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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

  • M.F.A.graduate, Linda Shaikh and her husband Mike, have been honoured by the Calgary chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals with a Lifetime Achievement Philanthropist Award. The Shaikh family invested in the TRW (Teaching, Research and Wellness) Centre at the University of Calgary, donated $1 million to the Alberta’s Children’s Hospital and $1 million to the Calgary Public Library. 
    The Department of Art congratulates Linda and Mike and thanks them for their generosity in helping others and improving our community. 

  • Join us on October 24th, 25th and 26th for the Department of Art’s Annual Print Sale.  Unframed prints created by art students will be available for purchase from 11:30a.m. to 1:30p.m. each day in the 621 Gallery (6th floor of the Art Building); prints are only $25 each. This is a great opportunity to purchase original art work at a reasonable price!  Proceeds help support Department of Art printmaking students with supplies and events.
  • The Department of Art congratulates B.F.A. graduate (2007) Daniel J. Kirk who has received an Alumni Achievement Award from the UCalgary Alumni Association.  A painter, a builder and a social entrepreneur, Kirk is also the director and founder of BlankPage Studio.  At BlankPage, Kirk has built a creative “hub” for artists, designers and architects to share, create and innovate and along the way he’s garnered accolades from Calgary’s business and arts community and also his former faculty members. 

  • 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.

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

Upcoming Events

Date & Time:
October 24, 2016 - 11:30 am to October 26, 2016 - 1:30 pm
Date & Time:
November 2, 2016 | 12:00 pm
Date & Time:
November 4, 2016 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am

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