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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.


Coming up


This summer, Chantal Snodgrass has been exploring the collections at the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art. >
Associate Professor Jean-René Leblanc talks to Global Calgary about his upcoming research project. >
Associate Professor Jean-René Leblanc explores cowboy culture to inform visual art project >

Faculty and student exhibitions

  • "Without Giving Away" is an exhibition of works by assistant professor Heather Leier. The exhibition runs from July 11 to August 26 in the Lake Country Public Art Gallery in Lake Country, British Columbia.
  • Images from the Library of Congress’ photographic archives, are featured at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles. The free exhibition will include works by department head Dona Schwartz, from April 21 to September 9.


  • Assistant professor of art history Anuradha Gobin recently presented her ongoing research on the punished criminal body in the Dutch Republic at the Twelfth International Conference of Iconographic Studies in Rijeka, Croatia.

  • Art intructor Tia Halliday and Leeanne Morrow (UCalgary Libraries and Cultural Resources) received a 2018-19 Teaching and Learning Grant from the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning for their research project: "Wearable Design for Mental Health: What does Highly Interdisciplinary Experiential Learning Look Like?" Halliday will be teaching a new and highly interdisciplinary undergraduate art course, which combines theory and methods from art, design, psychology, physiology and engineering. Congratulations, Tia!

  • Assistant professor Trevor Stark has been invited by the Department of Art History at the University of Vienna to present a lecture on June 12, titled The Muted Object: Picasso’s Crisis in Cadaqués and Mallarmé’s Crisis of Verse.

  • The Department of Art is mourning the loss of emeritus professor Larry Cromwell. During his tenure at the University of Calgary, he served as head of the Department of Art from 1979 until 1982. The campus flag will be at half-mast on May 17.