ACAD to Partner with Glenbow Museum for Alex Janvier Exhibition

Alex Janvier, Untitled,1986, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (42867) © Alex Janvier. Photo: NGC

Calgary, Alta. (June 7, 2018) - Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD) is proud to announce its partnership with Glenbow Museum for the upcoming exhibition featuring works by Governor General’s Award winner and ACAD alumnus, Alex Janvier. ACAD will act as the Community Education Partner to support the exhibition which will take place from June 16 to September 9, 2018.

“ACAD is excited to partner with Glenbow on such an inspiring retrospective,” says Kristine Williamson, Vice President, Engagement.” “Alex Janvier is an incredible and influential Indigenous Canadian artist, and we are honoured to know him as an ACAD alumnus."

The exhibition, Alex Janvier: Modern Indigenous Master, organized by the National Gallery of Canada comes to Glenbow after a very successful run in Ottawa. This major retrospective spans the entirety of Janvier’s 65-plus year career and will showcase over 150 pieces of his art. Janvier graduated from ACAD with honours in 1960 and was awarded the ACAD Board of Governors Award of Excellence in 2011. His work combines Dene iconography with Western abstract styles and is rooted in the geo-cultural landscape of his home in northern Alberta.

During the exhibition, ACAD will also support a panel discussion that will speak directly to the influence that Janvier had on other artists as a pioneer of contemporary aboriginal art in Canada.

The exhibition will take place at the same time that ACAD School of Visual Art faculty member, Gwenessa Lam, will showcase her own installation entitled What Magic at Glenbow as part of their One New Work exhibition series featuring Alberta artists.


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About Alberta College of Art + Design

Founded in 1926, Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD) has been a major contributor to Canada’s visual culture in the 20th century, with many of its graduates gaining significant national and international reputations as artists, designers and creative leaders. ACAD provides accredited degree standard education and learning opportunities to 1,200 students enrolled in full- and part-time studies in a wide range of art, craft and design studio disciplines. In addition to credentialed undergraduate degrees in a variety of program areas, the College offers a Masters of Fine Art in Craft Media, making it the only institution in the province to offer and confer university-level undergraduate and now, graduate degree programs in art, craft and design. ACAD achieved university status on Thursday, March 1, 2018.

About Alex Janvier

Born of Dene Suline and Saulteaux descent in 1935, Alex Janvier was raised in the nurturing care of his family until the age of eight. At this age, the young Janvier was uprooted from his home and sent to the Blue Quills Indian Residential School near St. Paul, Alberta. Although Janvier speaks of having a creative instinct from as far back as he can remember, it was at the residential school that he was given the tools to create his first paintings. Unlike many aboriginal artists of his time, Janvier received formal art training from the Alberta College of Art in Calgary and graduated with honours in 1960. Immediately after graduation, Janvier took up an opportunity to instruct art at the University of Alberta. As a member of the commonly referred to “Indian Group of Seven”, Janvier is one of the significant pioneering aboriginal artists in Canada, and as such has influenced many generations of aboriginal artists.

About Glenbow:

Glenbow has been a key cultural cornerstone in Calgary for over 50 years. Visitors to the museum encounter remarkable connections between art, culture and the world around us. Glenbow is committed to expanding the accessibility and impact of art in our community, through exhibitions and programs that provide meaningful experiences to all audiences.