The Department of Art is committed to the study and practice of the visual arts as these relate to creative art making, educational practice and theory, and the understanding of art in its diverse historical and cultural settings. The U of C produces graduates well equipped to meet the numerous overlapping skills currently demanded within professional art practice and theoretical discourse.
B.F.A. graduate Katie Green’s first solo exhibition opens at ArtPoint Gallery & Studios Society on January 9, 2015. “In Stillness” is inspired by Green’s recent journey paddling the Peel River in the Northern Yukon exploring her relationship with the outdoors and her evolving awareness of how her artistic practice intersects with the natural world. Green graduated from the Department of Art’s Visual Studies program earlier this year. “In Stillness” runs until January 31; ArtPoint Gallery & Studios Society is located at 1139 Adelaide Street S.E.
MFA student Kevin J. Mellis came out a winner at the prestigious New York Photo Festival Photoworld 2014 last week with his unique wet plate positive portraits on black glass, captured with an old school camera and a lens dating back to 1850. His winning works, as well as other photos, are exhibited until Dec. 20 at ArtPoint Gallery & Studios Society, 1139 Adelaide Street S.E. Click here for the full story.
Department of Art alumnus, Melanie Wilmink, has received one of the University of York’s most prestigious awards. Currently a doctoral student in York’s Art History and Visual Culture program, Wilmink is one of only three recipients out of 1,800 to receive the Elia Scholarship valued at $30,000 per year. Wilmink describes her research at York as "the meeting points between academic and artistic practice, and examines conjunctions between space, architecture and media art, asking: how does architecture influence the way audiences engage with media art, and how does embodiment in the space and time of an artwork create an active spectator?" Wilmink graduated in 2007 from the Department of Art’s Visual Studies program.
The Department of Art's annual Print Sale is Monday, October 20, to Wednesday, October 22, in the 621 Gallery (Art Building). Prints are only $25; proceeds go to the printmaking scholarship. Everyone is welcome to stop by between 11a.m. and 1p.m.
Also, next week from October 20 to October 24, is the Senior Students' Printmaking Show, "Recent Works" in the Little Gallery (Art Building). The Little Gallery is open from 8:30a.m. till 4:30p.m.
The Epson International Pano Awards is dedicated to the art of panoramic photography and showcases the work of panoramic photographers worldwide; it is the largest competition for panoramic photography.
In June 2015 Gadbois will teach a Study Abroad course in Hawaii which will focus on 360 photography. The course is a collaboration with the University of Calgary’s Centre for International Students and Study Abroad and The International Center at the University of Hawaii.
The Head of the Department of Art, Brian Rusted, says the Stampede is encouraging student artists to explore and research Western imagery through initiatives such as scholarship programs and the artists’ ranch residency project and by providing exhibition space for post-secondary students. As many as 10,000 people a day view the Western Art Showcase and for participating artists, the exposure can be invaluable to their professional development.
Rusted is Head of the Department of Art and is an Associate Professor with the Department of Communication and Culture.
For Green, winning the Silver Medallion is an honor; she says “during my degree I worked extremely hard to continually push myself and my artistic practice. My five years at the University showed me discipline, exploration, dedication, and diversity within my practice”. Green feels blessed that the Department celebrates and supports her efforts and says “though my educational journey was very personal, I could not have attained the success without the help of my professors and fellow students”. Winning the Silver Medallion is not only a recognition of highest academic standing; for Green, the award “also commemorates… all the late nights in the studio, the tears and the laughs with my fellow students, the mistakes and the feats and to all my family and friends who consistently supported me throughout all the moments that got me here. They are all just as proud to see me receive this award”.
Simmins has published numerous articles and books on Canadian architecture and he is an emeritus professor with the Department of Art where he taught courses in Art History. “John C. Parkin, Archives, and Photography: Reflections on the Practice and Presentation of Modern Architecture” is published by the University of Calgary Press; there will be book launch at Shelf Life Books on June 2nd.
- He made me fall in love with art history
- The classroom was ...full of respect and kindness
- He inspires and is the Dalai Lama of Art History
- His knowledge of the subject is rivaled only by his sense of humor
- He changed my life. I’ve never had a professor that has been so supportive [of my learning]
- He welcomes each student as they enter the classroom by name, and tries to get to know his students as people
Given the size of the amalgamated Faculty of Arts, the Department (of Art) realizes that this award is no small achievement; it speaks to both the quality of interaction that Bershad has with his students and also the numbers of students he has influenced across the Faculty. This is the third time that Bershad has won the SU Teaching Excellence Award - Congratulations!
“Faces Among Us…”, an exhibit by Masters of Fine Art student, Kevin Mellis, opens at ArtPoint Gallery & Studios Society today, December 5th. “Faces Among Us…” runs until December 20th (ArtPoint is located at 1139 Adelaide Street S.E).
In her work, Moheb suspends a series of Chine-colle lithographs based on memory and place. She writes: "I focus on my experiences growing up in Iran... by re-living them I re-represent the essence of my memories in the way that (I hope) viewers can also part take of the works. By working with fragments of other sources in a collage format, I extended my area and interest into a larger thematic exploration of memory.
In the last farewell, hanging feet and a Persian poem by Hafez has been presented in different compositions. The poet addresses the infidelity in the relationship by leaving everything behind in simple and yet complicated death. The poetic words... are becoming branches of a larger memory of tree, which contains our body and mind. In Islamic belief the fig tree contains the fruits of heaven; it is also mentioned in holy Quran. Here the cultural symbol implies a beginning and an end to me, and the symbol is depicted to represent the idea of heaven. A Persian miniature and a delicate rosary appear in the work, which are cultural and personal objects of mine".
Moheb says that Islamic literature and history become the social cultural aesthetic living on and conforming our way of thinking and relating to others. And the question is where an individual memory begins in such a complicated collective social memory space?
The closing reception for 'I cannot forget them' is at 6p.m., Thursday, November 20th. (upstairs in the corridor of the Epcor Centre, 205-8th Avenue S.W. Refreshments to follow at Wine-Ohs, 811 - 1st Street S.W).
The fifth and final installment in Glenbow Museum’s ground-breaking survey of regional art, “Made in Calgary: The 2000s”, reflects the energy and diversity of Calgary’s arts community in the first decade of the twenty-first century. Curated by Katherine Ylitalo, who has taught Art History for the Department of Art, the exhibition explores the diverse approaches of artists, both emerging and established, who are creating in Calgary; the exhibition reflects the not-yet-defined, freewheeling nature of contemporary art in Calgary.
Included in the “Made in Calgary: The 2000s” exhibition are artists with current and past connections to the University of Calgary and to the Department of Art such as William Laing, Linda Carreiro, Marjan Eggermont, John Will, RICHard SMOLinski, Kay Burns, John Chalke, MN Hutchinson, Jennifer Wanner, Diane Bos, and Steve Nunoda, Shelley Ouellet, Bradley Harms, Rita McKeough, Tomas Jonsson and members of Arbor Lake Sghool. The extensive spectrum of the work demonstrates a fascination with both the physics and subjectivity of perception; the relationship between photography and computers; an immersion in pop culture; the presence of narrative (be it fantasy, fiction, memory, history or a blend); an abiding collage aesthetic; a scrappy do-it-yourself approach and the redefinition of art and fine craft.
The show runs concurrently at the Glenbow Museum and the Nickle Galleries (University of Calgary) from September 20 to December 14. An opening reception will be held at the Glenbow Museum on Saturday, September 27, at 7p.m. (“pay what you can” entry fee) and at the Nickle Galleries on Thursday, September 25, at 5p.m. (free admission).
The closing reception for "Enclosed Identity", an exhibit by Masters student, Setareh Minoofar, will take place on Saturday, September 20th. This exhibition is presented as part of the Department of Art's Plus 15 exhibition space at the EPCOR Centre for Performing Arts.
Minoofar describes her work: "As an Iranian living and working in Canada, I am concerned with the issue of identity. I address identity as a complex issue and study it in the context of contemporary world and in relation to culture, geography, history and the notion of "otherness". Therefore my work has an autobiographical and narrative-based nature... After moving to Canada I faced the absence of the Iranian culture... I felt displaced and disoriented. I lost the sense of belonging. I discovered I am the "other". As a solution, I deconstructed Iranian cultural elements such as texts in Farsi (my first language) and Persian motifs in my work, in order to re-territorialize my cultural identity as an Iranian. I covered over 120 objects in screen-printed canvas. By wrapping my belongings in the fabric, I extended the territory of my body and created my own little island. The objects are placed on the floor close together, in order to establish a small personal territory, like an island in the middle of nowhere. I use the term nowhere to refer to an unknown territory from a foreigner's perspective."
"Enclosed Identity" runs until September 31st with the closing reception on the 20th at 6p.m.; refreshments to follow at Wine-Ohs (811 - 1st Street S.W.).