Officially established in 1921 with fourteen Charter Members, the Edmonton Art Club ("EAC”) is the oldest continuing art organization in Alberta. It has been instrumental in helping to lay the foundation for the development of the visual arts in our province.
In 1923, the art section of the local Council of Women approached the Edmonton Art Club with a plan to develop a permanent collection of art for the city. Through their cooperative efforts and the Art Association, the Edmonton Museum of Art (renamed the Edmonton Art Gallery in 1956) was founded. Our contribution was recognized in the development of the Art Gallery of Alberta (“AGA”).
The relationship between the EAC and the Art Gallery of Alberta is embedded in our history, with the EAC being active partners in the establishment of the Edmonton Museum of Art in 1924, renamed the Edmonton Art Gallery in 1956. The Edmonton Art Club contributed one of the first paintings, a work by Alban Cartmell entitled ‘Prairie Trails’, to the Museum’s permanent collection and continued to support the Museum by donating works of art and by contributing funds and instructors for the Gallery’s art classes.
Edmonton Art Club Today
The Edmonton Art Club is a professional association for visual artists with a mandate to promote the visual arts through exhibitions, special projects and arts advocacy. We are a Canadian organization, administered by a volunteer executive council of artists, providing a meeting place for artists of all levels, both professional and non-professional. It is an environment of artists gathering to explore creativity. Friendships are established, information is shared, opinions and ideas are exchanged in a supportive environment.
The club is a leader in the community offering educational opportunities, open studio days, workshops, and demonstrations in all media for its members and non-members. Additionally, a monthly critique of members' artwork by accredited critics are offered.
The Edmonton Art Club knows that our strength lies not only in the words we stand by, but most importantly through the actions of our initiatives. We also understand how important it is for our members to gather in just the right environment, and that is what we strive to provide at the Edmonton Art Club. If you’re looking for a place that nurtures your artistic journey, look no further: we’re here and we can’t wait to see what you can create. Supplementary information regarding Membership Prerequisites, Membership Benefits, Rubrics for Jurying, click here.
“Creativity is contagious, pass it on.” Albert Einstein
* The Changing Picture is an Edmonton Art Club commemorative book, 1921 - 1987
Cover Page Artwork: J. Gordon Sinclair - Tawatinaw Creek Country - Founding Member
Photo courtesy of Neil R. Hughes, Elaine Hughes