New art exhibition opening this Friday.
We're Coming Home!
The Prairie Art Gallery is coming home! The construction in our main gallery space was completed this week and we’re having the first exhibition in that space in 14 months. Join us this Friday at 7:00pm for the opening reception of John Kissick: A Nervous Decade. Although we’ve enjoyed bringing you 11 art exhibitions held within the available gallery space and within the Montrose Cultural Centre, we’re happy to welcome the public back to our largest exhibition space.

Beginning September 7, 2010, the construction project required the gallery’s art exhibitions to be temporarily interrupted with the closure of the largest exhibition space. On September 2, 2011 the construction project required the gallery to close completely while the exhibition and reception areas were completed, including new flooring throughout. The gallery staff set up temporary offices at Centre 2000 as guests of the Grande Prairie Museum and Heritage Discovery Centre.

“Both the City of Grande Prairie and the Heritage Discovery Centre have been very kind to us and we thank them for their generosity,” says Robert Steven, Executive Director and Curator of the Prairie Art Gallery.

The construction to the restored Prairie Art Gallery, west of the Montrose Cultural Centre continues and the completed gallery is scheduled to open in spring 2012.

John Kissick: A Nervous Decade 
November 18 - December 10, 2011
Opening reception: Friday, November 18, 2011 at 7:00 pm

John Kissick’s work has enjoyed acclaim over the past decade for its ongoing attempts to position itself in a viable, if highly critical, dialogue with the historical conventions of abstract painting. What Kissick does with such agility is weave the familiar (the supergraphics on 1960’s civic architecture and contemporary popular music are just two examples) into a much more expansive conversation about circuitous quotation and the institutionalization of artistic processes. Cynicism and sentimentality (often associated with pastiche and contemporary abstraction respectively) are abandoned in favour of a knowing – and constantly evolving – body of work.

A Nervous Decade brings together over twenty paintings on canvas and panel from public and private collections throughout Canada. Originally conceived as a mid-career survey, this exhibition traces Kissick’s early exploration and re-assembly of an abstract expressionist lexicon, through a current immersion in hybrid painting derived from tropes gleaned from popular culture. His focus on complicating the interpretive procedures at play in viewing painting has evolved into a current interest in sentiment in the supposedly raw experience of looking. A Nervous Decade is just a glimpse into Kissick’s intelligent and dynamic practice.


The Montrose Cultural Centre opened its doors in June 2009. It is home to The Prairie Art Gallery, the Grande Prairie Public Library and Esquires Coffee House. It is a place for the community to gather in support of the arts and literacy in Grande Prairie.

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