50th Anniversary of the AFA Art Collection

On September 29, 2022, we mark the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of the AFA Art Collection. Learn more about the celebrations!

Established in 1972, the AFA Art Collection is a unique representation of the history, development and achievements of our provincial visual arts community. Today, the AFA is proud to manage one of the strongest, most active provincial art collections in Canada.

To commemorate the anniversary, the AFA is celebrating the collection's history as well as investing in Alberta artists for the future!

Documentary video series

The AFA is developing a series of five documentary videos, approximately 10 minutes each in length, that tell the story of the AFA Art Collection. The videos will published on the AFA's YouTube channel, with the first episode coming later this fall. (See teaser above.) We will provide links and descriptions of each video below as they are published. 

The videos are being produced by Hidden Story Productions, which is working closely with AFA staff throughout the production process. 

50th Anniversary Micro-Grants for Visual Arts

The AFA is establishing a one-time funding opportunity for artists to support art projects that engage in dialogue on visual culture in our province.

The program will provide micro-grants of up to $2,500 per applicant for successful project applications.

  • you can apply for this funding even if you already have an open grant application with the AFA

Eligible projects for this program includes visual arts projects in a variety of media, including Indigenous traditional arts such as beading, jewellery making, and quilling.

Artists can apply beginning on October 1. This program is a subset of the AFA’s Visual Arts and New Media Individual Project Funding grant.

  • IMPORTANT: When you apply, please start your Project Name with “AFA 50th…”

The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, December 1, 2022.

Read the guidelines

TREX exhibitions

The AFA is pleased to have worked with its Travelling Exhibitions (TREX) partners to support the curation of special, 50th Anniversary themed exhibitions, which will tour across Alberta until 2025.

  • TREX Southwest (Alberta Society of Artists) – “Montageries”
  • TREX Southeast (Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre) – “Party On!”

Find out whether an AFA Travelling Exhibition is in your community by connecting with our regional TREX providers

Learn about the history of the AFA Art Collection

As we celebrate throughout this year and next, the AFA will publish stories on our News feed about the history of the collection from the past 50 years. 

We will add additional stories to this list as they are published. 

Share and support

AFA clients and supporters are encouraged to share information and raise awareness about the 50th Anniversary of the AFA Art Collection. 

View the AFA Art Collection

Digital images of nearly every AFA artwork are available to view online for free on the AFA Virtual Museum. More than 9,000 artworks are available to view. 

Browse the collection now!