Current Exhibit

Burns Visual Arts Society

February 23 – March 10, 2024

The Burns Visual Arts Society of Calgary (BVAS) was formed when dozens of independent artists who rented studio space in the historic Burns Building were evicted to make way for the construction of the Calgary Performing Arts Centre (Arts Commons). 

Under our mandate, BVAS provides affordable studio space for working artists. Since its establishment in 1979, over 200 artists have maintained studios within the society. This includes artists of all backgrounds and differing areas of expertise. 



BVAS is Canada’s oldest continual artist studio cooperative. Its existence has supported the creation of an astonishing body of artistic work and illuminated thousands of lives through a multitude of connections between artists, students, and the public.

In 2003 BVAS initiated what has become the very popular and well-known East Side Studio Crawl, an annual arts open house in Inglewood and Ramsay. As a co-op, our members mentor within the society and the greater arts community.

  • Mackenzie Kelly-Frére 
  • Bill Morton
  • Liz Sullivan
  • Pat Tarr
  • Marilyn Samuels
  • Jo-elle Breit
  • Sara Jane Gruetzner
  • Katalin Kiss
  • Martha Scouras
  • Carmen Bellingham
  • Joan Packham
  • Louise Chong
  • Cecilia Gossen
  • Alicia Zaldivar
  • Diane Gordon
  • Diana Harris
  • Beverley Tosh
  • Melanie Morstad
  • Louise Williamson
  • Maria Muszynski
  • Sheila Schaetzle


Kenzie Housego & Bruce Watson

Gary McMillan

John F. Ross & Ryan Smitham

Connections 2024 Group Exhibition


2108 – 18 Street NW
Calgary, Alberta Canada T2M 3T3
(403) 289.3388

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Gallery Hours

Wednesday – Saturday: 12:30pm – 5pm
Thursday: 12:30pm – 9pm
Sunday – Monday: Closed