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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

  • M.F.A. student Avril Lopez participated in a collaborative effort on April 13th to paint a mural and poem in the stairwell of the Social Sciences building. The creation of the mural and poem occurred in conjunction with the restoration of the story of Leon the Frog which was mistakenly erased from the building's stairs. Former M.F.A. student, Chelsea Rushton (2015), was one of the volunteers who helped paint the new mural.  

  • Dick Averns, instructor with the Department of Art, is one of five Alberta artists vieing for the chance to have their public art project funded by the City of Calgary Public Art Program.  Averns' proposal, Recognition…Validation…Reassurance: Art and Mental Wellness, recreates the interior of a Calgary Transit bus and uses images to depict the struggles of individuals who cope with mental health issues.  A jury will consider all of the proposals and determine which will receive funding.  The city's public art program has a budget of up to $50,000 to make at least one of the projects a reality in a public space.
  • Department of Art instructor, Tia Halliday, participated in an open studio video project at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. The goal of the project was to familiarize viewers with Halliday's artistic practice and participation in the Alberta Biennial 2017 which is taking place this Spring and Summer at the Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton) and the Walter Phillips Gallery (Banff). 
  • Anuradha Gobin, Assistant Professor of Art History in the Department of Art, participated in the Renaissance Society of America (RSA) Annual Conference in Chicago which took place from March 30th to April 1st, 2017. Gobin served as the chair to a session entitled, “Mapping Trade, the Body, and the World” which brought together speakers from Boston University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and King’s College London to explore intersections among expanding trade networks, corporeality and cartographic forms in the early modern world.

  • Judy Anderson, Assistant Professor in the Department of Art, was at the Yukon School of Visual Arts in early March participating in the Indexes of the Land II Aboriginal Artists Lecture-Workshop 2016-17 series. Anderson teaches both Studio and Indigenous Art History and her art practice includes beadwork, installation, hand-made paper, painting and three-dimensional pieces. She has been collaborating with her son, Cruz, a painter, drawer and graffiti artist who also participated in the Indexes of the Land II series. 
    See a CBC article about her work here.  
  • Department of Art instructor, Dick Averns's review of "Earthlings," at Calgary's Esker Foundation, has been published in Galleries West digital magazine.  "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. 

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

Upcoming Events

Date & Time:
April 20, 2017 - 9:00 am to May 19, 2017 - 5:00 pm

Opening Reception: April 20, 5 - 8 p.m.

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.  
  • 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.