Historical Data

Our History

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.

Weber, George c. 1960
Turner, J. Davenall
Taylor, Jack B. c. 1963
Manarey, Thelma c. 1954
Sinclair, J. Gordon
Petley-Jones, Lewellyn
MacDonald, Murray W.
Kitchener, Frederick Marshall
Campbell, Robert c. 1947
Barnhouse, Dorothy
Percy Henson
Cartmell, Alban c. 1925
Walker, Ella May c. 1930
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.

List of Fourteen Charter Members     Original Constitution & Policies     Historical Membership List

The Changing Picture                         History of the Edmonton Art Club



Edmonton Art Club Original Constitution Document

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