Fall 2019 Exhibition Line-up

Feature Gallery - Edmonton
Discovery Gallery - Edmonton
Calgary Gallery - Calgary
Around Alberta
Calls for Entry

Feature Gallery
The Alberta Craft Council operates the only public galleries in the province dedicated to exhibiting Craft and is Edmonton’s second largest public gallery. The Feature Gallery hosts 3+ exhibitions per year.
10186 - 106 Street
Free Parking & Admission

Discovery Gallery
The Discovery Gallery is dedicated to showing new work by established and emerging fine craft artists as well as small group exhibitions.  The Discovery Gallery features 7+ exhibitions per year.
10186 - 106 Street
Free Parking & Admission

Calgary Gallery
The Alberta Craft Gallery - Calgary is located in cSPACE King Edward.  The gallery showcases both Feature and Discovery Gallery exhibitions and is on an 8-week rotation. 
1721 - 29 Avenue SW
Street Parking & Free Admission



Edmonton - Alberta Craft Feature Gallery

Current Exhibition

September 14 - December 24, 2019

Artist reception: Saturday, September 28 from 2-4pm

We are all in this together. The actions we take as makers and consumers have a major impact on future generations. Many artists are achieving and exploring sustainability in holistic and thoughtful ways while working toward a greater good. The most effective and enduring forms of sustainability incorporate environmental, social and economic measures. Re:consider is a curated, group exhibition that contemplates ways we can craft a sustainable future.

Participating artists: Trudie Allen, Melissa Jo Belcourt, Richard Boulet, Linda Chow, Firebrand Glass (Julia Reimer & Tyler Rock), Evelyn Grant, Crys Harse, Doug Haslam, Eveline Kolijn, Loyal Loot (Doha Chebib Lindskoog & Anna Thomas), Irene Rasetti, John Smith-Jones, Ruby Sweetman, Cathy Terepocki, and Sam Uhlick


Previous Exhibitions

May 11 - August 31, 2019
Cultivate | Instigate

Artist Reception: Saturday, June 15 from 2 - 4pm

Cultivate | Instigate is about the influential creatives at the forefront of post- secondary craft education in Alberta. The artists in this exhibition balance the dual roles of educator and professional practicing artist.  Acting as torchbearers, they are bridging Alberta’s rich craft legacy with contemporary craft culture. They do so through the exceptional work they create, along with their passionate (and often resilient) commitment to imparting their knowledge, skills and dedication to emerging craft artists. Hailing from Alberta University of the Arts, Red Deer College, and Portage College, the faculty members in this exhibition are representing some of the excellent post- secondary craft educational opportunities around the province.

Participating Artists:
Alberta University of the Arts: Zimra Beiner, Ceramics, Reed Fagan, Jewellery + Metals, Marty Kaufman, Glass, Mackenzie Kelly-Frère, Fibre, Martina Lantin, Ceramics, Bill Morton, Fibre, Lyndsay Rice, Jewellery + Metals, Tyler Rock, Glass, Natali Rodrigues, Glass and Laura Vickerson, Fibre
Portage College, Native Arts and Culture Program: Trudie Allen and Ruby Sweetman
Red Deer College Ceramics Program: Trudy Golley


2018 Feature Gallery Exhibitions

Process; thinking through: An exhibition about the stages of making.  
home: 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.  
Seated: This exhibition explores the theme of seating objects in clever and unexpected ways.

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2017 Feature Gallery Exhibitions

Citizens of Craft: Declare yourself and join the movement of makers, appreciators, shoppers and admirers.
Women’s Hands Building a Nation: Chinook Guild of Fibre Arts commemorates Canada 150.
Landmarks: an examination of the prairie landscape from multiple perspectives.

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2016 Feature Gallery Exhibitions

X3: Organizations on the cutting edge of fine craft
#ABCRAFT: Alberta fine craft artists using new technologies.
CRAFTING CONSCIENCE: Challenging fine craft that makes a social statement.
MISE EN SCENE: Setting the scene with contemporary ceramics.
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2015 Feature Gallery Exhibitions

15 on 35: In celebration of the Alberta Craft Council's 35th Anniversary, fifteen members reflect on how the ACC has enriched their careers
Language of Craft: A Craft Year 2015 special project examining the body of words associated with fine craft.
Here and There: Exploring the international acclaim of Alberta fine craft artists in celebration of Craft Year 2015.
Celebrating Craft Year 2015 with signature pieces by Alberta Craft Council members.
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2014 Feature Gallery Exhibitions

Payce: Celebrating Greg Payce’s 2013 Saidye Bronfman Award for Excellence in Fine Craft
Furnish: Contemporary hand-crafted home furnishings and accessories
Continuum: an exhibition exploring the creative exchange of teaching and learning
Well in Hand: An exhibition reflective of aspects of human-equine relationships.
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2013 Feature Gallery Exhibitions

Golden Edge: senior ACC members who push the edges of their creativity and craft disciplines.
Barbara Tipton: using a cup as a starting point, this new ceramic work explores sculptural variations and active surfaces of the form.
Bee Kingdom: an exhibition that encapsulates both the individual and collaborative work by Calgary glass collective Bee Kingdom.
Hanging by a Thread: an exhibition using textiles to explore the relationships among multiple generations of women.
Potworks: the contemporary state of the ancient tradition of pottery.
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2012 Feature Gallery Exhibitions

Thinking Big: highlighting the work behind public arts projects
Pulp Paper Pages: contemporary Albertan book and paper arts
Translations: Recent Tapestries by Jane Kidd
Negotiating Tradition: Five Approaches in Contemporary Tapestry
SHIFT: a transformative state of mind - an exhibition of work by senior students and graduates from the ACAD Jewellery + Metal program.
Passages: a group exhibition exploring the passage of time
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Pulp Paper Pages: April 14 - July 7, 2012

Paper and book arts are a vibrant aspect of contemporary craft.  This major survey exhibition was a joint project of the Alberta Craft Council and the Calgary and Alberta North chapters of the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Arts Guild.  This juried exhibition features a wide variety of forms, objects, approaches, techniques and concepts found in both the paper and book arts.
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2011 Feature Gallery Exhibitions

The 16% Exhibition what do arts funding cuts really look like?
In the Red: creation from deficit an exhibition that explores the impact of Alberta’s recent budgetary cuts on an artist’s ability to create
generation whY exploring the voices of craft makers 35 & younger
Natural Flow an exhibition featuring contemporary Alberta hot glass

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Prairie Excellence: 2010 - 2013

Prairie Excellence is a unique and ground-breaking joint project of the Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta Craft Councils.It entailed the participation of more than 160 craft artists across three provinces. Prairie Excellence is a big and significant project for the three craft councils as well as for the participating artists. It is a critically, financially and popularly successful project which explores the breadth, originality, sophistication and growing culture of contemporary craft arts.

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Clay 2010

An exhibition of contemporary ceramics acquired by the
Alberta Foundation for the Arts

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Unity & Diversity: 2009

A total of 33 pieces of fine craft by 30 Alberta craft artists (206 pieces of fine craft by 212 Canadian artists) were selected for the prestigious Unity and Diversity exhibition at the 2009 Cheongju International Craft Biennale (CICB) in South Korea. 

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All About Alberta II: 2006 - 2008

A collection of contemporary fine craft reflecting Alberta's distinct sense of place. This exhibition gathers iconic and iconoclastic expressions of Alberta ... by thirty senior professional members of the Alberta Craft Council. All About Alberta has been seen in Washington, DC for three months and then tour to South Korea, Montreal, Toronto, St. John's, Calgary, and Edmonton.
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The Opera Coat Project: 2006

The Opera Coat Project brings together a diverse group of professional designers, visual artists, craftspersons and artisans from across Alberta. This unique group has created a one of a kind collection showcasing the world of opera through a series of wearable art coats in a collaborative partnership with Edmonton Opera and The Alberta Craft Council.

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