Sir Winston Churchill Square in the heart of the Arts District in downtown Edmonton, the AGA connects the Gallery and the community, welcoming visitors to experience art first hand.
The AGA’s vision is to inspire imaginations, engage generations and transform people’s lives through art. Art Collecting is central to the Art Gallery of Alberta’s role as an active resource and research facility for the Alberta community and broader public. Since its founding, the AGA has acquired over 6,000 works of art, the vast majority of which were produced after 1950 and added to the Collection since 1970.
In 2010, the AGA took possession of their new building, which is a work of art designed by architect, Randall Stout who took inspiration from the city’s unique northern environment and urban grid. Stout juxtaposed angular windows against a winding 190-metre steel ribbon that references the forms of the North Saskatchewan River and Aurora Borealis. The 85,000 sq foot (7,900 sq metre) AGA is a world-class centre for the presentation of regional, national, and international art, education, and scholarship. The building features:
- Three floors of premier exhibition space totalling 30,000 sq feet (2,787 sq metres)
- The Singhmar Centre for Art Education
- Shop AGA
- Art Rental and Sales Gallery
- 150-seat Ledcor Theatre
- Unique facility rental spaces such as Manning Hall, ‘floating’ Borealis Room, and the outdoor City of Edmonton Terrace.
The AGA is committed to promoting diversity and representativeness within their organization. They strive to provide and maintain a fair and equitable environment for all by valuing and respecting individual differences for their enrichment and that of the community they serve. The Art Gallery of Alberta respectfully acknowledges that they are located on Treaty 6 Territory, the traditional land of diverse Indigenous peoples including the Cree, Nitsitapi / Blackfoot, Metis, Nakota Sioux, Iroquois, Dene, Ojibway/ Saulteaux/Anishinaabe. They also acknowledge all the Indigenous, Inuit and Metis peoples who make Edmonton their home today.
For further information on the Art Gallery of Alberta, please visit their website at https://www.youraga.ca/.