Jill Ho-You’s Inversion
Don’t miss Jill Ho-You’s Inversion this month at The New Gallery | Image: Courtesy of The New Gallery

January Exhibitions

Kick off the new year with some amazing art

Amy Jo Espetveidt

A new year means you have a chance to check out a bunch of fresh visual arts exhibitions around town. From the return of Free First Thursday Nights at Glenbow to new programming at the Indefinite Arts Centre, it’s a great time to get out and about.

Peaks and Valleys

January 2 – February 2, 2019
Framed on Fifth (1207 5th Ave. NW)
Free admission

Monumental and charged with an intense energy is a great way to describe the mountain peaks featured in paintings by David Newton. Abstracted with bold strokes and strong colours, explore the show at its closing reception from 1:00 to 4:00pm on February 1.

Race Issues: A Comic Series Art Exhibit

January 3, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30pm
The New Gallery (208 Centre St. SE)
Free admission

Presented in partnership with the Canadian Cultural Mosaic Foundation, artist Eman Elkadri has been working on a comic series about the experiences of racialized youth living in Canada. See 40 unique comics about microaggressions, hear from Elkadri about her inspiration, and hear from some of the youth she worked with. Can’t make it to the reception? The exhibition remains open to the public on January 4 and 5.

Free First Thursday Nights

January 3, 2019, 5:00 – 9:00pm
Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE)
Free admission

Since its launch in 2016, Free First Thursday Nights has provided access to over 56,000 visitors and this popular program returns to Glenbow for 2019. And, with the last chance to see a bunch of awesome exhibitions, it’s the perfect time to go!

Community Youth Program

January 8 – April 2, 2019
Indefinite Arts Centre (8038 Fairmount Dr. SE)

An after-school program of art instruction employing a broad range of techniques and mediums, young artists with disabilities are warmly welcomed and encouraged to participate in this mixed ability class. It takes place each Tuesday from 3:45 to 5:15pm.

Craft Beer Night

January 9 – February 20, 2019
Indefinite Arts Centre (8038 Fairmount Dr. SE)

Indefinite Arts Centre has partnered with Dandy Brewing Company for this seven-week workshop series. Introducing participants to Dandy’s brewing process and products while learning basic ceramic techniques, it’s your chance to create a one-of-a-kind beer stein. The series takes places Wednesdays from 7:00 to 9:00pm and is for ages 18+.


January 10 – March 6, 2019
HUB @ 302,
Alberta Society of Artists, Crossroads Art Centre (302, 1235 26th Ave. SE)
Free admission

Errol Lee Fullen has maintained a professional art practice for over 40 years. In addition to creating solo collections, he has worked extensively with architects, designers, consultants, and collectors on public, corporate, and private commissions. See the show at its reception on January 19 from 1:00 to 3:00pm with an artist talk at 2:00pm.

Shawn Evans

January 11 – February 16, 2019
VIVIANEART (1114 11th St. SW)
Free admission

In this exhibition of all new works, Canadian artist Shawn Evans paints his own experience of architecture and industry through engaging and fragmented compositions. Combining photorealism and abstraction, his work features layers of murky paint washes to portray an urban wasteland.

See Shawn Evans’ Untitled as part of his solo show at VIVIANEART

Shawn Evans’ Untitled | Image: Courtesy of VIVIANEART


January 11 – February 9, 2019
The New Gallery (208 Centre St. SE)
Free admission

Jill Ho-You engages with anxiety, fear, and speculation about the future of the planet in this solo exhibition. Blurring the lines between the human body, natural, and manufactured landscapes, Inversion traces a speculative history of the Earth from creation to destruction. Explore the show at its opening reception at 8:00pm on January 11.

Black: A Group Show

January 12 – February 2, 2019
Herringer Kiss Gallery (101, 1615 10th Ave. SW)
Free admission

Ranging from moody to suspenseful, abstract expressionist to minimalist, figurative to abstract, this group show explores how black is used by the art world. Swing by the opening reception from 2:00 to 5:00pm on January 12.


January 12 – February 22, 2019
Alberta Printmakers Gallery & Studio (4025 4th St. SE)
Free admission

Using techniques of photography and printmaking, Angela Snieder’s work proposes that illusion and artifice contribute to our experiences of space. Explore the show at its opening reception from 7:00 to 9:00pm on January 12.

Pushing Boundaries with Art, Nature & History: An Indefinite Arts Residency

January 12 – February 23, 2019
Leighton Art Centre (282027 144th St. West, Millarville)
Admission by donation

Explore the work of 30 artists from Indefinite Arts Centre, this show stems from a residency program at Leighton Art Centre that looked at freedom of expression inspired by the natural environment and the site’s history. The opening reception takes place from 2:00 to 4:00pm on January 12 and all are welcome.

Before Digital: Post-1970 Photography in Alberta

January 15 – March 16, 2019
Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Alberta College of Art + Design (1407 14th Ave. NW)
Free admission

Curated by Mary-Beth Laviolette in partnership with Contemporary Calgary, this exhibition takes a selective look at the late analogic period through the eyes, camera shutters, and darkrooms of 27 Alberta photographers. Explore the show at its opening reception from 5:00 to 8:00pm on January 17.

A photo taken by Ernie Kroeger called Within Sight of the Great Divide

Ernie Kroeger’s Within Sight of the Great Divide | Photo: Collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts

Colour Field Painting

January 19, 2019, 2:00 – 4:00pm
RGO Treehouse, cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW)
Free admission, registration required

Contemporary Calgary’s Contemporary Kids program returns with this fun image-filled exploration of colour field painting and how the techniques of this movement continue to inspire the practices of contemporary artists.

Ebb & Flow

January 19 – February 2, 2019
Knox Contemporary Gallery of Art,
Eau Claire Market (200 Barclay Parade SW)
Free admission

With a new pop up exhibition of contemporary visual art, head to Knox Contemporary Gallery of Art to see how an artist applies paint to the painted surface, whether by bushing, rolling, spraying, pouring or splattering and throwing. Demonstrations of techniques can be viewed periodically throughout the exhibition.


January 19 – March 15, 2019
TRUCK Contemporary Art (2009 10th Ave. SW) & Stride Gallery (1006 Macleod Tr. SE)
Free admission

Organized by Tarah Hogue, Maria Hupfield, and Tania Willard, TRUCK Contemporary Art, Stride Gallery, and grunt gallery team up for this artistic and curatorial collaboration. Featuring work by Christi Belcourt, IV Castellanos, Marcia Crosby, Maria Hupfield, Ursula Johnson, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Isaac Murdoch, Esther Neff, Tanya Tagaq, Tania Willard, and Laakkuluk Williamson-Bathory, #callresponse promotes discussion and action around Indigenous cultural revitalization, land-based knowledge, and cross-cultural solidarity. Explore the show at its opening reception on January 19—it starts at 7:00pm at TRUCK before heading to Stride at 9:00pm.


January 19 – March 23, 2019
Alberta Craft Gallery – Calgary, cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW)
Free admission

Artists come from all over the world to work in Medalta’s studios, bringing their unique experiences, techniques, and ideas to the Historic Clay District. Curated by Jenna Stanton, this exhibition celebrates 12 artists who have decided to make Medicine Hat their home.

Winter Exhibitions Open

January 25, 2019, 6:00 – 10:00pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free admission

The perfect chance to explore this season’s shows at the Esker Foundation, swing by this opening to see Neil Campbell’s wheatfield and Jeremy Shaw Quantification Trilogy.

Spring Festival Calligraphy Exhibition

January 26 – February 3, 2019
Chinese Cultural Centre (197 1st St. SW)
Free admission

With a traditional tea ceremony and calligraphy demonstration at 1:00pm on February 2 and 3, 2019, celebrate the Spring Festival Exhibition of the White Brush Fellowship of Calligraphy.

Valentine’s Glass Sale

January 26, 2019, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Bee Kingdom (427 22nd Ave. NW)
Free admission

With handblown glass for sale including a couple new designs for Valentine’s Day, enjoy live glassblowing demonstrations all day long at Bee Kingdom’s next sale.

Neil Campbell and Jeremy Shaw in conversation with Naomi Potter

January 26, 2019, 1:00 – 2:00pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free admission, registration recommended

Join the Esker Foundation for a conversation with Director/Curator Naomi Potter and artists Neil Campbell and Jeremy Shaw. The afternoon focuses on the relationships between their work—the rhythmic and harmonic qualities of the human form, spatial perception, altered states, and what it means to be alive.

Quantification Trilogy

January 26 – May 12, 2019
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free admission

Jeremy Shaw’s first solo show in Calgary revolves around three para-fictional short films—Quickeners, Liminals, and I Can See Forever. Shaw’s central film trilogy is complemented by his photographic series Towards Universal Pattern Recognition.


January 26 – May 12, 2019
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free admission

The works in Neil Campbell’s Esker exhibition range from wall paintings to vinyl print installations to forms milled from plate steel that gesture toward sculpture. His carefully articulated shapes and patterning morph gallery spaces from being familiar and static to something unexpected and active.

Neil Campbell’s Saskatchewan is made up of a pattern of black and neon yellow circles

Neil Campbell’s Saskatchewan | Image: Courtesy of the artist, Galleria Franco, and Office Baroque

Ongoing Exhibitions

Tamara Lee-Anne Cardinal: Feet on the Ground

Until January 6, 2019
Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE)
With admission

Part of Glenbow’s One New Work series, check out new work by Tamara Lee-Anne Cardinal, a Calgary-based emerging multi-media and performance artist and community activist. Cardinal, whose ancestral roots are Cree and German, uses the women’s Pow Wow Jingle Dress Dance and its regalia as key elements of her art practice to seek a deeper understanding of herself and her Indigenous culture.

Cosmos: Gathie Falk, Margaret Nazon and Erik Olson

Until January 6, 2019
Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE)
With admission

Curated by Mary-Beth Laviolette, the mysteries of the universe come to life in celestial studies by three fascinating contemporary artists. Featuring Calgary-born Erik Olson’s sumptuous planetary paintings, Canadian artist Gathie Falk’s expressionist depictions of the sun, moon, and stars, and Margaret Nazon’s interpretation of images from the Hubble space telescope using traditional beadwork techniques, this show is out of this world.

The Arctic: Real and Imagined Views from the Nineteenth Century

Until January 6, 2019
Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE)
With admission

With artworks depicting 16 separate Arctic expeditions between 1818 and 1876, this exhibition examines the enduring colonial iconography of Canada’s North as a by-product of the age of British Arctic expansion. Curated by Travis Lutley, Inuit cultural consultants, Sophia Lebessis and James Kuptana, provide a perspective on the exhibition’s content and themes including both Indigenous and European artifacts.

Equus and the Others

Until January 12, 2019
Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art (730 11th Ave. SW)
Free admission

A solo exhibition by Kevin Sonmor, this new series focuses on large scale, often life sized, paintings of horses. Looking at ways to animate the paintings without allowing the paint itself to be the vehicle of animation, his earnest subjects seem intent on living up to their appointed status and expected image.

Tour of Duty: Canadians and the Vietnam War

Until January 13, 2019
The Founders Gallery, The Military Museums (4520 Crowchild Tr. SW)
With admission

This personality-based exhibit shares a range of soldiers’ perspectives on the Vietnam War and includes artifacts and oral histories from Canadians who were there. Covering the estimated 40,000 Canadian citizens who enlisted in the U.S. military and fought overseas in the war, other stories presented include U.S. and South Vietnamese veterans who later moved to Canada. The exhibition also includes 20 protest posters from the Whitney Museum of American Art to give shape to social forces and cultural history alongside a sample of Vietnamese block prints from the village of Dong Ho.

The Artist’s Mirror: Self Portraits

Until January 16, 2019
Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE)
With admission

The first in series of exhibitions developed in collaboration with Library and Archives Canada, head to Glenbow to see self-portraits from the two institutions’ impressive collections. Curated by Sarah Todd, see pieces that allow their creators a chance to look deeply at themselves.


Until January 26, 2019
Christine Klassen Gallery (200, 321 50th Ave. SE)
Free admission

A playful alternative to the thematic holiday show, This+That+TheOther features unconventional groupings of artworks by seemingly disparate artists including Madeleine Lamont, Ulrich Panzer, Carl White, and more.

A tender proposition to the din

Until January 27, 2019
Esker Project Space (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free admission

Jen Reimer and Magnus Tiesenhausen take to the Project Space to explore a moment extracted from a cycle of water storage, distillation, distribution, consumption, and transformation. The industrial civic processes recorded are the vibrations of water treatment and circulation taken from within Calgary’s Glenmore reservoir and Bonnybrook Wastewater Treatment Plant, facilitated by the City of Calgary WATERSHED+ Dynamic Environment Lab and by many gracious and patient Water Services workers.

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