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GENERATIONS: 50 YEARS OF ART AT THE UNIVERSITY AND BEYOND

Friday, September 23, 2016 to Saturday, December 17, 2016

Organized by Nickle Galleries, guest curated by Mary-Beth Laviolette. Funded with support from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and Development and Alumni Engagement, University of Calgary.

It was a radical idea – but more than fifty years ago when it was proposed that Calgary’s new university train and graduate artists, the reaction was disbelief. Nevertheless, the city’s creative life was about to get a lot more interesting. In 1966-67, the University of Calgary Art Department was established.

With the Department’s presence, Calgary gained not only many more professionally trained artists but also a sense that it had a more vital and promising place on Canada’s cultural map. Something that would be achieved on campus and importantly, by subsequent generations of artists motivated to engage with and make the city and province a richer centre for the visual arts. It didn’t stop there either as many grads have also gone on to inspire and create elsewhere.

Generations: Fifty Years of Art at the University and Beyond will reflect on the U of C Art Department as a creative – forgive the pun – generator. Opening at the Nickle Galleries, September 29 2016, Generations will be more anecdotal and selective rather than a straight chronology of the department or a complete representation of its professors and alumni. Still, featuring over seventy artworks made by nearly thirty studio instructors and thirty alumni, this presentation highlights both the artwork and the impact of five decades of imaginative, inspiring and innovative ferment.

Generations: Fifty Years of Art at the University and Beyond is guest curated by Mary-Beth Laviolette who is the author of three books on Alberta art and an independent curator.

Exhibition Opening Reception:  Thursday, September 29, 2016, 6:00pm to 9:00pm

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Opening Reception: 
Thursday, September 29, 2016 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm
Exhibition Events: 
Thursday, October 20, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

Join curator Mary Beth Laviolette for a guided tour of GENERATIONS: 50 YEARS OF ART AT THE UNIVERSITY AND BEYOND.

It was a radical idea – but more than fifty years ago when it was proposed that Calgary’s new university train and graduate artists, the reaction was disbelief. Nevertheless, the city’s creative life was about to get a lot more interesting. In 1966-67, the University of Calgary Art Department was established.

With the Department’s presence, Calgary gained not only many more professionally trained artists but also a sense that it had a more vital and promising place on Canada’s cultural map. Something that would be achieved on campus and importantly, by subsequent generations of artists motivated to engage with and make the city and province a richer centre for the visual arts. It didn’t stop there either as many grads have also gone on to inspire and create elsewhere.

Generations: Fifty Years of Art at the University and Beyond will reflect on the U of C Art Department as a creative – forgive the pun – generator. Opening at the Nickle Galleries, September 29 2016, Generations will be more anecdotal and selective rather than a straight chronology of the department or a complete representation of its professors and alumni. Still, featuring over seventy artworks made by nearly thirty studio instructors and thirty alumni, this presentation highlights both the artwork and the impact of five decades of imaginative, inspiring and innovative ferment.

Generations: Fifty Years of Art at the University and Beyond is guest curated by Mary-Beth Laviolette who is the author of three books on Alberta art and an independent curator.

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