Category Archives: VAAA

Are You an Edmonton-area Artist? Read on to win $10,000…

The new application form for the Eldon and Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Art Prize is now up on our site.

If you are an Edmonton and area artist and have exhibited in an Edmonton and area gallery in 2012, you are eligible to win $10,000!

For details, check out the application form here.

Visual Arts Alberta Association: AGM Update

The Visual Arts Alberta AGM was held in Calgary this past weekend. Two Alberta politicians (the Honourable Teresa Woo-Paw and Dr. David Swann)  joined us for an Open Discussion on the partnership between Visual Arts Alberta and  Alberta College of Art & Design Student Association (ACADSA).

At this year’s AGM, Margaret Witschl (CARFAC National Representative from Alberta) made a motion that was firmly endorced by all present for Visual Arts Alberta to become the Provincial Affiliate for CARFAC in Alberta.

MOTION: Visual Arts Alberta has operated as provincial affiliate host for the national arts organization Canadian Artists’ Representation/Le Front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC) in the province of Alberta for the past four years. I move that Visual Arts Alberta formalize it’s tie with the national arts organization Canadian Artists’ Representation/ Le Front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC) to become the provincial affiliate in Alberta. Visual Arts Alberta will continue to operate as a Provincial Arts Service Organization in Alberta and be known by the legal name Visual Arts Alberta Association and by the common name Visual Arts Alberta – CARFAC.

This motion was seconded by Paddy Lamb. All in favour. (more…)

Visual Arts Alberta’s new employee in Calgary: Graeme Dearden

Visual Arts Alberta would like to introduce Graeme Dearden. Graeme will be our Communication Assistant working at ACAD (Calgary) starting in September.

A third year ACAD student working in glass and printmaking, Graeme has extensive volunteer experience, combined with relevant work experience and a number of awards to his credit (5 awards and scholarships in 2012 alone!).

Graeme will be working 30 hour per month for Visual Arts Alberta in Calgary. During the school year, every Wednesday between noon and 2pm, Graeme will keep office hours near the cafeteria (main mall of ACAD).

Join Visual Arts Alberta and CARFAC

Visual Arts Alberta is your Provincial Arts Service Organization. As Alberta’s Visual Arts Organization, we are the provincial host for the national professional arts group CARFAC (the organization that implemented artists fees in Canada).

The cost for membership for an individual member of Visual Arts Alberta is $40, the cost for a CARFAC individual membership is $45.  A combined membership costs $75.  Discounts are available for students and seniors.

The Visual Arts Alberta and CARFAC membership form for 2012  is available under VAAA Forms on the grey tab at the top of the home page.


The VAAA Alberta Gallery Requirement Survey, 4 years in the making, can now be downloaded.  This booklet contains summary information for Alberta public and commercial galleries and artist-run centres:  the information you need for location, mandate, submission requirements, and terms of exhibition. The intent of this Gallery Survey is to provide Alberta artists with a useful tool when planning their exhibition and marketing strategies, in addition to giving Alberta galleries a resource that they can give to artists – a valuable, time-saving aid for both.  We hope you find it useful.