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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


Brad Wrobleski, supervised by senior instructor Denis Gadbois, is pursuing a MSc in computational media design. >
Artist Dylan McLernon draws humans closer to bees with a honey of an idea >
The Department of Art welcomes two new faculty members. >

Faculty and student exhibitions

  • "The Female Lens" brings together a combination of well-known and up-and-coming artists to demonstrate just how distinct their perspectives can be. The group exhibition at the Christine Klassen Gallery includes works by professor Dona Schwartz and is part of the 2019 Exposure festival.

  • Associate professor Jean-René Leblanc's solo photography exhibition "Snow in the Garden" opens on Nov. 18 at the Vorres Museum in Greece. The exhibition runs until Jan. 18, 2019.

  • 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 opens Oct. 18 in the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea.
    Read the article in The Korea Times.

  • MFA candidate Bryan Faubert's series Out From Out Where, XXX is on display at Botega Salon & Gallery in Banff until mid-winter.


  • 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.

  • Senior Instructor Denis Gadbois won honorable mentions in different categories at the 2018 International Photography Awards. See his work Tokyo Shimbashi, Yukon Deep Black Landscape and Thailand Immersive Perspective. Congratulations!

  • 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!