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.
The Department of Art presents the 2014 M.F.A. Graduating Thesis Exhibition beginning today, August 8, at the Nickle Galleries, Taylor Family Digital Library. The work of Master’s students Isabel Porto, Setareh Minoofar and William Downey will be on display until September 30; an opening reception will be held on Thursday, September 11 from 4:30 to 7:30p.m.
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!
Royal College of Art (RCA) students, Maito Jobbe duval and Soojin Hong, will be presenting their work in the Department of Art’s Little Gallery during the week of February 24th – 28th. Maito and Soojin are graduate students from the RCA in London, England; they are at the Department of Art as part of a six-week exchange program.
For Maito, working away from a familiar home was what attracted her to participate in the exchange; “Being an artist means you don’t know what your future is going to be. I wanted to experience how it feels to be so far away from home and how it would affect my work.” Soojin was attracted by the dynamic of Calgary; “Calgary is changing, different scenes are popping up; it’s a big city with a small town feel. Calgary is half nature, half city and it relates to a lot of work that I deal with, the threshold and fine line between things, going back and forth but also merging as one.”
Both Maito and Soojin agree that Calgary is slower paced and more relaxed than London and that this has helped to increase their focus and self-reflection. Being in Calgary has allowed Maito to confirm that photography is the main part of her work. “I’ve used photography a lot more loosely. I’ve been obsessed with the light in Calgary. It is a symbol of my experience here.” Soojin, who describes her work as sculptural painting, consisting of different pieces coming together as one, says “I’ve been making a lot of great influenced work because of the environment and interactions."
An opening reception will be at the Little Gallery (Art Building Room 604) on February 24th from 4 to 7:30 p.m.
GalleryFM , an initiative of the Computational Media Design (CMD) graduate program, opened on February 19 th on the main level of the ICT building. The space is an interactive art/media/music/science/design gallery where students and faculty members from the CMD program and other members of the University of Calgary community can showcase their innovative installations and creative work.
Launched in the fall of 2013, the CMD program is a collaboration between the Department of Art and the School of Creative and Performing Arts (Faculty of Arts), the Department of Computer Science (Faculty of Science) and the Faculty of Environmental Design. Students can earn a Master of Science or a PhD degree in CMD; these research-based graduate degrees explore the relationships among art, music, design, science and technology. Oksana Kryzhanivska , a PhD student in the CMD program, is one of the directors of GalleryFM.
Art Department instructor, Rob Furr, is an exhibitor at the world’s largest interdisciplinary conference on mathematics and art, the 2014 Bridges Conference, in Seoul, Korea. Furr’s works, “Pocket Change” and “Electric Arcade”; are digital paintings that use financial records to inform the creation of works that depict the change of money across time. For example, “Pocket Change” illustrates the relative weight of the smallest common coin used in the British Empire from 1500 through to the current day, with population and trade data being used as the basis of the fractal fire that cross the work.
The Bridges Conference has traveled to cities in America, Europe and Asia; it features speakers, workshops, a mathematical poetry reading, a movie festival and a juried art exhibition. The art exhibition seeks to illustrate the relationship between mathematics and art and the review criteria includes math content, esthetic appeal, medium and craftsmanship.
The objectives of the Bridges Organization, which oversees the annual conference, are to introduce participants to innovative techniques that promote interdisciplinary work in mathematics and art and to offer encouragement and inspiration to teachers of mathematics, science and art by revealing relationships between mathematical subjects and their artistic/aesthetic presentations. The conference runs from August 14 to August 19 (http://bridgesmathart.org/bridges-2014/)."
Green will receive her B.F.A. degree in Visual Studies (with a Studio Concentration) at the June 10th convocation ceremony. She is also this year’s winner of the Department of Art’s Silver Medallion which is awarded to the graduating student who achieves the highest grade point average.
“Mediators” is sponsored by the EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts and runs until July 30th. The closing reception with take place on July 17th from 6 to 7p.m. (refreshments to follow at Wine-Ohs, 811 - 1st Street S.W.).