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.
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.
The Department of Art congratulates B.F.A. graduate (2007) Daniel J. Kirk who has received an Alumni Achievement Award from the UCalgary Alumni Association. A painter, a builder and a social entrepreneur, Kirk is also the director and founder of BlankPage Studio. At BlankPage, Kirk has built a creative “hub” for artists, designers and architects to share, create and innovate and along the way he’s garnered accolades from Calgary’s business and arts community and also his former faculty members.
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.