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Capturing Momentum: Sports in Art

The Art Gallery of Grande Prairie created this exhibition to welcome the visitors and athletes to our northern community for the Arctic Winter Games held in Grande Prairie, March 6 – 13, 2010. This exhibit features various artists from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Collection. Each of the 15 artists has captured sport as a subject matter. Sports have been a widely accepted activity in contemporary society and throughout history, yet sport, as a subject matter in art is not a common genre. The artists chosen in this exhibit have captured the essence of what the activity of sport is – momentum. Movement, action, and speed are not easily rendered in traditional visual media. However, sport has many connections with art.

Sport and art are both forms of expression that can be shared between cultures and can link different countries together, such as the Olympics and the Arctic Winter Games. Sports inspire passion, discipline, perseverance, skill and talent, as does art.

The selection of work chosen represent a variety of artistic style and media from drawing to painting, printmaking and photography to sculpture. The selection of sports also varies in form and skill from football to volleyball, skiing to skating, hockey to golf, as well as the track and field sports. To complete the range of sport genres and to complement the Arctic Winter Games an interactive mural was commissioned by local mural painter Tim Heimdal. Tim focused on the Inuit game ‘The Blanket Toss’ in which he captured the northern setting, the culture, and the sense of community as each member takes turns participating in the sport. The mood is delightful and playful which captures the essence of what sports and art should bring to us all.

This exhibition will become one of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts’ Travelling Exhibitions program in the fall of 2010.