Heritage Art Series Promotional Images

Floods, Blood, and Bitumen

October 13 - November 19, 2016

University of Alberta Museums Galleries at Enterprise Square (10230 Jasper Ave) - Idea Lounge

Gallery Hours: Thursday / Friday: 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Saturday: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

(Admission by donation)

The University of Alberta Museums is proud to host the Heritage Art Series. This exhibition, Floods, Blood, and Bitumen, features a growing collection of scenes from Alberta's past organized by a collaborative team of archaeologists and historians from Alberta's Historic Resources Management Branch, the Royal Alberta Museum, and the University of Alberta's Department of Anthropology and Institute of Prairie Archaeology. Each artwork shares an important story about the people of Alberta. Bold and evocative depictions represent a multicultural history that is emotional, colourful, and dramatic. The aim of the series is to inspire a desire to learn more about our province's heritage and to instill a deeper respect for it's history.

The Heritage Art Series began in 2014 with four artists. Now the collection has grown to 14 original artworks, along with supporting interpretive stories, posters and magazine articles. The aim is for the project to be complete by 2018, with 20 to 25 pieces.

Floods, Blood, and Bitumen and the Heritage Art Series were created by Todd Kristensen, a PhD student in anthropology at the University of Alberta through his work with the Alberta government's Historic Resources Management Branch. His goal is to showcase significant episodes in the evolution of western North America through art and storytelling.

The Heritage Art Series recently won an award from the Archaeological Society of Alberta and a national award from the Canadian Archaeological Association.


October 28, 2016 - "Colouring the Past: Art in Archaeology" - Free Lunch-Hour Lecture

November 4, 2016 - "Reading Layers: The Science of Stratigraphy and Floods in Alberta" - Free Lunch-Hour Lecture

October 2016 UAlberta Museums Boiler Plate

Photo Credit (left to right):

Mazama, Karen Bishop

Autumn Trapper's Cabin, Gregg Johnson

Ice Fishing, Jenny Keith

Writing on Stone, Anne McCartney