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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 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 recognition of the University of Calgary's 50th Anniversary, the Department of Art is celebrating alumni photographers in HERE AFTER.  The photographers, from the BFA and MFA programs, will be showing contemporary work that demonstrates a range of lens based practices from wet plate and photogravure to digital and mixed media work.  Alumni photographers include Josie Chu, Linda Craddock,  Brandy Dahrouge,  Marc Hutchinson, Linda MacCannell,  Kevin Mellis,  David Morrish, Leya Russell, Hakan Temucin and Kristine Thoreson.

    HERE AFTER runs from February 15-19, 2016, in The Little Gallery and the 621 Gallery.  There will be a reception on February 18th from 4pm – 6pm in the Department of Art.  (Gallery hours are 8:30am - 4:30pm, Monday to Friday.)

  • Dick Averns, Department of Art faculty member, has a feature article published with the international publisher MOMUS. “How to Lie About Canadian Art”: A Case Study in Art Criticism provides an incisive look at the role of criticality in contemporary art and art history, and was inspired by a new series launched by CBC, How To Lie About Canadian Art … guides to faking your way through discussions of Canadian art history.”   Momus has received critical acclaim for its promotion of art writing, art criticism and journalism.

    Averns, an artist and writer, has been deployed as an official war artist to the Middle East; he teaches studio art, art history, and theory at the University of Calgary.   

  •  Students, faculty and staff are invited to Art House Union's Survival Guide for the Working Artist Symposium. The symposium will give students information about the resources that will allow them to pursue a career in the arts after they graduate.  The symposium is February 12th, from 10am-4pm in the Department of Art (Art Building, room 672).  Advance tickets are $10; tickets at the Door are $15.  Pick up advance tickets at Art House Union Office, room 649 (Mondays 12pm-2pm, Wednesdays 10am-11am, Fridays 12pm-1pm).


    10am: Keynote Speaker: artist Jeff de Boer
    12pm: Lunch
    1pm: Community Resources for Art Making Panel: Alberta Printmakers, Protospace, North Mount Pleasant
    2pm: Funding Resources Panel: Calgary Arts Development, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Canada Council for the Arts
    3pm: Exhibition Opportunities Panel: Stride Gallery, Artpoint Gallery, Calgary Contemporary Gallery

    For more information, contact

  • Jason Esteban (BFA, 1997), is featured in Alumni Spotlight; see article at  As a graphic designer, Esteban has worked with clients including IKEA and VANOC (the design committee for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and Paralympics). Jason is currently Art and Design Director at banter grace & lollipop, a branding, design & communications studio based in Vancouver.
    Learn more about Jason's work at

  • In memorium: Department of Art instructor Paul Woodrow, 1941-2015

Upcoming Events

Date & Time:
February 15, 2016 - 8:30 am to February 19, 2016 - 4:30 pm

Exhibition of works by selected alumni photographers

Date & Time:
February 22, 2016 - February 25, 2016

Fran Gordon is a exchange student from The Royal Collage of Art (London). This exhibition features works that have been created during her 6 week exchange at the Department of Art.

Date & Time:
February 26, 2016 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Alexandra Haeseker will talk about her development as an artist as part of the Visiting Artist and Scholar Series. All are welcome.

Faculty and Student Exhibitions in Calgary and Around the World

  • 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.

  • Dona Schwartz of the Department of Art has a solo exhibition at the Stephen Bulger Gallery ( in Toronto from January 23 to February 27, 2016.  “On the Nest” features photographs that examine families facing one of two significant changes in their lives: becoming parents for the first time or dealing with an ‘empty nest’ after children have left home.  Schwartz’s photographs were taken in either the rooms expecting parents have created for their new child or taken in the grown child’s former room.

    The exhibition coincides with the publication of Schwartz’s new monograph On The Nest (Kehrer Verlag, November 2015).

    Schwartz is a photographer whose work explores everyday life and culture. Her award-winning photographs have been internationally exhibited and published, and her work is included in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Musée de l’Elysée, Switzerland; George Eastman House, New York; the Harry Ransom Center, Texas; the Portland Art Museum, Oregon and the Kinsey Institute, Indiana.