Passion Project

Terrain of the Domestic # 5 - Bill Laing

Tell me what you collect, tell me how you collect, and I will tell you who you are.”

- Jean Willy Mestach, artist

Collecting art is an act of passion, from the individual to the institution. Passion Project tells the story of how the University of Alberta has developed an outstanding art collection, shaped by the personal passion and collective vision of donors, artists, curators, and community.

With artworks from Canadian luminaries such as the Group of Seven and Jack Bush and international artists ranging from Marc Chagall to Tracy Emin, Passion Project features recent donations to the art collection, most of which have not yet been exhibited, but also includes historically important works in the collection, such as the first major work of art donated to the U of A in 1931 (a painting by Group of Seven artist A.J. Casson).

Today, the University of Alberta Art Collection numbers more than 9,000 works of art and artifacts. From class gifts to art donated by visiting artists, the collection chronicles the stories of individuals, the maturing of the University of Alberta, the work of emerging and established artists, and the vision of what a public collection can be for our community. Most importantly, it demonstrates how the generosity of a passionate collector can impact and inspire us all.

Passion Project consists of 75 works of art acquired by the University of Alberta Art Collection, primarily in the past 10 years, most of which have not yet been exhibited. It is our way of saying thank you to our community.

Whether you are a seasoned collector, an artist or merely a curious viewer, we hope you will be inspired by what you see and consider your own passions.

Gallery Hours

Thursday and Friday: 12pm - 6 pm
Saturday: 12 pm - 4 pm

Exhibition Programming and Events


Date and Time

Thursday, November 22, 2012 - Saturday, March 02, 2013

Contact Information

University of Alberta Museums


admission by donation.


University of Alberta Museums at Enterprise Square
Main floor, 10230 Jasper Ave.