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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

  • Professor Emeritus of Art History, Daniel Mato, will discuss the collaboration between poet Paul Eluard, artist Joan Miro and publisher, Gérald Cramer, in creating A Toute Épreuve, considered one of the most beautiful artist’s books of the twentieth-century.  For over ten years, Miro and Eluard, worked together to create this unique book which was published in 1958.  Mato's talk, "Treasures and Tea: An Artist’s Book that is Ready for Anything: Paul Éluard, Joan Miró, and the Making of A Toute Épreuve", will be held on December 6th at the Mearns Centre for Learning at the University of Victoria.

  • Alumni Magazine has compiled a list of the 150 People, Things and Ideas that make the University of Calgary unique and Denis Gadbois' Hawaiian photography courses as well as our Art Now Visiting Artists series with Judy Anderson were both included.

  • Congratulations to Assistant Professor in the Department of Art, Judy Anderson, on winning the 2017 Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP).  As the winner of the competition, Anderson receives the Joan McConnell Prize of $12,000 and the Salt Spring Island Artist's Residency award to the value of $5,000.  SSNAP's mandate is to encourage Canadian artists whose practice demonstrates originality, quality, integrity and creativity—resulting in significant work with visual impact and depth of meaning.
    Department of Art Instructor, Tia Halliday, was one of the 49 finalists from across the country.
  • The Department of Art's annual Print Sale will be held on Oct 30th and 31st and on Nov 1st in the 621 Gallery (11am - 2pm each day); all prints are $25.  Funds raised help art students to host events.
  • Instructor Dick Averns is curator of an exhibition addressing mental wellness at the Nickle Galleries: Richard Boulet - RAGE HOPE, October 6 to December 16.  Mounted in conjunction with SPARK Disability Arts Festival, the exhibition features a number of events including an exhibition opening, an artist tour, a panel discussion and workshops and a reception.
  • The Department of Art is thrilled to congratulate our 2017 M.F.A. graduates
    Morgan Campbell, Ziya Lin, Nurgul Rodriguez and Elmira Sarreshtedari's group exhibit, Embodied, is at the Nickle Galleries from August 11 to September 24 (reception September 14, 5 - 8p.m.). 
    Brandon Hearty's
    exhibit, Chaotic/Neutral, is presented at EMMEDIA Gallery and Production Society from August 15 to September 5 (reception August 31, 6-8p.m.).
    Greg Robb's exhibition, Urban Salvage Sculpture, is at the Little Gallery in the Department of Art from August 7 until September 1 (reception August 24 from 4:30-6:30p.m.).

Upcoming Events

Date & Time:
January 18, 2018 | 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Learn more about this NEW Group Study Program by attending the info session! 

Date & Time:
January 23, 2018 | 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A FREE art workshop to improve mental health. Please register here

Date & Time:
January 26, 2018 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Faculty and Student Exhibitions in Calgary and Around the World

  • Asmaa Al-Issa, former Visual Studies Honours student (graduated 2013), has an exhibit on now at the TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary +15 Window space. "What the World Does May Not Be Worth Doing, Yet It Cannot Be Left Undone" runs from October 6 to November 30, 2017.
    Al-Issa recently received a Master of Fine Art degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Simon Fraser University.
  • Emeritus Professor and painter, Peter Deacon, has a show at the Willock & Sax Gallery in Banff.  "Mountain Mystery - The Prime Elements" runs from October 22 till November 5, 2017.  Deacon, who retired in 2015, taught many drawing and painting classes over nearly 40 years with the Department of Art.