High Adventure - Byron Harmon on the Columbia Icefield, 1924


January 31 - March 29, 2015
Main Gallery

In 1924, Banff photographer Byron Harmon organized an expedition to take the first significant photographs and film-footage of the Columbia Icefield. This exhibition, which traces Harmon's route through his photographs, film, lantern and stereo-slides, originated as part of the 90th anniversary of the Art Gallery of Alberta.

Through the Lens


January 31 - March 29, 2015
Main Gallery

Through the Lens is a photography program and exhibition for students from Bow Valley high schools. The program immerses students in the creative process of traditional and digital photography.

Everything Sings: Images from Here and There


January 31 - March 29, 2015
Rummel Room

Everything Sings is a photographic exhibition from Karen McDiarmid's 2014 travels in Northern India and near her home in Banff. Using a variety of photographic techniques, McDiarmid collages photographic imagery into fanciful stories that balance between the familiar and strange, the corporeal and ethereal.

A Painterly Process: Sketches and Paintings by Peter and Catharine Whyte


Until May 1, 2015
Founders’ Gallery

The exhibition delves into the artistic practice of Peter and Catharine Whyte. Their love of the outdoors, visits to various international destinations and proximity to multiple vistas provided an endless array of painterly subjects.

Gateway to the Rockies


Ongoing - Heritage Gallery

THE STORY: The men and women who explore, inquire and adventure in the Canadian Rocky Mountains are tough, resilient, curious and intelligent… all are shaped by their moments here and all are shaping the culture of this place.

Our exciting new exhibition, Gateway to the Rockies communicates the history of these mountains, using artifacts, artworks, archival photographs, recordings and documents, This fun, interactive exhibition will bring alive the men and women who shaped the culture of the Canadian Rockies. The Bell helicopter "flying" out of the wall is pretty cool too!

Gateway to the Rockies was made possible in part by generous donations from the following organizations:

Alberta Community Spirit Program

Alberta Land Surveyors' Association

Alberta Museums Association
Bank of Montreal
Parks Canada
The Eleanor Luxton Historical Foundation

A Few of My Favourites: Mayor Karen Sorensen


Until May 1, 2015
The Philippe Delesalle Staircase

The Whyte Museum’s current initiative for the Philippe Delesalle Staircase invites local residents to select a few of their favourite two-dimensional works from the Museum’s collections. To create the most recent exhibition, the Whyte Museum was honoured to work with Mayor Karen Sorensen who focused her selections on images pertaining to Banff. The Mayor’s love for the town and her dedication to her constituents were apparent throughout her visit to the Whyte Museum.

Two of the artists selected, Belmore Browne and Richard Jack, were both formally trained at respected institutions while Carl Rungius and Robert McGuinness were primarily self-taught. Sorensen’s selection demonstrates a distinct understanding of those artists’ skills and their willingness to participate in community life. Local goodwill combined with breathtaking scenery assured the return and ultimate residency of all but Richard Jack.

Camera Obscura: Colin Smith


April 4 to June 7, 2015
Main Gallery

Opening Reception Saturday, April 4
Museum Members at 6 PM, General Opening at 7 PM

In Latin camera = room, obscura = dark. Calgary-based photographer Colin Smith presents large format images taken within camera obscuras that he creates in found abandoned buildings, fire tower lookouts and a Boler trailer. He manipulates the light of the obscura projections and the natural light to produce highly saturated, breathtaking imagery that challenges the viewer’s perceptions.

Creative Obsession: A Celebration of the RCA Members of the Alberta Society of Artists


April 4 to June 7, 2015
Main Gallery

Opening Reception Saturday, April 4
Museum Members at 6 PM, General Opening at 7 PM

Eleven members of the Alberta Society of Artists are showcased, all of whom have been inducted in the Royal Canadian Academy. Although these artists are very different they all share an essential character trait; they are all obsessed to varying degrees, and obsession is the underlying generative engine of creativity.

A Rocky Mountain Childhood


April 4 to June 7, 2015
Rummel Room

Opening Reception Saturday, April 4
Museum Members at 6 PM, General Opening at 7 PM

Whether it’s the early 1900s, 1950s or 2000s, the wonder of a child’s imagination, quest for adventure and curiosity of nature are unchanged. This exhibition captures the fun and the whimsy of growing up in these mountains, by showcasing materials from the Whyte Museum’s archives, library, art and heritage collections.

Water Eau 水 Mînî पानी Wasser מים Acqua پانی Tubig H2O


June 14 to October 18, 2015
Main Gallery

Opening Reception Sunday, June 14, from 1 to 4 PM
In conjunction with Back to Banff Day

This exhibition includes visually stunning and timely orchestrated compilations of historic and contemporary painting, video and installations that examine the beauty and peculiarity of Earth’s greatest resource. Acclaimed throughout time for its unpredictability, tranquil qualities, ritual and hygienic uses, nourishment and abundance, the purity of water and its sources are under threat. Our existence is contingent on water.

Canada is bound by three oceans and strewn with multiple fresh lakes, rivers, waterfalls and aquifers. Historically, Canada’s waterways supported Indigenous communities, the fur trade and explorers whose travels contributed to the settlement, urbanization, economic development and transportation of the nation. Reflected in literature, music, poetry, theatre, dance and art, water continues to be synonymous with Canadian identity.

The exhibition presents works of art from private and public collections and features a range of styles from the early 19th century to the present. Through the works of art presented in "Water", the viewer is invited to explore a diverse range of artistic approaches that include representational imagery of rivers and lakes in the landscape, to life affirming and threatening metaphorical associations. The exhibition encourages contemplation of alternative perspectives, grounded in our real-world fascination with and increasing recognition of the global challenges that arise in relation to this precious natural resource, in the face of changing climatic conditions.

Legacy in Time: Rephotography by Henry Vaux Jr.


June 14 to October 18, 2015
Rummel Room

Opening Reception Sunday, June 14, from 1 to 4 PM
In conjunction with Back to Banff Day

Beginning in 1997 and continuing until 2013, Henry Vaux Jr. rephotographed scenes that his ancestors had captured on glass plate negatives a century before. This important collection of images shows a century of change through the photographs of glaciers, waterfalls, lakes and mountains. Three generations of the Vaux family have enabled us to see the impact of climate change on these grand, iconic mountains.