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.
Digital artist Jean-René Leblanc will be the artist in residence at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park from Dec. 4th, 2015 – Jan. 4th, 2016. Leblanc will conduct workshops and share images that explore the photographic act as an investigative process, and will share insight on the interrelation between his creative impulse and the creation of photographic artifacts.
Hawai‘i has long been an inspiration to Leblanc, who was married on the island and has done several Hawai‘i-based art projects. “Hawai‘i is a powerful cultural and geographical place that is quite striking both visually and emotionally. As an artist, I love to connect with the people and places where I am working creatively and Hawai‘i has moved me by its visual and cultural beauty. Both the local residents and tourists who flock to experience the popular connotation of Hawai‘i as “Paradise” may often miss some of the beautiful nuance. In my work and in these workshops, I hope to offer a fresh perspective for what the eye of habit might no longer see, and ideally, a different understanding,” Leblanc said.
Leblanc is an instructor in the Department of Art and the co-founder of the Sensorium Lab, a research group that focuses on technology that enhances and transforms kinesthetic perceptions.
M.F.A. alumna, Meghan Kim, has received the 2015 Asia Contemporary Young Artist Award given by the Gwanghwamun International Art Festival. The festival is held annually in Seoul, Korea. Kim’s work was part of a group exhibition in the Sejong Museum of Art in Seoul held from October 21st to October 26th, 2015. As a recipient of the Young Artist Award, Kim may be invited to take part in a group show at the Gwanghwamun International Art Festival in 2016.
Kim, who graduated from the Department of Art's Master's program in 2013, lives and practices in Calgary.
The Department of Art’s annual Print Sale will be held October 26th to October 28th from 11a.m. to 2p.m. in the 621 Gallery (6th floor of the Art Building); all prints are $25 each. This is a fund-raising event for Art students and your opportunity to purchase original art work at a reasonable price. See you there!
The Department of Art congratulates Jean Rene Leblanc for receiving a GREATsupervisor Award 2015 based on his outstanding work with graduate students. The GREATsupervisor award is part of the Faculty of Graduate Studies’ supervisory development program which supports supervisors who offer high-quality mentorship to graduate students; the program provides the specific support and tools that supervisors and graduate students need for building the foundations of a strong mentor/mentee relationship.
Paul received his teaching certificate from the University of Leeds in 1966, and then completed an art diploma at the Vancouver School of Art (now Emily Carr University of Art and Design), and a master's degree from Sir George Williams University (now Concordia). His career with the University of Calgary began in the early 1970s with a sessional position that developed into a continuing position in 1975.
Paul's creativity was wide ranging: from music, painting and printmaking to performance, video, and installation. He collaborated on projects with Iain Baxter, Clive Robertson, Hervé Fischer, Mireille Perron, and more recently with Alan Dunning and Dr. Morley Hollenberg, of the Faculty of Medicine. His work was included in international exhibitions at venues such as the Museum of Modern Art, and the Tate Gallery. Paul’s creative achievements were recognized in the Art Gallery of Alberta’s exhibition, Traffic in Conceptual Art in Canada 1965-1980, and in the Glenbow Museum’s recent Made in Calgary exhibitions.
Paul was a tireless mentor to graduate and undergraduate students, and leaves a remarkable legacy of encouragement and passion for their work. His collaborative spirit helped shape the department, and he will be deeply missed as both colleague and friend. A celebration of his life and an exhibition of his work will be held on September 22.
The Department of Art is pleased to announce its current exhibition at our + 15 space – “A Thing of The Past” is a new work by second year M.F.A. student, Natalie McDonald. The artist writes:
"Transitions in life have become a basis for my studio practice, using art as a tool to better understand these changes. A Thing of The Past, discusses concepts of transition, age, growth. Using photographic transparencies of flowers in bloom and decayed, I symbolize the process of moving forward within the human experience, towards a new and unknown stage in life. Assembling a rosette window structure with these photographs, the space references a sanctuary: a space for quiet contemplation reflecting on the former, and considering what lies ahead."
The show runs until December 2, with the closing reception taking place on Thursday, November 19 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. The + 15 exhibition space is located in the walkway of Arts Commons, across from Olympic Plaza.
The Department of Art is pleased to announce its current exhibition at our +15 exhibition space at the Arts Commons (formerly the EPCOR Centre for Performing Arts). “Knitted Mirage” is a collaborative piece by Tara Vahab and Najmeh Moheb, recent graduates from the University of Calgary’s B.F.A. program.
Made out of twisted, woven newspaper, “Knitted Mirage” makes reference to our society’s reliance on the media and on daily information fed to us. Information is stored in our brains in the form of twisted strings; by knitting this newspaper into a large web, the exhibit suggests how the information can take shape and dimension, growing into something other than the source. The unreadable newspaper becomes a comment about our continued belief in history and everyday life, even when only fragments of the whole story are revealed. Creating a web-like curtain, this mass of information becomes a mirage that society feeds us, one that we try to peer into for a better understanding of reality, mindset and beliefs.
“Knitted Mirage” runs from August 4th until September 30th, 2015; the closing reception takes place on Thursday, September 17th from 6:00-7:00 p.m. The +15 exhibition space is located in the walkway of Arts Commons, across from Olympic Plaza.