Three of Calgary’s contemporary visual arts institutions have elected to merge their operations in the new year. The Museum of Contemporary Art Calgary (MOCA) the Art Gallery of Calgary (AGC) and the Institute for Modern and Contemporary Art (IMCA) all voted at their 2013 annual general meetings to consolidate to form the Contemporary Calgary arts society.

MOCA director Carol Ryder AGC director David Rehn and IMCA director Daryl Fridhandler will serve as co-chairs of Contemporary Calgary. The new institution will operate out of the Art Gallery of Calgary’s facilities on Stephen Avenue in downtown Calgary. Current employees of MOCA AGC and IMCA will staff the new organization.

“It is our shared vision that Contemporary Calgary can serve as the principal public visual arts destination in Calgary and one of only a few in Western Canada dedicated exclusively to contemporary and modern art said Ryder in a December 19 press release.

Exhibition and programming for Contemporary Calgary will be announced in January.