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LandMark: A New Chapter Acquisition Project

May 23

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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 storytelling. 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. 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. Brenda Draney is from the Sawridge First Nation, and currently lives and works in Edmonton. She completed an MA in painting at Emily Carr University in Vancouver, as well as Bachelor degrees in English and Painting at the University of Alberta. She received the RBC Canadian Painting Competition Award in 2009, was long-listed for the Sobey Art Award in 2013 and short-listed to represent the Prairies region in 2016. Draney was also a recipient of the Eldon and Anne Foote Visual Arts Prize in 2014. Tanya Harnett is a member of the Carry-the-Kettle First Nation in Saskatchewan. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Alberta, jointly appointed to the Department of Art and Design and in the Faculty of Native Studies. Harnett has exhibited in Canada and internationally, and was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2015. She is a recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal by Lt. Governor General of Alberta. Harnett works in various media including photography, drawing, printmaking and fiber. Her practice engages in notions about history, identity place, politics as well as Indigenous spirituality. Terrance Houle is an interdisciplinary media artist and a member of the Kainai Nation. He lives and works in Calgary, and travels to reservations and Indigenous communities throughout North America to participate in pow-wow dancing and ceremonies. Houle is a graduate of the Alberta College of Art and Design and has exhibited in Canada, the United States, Australia, the UK and Europe. In 2004 he received the award for Best Experimental Film at the Toronto ImagineNATIVE Film Festival and in 2006 he received the Enbridge Emerging Artist Award. Runs until Nov. 11 at the Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton. For hours and admission fees: telephone: 780-422-6223 or go online to: www.youraga.ca


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Art Gallery of Alberta
2 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton, Alberta
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