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Attending Art School in Calgary

Canada’s “Heart of the New West” gained international acclaim when it hosted the 1988 Winter Olympic Games and the city’s surrounding natural beauty was featured; consequently, the city has become a popular destination for ecotourism. Moreover, Calgary’s sobriquet as the “Nashville of the North” is the result of the city’s burgeoning country music scene, a direct result of the western heritage that has remained at the heart of the metropolis, despite its very cosmopolitan feel, appearance, and amenities. Furthermore, though lacking a catchy nickname to illustrate its true significance, the Calgary art scene is a rich mélange of prominent museums, eclectic galleries, renowned art institutions and organizations, and public works. Among the most popular, the Glenbow Museum is one of Canada’s largest and home to over 28,000 works, as well as a gallery, a library, and an extensive archives. Other major museums include the Cantos Music Museum, the Aero Space Museum, and the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame. A trip to Calgary’s downtown (specifically along Stephen Avenue and 17th Avenue) is in order to tour the wealth of galleries that highlight the diverse works of local artisans. Included among these is the Art Gallery of Calgary, as well as Art Central, a complex that houses over fifty galleries, working artist studios, and art shops.  The galleries at Art Central include such notables as Axis Contemporary Art, Quab Gallery, Collage Gallery, and Be-Art Gallery, as well as studios maintained by Audrey Mabee Studio, Enigma Gallery & Studio, Eric Louis and many more. Finally, the city’s numerous festivals are held annually in celebration of the various cultures represented in the Calgary population, the equally varied musical landscape, and, of course, the performing and visual arts. Most notably, the Artcity Festival, held each September, is a celebration of contemporary visual art, architecture, and design and draws thousands of visitors each fall. In truth, the list of artistic venues and events seem to be constantly growing, making any attempt at properly highlighting them next to impossible short of real time. The influx of new residents as well as new funding has greatly enabled the development of the arts in Calgary, making the “Stampede City” an exceptional choice for any student pursing a study of the arts.

2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4
(403) 220-5110
28,200 (full enrollment)
20 (Department of Art)
Art History, Visual Studies (sculpture, printmaking, photography, painting, drawing, mixed media ), Art Education
Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Fine Arts
Visiting Artist Guest Lecture Series; The Little Gallery (for student and faculty exhibitions); BFA and MFA Graduating Exhibitions; Mezzanine Gallery; Nickle Arts Museum; Fine Arts Student Success Team (FASST)
Noted Alumni:  
Candice Olsen, Harold Kvisle
1407-14 Ave NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 4R3
Photography, Visual Communications Design, Ceramics, Drawing, Fibre, Glass, Jewelry & Metals, Media Arts & Digital Technologies, Painting, Print Media, Sculpture
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Design
Illingworth Kerr Gallery (IKG) and Marion Nicoll Gallery; Stirring Culture ("an ongoing series of public lectures, programs and applied research exploring the relationship between the creative process and the building of culture and community"); The Institute for the Creative Process; Student Resource Centre