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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

  • Department of Art instructor, Dick Averns's review of "Earthlings," at Calgary's Esker Foundation, has been published in Galleries West digital magazine.  You can read Averns's review at…/earthlings-esker-foundation-…/   "Earthlings", a group exhibition, runs from January 21st to May 7th, 2017.
  • The B.A. in Art History returns!  Beginning in the 2017-2018 academic year, the Department of Art will re-open admission to its Bachelor of Art degree in Art History. The program has been extensively revised and involves the historical study of art and architecture along with the critical analysis of contemporary visual culture in a variety of historical, geopolitical, and cultural contexts. There will be new courses dealing with indigenous art, design, global art, the role of technology in art, performance and site specific art, and feminist and postcolonial approaches to visual culture and art practices. Details will be available in the 2017-2018 University Calendar, or you can contact the Department of Art for more information. 

  • Denis Gadbois, senior instructor in the Department of Art, is co-presenting a paper at the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, January 8th – 11th, in Honolulu.  Gadbois and Peter Dawson, of the University of Calgary’s Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, will present their paper, “Archeology and Visualization: Using an Art Layer”.  According to Gadbois, archeology is highly interdisciplinary because it uses a diverse array of techniques to investigate, preserve and protect the past; he and Dawson found that little research has focused on using visualization techniques such as laser scanning and photospheres to communicate the significance of heritage sites to the general public and their paper presents art as an important layer in archaeology.

  • M.F.A.graduate, Linda Shaikh (2015) 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.

  • In memorium: Department of Art instructor, David Bershad; 1942-2017

Upcoming Events

Date & Time:
March 4, 2017 - 1:00 pm to March 31, 2017 - 9:00 pm

Closing Reception: March 31

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.  
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  • Jean Rene Leblanc, an Associate Professor with the Department of Art, is part of a group show, The Artists Lens, at Artpoint Galleries & Studios. Denis Gadbois, also a faculty member in the Department of Art, will be the guest speaker at the opening reception on February 2nd at 6p.m. The Artists Lens runs from February 2 to February 25.