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SAAG Announces new Executive Director

June 18 - December 31, 12:00am - 12:00am

Southern Alberta Art Gallery announces new Executive Director


Lethbridge, AB. May 25, 2018 – The Southern Alberta Art Gallery (SAAG), an internationally-acclaimed institution fostering the work of contemporary artists, announced today that Kristy Trinier will step into the role of Executive Director. Beginning June 18, 2018, Trinier will replace Ryan Doherty, who has occupied the role of Director/Curator since 2013, and oversee the future expansion of the gallery. 


Chair of the Urvil Thakor said “The Board of Directors of SAAG is thrilled to announce Kristy Trinier as the new Executive Director of SAAG. After having gone through an extensive search that brought us an impressive list of candidates from around the world and through multiple interviews with directors, stakeholders as well as community engagement, we were fortunate to find our ideal candidate. Kristy Trinier is an exceptionally skilled and well-qualified individual who is eager to lead our gallery. Her experience at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and the Art Gallery of Alberta will be a great asset as she takes on the challenges of being Executive Director. With her international experience in contemporary art and passion for developing the gallery and its supporting community, we are confident that Kristy will take the SAAG to new heights. We are pleased to welcome her to the SAAG team.”


Kristy Trinier is a curator, art director and arts consultant. Her previous roles include Director of Visual, Digital and Media Arts at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity; Curator at the Art Gallery of Alberta, in which she curated Survival GuideThe Blur in BetweenFuture Station: 2015 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art, as well as exhibitions at the AGA and Enterprise Square Galleries; Public Art Director at the Edmonton Arts Council, where she managed the City of Edmonton’s Public Art Collection, related exhibitions and public art programs and Campaign Grant Writer at Banff Centre. Trinier holds a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Art and English from the University of Victoria, and a Master’s degree in Public Art from the Dutch Art Institute as a Huygens scholar in The Netherlands. She is currently pursuing PhD studies in Philosophy, Art and Critical Thought at European Graduate School based in Switzerland. She is the Secretary and a core member of Ociciwan Contemporary Art Collective and producer of Publication Studio Edmonton at 66B, a print on demand artist book publishing project.


Located in the heart of downtown Lethbridge, the Southern Alberta Art Gallery offers dynamic, award winning contemporary art programming and exhibitions. The gallery’s park setting and proximity to local cafés and shops make it an excellent place to drop in and explore during a day’s outing. Its many programs include children’s art classes, cutting-edge exhibits, and expert lectures and artist presentations.


For more information, visit www.saag.ca or call 403-327-8770.

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