About

The Marion Nicoll Gallery  acknowledges that it rests on the traditional Treaty 7 territories of the Blackfoot people and in the spirit of our efforts to promote reconciliation, we acknowledge the traditional territories and oral practices of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Piikani and Kainai), the Tsuut’ina (Sarcee), the Stoney Nakoda First Nations (Bearspaw, Chiniki and Wesley), the Metis Nation (Region 3) and all those who make their homes in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta.

About the Gallery

Established by the Alberta University of the Arts Students’ Association (AUArts SA) – formerly Alberta College of Art + Design Students’ Association (ACADSA), the student-run Marion Nicoll Gallery (MNG) is a unique forum for showcasing student work, inspiring experimentation, and stimulating critical dialogue.

This unique gallery is modeled after a not-for-profit gallery, and encourages conceptual freedom and diversity. Directed by students, the MNG provides emerging artists and designers with an opportunity to develop experience in curation, arts administration, jurors, and exhibitors.

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Hours & Location

Marion Nicoll Gallery at the
Alberta University of the Arts
1407 – 14 Ave. NW
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 4R3

Email: mng.acadsa@acad.ca

Exhibition Hours – Daily 8 PM – 10 PM

About Marion Nicoll

Nicoll - Expanding White, 1960. Collection of the Alberta Foundation of the Arts)
Expanding White, 1960. Collection of the Alberta Foundation of the Arts.

Marion Nicoll (1909-1985) studied art at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto, and continued her education at the Provincial Institute of Technology and Art (which is now the Alberta University of the Arts) from 1929-1932. After further study abroad, she returned to the Alberta University of the Arts, where she became the first woman instructor, and continued to teach for thirty years until 1966. She was also the first woman on the prairies to become a member of the Royal Canadian Academy. She was a staunch member and supporter of the Alberta Society of Artists (ASA), and also a member of the Print and Drawing Council of Canada. In 1958 she was awarded a Canada Council Grant and received the Province of Alberta Achievement Award.

Marion produced strong watercolours, drawings and oils through the 1930s, 40s and 50s. While teaching at the Banff School, she met Jock MacDonald who introduced her to automatic drawing which became a bridge to her later abstract works. Her paintings and prints are distinctive in their bold composition and imagery. She experimented with many print-making techniques, including woodblock and clay prints.

>>Read more about Marion Nicoll in the book “Marion Nicoll: Silence and Alchemy”

About Our Spaces

LRT Window

mng - empty lrt spaceThe LRT Window is located in the ACAD/Jubilee hallway which acts as a main thoroughfare for the public. The space is enclosed, with three large windows facing the hallway. This space is available to students for one month exhibitions, and aims to present work that transforms the environment by presenting the work in an unusual, engaging and professional manner.

MNG LRT Window Space Map

Main Space

mng - empty main spaceLocated in the Main Mall at ACAD, the MNG Main Space provides a setting for large scale installations, group shows and individual bodies of work, for a period of two weeks.

MNG Main Space Map

Past Spaces

+ 15 Window Space

The + 15 Window Space was located in Arts Commons. Fronted completely by glass, the storefront is suited for small-scale installations or exhibitions. As part of the city’s +15 walkway system, the space has a diverse audience, and exhibitions run for a period of two months, and presents the opportunity to show alongside other Calgary artist run centres: Truck, Stride, Alberta Printmakers’, The New Gallery and the Untitled Art Society. Read about our Collective Action to Leave Action to Leave Arts Commons’ +15 Window Spaces.

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