University of Calgary Art Department students 1968 – 1970, courtesy of Archives and Special Collections
The exhibition examines fifty years of outstanding faculty and students in the Department of Art at the University of Calgary and their profound impact of the arts of Alberta and beyond. Generations offers an anecdotal and selective chronology featuring over seventy artworks made by nearly thirty studio instructors and thirty alumni borrowed from public and private collections across Canada. It 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 independent scholar and curator, Mary-Beth Laviolette. Laviolette’s 2006 publication, An Alberta Art Chronicle: Adventures in Recent & Contemporary Art is the standard reference on the province’s rich history of art.
Generations is held in conjunction with the University of Calgary’s 50th Anniversary, a year marked by celebration and reflection. It has been generously supported by both the Office of Development and Alumni Engagement at the University of Calgary and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.