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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.


Upcoming Events


Heather Leier’s intimate yet understated work looks at trauma from sexual violence. >
On April 11 Jasmine Hynes shares her thoughts about photography and breaking tradition >
Heather Leier’s Coping Mechanisms looks at the way people react and deal with trauma. >

Faculty and student exhibitions

  • Second Skin is an exhibition of contemporary art that features work by five Canadian artists—including instructor Tia Halliday—who explore the transformative potential of adornment, costume and disguise. The exhibition runs in conjunction with the Nick Cave's show FEAT, from June 29 to Sep. 15, 2019.

  • A work by Assistant Professor Heather Leier has been included in the Guanlan International Print Biennial in Guanlan, China. The exhibition runs until mid-July. Leier is also this month's artist-in-residence at the KALA Art Institute in Berkeley, California. During this residency, she is working on a series of screenprints and bookworks.

  • The exhibition Being Japanese Canadian: reflections on a broken world at the Royal Ontario Museum presents personal perspectives on the exile, dispossession, and internment of Japanese Canadians during the 1940s. It features the art installation Ghostown by Workshop Technician Steven Nunoda. The exhibition runs until August 5.

  • Civilization: The Way We Live Now is a major exhibition and publication that explores the complexity of contemporary civilization through the rich, nuanced language of photography. It features the work of Professor Dona Schwartz. The internationally touring exhibition opened Oct. 18 in the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea before moving on to other venues. 


  • Senior instructor Denis Gadbois is part of an international team in charge of the organization of the International Virtual Reality Photography Association Conference, that takes place from June 10 to 14 in Belfast, Ireland. The conference covers a wide range of topics in the 360 VR photographic and video fields and deals with expert techniques and secrets as well as news and hands-on demonstrations of the latest software and hardware.

  • BFA student Heather Kehoe was named top presented for her poster presentation at the 2019 FASA's Arts Undergraduate Research Symposium. Congratulations!

  • Professor Dona Schwartz participated in multiple panels as part of the Exposure 2019 Festival in February: Continuity and Change within PhotographyPhotojournalism; Art? Storytelling? Truth? and The Female Lens Artists' Panel Talk.
    In January, she discussed her long term photographic examination of cultural continuity and change—as it is expressed through family interactions in domestic contexts—in an artist talk at the University of Lethbridge.

  • Assistant professor Heather Leier was a visiting artist at Memorial University Grenfell Campus the week of Nov. 10. She installed an exhibition of print works entitled "Women, Memory and Psychological Scapes" at the Grenfell Art Gallery, curated with artist and KALA Art Institute Artist Residency and Adult Classes Manager Meghan Pohlod. Heather and Meghan also gave a guest lecture about their collaborative practice. Throughout the week, they created work and shared their techniques in the print studio. This endeavour was sponsored by Memorial University's Scholarship in the Arts as well as the University of Calgary Centre for Research in the Fine Arts.