Skew Gallery is a contemporary commercial art gallery featuring topical artworks from across Canada, the USA and Mexico, focusing on emerging to mid-career painters, photographers, sculptors, and new media and performance art. The represented artists of Skew Gallery share an ambitious, forward thinking approach to art making with a definitive interest in contemporary art practices and theory.
Skew Gallery is committed to working in conjunction with its represented artists by cultivating career development, establishing international context, and seeking career defining opportunities. Skew's programming schedule is built around solo and curated thematic group exhibitions, which includes guest artists and curators.
Skew Gallery was established in September 2004, and is owned and directed by Emily Barnett and Bart Habermiller. Together, their culmination of diverse experience in the arts and business reaches over 20 years.
Habermiller, a practicing artist and graduate from the Masters Sculpture Program at the Art Institute of Chicago, has been a key figure in Calgary’s burgeoning art community. He has been the visionary and facilitator for numerous art initiatives as well as an accomplished curator. Habermiller was also a founder of the 11 year-running Graceland collective as well as Calgary’s original Art Rodeos.
Barnett, has a extensive experience in the commercial gallery side of the art community. Her cultivated work experience in art consulting for private and corporate collections, representing artists in public art opportunity, and broad experience working in several art galleries, have honed her innovative approach to doing business within the arts.
In its first year of programming, Skew received favorable critical attention for both its innovative approach to business in the arts and for the work of our represented artists.