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The Nickle Galleries opened at its new signature location on the main floor of the Taylor Family Digital Library in October 2012. The new site provides the more than 13,000 library visitors a day the opportunity to explore the Galleries' exhibitions and programs - free of charge. Formerly known as The Nickle Arts Museum, the Nickle Galleries features three impressive galleries highlighting the best of contemporary art in western Canada and intriguing art and artifacts drawn from the Nickle and the Library's wide-ranging collections.

The Nickle was founded in 1979 with a generous donation by Mr. Samuel C. Nickle, matched by a grant from The Province of Alberta and supported by donations from several founding patrons. Since its opening in 1979, the Nickle has championed contemporary art, textiles, and numismatics in western Canada.

Since September of 1996, the Nickle has also been the coordinators and focal point of the Minor program in Museum and Heritage Studies. This is a minor programme providing students with theoretical knowledge and practical experience in the Cultural and Heritage sector.

We work with the other departments and faculties at the University of Calgary, the community in general, and specifically the art, rug, and numismatic communities to promote learning, research and discovery.

Address

410 University Court N.W.
Calgary, Alberta
Canada, T2N 1N4
Phone: 403-220-7234
Fax: 403-210-3075
nickle@ucalgary.ca

Upcoming Events

Date & Time:
February 21, 2017 - 12:30 pm to February 21, 2017 - 12:30 pm
MIND THE GAP is the 2017 Department of Art graduating exhibition organized and curated by students participating in the Honors Program. It presents a variety of artistic works that these students have produced over the course of the year. PROGRAM:        5pm-6pm: Mingle, food and look at exhibition6pm-6:40pm: Speeches6:40pm-8pm: Mingle and look at exhibition
Date & Time:
March 2, 2017 - 12:00 pm to March 2, 2017 - 1:00 pm
In this talk, Dr. Dawson will discuss how reality capture technologies are being harnessed to help digitally preserve these important sites in light of such threats, making them "virtually" accessible to the general public. Image: Fort Conger, The Barrel Hoop Ring from the Northeast, http://archive.cyark.org/the-barrel-hoop-ring-from-the-northeast-media
Date & Time:
March 9, 2017 - 12:00 pm to March 9, 2017 - 1:00 pm
Lorenzo Fusi will discuss public art in Calgary and beyond. Image: Wonderland, Jaume Plensa, 2012
Date & Time:
March 16, 2017 - 12:00 pm to March 16, 2017 - 1:00 pm
Tour Home Economics:  150 Years of Canadian Hooked Rugs with Nickle curator, Michele Hardy. Image: Hooked rug with polar bears, Grenfell Mission, Newfoundland and Labrador, after 1916, Gift of Ginny Sloan, Textile Museum of Canada.
Date & Time:
March 23, 2017 - 12:00 pm to March 23, 2017 - 1:00 pm
Giuseppe Di Leo is an artist and faculty member with Dawson College in Montreal.  He will discuss how the recent interdisciplinary project, ‘Anatolian Rugs; Spirited Reflections,' a provided Dawson students with a profound opportunity for engagement, community building, and creativity. Co-sponsored with the New Calgary Rug and Textile Club.