The programming developed at the IKG has gone on to change the world of contemporary art and design. With IKG shows travelling to the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Europe and across Canada, ACAD's reputation for exhibiting international quality art and design works that challenge our boundaries and expectations continue to grow.
Under the direction of Curator and Director of Exhibitions Wayne Baerwaldt, ACAD's Illingworth Kerr Gallery has created exhibitions which have gone on to excite audiences around the world. Illingworth Kerr Gallery creations can be found from Berlin to the MOMA, and they all started here.
What's happening this year at the IKG? Don't want to miss an opening, a visiting artist talk, a seminar or a film series? With events held year round in this, the largest of ACAD's professional gallery spaces, there is something for everyone. Don't miss out on any Illingworth Kerr Gallery news: stay up to date with the IKG e-updates newsletter +
Art is everywhere at ACAD. Exhibitions take place throughout the building: in studios, project rooms, major-specific gallery sites, and the College’s two publicly accessible galleries.
With eight different student run independent exhibition spaces including the Cahoots Gallery, the Polly & Esther Gallery, the 378.5 Gallery, the Ivan Gallery, the Print Gallery, and the Upper and Lower EP Kase Galleries, ACAD students have an opportunity to share their work and to begin their practice as professional artists and designers from their first day of classes.
Our campus is also home to two professional gallery spaces – The Marion Nicoll Gallery (MNG) and the Illingworth kerr Gallery (IKG). The student-run Marion Nicoll Gallery showcases only student work, and is curated and managed each year by ACAD students. This professional gallery space has been home to some of Canada’s most exciting artists, and opening receptions for shows at the MNG are among ACAD’s most unique public events.
The Illingworth Kerr Gallery is a nationally recognized exhibition space and cultural institution, and each year it opens its doors to shows by international artists and designers. Work shown first at the IKG has gone on to the Venice Biennale and the MOMA in New York – with such an internationally renowned gallery right on campus ACAD students are at the front of the line to see some of the most exciting art in the world.
ACAD’s IKG has managed a public exhibition program of contemporary visual art for nearly 50 years, the longest running international art program in Calgary. In that time, the Illingworth Kerr Gallery has brought some of the most exciting voices in contemporary art and design to Calgary, and to our student’s front door.
ACAD students are taking over the campus, and our student run gallery spaces get better and better each year. With eight different student-run galleries on campus and a professional gallery dedicated to showcasing and supporting student art and design, our campus is alive year-round with innovative, creative and unique student work. Where can you go on campus to see student work in action?