Allard Hall, MacEwan University’s newest building, officially opened its doors in September. The building’s primary purpose is to house MacEwan’s fine and performing arts programs, which were previously located on the university’s west-end campus, but Allard Hall is about so much more than providing new classrooms for academic programs.
The university recognized that moving the arts downtown, and creating industry-quality, purpose-built spaces, would open up opportunities to better engage with Edmonton’s creative scene and with the downtown community. The spaces in Allard Hall open doors to bring the community together and engage in conversation through and about art.
One such space is the John and Maggie Mitchell Art Gallery. This professional gallery is dedicated to presenting exhibitions, programs and publications that feature diverse artistic and curatorial perspectives, and committed to engaging the public and the university community in critical discourse about contemporary art.
A Professional Space
Having a public art gallery on site is a first for the university. Though temporary spaces were set up to display student work in the previous building, there was no proper gallery space and certainly no feasible way of presenting exhibitions featuring professional artists.
The John and Maggie Mitchell Art Gallery will feature the work of professional artists from Edmonton, Alberta and around the country, and support curatorial research, according to Allan Gilliland, dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications. It will create connections with the community outside of MacEwan, drawing visitors to campus to engage with the exhibitions, which will be free to visit. “It’s going to be so great to see people visiting the building for the sake of the art gallery,” says Gilliland.
Where This Goes
The gallery officially launches on October 20 with the opening of Where This Goes, an exhibition featuring the work of seven MacEwan Fine Art alumni: Sean Caulfield, DaveandJenn, Tanya Harnett, …read more
Source:: Edmonton Journal