The northernmost major city in North America, Edmonton is the capital of Alberta and is commonly referred to as “the city of champions”, which has very little to do with a certain hockey player and everything to do with the resiliency of its citizens to endure in the face of any obstacle. Bisected by the North Saskatchewan River, this river city is currently enjoying a significant renaissance due to a revitalized economy and the consequent population boom. In particular, the city’s “downtown core” has experienced tremendous redevelopment and is now not only Edmonton’s Central Business District, but also the home of the Arts District, the Government Precinct, the Warehouse District, and the Commercial Core. A significant impetus for downtown’s redevelopment and beautification is the a result of the Art and Design in Public Places initiative started in 1998, responsible for the placement of publicly and privately funded works throughout the region. Also instrumental to downtown’s cultural identity is the Arts District, which is not only a hub of museums and galleries, but also the host of numerous events each year, such as The Works Art & Design Festival. In fact, the Edmonton art scene hardly lacks for events or venues as the city houses over 16 museums and countless galleries. Most notably, the Royal Alberta Museum maintains over ten million objects, 13 curatorial programs, and stands as one of Canada’s largest and most distinguished museums. Additionally, the Art Gallery of Alberta is the city’s most well known (and largest) single gallery and is located in the heart of the Arts District at Churchill Square. Other galleries, primarily located along or around the 124th Street thoroughfare, include the Bearclaw Gallery, Campbell’s Art Registry, Douglas Udell Gallery, Scott Gallery, TU Gallery, Agnes Bugera Gallery, and Art Mode Gallery. Moreover, the wildly popular Edmonton International Fringe Festival, second in size in the world only to Edinburgh, takes place for ten days each August in Old Strathcona and features, quite literally, anything and everything. In truth, the only attraction that seems to draw more visitors into the city other than the arts is North America’s largest shopping mall, the West Edmonton Mall, replete with a luxury hotel, a skating rink, water park, amusement park, and over 800 shops.
|Enrollment:||36,562 (full enrollment)|
|Faculty:||19 full-time, 33 sessional instructors (Department of Art)|
|Programs:||Visual Communication Design, Industrial Design, Drawing/Intermedia, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, History of Art, Design and Visual Culture|
|Degrees:||Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Design, Master of Design, Ph.D. (interdisciplinary studies)|
|Features:||The Faculty of the Arts maintains over 40 areas of concentration and nearly 1,600 undergraduate courses; The Department of Art was the recipient of the first Canada Research Chair in the Fine Arts; the Fine Arts Building (FAB) Gallery provides all students with a professionally run exhibition space to display their work and to see the work of other prominent artists and designers; the University of Alberta is largely considered one of Canada's foremost universities, with special recognitions consistently given for its excellence in research and faculty|
|Noted Alumni:||Richard E. Taylor (Nobel Laureate), Nathan Braun, W.O. Mitchell, Paul Michael Gross|