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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

  • Congratulations to Dick Averns whose project for The City of Calgary Public Art Program has received the Public Art & Social Practice Workshop Series award.  The $50,000 award will help make Avern’s project, “Recognition…Validation…Reassurance: Art and Mental Wellness”, a reality in a public space where members of the community can create their own framework for exploring and narrating personal experiences to improve both personal and collective mental health.

  • Department of Art faculty member, Tia Halliday, has been selected for the Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art, opening May 26th at the Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton); see more. The Biennial is a group exhibition featuring 25 artists from over 260 applications from all over Alberta. Halliday’s participation in the event is identified by Canadian Art Magazine’s “Twenty Shows We Want to See in 2017.” 

    Halliday will also be presenting a performance piece at the Walter Phillips Gallery (Banff) as a part of the Biennial programming at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity’s Mid-Summer Weekend (July 20th
     – 23rd).

  • Assistant Professor, Judy Anderson, is one of 150 Indigenous Artists who has received a REVEAL Indigenous Art Award worth $10,000. The aim of the REVEAL award is to recognize emerging and established Indigenous artists working in traditional or contemporary practices. The awards were given in six artistic categories including dance, music, theatre, literature, film/video (media arts), and visual arts/fine craft.  A special event honouring the recipients will be held in Winnipeg on May 22nd, 2017.
  • M.F.A. student Avril Lopez participated in a collaborative effort on April 13th to paint a mural and poem in the stairwell of the Social Sciences building. The creation of the mural and poem occurred in conjunction with the restoration of the story of Leon the Frog which was mistakenly erased from the building's stairs. Former M.F.A. student, Chelsea Rushton (2015), was one of the volunteers who helped paint the new mural.  

  • Dick Averns, instructor with the Department of Art, is one of five Alberta artists vieing for the chance to have their public art project funded by the City of Calgary Public Art Program.  Averns' proposal, Recognition…Validation…Reassurance: Art and Mental Wellness, recreates the interior of a Calgary Transit bus and uses images to depict the struggles of individuals who cope with mental health issues.  A jury will consider all of the proposals and determine which will receive funding.  The city's public art program has a budget of up to $50,000 to make at least one of the projects a reality in a public space.
  • The B.A. in Art History returns!  Beginning in the 2017-2018 academic year, the Department of Art will re-open admission to its Bachelor of Art degree in Art History. The program has been extensively revised and involves the historical study of art and architecture along with the critical analysis of contemporary visual culture in a variety of historical, geopolitical, and cultural contexts. There will be new courses dealing with indigenous art, design, global art, technology in art, performance and site specific art, and feminist and postcolonial approaches to visual culture and art practices.
    Details will be available in the 2017-2018 University Calendar or contact the Department for more information. 

  • In memorium: Department of Art instructor, David Bershad; 1942-2017

Upcoming Events

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Faculty and Student Exhibitions in Calgary and Around the World

  • Tia Halliday is part of a group show at the Herringer Kiss Gallery until April 1. Halliday, an instructor in the Department of Art, will be showcasing a variety of process-based paper collage works, performed collages and large-scale aluminum pieces.  
  • Jean Rene Leblanc, an Associate Professor with the Department of Art, is part of a group show, The Artists Lens, at Artpoint Galleries & Studios. Denis Gadbois, also a faculty member in the Department of Art, will be the guest speaker at the opening reception on February 2nd at 6p.m. The Artists Lens runs from February 2 to February 25.