Fonds PR3154 - Art Gallery of Alberta fonds

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Art Gallery of Alberta fonds

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    • 1909 - 1973 (Creation)

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    0.01 m of textual records. -- 2 photographs. -- 7 artworks. -- 1 map.

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    Administrative history

    The Edmonton Museum of Arts was established in 1924 with the object being to promote the knowledge and enjoyment of a cultivation of fine arts and to preserve historic relics. The first exhibition, which included twenty four paintings borrowed from the National Gallery of Canada and local art collectors, was held in the Palm Room of the Hotel Macdonald.

    The Museum opened its first permanent location at the old Edmonton Public Library at 100 Avenue and 100 Street. By 1929, the gallery had welcomed 2,500 visitors and acquired assets of five thousand dollars that including approximately thirty works of art. In 1956, the Edmonton Museum of Arts became the Edmonton Art Gallery.

    Over the next forty five years, the gallery outgrew its facilities, moving five times before a bequest from the A.E. Condell Family and a land grant from the City of Edmonton permitted construction of the facility, the Art Gallery of Alberta, at 100-10230 Jasper Avenue. The museum offers art classes and tours, and sales and rentals of its collection. A board of directors governs the operation of the Gallery.

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    The fonds consists of material created and maintained by the Art Gallery of Alberta and includes programs from exhibitions held at the Gallery for the artists Harry Savage (1973), Glen Guillet (1973), and Chester and Bentham (1973). The fonds also includes artwork by artists featured at the Gallery including an oil painting by Thomas Adamson entitled "John A McDougall"; an oil painting by T. George Gates featuring the C.N.R. Station in Edmonton; a watercolor painting by M.A. Halloway entitled "20 Below" featuring Rossdale and South Edmonton; a mixed media painting by Hilda Mitchell entitled "Indian Cemetery at Winterburn"; a pastel by A. Ryland entitled "Bella Golden"; and an ink drawing by Dorothy Stevens showing the Chief Factor's house in Fort Edmonton. The fonds also contains a photo featuring the unveiling of the Father Lacombe Memorial in St. Albert in 1929; a panoramic photo of the city of Edmonton dating from 1909; and a map of the city of Edmonton dating from 1956.

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    In 1972 and 1973 the Edmonton Art Gallery donated the material to the Provincial Archives of Alberta.


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        The material is in English.

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        Access Conditions: None

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        Use Conditions: Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        Inventory is available.

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        See the Alberta Society of Artists fonds and the Edmonton Art Club fonds at the Provincial Archives of Alberta

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        Further accruals are not expected.

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        Information for the administrative history/biographical sketch sourced from the Alberta Gazette and the Art Gallery of Alberta website available at: (Accessed Dec.10, 2008).

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        Includes accessions PR1972.0048 and PR1973.0130.

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