Maxwell Bates and Fellow Expressionist William Leroy Stevenson
Curated by Nancy Townshend
September 29, 2017 – January 25, 2018
Gallery 505 is a Window Gallery located in the lobby of 505 – 8th Ave SW
Alberta Centennial Medalist, Nancy Townshend is an art curator, writer, art historian, and educator. She is the author of three books: Maxwell Bates: Canada’s Premier Expressionist of the 20th Century (Calgary: Snyder Hedlin Fine Arts, 2005); A History of Art in Alberta 1905 – 1970 (Calgary: Bayeux Arts, 2005), and Art Inspired by the Canadian Rockies, Purcell Mountains and Selkirk Mountains 1809-2012 (Calgary: Bayeux Arts, 2012). Her latest extended essay titled Calgary Allied Arts Foundation: 20th and 21st Century Cultural Aspirations for a Loved City gives the extraordinary history of this remarkable organization.
Nancy Townshend’s most recent curatorial work and newly published essay will be showcased during the opening reception of Gallery 505, a fitting event for Canada’s 150 and Alberta Culture Days. The exhibition will include works from both the Glenbow Museum and The City of Calgary Public Art collections and will highlight exceptional works by both Maxwell Bates and William Leroy Stevenson. The book will be available for viewing and sale.
Townshend is a Maxwell Bates and Roy Stevenson specialist. She curated the Virtual Museum of Canada website, Maxwell Bates: Artist, Architect, Writer (2003 – 2013) for the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Townshend also co-curated Maxwell Bates: At The Crossroads of Expressionism for the Edmonton Art Gallery/Art Gallery of Alberta (2004 – 2006). This 90-pieced exhibition traveled to Calgary (during Alberta’s Centennial Year), Saskatoon and Victoria.
Join us in celebrating Townshend’s new book as well as her curated exhibition, which includes Prairie Woman 1947 along with 6 other historical artworks by Bates and Stevenson.
CALGARY ALLIED ARTS FOUNDATION gratefully acknowledges the generous support of:
The City of Calgary Public Art Program,
Calgary Arts Development &
The Glenbow Museum.