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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


Artist Dylan McLernon draws humans closer to bees with a honey of an idea >
The Department of Art welcomes two new faculty members. >
This summer, Chantal Snodgrass has been exploring the collections at the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art. >

Faculty and student exhibitions

  • Assistant professor Heather Leier's work Party House 1 is included in the Second Second Novosibirsk International Triennial of Contemporary Graphic Art at the Novosibirsk State Art Museum in Russia, which runs from September 13 to November 4.
    Heather also has a solo exhibition entitled Young Woman until October 6 at the Ottawa School of Art Byward Market Campus.


  • Assistant professor Heather Leier recently attended the IMPACT 10 conference in Spain. Her series Avert was presented in bus shelters throughout the city of Santander. See news article (in Spanish)
    As part of the conference, she also presented a portfolio of print works, curated with artist Meghan Pohlod, entitled Women, Memory and Psychological Scapes at the University of Cantabria. 

  • 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!