Department of Art
Department of Art
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.
Senior instructor with the Department of Art, Denis Gadbois, has received 2nd place for his submission to the Epson International Pano Awards. Gadbois’ photograph in the Open Award Built Environment category, “Macau 360 degree Photography”, was taken in Macau, China. For Gadbois, the pole at a corner of the park, the lower path, the interesting buildings and the cultural hub contributed to the creation of the unique design and image; he says “location, height, drops, color and culture are key elements that are used to raise 360 degree photography to the level of art”.
The Epson International Pano Awards is dedicated to the art of panoramic photography and showcases the work of panoramic photographers worldwide; it is the largest competition for panoramic photography.
In June 2015 Gadbois will teach a Study Abroad course in Hawaii which will focus on 360 photography. The course is a collaboration with the University of Calgary’s Centre for International Students and Study Abroad and The International Center at the University of Hawaii.
The Head of the Department of Art, Brian Rusted, says the Stampede is encouraging student artists to explore and research Western imagery through initiatives such as scholarship programs and the artists’ ranch residency project and by providing exhibition space for post-secondary students. As many as 10,000 people a day view the Western Art Showcase and for participating artists, the exposure can be invaluable to their professional development.
Rusted is Head of the Department of Art and is an Associate Professor with the Department of Communication and Culture.
For Green, winning the Silver Medallion is an honor; she says “during my degree I worked extremely hard to continually push myself and my artistic practice. My five years at the University showed me discipline, exploration, dedication, and diversity within my practice”. Green feels blessed that the Department celebrates and supports her efforts and says “though my educational journey was very personal, I could not have attained the success without the help of my professors and fellow students”. Winning the Silver Medallion is not only a recognition of highest academic standing; for Green, the award “also commemorates… all the late nights in the studio, the tears and the laughs with my fellow students, the mistakes and the feats and to all my family and friends who consistently supported me throughout all the moments that got me here. They are all just as proud to see me receive this award”.
Simmins has published numerous articles and books on Canadian architecture and he is an emeritus professor with the Department of Art where he taught courses in Art History. “John C. Parkin, Archives, and Photography: Reflections on the Practice and Presentation of Modern Architecture” is published by the University of Calgary Press; there will be book launch at Shelf Life Books on June 2nd.
- He made me fall in love with art history
- The classroom was ...full of respect and kindness
- He inspires and is the Dalai Lama of Art History
- His knowledge of the subject is rivaled only by his sense of humor
- He changed my life. I’ve never had a professor that has been so supportive [of my learning]
- He welcomes each student as they enter the classroom by name, and tries to get to know his students as people
Given the size of the amalgamated Faculty of Arts, the Department (of Art) realizes that this award is no small achievement; it speaks to both the quality of interaction that Bershad has with his students and also the numbers of students he has influenced across the Faculty. This is the third time that Bershad has won the SU Teaching Excellence Award - Congratulations!
Royal College of Art (RCA) students, Maito Jobbe duval and Soojin Hong, will be presenting their work in the Department of Art’s Little Gallery during the week of February 24th – 28th. Maito and Soojin are graduate students from the RCA in London, England; they are at the Department of Art as part of a six-week exchange program.
For Maito, working away from a familiar home was what attracted her to participate in the exchange; “Being an artist means you don’t know what your future is going to be. I wanted to experience how it feels to be so far away from home and how it would affect my work.” Soojin was attracted by the dynamic of Calgary; “Calgary is changing, different scenes are popping up; it’s a big city with a small town feel. Calgary is half nature, half city and it relates to a lot of work that I deal with, the threshold and fine line between things, going back and forth but also merging as one.”
Both Maito and Soojin agree that Calgary is slower paced and more relaxed than London and that this has helped to increase their focus and self-reflection. Being in Calgary has allowed Maito to confirm that photography is the main part of her work. “I’ve used photography a lot more loosely. I’ve been obsessed with the light in Calgary. It is a symbol of my experience here.” Soojin, who describes her work as sculptural painting, consisting of different pieces coming together as one, says “I’ve been making a lot of great influenced work because of the environment and interactions."
An opening reception will be at the Little Gallery (Art Building Room 604) on February 24th from 4 to 7:30 p.m.
Minoofar describes her work: "As an Iranian living and working in Canada, I am concerned with the issue of identity. I address identity as a complex issue and study it in the context of contemporary world and in relation to culture, geography, history and the notion of "otherness". Therefore my work has an autobiographical and narrative-based nature. In this piece, I focus on my identity as a foreigner. After moving to Canada I faced the absence of the Iranian culture in the new territory. Therefore I felt displaced and disoriented. I lost the sense of belonging. I discovered I am the "other". As a solution, I deconstructed Iranian cultural elements such as texts in Farsi (my first language) and Persian motifs in my work, in order to re-territorialize my cultural identity as an Iranian. I covered over 120 objects in screen-printed canvas. By wrapping my belongings in the fabric, I extended the territory of my body and created my own little island. The objects are placed on the floor close together, in order to establish a small personal territory, like an island in the middle of nowhere. I use the term nowhere to refer to an unknown territory from a foreigner's perspective."
"Enclosed Identity" runs until September 31st with the closing reception on the 20th at 6p.m. (to coincide with Nuit Blanche) with refreshments to follow at Wine-Ohs, 811 - 1st Street S.W.
The Bridges Conference has traveled to cities in America, Europe and Asia; it features speakers, workshops, a mathematical poetry reading, a movie festival and a juried art exhibition. The art exhibition seeks to illustrate the relationship between mathematics and art and the review criteria includes math content, esthetic appeal, medium and craftsmanship.
The objectives of the Bridges Organization, which oversees the annual conference, are to introduce participants to innovative techniques that promote interdisciplinary work in mathematics and art and to offer encouragement and inspiration to teachers of mathematics, science and art by revealing relationships between mathematical subjects and their artistic/aesthetic presentations. The conference runs from August 14 to August 19 (http://bridgesmathart.org/bridges-2014/)."
Green will receive her B.F.A. degree in Visual Studies at the June 10th convocation ceremony. She is also this year’s winner of the Department of Art’s Silver Medallion which is awarded to the graduating student who achieves the highest grade point average.
“Mediators” is sponsored by the EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts and runs until July 30th. The closing reception with take place on July 17th from 6 to 7p.m. (refreshments to follow at Wine-Ohs, 811 - 1st Street S.W.).