Stride is a non-for-profit artist run centre that values experimental, risk-taking art work, and fosters community conversation and participation.
Stride provides gallery exhibition spaces as well as research and presentation opportunities for diverse art projects that encourage the reconsideration and reframing of conventional points of view.
Stride stimulates a curious and engaged society that recognizes contemporary artists for their commitment to critical discourse, research, creative expression and their contributions to community and culture.
Stride Art Gallery Association was founded by artists Colleen O’Neill, Mary Scott and Don Corman in 1985. Over the past three decades, Stride has been a vital exhibition venue and active player in the contemporary art community in Calgary and Canada. In 1990 Stride began programming the +15 Window Space in the Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts (now Arts Commons) as an innovative venue for semi-public installations. In the 90s Stride saw the development of a comprehensive publishing program built upon artist-driven and exhibition-focused publications, which continues to be an area of dedication today.
Each year, Stride presents four Main Space exhibitions and six +15 exhibitions, along with publication launches, workshops and artist talks.
Stride is a provincially incorporated non-profit association and holds registered charity status. Operating in a street-level storefront unit in the historical Bell Block in downtown Calgary, Stride is easily accessible by transit and vehicle. During exhibitions this location is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 11am to 5pm. The +15 Window Space is located in the nearby Arts Commons and is accessible to the public every day from 6am to 11pm year round.
Stride Gallery is funded in part by the Calgary Arts Development, Alberta Foundation of the Arts, the Canada Council for the Arts and the generous support of the Calgary community.
DIRECTOR — NICOLE KELLY WESTMAN
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR — AREUM KIM
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
SHELLEY OUELLET — PRESIDENT
DIANE COLWELL — VICE-PRESIDENT
KAREN ANDREWS — TREASURER
KRIS LINDSKOOG — SECRETARY