Fleurs de Villes COUNTRYA decorated mannequin in Fleurs de Villes' Country

July Exhibitions

Check out new visual art exhibitions around the city this July! Each month, we spotlight a new or outgoing visual arts exhibition in the city, followed by a roundup of others you can see this month.

During the Calgary Stampede, flower show sensation Fleurs de Villes is set to arrive for the worldwide premiere of its new show Fleurs de Villes COUNTRY, transforming the newly-expanded BMO Centre into a floral wonderland with 22 famous floral mannequins crafted by local florists and inspired by country music superstars, from iconic classics like Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton to contemporary chart toppers like Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Blake Shelton.

Admission is included with Stampede Park entry (with free entry on select days), so stop by the BMO Centre to check it out from July 5 – 14, 2024!

More July exhibitions:

Svea Ferguson — weight lifted

June 22 – August 2, 2024
(1018 9 Ave. SE)
Free to explore

It is through our relationships with material things, including our bodies, that we come to know the world and our place within it. weight lifted, an exhibition of sculptures and digital prints, by Calgary artist Svea Ferguson, contemplates material agency.

Lungs of the Earth

June 22 – October 27, 2024
Leighton Art Centre
(282027 144th St. W, Millarville)
Free to explore

In Lungs of the Earth, Troy Nickle considers trees as integral extensions of our bodies, functioning like lungs by converting carbon dioxide into oxygen and sustaining our breath. Over the years, Nickle’s art has been shaped by a profound relationship with trees, resulting in various site-specific installations and ephemeral works both in natural landscapes and galleries.

Dirty Picture

June 27 – September 7, 2024 | Closing Reception August 30, 7 – 9pm
Truck Contemporary Art (2009 10 Ave. SW)
Free to explore

Taking the form of the set of a fictional dirty picture, this solo exhibition by Ryan Danny Owen recontextualizes various personal archives of pornography magazines and bootleg gay VHS tapes using experimental approaches to remove snippets of material, footage, and imagery. Dirty Picture delves into themes of fantasy, absence, personal narrative, gender, and intergenerational queer identity.

L’automatisme with a cultural identity

July 1 – 31, 2024 | Meet the Artist July 1 & July 31
Calgary Central Library (800 3 St. SE)
Free to explore

The Alberta Society of Artists is pleased to present the solo exhibition L’automatisme with a cultural identity featuring the work of Alberta artist Michael Kiré. Michael began to think what makes Canadian Art Canadian. This exhibition shows an Asiatic cultural influence by merging the disciplines of automatic drawing and writing.

Chris Flodberg: New Works

July 2 – August 3, 2024 | Opening July 2, 5 – 7pm
TrépanierBaer Gallery (Suite #105, 999 8 St SW)
Free to explore

TrépanierBaer presents Chris Flodberg’s most recent work in his second exhibition at the gallery. Within his ever-deepening exploration of the possibilities of the medium, Flodberg says “… I want the viewer to relax into the reality of the paintings and be open to a quiet, contemplative experience where conceptual and intellectual reasoning is replaced by an intuitive and fluid experience.”

The West Exhibition

July 3 – 21, 2024 | Opening July 6, 11am – 5pm
Franz Dopf Gallery (1145 Kensington Cres. NW)
Free to explore

The West features a curated selection of works by prominent and emerging local artists. These artists have drawn inspiration from Alberta’s landscapes, wildlife, and cultural traditions to create pieces that resonate deeply with the region’s identity. The exhibition includes paintings, sculptures, photography and mixed-media art.


July 3 – 29, 2024 | Opening July 11, 4:30 – 7:30pm
cSPACE Marda Loop (1721 29 Ave. SW)
Free to explore

This showcase by Riverview Artists promises a visual feast that transcends boundaries, inviting viewers to immerse themselves in a world where creativity knows no limits. The collective believes in the power of art to evoke emotions, spark conversations, and unite individuals.

Surface, Surface

July 5 – August 3, 2024 | Opening July 5, 5 – 7pm
Herringer Kiss Gallery
(Suite #101, 1615 10 Ave. SW)
Free to explore

Surface, Surface features the work of 14 alumni and former students – some who majored in painting or worked primarily with paint, and others who work with various materials in a painterly way – the exhibition broadly considers what it means to be a “painter.”

From Me To You

July 10, 2024 – January 5, 2025
Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre (850 4 St. SE)
With admission

Shake it up. Twist and shout. It’s time to celebrate the 60th anniversary of The Beatles’ arrival in Canada. National Music Centre’s (NMC) new exhibition From Me to You: The Beatles in Canada 1964 – 1966 offers a nostalgic tribute to the band’s transformative years upon arriving in Canada for the first time.

For more visual arts events and exhibitions, head over to the arts and culture events section of yycwhatson.ca