Alberta artists will be front and centre at the Art Gallery of Alberta’s upcoming biennial.

The 2010 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art will showcase the provincially flavoured Timeland exhibit. Of the 22 Albertans featured, Paul Bernhardt, David Cantine, Lydnal Osborne and Clint Wilson have ties Edmonton. All artists will be present for the installation’s debut on May 29.

“We put out a public call for submissions from artists across Alberta,” said AGA chief curator and deputy director Catherine Crowston, adding more than 250 applications flooded in.

Canadian Art Magazine editor Richard Rhodes travelled to studios across the province and met with prospective artists to view their work, before whittling down the list to 22.

Also announced yesterday was the ATB Young Artists Competition, which invites youth from around the province to submit their art to their local ATB branch on a selected topic. The winning submission from each community will be displayed at the gallery. Details on this competition will be released in the coming months.

The new Art Gallery of Alberta opens on Jan. 31, and the gallery will release 5,000 free timed-tickets for a full day of free access on Qualico Family Day, on Feb. 15. The AGA will be extending its hours of operation that day to accommodate the maximum amount of people.