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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.



  • MFA student, Dylan McLernon, has been nominated for a 2018 Sustainability Award: Graduate Student Leadership for his work on creating sustainable habitats for bees.  The award recognizes individuals or groups of graduate students who have completed academic or non-academic projects advancing environmental, social, and economic sustainability in the University or Calgary community.  Congratulations Dylan!

  • Congratulations to Dick Averns whose project, "Recognition... Validation...Reassurance..." has been nominated for a Healing Through the Arts Award.  The award was established to recognize artists whose artistic practices encompass health and wellness to improve the well-being of individuals, groups or communities. The award is intended to promote the healing nature of the arts and its critical role as a means of expression for those facing physical or mental health issues.  The award winners will be announced on Wednesday, April 18th, at the Mayor's Lunch for Arts Champions.
  • Tia Halliday is part of "The Photographers (A Group Show)" at the Herringer Kiss Gallery (HKG).  Part of the Exposure Photography Festival, the exhibition features photography work by HKG artists which shows the broad range of current contemporary photography.  "The Photographers" runs until March 3.
  • President of the Exposure Photography Festival, Dona Schwartz, and Lizzie Carr, talk to Breakfast Television about the Exposure Photography Festival. The Festival celebrates the medium of photography and the work of both professional and amateur photographers. Schwartz says the festival strengthens community and helps photographers, network, exhibit and showcase their work.
  • The Exposure Photography Festival will take place at various venues around Calgary and area throughout February.  The festival's mission is to generate participation in photographic image-making and to engage practitioners, photo professionals, and audiences in dialogue about the medium, its past, present and future; Exposure also seeks to expand awareness, to educate, inform, and delight.  2018 will be the 14th year of Alberta’s one and only photography festival; most events and activities are free and open to the public.
  • 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.

Upcoming Events

Date & Time:
March 23, 2018 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Date & Time:
March 26, 2018 - April 5, 2018

Exhibition of works by emerging artists from the University of Calgary

Date & Time:
April 6, 2018 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Faculty and Student Exhibitions in Calgary and Around the World

  • Nurgul Rodriguez, 2017 M.F.A. graduate, has a part in the Vagina Monologues (performanace on Friday, March 2).  Nurgul is also a sessional instructor for the Department of Art.

  • M.F.A. student, Joel Warkentin's video exploration, "Walnut" is showing at the Urban Concept Gallery during the Exposure Photography Festival.  Warkentin's performance work delves into the visceral and emotional qualities and "Walnut" presents a discussion of hidden emotions and the privacy of inward expression, exploring vulnerability and emotive output. 
  • Asmaa Al-Issa, former Visual Studies Honours student (graduated 2013), has an exhibit 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.