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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

  • 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 WOW contest is judged by a panel of professional photographers on the basis of creativity, impact, technical quality and how well the images express or represent the category theme.

  • 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. The experience is particularly advantageous to students who are intending to pursue graduate studies.

    For more information on the PURE award, 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.

    A photographer whose work explores everyday life and culture, Schwartz joined the Department of Art in 2014 – congratulations again!

  • The Department is delighted to announce that Samira Jaffer has been nominated for the Faculty of Arts Staff Excellence award and for the University of Calgary Teaching Award for Non-academic staff.  Letters of support for Samira were written by instructors, colleagues and a student; among her many qualities, supporters noted Samira’s courtesy, compassion, spirit of support and collegiality, patience and knowledge.  She is highly thought of by colleagues and students alike and she has been an integral part of the Department of Art for more than 10 years - congratulations Samira!

  • Congratulations to Department of Art alumni, Craig Fahner, Marigold Santos and Stacey Watson; all three have been selected to participate in the 2017 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art along with recent sessional instructor, Tia Halliday.  Started in 1996, the Biennial promotes Alberta artists across the country and brings national attention to Alberta’s art scene.  The biennial will be jointly organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta and the Walter Phillips Gallery at the Banff Centre. There will be public programming and exhibition components at both institutions. 
    See more at

  • The Department of Art congratulates Cerys Davies who has been awarded an Alberta-Smithsonian Internship for 2016. The program provides internships for 10 Albertan post-secondary students to work with experts at the esteemed Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest consortium of museums located in Washington, D.C. The complex comprises several specialized museums and research centers that engage in the pursuit of information and knowledge in a variety of disciplines ranging from the arts, culture, and history to the sciences.

    Davies hopes to receive a placement in Washington with either the American Art Museum or the Hirshhorn Museum.  She completed her BFA in Studio Concentration in 2015 and is currently working on a minor in Museum and Heritage Studies.

    For more information about the Smithsonian Internship program, go to

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

Upcoming Events

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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

  • RICHard SMOLinski’s current solo exhibition runs from February 3 to 26, 2016, at the FireHouse Gallery of Rogue Community College, Oregon.  “Know-it-Alltruism" is a satirical installation that examines the socio-political milieu of our contemporary world under the influence of the punditry.

    SMOLinski is a visual and performance artist working in Calgary; he teaches in the Department of Art as well as at the Alberta College of Art + Design.