Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art is one of North America’s leading contemporary art galleries representing prominent Albertan, Canadian and international artists. Newzones’ program has an emphasis on process-oriented artwork, challenging both the traditional use of materials and formal aesthetics through painting, photography and sculpture.
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 has a strong following for its Canadian artists regionally, nationally and internationally, with an exceptional and exciting schedule of curated exhibitions and international art fair participation. Since its inception over 30 years ago, Newzones continues to carry a powerful voice in the international art community, and has played a leading role in the advancement of contemporary art in Calgary, Canada and abroad. From the beginning, Newzones’ mandate has been to introduce and promote its Canadian artists not only in Calgary and Canada, but on the international art stage. An important and esteemed establishment in the visual arts landscape, Newzones remains committed to the development and enhancement of the visual arts, and is very proud of the gallery’s impact over its 30+ years, in making Canadian art a strong and stable contributor in the international art market. This has been achieved through dedicated and meaningful art fair participation, and just as importantly, through the nurturing of steadfast relationships with collectors, institutions, art professionals, and art enthusiasts all around the globe.
Helen Zenith, Tamar Zenith and Newzones believe in the importance of “giving back” to our community. The “Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art Fund” was established at The Calgary Foundation in 2012, which contributes to a wide range of charitable organizations supporting Calgary’s Arts community. Newzones also contributes to other worthy institutions and organizations.
Over the course of 30+ years, Newzones has showcased over 300 exhibitions that continue to educate, stimulate, and inspire. Newzones’ artists are held in the collections of premier museums including National Gallery of Canada, Art Gallery of Ontario, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Glenbow Museum, Remai Modern, Vancouver Art Gallery, Metropolitan Museum, NYC, MOMA, NYC, Hirshhorn, WA, and 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.