ACAD’s Illingworth Kerr Gallery explores its six-decade history with milestone exhibition Unpacking IKG: 60 Years a Gallery

The exhibition coincides with 2018 Alberta Culture Days, Alberta's largest celebration of arts, heritage, diversity and community spirit

Calgary, Alta. - ACAD’s Illingworth Kerr Gallery is commemorating their 60th anniversary with a retrospective exhibition entitled, Unpacking IKG: 60 Years a Gallery. This exhibition explores their elusive 60-year history which has never been profiled before. The exhibition includes material from their extensive archive, such as documents, photos, artwork from the ACAD collection, video and other ephemera.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 25 until Saturday, December 8, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday September 28, 2018 from 5 until 8 p.m.

WHERE: ACAD’s Illingworth Kerr Gallery - 1407, 14th Ave NW, Calgary, Alberta

A timeline running through the exhibition will contextualize events and programs in the gallery and ACAD alongside major events happening in Alberta, Canada and internationally. As well, the timeline will outline the history of the college from when it was part of the Provincial Institute of Technology and Art in 1916, its autonomy from SAIT in 1985, and culminating to the present day as they transition from a college to university and reveal a new name and brand January 2019.

The exhibition will be complemented with a series of public programs including weekly gallery tours hosted by subject matter experts focusing on topics such as, design (pre and post digital), art theory, history of craft, journalism and role of art writing and art criticism, and more.

To coincide with Alberta Culture Days, ACAD and the IKG will be hosting additional tours, workshops and events that are free, family-friendly and open to the public from Friday, September 28 until Sunday, September 30. Please visit for more information.


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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 ACAD’s Illingworth Kerr Gallery

The Illingworth Kerr Gallery (IKG), as part of the Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD), provides a platform for curated exhibitions and other forms of cultural research production, with a focus on contemporary visual culture. A vital part of ACAD’s Office of Research and Academic Affairs, it supports graduate and undergraduate learning, provides a rich mix of public programming, and participates in global dialogue by hosting local, regional and international artists working in a variety of disciplines.