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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

  • The Department of Art is thrilled to congratulate our 2017 M.F.A. graduates
    Morgan Campbell, Ziya Lin, Nurgul Rodriguez and Elmira Sarreshtedari's group exhibit, Embodied, is at the Nickle Galleries from August 11 to September 24 (reception September 14, 5 - 8p.m.). 
    Brandon Hearty's
    exhibit, Chaotic/Neutral, is presented at EMMEDIA Gallery and Production Society from August 15 to September 5 (reception August 31, 6-8p.m.).
    Greg Robb's exhibition, Urban Salvage Sculpture, is at the Little Gallery in the Department of Art from August 7 until September 1 (reception August 24 from 4:30-6:30p.m.).
  • MFA student Diana Ohiozebau participated in the annual Saskatchewan Art Competition/Exhibition in Saskatoon (Aug. 8 - 13, 2017) and her painting Immigration came 3rd place. The painting expresses Canada’s open arms to other nations of the world and how it has over the years received people from diverse cultures and nationalities
  • 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).

Upcoming Events

Date & Time:
September 29, 2017 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Date & Time:
October 20, 2017 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Date & Time:
November 3, 2017 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am

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.