About Us / History
Established in 1992, Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art is one of North America’s leading contemporary art galleries representing prominent Albertan, Canadian and international artists. The gallery’s program has an emphasis on process oriented artwork that challenges both the traditional use of materials and formal aesthetics.
Newzones has a strong following for its Canadian artists regionally, nationally and internationally, with an exceptional and exciting schedule of curated exhibitions, international art fair participation and publishing projects. Since its inception over 25 years ago, Newzones has become a major voice in the international art community, while playing a leading role in the advancement of contemporary art in Calgary. In 2012, the “NEWZONES Gallery of Contemporary Art Fund” was established at The Calgary Foundation, which contributes to a wide range of charitable organizations supporting Calgary’s Arts community.
Founded by Helen Zenith and Tamar Zenith, Newzones opened June 4, 1992 in an old steel plant in Calgary’s warehouse district. In 1997, Newzones constructed its own freestanding facility, designed by architect Peter Lawrence Wood. On the main floor, this architecturally modern building features three galleries, a viewing area, outdoor sculpture courtyard and a glass meeting room. The second floor boasts a sculpture gallery and two administrative offices overlooking the galleries on the main floor.The gallery is located in Calgary’s uptown design and gallery district.
Newzones’ artists have been collected by premier museums such as the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Glenbow Museum, the Mendel Art Gallery, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Metropolitan Museum, NYC, MOMA, NYC, Hirshhorn, WA, and the Tel Aviv Museum, Israel, to name a few, as well as private collections world-wide.
Newzones is a member of the Art Dealers Association of Canada.