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.
Announcements and Events
The Faculty of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Students' Association recently held their second annual Graduate Student Research Photo Competition. Graduate students were invited to submit photos that represented their research and approximately 25 students, including, Chelsea Rushton, a Master’s student in the Department of Art, submitted images on a variety of subjects, including technology, nature, wildlife, individuals and families. Rushton’s submission titled “If Cows Were Allowed in the Ashram” tied for 6th place. Prizes were presented to the top seven photographs which will be displayed in the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Graduate Students’ Association offices in MacKimmie Library Tower. Ron Kostyniuk, a professor in the Department of Art, was one of the competition’s judges.
Incoming Department of Art associate professor Dona Schwartz recently participated in the PhotoVisa Festival in Krasnodor, Russia. Photographs from her recent project, On the Nest, were featured in the Festival and she was interviewed about her work on Russian television; view the broadcast here (http://9tv.ru/news/item/43117). Schwartz says "I use environmental portraiture to examine two moments of change that book-end parents' lives—the transition to parenthood with a first child's birth and the transition to life without day-to-day responsibility for parenting when young adults leave their childhood homes." Schwartz will begin teaching with the Department in September 2014.
- The Department of Art’s Visiting Artists series continues on Friday, November 15th, with Clint Neufeld. Neufeld is a sculptor who works with concepts of masculine identity, currently in the form of ceramic transformations of engines and transmissions. Prior to pursuing a career in art, Neufeld spent three years with the Canadian military, which included a deployment to the former Yugoslavia in 1994. After pursuing a career as a firefighter, Neufeld began his BFA at the University of Manitoba and finished at the University of Saskatchewan and in 2006 he completed his MFA at Concordia University. Neufeld was born and raised in small town Saskatchewan; he now lives and works on an acreage near the town of Osler, Saskatchewan. Neufeld will be speaking from 10-11:30am in AB 672.
- Royal College of Art exchange student, Sarah Gillett, has won the Pushing Print Solo Exhibition Prize for 2013. The prize is a solo exhibition at the Margate Gallery (Kent, U.K.) in October 2014. The monoprint collage that won the prize was developed during Sarah’s exchange with the U of C’s Department of Art earlier this year.
- “Unity in Opposition” is a joint show featuring the work of Department of Art instructor, Eric Cameron, and Susan Fraser-Hughes. Cameron's thick and dipped paintings and Susan Fraser Hughes' drawings suggest contrasting approaches to a continuum of emotional and intellectual responses to the material world. Being aware of the dramatic differences in their ways of working, they bring these works together in anticipation of a "chemical synthesis" based on years of empathetic debate about their motivations, processes and materials. “Unity in Opposition” runs from September 28th until November 15th at the Trianon Gallery in Lethbridge (104 – 5th Street South). Both artists will be speaking about their work as part of the University of Lethbridge's (U of L) ART NOW series on September 27th (Recital Hall, W571 (U of L campus), from noon till 12:50).
- Senior instructor Denis Gadbois recently received 3 silver and 12 bronze awards at the Epson International Pano Awards. The
Epson International Pano Awards are dedicated to the art of panoramic photography and showcase the work of panoramic photographers worldwide. Open to both professional and amateur photographers, it is the largest competition for panoramic photography. Denis submitted 15 panorama photographs to the competition; his picture “Wonderland” (left; the new Bow building in downtown Calgary) won a silver award. “Wonderland” was produced using a pole at the height of 20 feet, a digital full-frame camera and a fish-eye lens; the images were processed using advanced panorama software (view the virtual tour at http://www.vrpanorama.ca/Calgary/wonderland/). The judging panel of the Epson International Pano Awards included some of the world's top panoramic photographers and industry professionals such as Peter Lik, Christian Fletcher and Nick Rains.
- The Department of Art is pleased to announce that the following Master of Fine Arts (MFA) students successfully defended their Master Thesis: Jayme Chalmers (thesis title: “Performative Portrait”); Michael Dunkley (thesis title: “Light: The Fundamental Expression”); Lamis Haggag (thesis title: Re-territorialization: escaping the frame”); Nathan Hansen (thesis title: “Fictional Spaces”); Meghan Kim (thesis title: “Andante: the Spirit of Prairies”); Arthur Ostrowski (thesis title: “Mobile”) and Shane Price (thesis title: “Building Conceptions”). The MFA thesis exhibition, “Convergence”, is at the Nickle Galleries until September 28.
Faculty and Student Exhibitions in Calgary and Around the World
- The Lure of the Local: Women Artists in the Canadian Land(scape), opens at the Vorres Museum of Contemporary Art near Athens, Greece, on November 5th, 2013 and will feature works by 10 Canadian women artists including the Department of Art’s Kim Huynh. The exhibition will be the closing cultural event of a year-long series of events to celebration 70 years of the Canadian Embassy in Greece. The Lure of the Local… brings to Athens a group of artists from Canada’s non-metropolitan areas - Central Alberta, Northern Ontario and British Columbia - and presents alternate approaches to depicting the “land.” The artists share “scenes of a land” that are the backdrops of their lives; they capture, re-create and share fragments of Canada, a poetics of a territory that is in constant change. For the artists, the “land” plays a central role in their practices and they tell stories across multiple media and through creative processes that attempt to “write-back,” or “re-map” the given to provoke new ways of seeing and being in the land. The Lure of the Local… is curated by Calgary’s Caterina Pizanias and will be at the Vorres Museum until January 11th, 2014.
- Sessional instructor for the Department of Art, RICHard SMOLinski has been included in A Fine Line: Contemporary Drawing Exhibition at the Claypool-Young Art Gallery (Morehead State University, Kentucky, USA; http://www.moreheadstate.edu/claypool-young_gallery/). The exhibition features one of SMOLinski’s trace drawings, "After Beckett: A Notion to Ponder Repeatedly", a work that focuses upon the opening sentence of Irish novelist, playwright and poet Samuel Beckett’s “All Strange Away.” Juried by The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Anne Harris, A Fine Line runs from October 16th to November 29th, 2013.
When the Birmingham Central Library discarded hundreds of old and unwanted books, 48 artists were given the opportunity to transform them into works of art. Linda Carreiro, associate professor in the University of Calgary’s Department of Art, was one of the artists who transformed the old books. According to Carreiro, “the idea of being provided a discarded book that was one or two hundred years old to make art with was very exciting. If these books were being thrown out, I thought it was significant that artists make work from them - work that would draw attention to them as beautiful objects, while addressing their former uses.” Carreiro was sent a bound edition of Greek classics, printed by letterpress in 1806. She says “when I received my book, I was astonished. I love old books... I was pretty certain at that point that I would not be able to cut into it... or in any way permanently alter it from the version I received.” Instead she digitally printed pages from the book onto rice paper, which she then made into the little paper boats; for Carreiro, the boats represent “transportation and translation, the movement of books from place to place and culture to culture through time”. The resulting art pieces come together in an exhibit, The Library of Lost Books, at the Library of Birmingham from November 6th to 24th. For more information, go to http://thelibraryoflostbooks.blogspot.co.uk