Acquisitions and Programming

Art Acquisition  adds to the collection through an annual juried Art Acquisition by Application program, the Art Collection Committee purchase program, the Public Art Commission program and a donation program to support steady and diverse collection growth. Works collected are accessioned, maintained to professional museum standards, and held in trust by the AFA. 

The Art Acquisition by Application program supports the collection of works of art by Alberta artists and encourages the development of a strong visual arts community. The Art Acquisition by Application program submission deadline is April 1.

Guidelines   Application _

The Public Art Commission program supports the creation of original works of art for the inclusion in public spaces, assisting in the development of a strong visual arts community. The Public Art Commission program submission deadline in October 1. 

Guidelines   Application _

The Art Placement program was started in 1976 to ensure Albertans have opportunities to enjoy the collection. By making the collection physically available, we enhance public spaces in government offices and buildings, non-profit institutions, and organizations.

Extended Loan places large sculptures in public areas. These popular sculptures are found in outdoor spaces, foyers, and open areas of public buildings.

The Exhibition Program loans artworks to institutions and galleries for provincial and national exhibitions. The historical and contemporary aspects of the collection are valuable to curators, art professionals, and educators as an unparalleled source for research and Alberta art studies.

The Resource Centre collects and provides access to information about the visual arts in Alberta. Resources are available for use on-site during office hours and include exhibition catalogues, books, magazines and newsletters, 35 mm slides, audiovisual materials, and artist files. 

Art Maintenance and Conservation ensures that the care and handling, preparation, and preservation of artwork are conducted according to museum and archival standards, fulfilling the AFA’s legislated responsibility to preserve and maintain the art collection. The management of the AFA Art Collection is detailed in both the AFA Collection Management Policy and the Collection Development Plan. 

For more information:

Main Information Line: (780) 427-9968 (toll-free within Alberta by first dialling 310-0000)

Management: Erin McDonald, Manager, Art Collections T: (780) 415-0815  E: 

Gail Lint, Art Collections Consultant T: (780) 415-0253 E:
Duncan Johnson, Art Collections Consultant T: (780) 415-0252 E:
Ellie Capak, Art Collections Consultant T: (780) 638-2850 E:
Kristin Stoesz, Art Collections Registrar T: (780) 415-0250 E:
Neil Lazaruk, Art Preparator T: (780) 415-0254 E: