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The Alberta Society of Artists
The Alberta Society of Artists (ASA) is an association of professional artists whose objective is to foster and promote the development of the visual arts in the Province of Alberta. The Society sees implicit in its objectives an active involvement in governmental, social, economic and educational issues as they affect the arts in the Province.
The Mission of the Alberta Society of Artists is to have an active membership of professional visual artists, which will strive for excellence, and shall through exhibition, education and communication, increase public awareness and appreciation of the visual arts.
The Society is a Non-profit, Registered Charity that works with public venues to provide enhanced support for existing programs in education and exhibition. Members of the Society are juried in by their peers and provide professional recognition to the province’s artist community. Alberta artists may apply for Juried Membership during our annual drive.
There is an open membership category for Associate Memberswho may contribute to the Society in many ways. They may volunteer, apply for exhibitions and participate with board activities, including annual meetings wherein they have the right to vote. All Members receive a newsletter that has been existence since the 1930’s.
Non-member artists may participate in most exhibition calls. Our group exhibitions are ‘blind’ juried by a revolving list of both juried ASA members and other invited professionals. We welcome and encourage non-member participation.
Every year, the Society provides scholarships to post-secondary and graduate Visual Arts students who attend colleges or universities in Alberta. Our Exhibitions and speaker and artist talk events reach the general public throughout Alberta in venues that are free to the public: The Art Gallery of Alberta Community Gallery and the Walterdale Theatre in Edmonton, the Northern & Southern JubileeAuditoria, the Calgary Public Libraries,Western GM Gallery in Drumheller, and Crowsnest Pass Art Gallery in Blairmore exhibit our juried group exhibitions annually.
In addition, the ASA is responsible for the TREX program in South-western Alberta. Trex provides art exhibitions to communities, schools and libraries throughout its designated region.
A BRIEF HISTORY
The ASA is a large part of Alberta’s visual arts history, through its members, its exhibitions and other initiatives. The Alberta Society of Artists was founded in 1931, making it the oldest society of juried professional artists in the province. The organization has a colorful history, entwined with the history of visual arts in Alberta. The organization can count many important historical figures among its members, including A.C. Leighton and H. G. Glyde (ASA’s first two presidents), Marion Nicoll, Maxwell Bates, Illingworth Kerr, Stan Perrott and Janet Mitchell.