Event Directory Search for upcoming events Picks and Previews Plan ahead to check out these not-to-be-missed events All Contest Dance Visual Art Theatre Film & Media Literary Festival Music Free Visual Art Museum of the Moon by Luke Jerram | Photo: Andrea Cherchi Jan. 1, 2020 - Jan. 31, 2020 January Exhibitions Kick off the new year—and decade—with some amazing art Amy Jo Espetveidt Location Various Venues Price Prices Vary 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 Contemporary Calgary and the Esker Foundation, it’s a great time to get out and about. Free First Thursday Nights January 2, 2020, 5:00 – 9:00pm Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE) Free admission Glenbow is a place for everyone. Thanks to a partnership with Servus Credit Union, this free evening at the museum returns for 2020. Committed to expanding the reach and impact of art and culture in our community, be sure to swing by to see amazing exhibits before they close including Ladylikeness: Historical Portraits of Women by Women. facebook.com Collider: Land January 6 – December 31, 2020 Centennial Planetarium, Contemporary Calgary (701 11th St. SW) With admission The second year of the Collider open studio artist residency at Contemporary Calgary adopts a new thematic lens to better understand and engage. Exploring the theme of land, incoming artists are asked to reflect on the complex relationships our communities have with the environment and the diverse ecosystems that shape our lives. contemporarycalgary.com Refractionsim January 7 – February 1, 2020 Framed on Fifth (1207 5th Ave. NW) Free admission Taking a stroll through a forest is like looking through a prism with a million facets. Cecile Albi brings attention to nature’s rhythm of patterning using an impressionist style with elements of cubism and abstract expressionism. framedonfifth.com Olivier Du Tre: New Works January 7 – February 28, 2020 HUB @ 302 (302, 1235 26th Ave. SE) Free admission This exhibit brings together a collection of 11 new photographs created in the past two years during Olivier Du Tre’s travels to Saskatchewan, Tofino, and Yukon. Check out the show’s reception from 1:00 to 3:00pm on February 8. albertasocietyofartists.com Chantal Snodgrass: Recent Work January 10 – February 1, 2020 Artpoint Gallery & Studios Society (1038 17th Ave. SE) Free admission As the temperature drops, Calgarians long for warmer days. A dream-like depiction of Reader Rock Garden in full bloom is the focal point of Snodgrass’s new untitled experimental super 8 film. The show’s reception takes place from 5:00 to 8:00pm on January 10. artpoint.ca Between the Salt of the Sun and the Light of the Sea January 10 – February 22, 2020 TRUCK Contemporary Art (2009 10th Ave. SW) Free admission This solo exhibition from Samuel de Lange asks what could be revealed by taking the histories of salt and photography into mutual consideration. An opening reception takes place January 10 at 7:00pm, so don’t miss it. truck.ca Samuel de Lange’s Between the Salt of the Sun and the Light of the Sea | Photo: Courtesy of TRUCK Contemporary Art Telling Stories Otherwise January 10 – February 28, 2020 Alberta Printmakers Gallery and Studio (4025 4th St. SE) Free admission Brad Necyk is a multimedia artist and writer in Canada whose practice engages with issues of medicine, mental health, and precarious populations and subjects. His works include drawings and paintings, still and motion film, sculpture, 3D imaging and printing, virtual reality, and performance. facebook.com Art in the Dark Workshop January 11, 2020, 1:00 – 2:30pm Centennial Planetarium, Contemporary Calgary (701 11th St. SW) $10 Indefinite Arts Centre artist Andrew Harding leads this special edition of Contemporary Kids. Join Harding as he expands his practice as an artist with a visual impairment. Explore the non-visual qualities of art making and ways to address colour and form. eventbrite.ca Katie Ohe & Harry Kiyooka January 11 – 25, 2020 Herringer Kiss Gallery (101, 1615 10th Ave. SW) Free admission This exhibition showcases a small selection of early works by Katie Ohe and Harry Kiyooka. Married since 1969, this amazing artistic couple have spent the last six decades making art, teaching, and fostering the Alberta arts community. Explore the opening reception from 2:00 to 5:00pm on January 11. herringerkissgallery.com Winter 2020 Group Show January 11 – 25, 2020 Herringer Kiss Gallery (101, 1615 10th Ave. SW) Free admission A group show of gallery artists Jason Frizzell, Blake Senini, Ben Skinner, Aron Hill, Dennis Ekstedt, Rhys Douglas Farrell, and Darija Radakovic, be sure to check out the opening reception from 2:00 to 5:00pm on January 11. herringerkissgallery.com Youth Works 2020 January 11 – February 15, 2020 Leighton Art Centre (282027 144th St. West, Millarville) Pay-What-You-Can Youth Works features artwork by local high school students who make use of photography. This might mean photography as the finished product, incorporated into the finished product, or as inspiration. Check out the opening reception from 2:00 to 4:00pm on January 11. leightoncentre.org Made-Up Orchard January 11 – February 29, 2020 Lightbox Studio, Arts Commons (225 8th Ave. SE) Free admission Lightbox Studio in Arts Commons features Avril Lopez whose work is inspired by whimsical creations designed to evoke a child-like state of imaginative worldview. Be sure to swing by as she works on creating an experimental environment that explores the use of creativity as a healing process. artscommons.ca Inception 2020 January 14 – 31, 2020 Knox Contemporary Gallery of Art (200 Barclay Parade SW) Free admission A contemporary art exhibition featuring artists Chlan Grant, Jane Lochrie, Mao (Kun) Chen, J. Broz, Laura Erdman, Nuit, Janie Lockwood, Matt Trinh (AKA “Hawk”), Keegan Karlsen, Terry Gregoraschuk, and the provocative work of TAG, be sure to check out this show. knoxgalleryofart.com Ready Player 2 January 16 – March 7, 2020 Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Alberta University of the Arts (1407 14th Ave. NW) Free admission Brendan Lee Satish Tang and Sonny Assu combine elements from science fiction, comic book, and gaming cultures to consider how these forms both reinforce and transcend racial boundaries in youth culture. Check out the show’s opening reception from 5:00 to 8:00pm on January 16. ikg.acad.ca Reliant Objects January 16 – March 7, 2020 Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Alberta University of the Arts (1407 14th Ave. NW) Free admission Curated by Lyndsay Rice and Courtney Kemp, this group exhibition of interdisciplinary craft work challenges notions of form, function, and the future of domestic objects. The works rely upon a viewer’s recognition of their sameness and difference. Explore the show at its reception on January 16. ikg.acad.ca Hopping for Hope January 17 – February 22, 2020 The New Gallery (208 Centre St. SE) Free admission Ahreum Lee explores both the freedoms and limitations presented by globalization and digital technologies by using playful game elements and Korean pseudoscience. Addressing her research on Google’s mapping methodology, an opening reception takes place January 17 at 8:00pm. thenewgallery.org The Sowers January 17 – February 29, 2020 VIVIANEART (1114 11th St. SW) Free admission Laura St. Pierre’s new series of photographs depicts interventions in the urban landscape that comprise of small gardens that thrive in unlikely places, such as parkades or pool decks, devoid of life other than what the sowers have introduced. These ignored derelict spaces become richly transformed through enlivened interaction. vivianeart.gallery Laura St. Pierre’s Porteuses | Photo: Courtesy of VIVIANEART The discipline of constructing January 17 – March 6, 2020 Stride Gallery (1006 Macleod Tr. SE) Free admission A stunning fibre artist, Jolie Bird’s exhibition collates weavings, textile installation, in-gallery performances, and idea and skill sharing with the community. Throughout the duration of the show, Bird will be working in a representational artist’s studio, complete with a four-harness floor loom, assorted weaving tools, materials and snippets from her recent trip to Japan that informs the new body of work. Check it out at the opening reception, 7:00pm on January 17. stride.ab.ca I’m Only Going to Show You Once, Now You Try January 17 – March 6, 2020 Stride Gallery (1006 Macleod Tr. SE) Free admission Alyssa Duck Chief explores deep traumas of a ruptured family circle in the hopes of healing themselves through the medium of photography, text, and storytelling. Check out the opening reception at 7:00 on January 17. facebook.com Cultivate | Instigate January 18 – March 21, 2020 Alberta Craft Gallery, cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW) Free admission Cultivate | Instigate is about the influential creatives at the forefront of post-secondary craft education in Alberta. Acting as torchbearers, instructors hailing from Alberta University of the Arts, Red Deer College, and Portage College, bridge Alberta’s rich craft legacy with contemporary craft culture through the exceptional work they create. Check out the reception from 2:00 to 4:00pm on February 15 to meet the artists. albertacraft.ab.ca This House is On Fire January 20 – June 24, 2020 Vertigo Theatre (161, 115 9th Ave. SE) Free admission The feeling of something not quite right, the sensation of missing a step or noticing something in a new light. These are some of the perceptions and interpretations being explored by Indefinite Arts Centre artists in This House is On Fire. See it this season at Vertigo Theatre. ouriac.ca Recognition… Validation… Reassurance… January 21 – February 3, 2020 cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW) Free admission This unique show is a social practice art project led by artist Dick Averns features collage, drawings, and text-based art that depict personalized visions of mental wellness. Each piece has been created by community participants for community benefit. obad.ca SPOTLIGHT: Gillian Mitchell & Sally Dobbin January 22 – March 8, 2020 Alberta Craft Gallery, cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW) Free admission Gillian Mitchell and Sally Dobbin, both ceramic instructors at the Wildflower Arts Centre, use varying techniques to balance design and function in their unique approaches to ceramics. Check out the reception on February 13. facebook.com Planetary & Museum of the Moon Opening Reception January 23, 2020, 6:30 – 10:00pm Centennial Planetarium, Contemporary Calgary (701 11th St. SW) Free admission, registration required From stars and planets to nebulae and blackholes, to the highly personal and nostalgic relationships we share with this iconic city landmark, the Centennial Planetarium is an endless expanse of inspiration in Planetary. Combined with Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon, be sure to check out these shows at this opening reception. eventbrite.ca Museum of the Moon January 23 – March 15, 2020 Centennial Planetarium, Contemporary Calgary (701 11th St. SW) With admission The moon continues to captivate humanity and inspires us to reach for the stars. UK artist Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon is a scale model of the moon measuring six metres in diameter and featuring detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. See it this season at Contemporary Calgary. contemporarycalgary.com Planetary January 23 – April 26, 2020 Centennial Planetarium, Contemporary Calgary (701 11th St. SW) With admission Grounded in contextual investigations around shaping vision through site and placemaking, 36 artists living in Calgary respond to the Centennial Planetarium, creating works that draw upon the building’s architecture, its cosmological connections, and its relationships to personal memory and nostalgia. facebook.com Exposure Photography Festival HQ January 23 – April 26, 2020 Centennial Planetarium, Contemporary Calgary (701 11th St. SW) With admission An annual festival that celebrates photography, Exposure Photography Festival settles into the Contemporary Calgary space this January. Hosting three festival feature exhibitions—International Open Call, Emerging Photographers Showcase, and, 2019 Emerging Photographer of the Year, Boon Ong’s Our Closets. The festival wraps on February 29, but don’t worry if you can’t make it this winter—all the exhibitions continue until April 26, 2020. contemporarycalgary.com Winter Exhibition Opening January 24, 2020, 6:00 – 10:00pm Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE) Free admission An in-depth look at Katie Ohe’s sculptural practice and her unparalleled approach to material, form, space, and movement, this exhibition brings together work spanning six decades of Ohe’s remarkable career. Celebrate the show and her impressive body of work at this not-to-be-missed opening reception. facebook.com Katie Ohe January 25 – May 3, 2020 Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE) Free admission Presenting an in-depth look at Katie Ohe’s sculptural practice, this exhibition brings together work spanning six decades of Ohe’s remarkable career. You won’t want to miss the largest and most comprehensive solo show of her work to date. eskerfoundation.com Katie Ohe’s Venetian Puddle | Photo: Courtesy of the Esker Foundation Frozen in Time January 27 – April 3, 2020 Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium (1415 14th Ave. NW) Free admission With an emphasis on stillness, these works may be time-lapse or still frame inspired and include photography and pieces separated from time as in the fragment of a dream or a fleeting memory of the past. Join the Alberta Society of Artists from 1:00 to 3:00pm on February 16 for the show’s reception. albertasocietyofartists.com Rebellious: Alberta Women Artists in Conversation January 28, 2020, 6:00 – 7:30pm Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE) Free admission, registration recommended Art Gallery of Alberta Curator Lindsey Sharman moderates a series of conversations with artists featured in the current AGA exhibition Rebellious: Alberta Women Artists in the 1980s. Speakers include Vera Gartley, Toyo Kawamura, Lylian Klimek, Katie Ohe, and Teresa Posyniak. eventbrite.ca Recognition… Validation… Reassurance… January 29, 2020, 10:00am – 1:30pm See website for details Free admission, registration required Presented by lead artist Dick Averns, this free public program takes place on a City of Calgary Transit bus. Drawings, collage, and text-based art fill the overhead interior panels, all addressing how do you create a framework for mental wellness. The event takes place on Bell Let’s Talk Day and is part of a social practice art project led. eventbrite.ca Open Studio January 30, 2020, 6:00 – 8:00pm Calgary Allied Arts Foundation, cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW) Free admission Join current resident artist, Cassie Suche, to see the drawings she has been working on throughout the month of January. She has been developing a body of experimental, process-based work, aiming to develop a series of large-scale abstract illustrations. facebook.com akunnirun kuupak January 30 – February 29, 2020 Jarvis Hall Gallery (333B 36th Ave. SE) Free admission This exhibition of photographs quintessentially shows Kablusiak’s use of humour as a coping mechanism to address cultural displacement. Kablusiak reconnects to an important part of their being while simultaneously creating a presence for Inuit wherever they may be. An opening reception takes place on January 30 from 6:00 to 8:00pm. jarvishallgallery.com Black Forest (dark waters) January 30 – April 11, 2020 Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary (410 University Ct. NW) Free admission An exhibition that brings together three interconnected bodies of work by Diana Thorneycroft, thematically, the work addresses issues of difference, alteration, and abjection all tied together as in a fairy tale. Explore the opening reception from 4:00 to 9:00pm on January 30 or hear an artist talk from 12:00 to 1:00pm the same day. nickle.ucalgary.ca Storied City: Early Calgary Through the Eyes of Writers January 30 – April 26, 2020 Lougheed House (707 13th Ave. SW) With admission This exhibit imagines a fictitious 1923 dinner party in which 12 real writers gather at Lougheed House, a home where Calgary culture was often celebrated and fostered via parties, performances and salons. Check out the free opening reception from 5:30 to 8:00pm on January 30. lougheedhouse.com Everywhere We Are January 30 – May 29, 2020 Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary (410 University Ct. NW) Free admission Everywhere We Are explores boundaries in art. If a boundary can be thought of as a line that separates, who then sets the boundary? Are there rules? How are they negotiated? And what are the implications for art? Don’t miss part one of this ambitious exhibition and public program series addressing many of the challenges, merits, impacts and advantages associated with art collecting. See the opening reception from 5:30 to 9:00pm on January 30. nickle.ucalgary.ca Exposure Photography Festival January 31 – February 29, 2020 Various venues Ticket prices vary Celebrate the art of photography this February with Exposure. Alberta’s one and only photography festival, it hosts over 25,000 attendees annually with most events being free and open to the public. You can even check out publication launches, special tours, artist talks, and receptions. exposurephotofestival.com PARTICLE + WAVE: Group Exhibition January 31 – February 29, 2020 EMMEDIA Gallery & Production Society (2005 10th Ave. SW) Free admission Showcasing Albertan artists that utilize television screens and monitors to question relationships with social media, this show looks at the feelings of solastalgia as we enter an unpredictable future. Part of EMMEDIA’s PARTICLE + WAVE Media Arts Festival, the show features works by Laura Anzola, Brad Necyk, and Aran Wilkinson-Blanc. emmedia.ca Solastalgia by Brad Necyk | Image: Courtesy of EMMEDIA Ongoing Exhibitions Nicole Kelly Westman: Pastoral | Calamity Until January 5, 2020 Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE) With admission The 10th installment in curator Nancy Tousley’s ongoing series One New Work features two short works by Alberta multi-media artist and poet, Nicole Kelly Westman. The exhibition features moving-image works, for every sunset we haven’t seen and for nights bathed in sodium vapour. glenbow.org Unravelling Identities Until January 6, 2020 HUB @ 302 (302, 1235 26th Ave. SE) Free admission Diana Ohiozebau is a visual artist and currently in the MA program in history of art, design and visual culture at the University of Alberta. Be sure to explore her solo show! albertasocietyofartists.com A Natural Progression Until January 11, 2020 Newzones Gallery (730 11th Ave. SW) Free admission Considering the layering of surfaces and repeated applications of varnish as a way of exaggerating the qualities of the passing of time, be sure to check out this solo exhibition by Peter Hoffer. newzones.com Deck the Walls Until January 11, 2020 Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art (730 11th Ave. SW) Free admission Ever evolving, Deck the Walls is always a highlight and features an entire wall of small-to-medium sized artworks. A salon-inspired exhibition to entice viewers to give the spectacular gift of art, there is always something for everyone. newzones.com ExtraOrdinary Objects Until January 12, 2020 Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE) With admission From linoleum to drywall, dead flowers to toilet paper, ordinary, disposal, and perishable objects serve as the point of departure for the array of contemporary artworks found in ExtraOrdinary Objects. glenbow.org Gerald Ferguson Until January 12, 2020 Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE) With admission Pioneering Canadian artist Gerald Ferguson used quotidian materials to create striking, large-scale paintings that speak to the poetics of everyday life. The titles of his artworks literally describe what the artist used to make them—just wait until you see the monumental multi-panel painting 1,000,000 Grapes. glenbow.org Sybil Andrews: Art and Life Until January 12, 2020 Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE) With admission This major retrospective celebrates the fascinating life and remarkable career of artist Sybil Andrews. Glenbow is the major study centre for the life and work of this beloved English-Canadian printmaker. glenbow.org Soft Bodied Oddities Until January 18, 2020 Jarvis Hall Gallery (333B 36th Ave. SE) Free admission Featuring powerful new work by Laura Findlay and Corri-Lynn Tetz, each begins their process for the painted image from a different point of departure. The exhibition explores the theme of empowerment. jarvishallgallery.com an Object, outdated (or antiquated) Until January 24, 2020 Marion Nicoll Gallery, Alberta Univeristy for the Arts (1407 14th Ave. NW) Free admission On October 24, 2019, a Canada’s Economic Action Plan sign located on the Alberta University of the Arts campus was taken down as a documented performance. This collaborative exhibition from Liam J Black and David Videla re-contextualizes that useless object. facebook.com Backgrounding Until January 25, 2020 The Edge Gallery (1416 9th Ave. SE) Free admission Philip Kanwischer and Chloe Kinsella present a selection of their collaborative projects. Combining their individual material explorations and shared experiences of time spent in the wild, this show is made up of camouflaged forms against natural backdrops. facebook.com All of the Above Until January 25, 2020 Christine Klassen Gallery (200, 321 50th Ave. SE) Free admission Christine Klassen Gallery’s holiday show is an eclectic and playful mix of new work by CKG artists. Join them for a seasonal celebration with their artists and be the first to see new inventory for 2020. Featured artists include Karrie Arthurs, Ben Cope, Rocio Graham, France Jodoin, Lori Lukasewich, Robert Pierce, Michael Schreiner, and Carl White. christineklassengallery.com Iitsi’poyi Until January 26, 2020 Project Space, Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE) Free admission Marjie Crop Eared Wolf continues her ongoing project to learn Blackfoot in the drawing, sound, and video installation, Iitsi’poyi. Using thousands of Blackfoot words transcribed from the Blackfoot Dictionary as well as an audio tape made by her mother, this work addresses cultural legacy and resilience by actively engaging in language preservation. eskerfoundation.com Honouring the Passage Until February 1, 2020 Artpoint Gallery & Studios Society (1038 17th Ave. SE) Free admission An exhibition of collaborative etchings and paintings by Calgary artist, Carole Bondaroff, and her late mother, Francis Gurevitch Bondaroff, swing by on Saturdays for printmaking demonstrations and talks on this multi-generational exhibit. artpoint.ca Window Galleries Until February 28, 2020 Window Galleries, Arts Commons (225 8th Ave. SE) Free admission Arts Commons’ Window Galleries features four varied artists this season, each working in the mediums of photography, paint, illustration, and wire sculpture. The work explores the themes of divergent viewpoints, fantasy, female empowerment, and community. See Abi Buchberge’s Land of Plenty, Kaitlyn Copithorne’s La Vie en Rose, Nada Khatib’s Veil Or Frail: Modest Women, and Ryan Puchalski’s Faction. artscommons.ca Dialogue with a Bone Teacup Until February 29, 2020 Ledge Gallery, Arts Commons (205 8th Ave. SE) Free admission The result of Elijah Wells’ research into Blackfoot story archives such as winter counts and story robes, this investigation is also an exploration discovery of Blackfoot visual language. An artist reception takes place from 5:30 to 8:30pm on February 28 so mark your calendars. artscommons.ca Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out Until March 1, 2020 TELUS Spark (220 St. Georges Dr. NE) With admission See the world’s most spectacular animals like never before! This rarely seen perspective guides visitors through skeletons, muscles, organs, and circulatory systems of a variety of animals. sparkscience.ca Images of Rapture Until March 6, 2020 Centre Street CTrain Station (7th Ave. & 1st St. SE) Free admission Molly Caldwell explores the ecstatic in vapid and ostentatious yet somehow joyful for it. It channels the sticky sweetness of hair stuck in lip gloss as you flip through a glossy magazine and rub the perfume ads on your wrist. uascalgary.org Have a visual arts event that’s not listed? Email us at email@example.com or fill out this form.