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Students in our programs study visual art as practice-based creative research. We offer courses that develop artistic self-sufficiency and that prepare students for careers in education, the community, and in museums.  Courses also develop skills in the critical analysis of art objects and visual culture in a variety of historical, geopolitical, and cultural contexts. Our graduates are equipped with the overlapping technical, research and interpretive skills that professional art practices demand.


Announcements and Events

  • Dr. Anuradha Gobin, Assistant Professor of Art History, has just returned from presenting a paper, “The Criminal's Taboo: Touch and the Conversion of Deviance in the Dutch Republic”, at the 34th World Congress of Art History in Beijing, China.

    The World Congress of Art History, organized by the Comité International d’Histoire de l’Art (CIHA), is referred to as the “Olympics of art history” and is the premier gathering of international art historians. CIHA convenes every four years and brings together art historians from around the world to critically engage with and identify future trends in the discipline.  This year, the discussion centered around “terms” of art history and interrogated definitions, words and the concepts used to study art by different scientific traditions.  At the core of this discourse was a consideration of how the methodologies of art history can be enriched by being conscious of the diversities of terms and approaches to art.  For more information, go to

    Before joining the University of Calgary, Gobin completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Sainsbury Institute for Art at the University of East Anglia; she received her doctorate in art history at McGill University in Montreal. Her research focuses on the visual depiction of social and cultural spaces associated with criminal punishments during the early modern period. It seeks to explore the ways in which visual culture served to mediate shifting anxieties about notions of criminality, death and the various types of medical knowledge that emerged as a result of capital sentences.

  • The Department of Art congratulates the following students for their successful M.F.A. defenses: Frederic Borgatta, Blake Chorley, Lorie Cooper, Vince Allen Kogut, Alexandria Inkster, Natalie McDonald, Marzieh Mosavarzadeh, Anne Procter and Rachel Thomas.

  • Denis Gadbois, instructor in the Department of Art, has received recognition for a photograph submitted to the 2016 WOW Photo Contest; "Husky Dogs In Arviat Nunavut” received 3rd place in the professional category.  Gadbois’ image, taken in August 2015, is a 360 degree or photo sphere photo comprised of 6 carefully stitched shots.  “Husky Dogs In Arviat Nunavut” was entered in the “Capture Canada” theme; it will be featured by Photolife Magazine.

  • The Department of Art is pleased to announce that Marina DiMaio and Melissa Petrinack have each been awarded a Program for Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE) award.  DiMaio and Petrinack are both in the Visual Studies Honours Program; they will convocate later this year.

    PURE awards make it possible for qualified undergraduate students to work with supervisors to learn how research projects are developed and conducted and how research results can contribute to new knowledge and to solving problems in a field of research and in society. The PURE learning experience is a unique opportunity for students to explore personal research interests and develop the abilities to collaborate, think critically and creatively, and communicate.

    For more information, go to

  • The Department of Art congratulates Dona Schwartz who has won a Faculty of Arts, Research - Established Scholar award.  The award recognizes a faculty member’s research excellence and contributions through research creation, journal publications, grants-manship, conference presentations and invited symposia, exhibitions, graduate student supervision and other forms of output.  The Research - Established Scholar award is given to faculty members who completed their terminal degree more than five years ago. There will be a presentation ceremony for all of the award winners on Wednesday, May 11.

  • In memorium: Department of Art instructor Noboru Sawai, 1931-2016.

Upcoming Events

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October 5, 2016 | 12:00 pm
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October 14, 2016 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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October 18, 2016 | 12:00 pm

Faculty and Student Exhibitions in Calgary and Around the World

  •  The opening for the PUSH Emerging Artist’s Exhibition, was held on April 7th at the Contemporary Gallery (City Hall location).

    Now in its sixth year, PUSH is a student-developed and student-driven exhibition through the Department of Art committed to developing a high standard of creative thought and visual expression in its students and equipping them with the skills required in professional art practice. The exhibition aims to ‘PUSH’ new and innovative artists into the public sphere; it gives senior art students the opportunity to showcase their skills in a large-scale public setting and aims to build skills involved in applying for, planning, and executing a successful large-scale quality exhibit.  The exhibition runs from April 7 until April 24.
    You can view the opening via these links