Welcome to Lorenzo Fusi and announces IKG LIVE 1, a 4 day long festival dedicated to live art

Press Release - Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Lorenzo Fusi has been in Calgary for only three weeks and he is already opening IKG’s doors to Alberta artists. As the new Visiting Academic Curator at ACAD’s Illingworth Kerr Gallery (IKG), Lorenzo has launched a call for submissions IKG LIVE 1, a four day long festival dedicated to live art (including happenings and actions, performance, physical theatre and dance).
Taking place April 5-8, 2016 this new annual festival (the next reiteration scheduled for September 2017) will include performances by artists or artist collectives. The call is open to artists either born in or residing in Alberta. Artists will be offered an empty gallery space with standard tech and lighting support. Performances will occur either simultaneously or consecutively. Deadline for submissions is March 2016, 5 p.m
“As you can tell he has hit the ground running,” says Alison Miyauchi, Associate Vice President, Research and Academic Affairs at ACAD, “and we couldn’t be more thrilled.” She continues, “ACAD’s IKG fosters a vibrant culture of art and design in Alberta by providing context for viewing and discussion of new and recent works in all media and with Lorenzo’s appointment, the gallery will continue to build collaborations in and outside of ACAD.”
For Lorenzo’s part he is delighted to join ACAD and be part of the prestigious history of ACAD’s IKG. “This new position offers me the unique opportunity to bring together under the same umbrella two of my professional core interests: curation and education. I’m looking forward to contributing to Alberta’s cultural life, working with artists from the region and beyond, our students and faculty through an international perspective.”
A perspective that comes directly from Lorenzo’s recent experience as the Artistic Director of PIAC, the International Contemporary Art Prize of the Foundation Prince Pierre de Monaco. He was also the Director of Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool, one of the oldest not-for-profit photography galleries in the UK. Fusi was the International Curator at the Liverpool Biennial, for which he curated the 2010 and 2012 renditions, titled Touched and The Unexpected Guest. Between 2001 and 2009 he was the Chief Curator at Palazzo delle Papesse Contemporary Art Centre, to then become the Contemporary Art Curator of the Santa Maria della Scala museum hub in Siena (Italy).
Over the years, Fusi has commissioned almost 200 new works to artists from around the world at different stages in their career, curated or co-curated over 50 exhibitions (between solo presentations, group shows and retrospectives), and written and edited numerous publications. Fusi regularly lectures at UK universities and internationally. He sits in the Board of Directors of LOOK, Liverpool International Photography Festival, and is a Board Member of the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco (NMNM).
(IKG) is a world-class exhibition space and flexible platform for critical enquiry and theoretical debate with a focus on visual culture. The gallery acts as an interface between ACAD and the broader community. ACAD’s IKG is the longest-running international art program in Calgary, and a vital component of the city’s cultural ecology.
For more information and to arrange interviews contact JoAnn Reynolds, 
External Communications, Alberta College of Art + Design c. 587.892.5394   joann.reynolds@auarts.ca