March Exhibitions

Don't miss these March art exhibitions!

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Make the most of March by exploring an array of visual art exhibitions happening in Calgary. This month’s roundup will get you up to speed on new exhibitions and what to check out before it’s gone!

Urban Nature

March 1 – April 27,  2024 | Reception and artist talks on March 9, 2 –4 pm
ASA Gallery, Crossroads Art Centre (Suite 222, 1235 26 Ave. SE)
Free to explore

Urban Nature can be understood as areas in urban environments that are home to plants and non-human animals. The Alberta Society of Artists presents the group exhibition Urban Nature featuring the work of Contextural, a community of textile artists.
albertasocietyofartists.com

SpEATchless

March 1 – April 27,  2024
ASA Gallery, Crossroads Art Centre (Suite 222, 1235 26 Ave. SE)
Free to explore

The Alberta Society of Artists presents SpEATchless featuring the work of Alberta artist Kimberly Jones. This exhibition combines diorama and miniature artistry with food themes to create surreal scenes and vignettes that provoke introspection about scale and size as well as our relationship with food and waste.
albertasocietyofartists.com

Pysanky for Peace

March 1 – 30,  2024
Southcentre Mall (100 Anderson Rd. SE)
Free to explore

Join Southcentre Mall for a remarkable celebration of art, culture and solidarity at its third annual Pysanky for Peace event. This initiative pays tribute to the Ukrainian Easter tradition of making or “writing” pysanky, carefully decorated Easter eggs featuring intricate designs in various styles and colours.
southcentremall.com

Traces of Consciousness

March 7 – 9,  2024 | Opening March 6, 7 – 9 pm
cSPACE Marda Loop (1721 29 Ave. SW)
Free to explore

An immersive art installation that pushes the boundaries of traditional art forms to craft an unforgettable experience. Presented by the artist collective LUMINOS.SPACE, this one-of-a-kind journey invites you to a world of captivating light and shadows, brought to life by polished stainless-steel sculptures that act as instruments of light.
luminos.space

A Hot Minute: Erotic Art Exhibition

March 7 – 23, 2024
Christine Klassen Gallery (Suite 200, 321 50 Ave. SE)
Free to explore

Co-curated by Calgary artists Carl White and Karin McGinn, A Hot Minute is a group exhibition in recognition of the erotica art genre, which seeks to portray and celebrate the expansive spectrum of love and lust through the eyes of a diverse roster of artists — emerging to established, from Canada and abroad.
christineklassengallery.com

Nate McLeod: Slow Burn

March 7 – April 6, 2024 | Opening Reception March 7, 5 – 7pm
Herringer Kiss Gallery (Suite 101, 1615 10 Ave. SW)
Free to explore

Calgary artist Nate McLeod’s recent works draw upon tropes of classical painting by combining collected images of objects (found in personal photographs; screenshots of social media posts; his own past works and the works of other artists; AI-generated imagery, etc.) into a unified whole through the use of various framing devices.
herringerkissgallery.com

PARTICLE + WAVE Media Arts Festival

March 7 – April 6, 2024
Emmedia (2005 10 Ave. SW) & Telus SPARK (220 Saint George’s Dr. NE)
Prices vary

This annual media arts festival features a group exhibition of four artworks at EMMEDIA mixing digital and analog technology, and installations at TELUS Spark’s Feature Gallery, along with a full slate of festival programming!
emmedia.ca

Anton Ginzburg: Surface

March 13 – June 2, 2024 | Opening reception March 13, 6 – 9pm
Contemporary Calgary (701 11 St. SW)
With admission

Anton Ginzburg: Surface is a reflection on the use of technology as it relates to cultural labour, data aesthetics and machine learning. The three bodies of work deliberate on surfaces that range from the architectural to the digital screen and beyond, and are relevant to the growing conversations around the role and ethics of AI.
contemporarycalgary.com

Patrick Dunford: Branch Lines

March 15 – April 20, 2024 | Opening reception March 16, 2 – 5pm
Norberg Hall (Suite 333b, 36 Ave. SE)
Free to explore

Norberg Hall is delighted to present Branch Lines, a new exhibition of paintings by Canadian artist Patrick Dunford. Through landscape painting the Winnipeg-born artist investigates human influences on the land and the industries that greatly alter it.
norberghall.com

Joice M Hall: Nocturnal Light

March 16 – April 10, 2024 | Opening reception March 16, 2 – 5pm
Wallace Galleries (500 5 Ave. SW)
Free to explore

This exhibition focuses on the subtleties and dramatic light in the evening and night skies of Kelowna, BC encountered by artist Joice M. Hall while playing with a digital camera’s night scene exposure from her deck.
wallacegalleries.com

Cathy Daley: Gestures

March 16 – April 27, 2024
Newzones Gallery (730 11 Ave. SW)
Free to explore

Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art presents Gestures, a solo exhibition of work created by acclaimed Canadian figurative artist Cathy Daley, marking the two-year anniversary of her passing. The exhibition showcases iconic images of billowing black dresses, tutus and high heels.
newzones.com

Shibboleth

March 22 – May 4, 2024 | Opening reception March 22, 7 – 9pm
The New Gallery (208 Centre St. S)
Free to explore

In Shibboleth, Pedro Barbáchano reframes the collections of institutional museums in order to question the absence of nonconformist bodies and histories within them. Through his use of sculpture and photographic mediation, Barbáchano imagines how communities that have been historically persecuted can emerge and maintain their voices.
thenewgallery.org

Art Madness

March 23, 2024, 6 – 10pm
Apik Gallery (200 Barclay Parade SW)
$5

On the historic closure of Eau Claire Market, Apik Fine Art Gallery is hosting an event showcasing the unique artwork of their visionary artists. Get ready to be dazzled by an explosion of creativity at this Art Madness gallery event!
apikfineart.ca

Last Chance + Ongoing Exhibitions

From Skyworld to Cyberspace

Until March 9 2024
Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Alberta University of the Arts (1407 14 Ave. NW)
Free to explore

Artist Skawennati gathers a number of works which, together, trace a line from our place of origin somewhere in the heavens to the virtual realm. From Skyworld to Cyberspace is a result of Skawennati’s investigation of cultural construction, contemporary Indigenous self-representation and our relationships with the digital world.
auarts.ca

Toni Onley: Plein-Air

Until March 13, 2024 
Wallace Galleries (500 5 Ave. SW)
Free to explore

This exhibition celebrates a selection of works by Toni Onley from around the world. He often painted watercolours from the pontoon of his plane; always seeing the beauty in landscape and challenged by the watercolour medium.
wallacegalleries.com

Even With Sharp Teeth You Can’t Bite Water

Until March 15, 2024
Alberta Printmakers (4025 4 St. SE)
Free to explore

The print works presented as part of this solo exhibition by Nura Ali use abstraction and fragmentation as entry points to meditate on the spatialization of diasporic consciousness and the utility of remaining within spaces of opacity, unknowability and in-betweenness.
albertaprintmakers.com

Haptic Rituals

Until March 16, 2024
Alberta Craft Gallery + Shop, cSPACE Marda Loop (1721 29 Ave. SW)
Free to explore

Lael Chmelyk is a Calgary-based artist and graduate of the Ceramics Department at AUArts. In her exhibition Haptic Rituals she explores ideas of “otherhood” through quilting and functional ceramics, and invites the viewer to question the status quo and investigate the role their physiologies play in their own story.
albertacraft.ab.ca

Three Dimensions

Until March 17, 2024
Contemporary Calgary (701 11 St. SW)
With admission

Three Dimensions is an exhibition showcasing the multidisciplinary art practice of Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins. The show features three installations that combine painting, sculpture, kinetics, interactivity, virtual reality and video.
contemporarycalgary.com

Spotlight: Laura Olive

Until March 20, 2024
Alberta Craft Gallery & Shop, cSPACE Marda Loop (1721 29 Ave. SW)
Free to explore

Join the Alberta Craft Calgary Gallery in celebrating their newest Spotlight exhibition by Laura Olive. Genderf*cked takes a playful approach to pulling apart the systems we’ve been conditioned to see the world through as Laura Olive questions the very definition of gender through a series of wearable art.
albertacraft.ab.ca

Heaven On Earth

Until March 23, 2024
The Bows (2001b 10 Ave. SW)
Free to explore

For Vasquez-Lazo’s debut solo exhibition Heaven on Earth, the artist asks, Can you remember the last thing that you cherished? That you held so close it hurt? Made you feel like a happy child? Heaven on Earth explores ideas of what is left behind in our sacred possessions.
thebows.org

Image of bow with cursive text that reads "Heaven On Earth"
Check out Vasquez-Lazo’s debut solo exhibition, Heaven on Earth.
Kyrgyz Textiles: Introducing the John L. Sommer Collection

Until March 28, 2024
Nickle Galleries (2500 University Dr. NW)
Free to explore

Showcasing important examples of felt textiles and carpets, this exhibition introduces a series of reed screens — textiles that are deeply rooted in Kyrgyz nomadic traditions — embellishing their screens, wrapping each reed with precise patterns that are revealed only after being woven together.
nickle.ucalgary.ca

Resistance & Respiration

Until April 14, 2024
Contemporary Calgary (701 11 St. SW)
With admission

How is breathing an athletic act, a dyad of push-pull, a feat of endurance, a political horizon? This exhibition aims to imagine breathing, and breathlessness, as a productive cause for giddiness, a sensation for whirling and a tendency for staggering.
contemporarycalgary.com

Harry Mitsuo Kiyooka — Artist. Educator. Activist.

Until April 27, 2024
Nickle Galleries (2500 University Dr. NW)
Free to explore

Painter, printmaker, instructor and community builder, Harry Mitsuo Kiyooka straddled the last hundred years in a way that few other artists have. Born in Calgary in 1928, a place he would call home for 94 years, Kiyooka served as an important link between an earlier generation of Alberta artists. Don’t miss this exhibition centred around Kiyooka, curated by Mary-Beth Laviolette.
nickle.ucalgary.ca

Glory, Blood and Power: Money and War through the Ages

Until April 27, 2024 
Nickle Galleries (2500 University Dr. NW)
Free to explore

The Glory, Blood and Power: Money and War through the Ages exhibition examines the interplay between money, power and the capacity to wage war, starting in the ancient era through to the present. Items on display include German notgeld 1921-23, German coins with swastika during the WWII, Jewish concentration camp paper bills, POW notes, paper money after the French Revolution, Roman-Jewish war coins from the First to Second Century and more.
nickle.ucalgary.ca

Lucia Hierro: Corotos y Ajuares

Until April 28, 2024
Esker Foundation (4th floor, 1011 9 Ave. SE)
Free to explore

Corotos y Ajuares brings together a series of soft sculptures and a site-specific mural that focus on everyday items like disposable takeout containers, a paper menu, and a pair of aprons, reflecting Hierro’s experiences as an artist within the Dominican diaspora in Manhattan and the Bronx.
eskerfoundation.com

Juan Ortiz-Apuy: Tropicana

Until April 28, 2024
Esker Foundation (4th floor, 1011 9 Ave. SE)
Free to explore

This exhibition by Juan Ortiz-Apuy is specially designed for kids and teenagers aged 6 – 14. It casts a critical eye on modern consumer society and advertising aimed at children, which often features animals, colours, sounds and shapes.
eskerfoundation.com

Leonard Suryajaya: Parting Gift for Quarantine Blues

Until April 28, 2024
Esker Foundation (4th floor, 1011 9 Ave. SE)
Free to explore

Parting Gift for Quarantine Blues is a site-specific installation that cumulatively reflects on Suryajaya’s past, present and future relations. The installation weaves together images from his two most recent bodies of work.
eskerfoundation.com

Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky: Edelweiss

Until April 28, 2024
Esker Foundation (4th floor, 1011 9 Ave. SE)
Free to explore

Edelweiss is an immersive and evolving exhibition that invites audiences into a dream-like reflection on memory, home and the passage of time. This installation continues the artists’ investigation of mimicry, alternative economies, communities and relationships that can form around familiar objects, and the flow of these objects through our lives.
eskerfoundation.com

Feature Exhibitions at Studio Bell

Ongoing
Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre (850 4 St. SE)
With admission

National Music Centre’s current feature exhibitions tap into the power of music on mental and physical health, honour the latest Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inductees, showcase Indigenous artists making a social impact, and highlight community storytellers through musical artifacts and memories.
studiobell.ca

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