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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

  • Denis Gadbois, senior instructor in the Department of Art, is co-presenting a paper at the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, January 8th – 11th, in Honolulu.  Gadbois and Peter Dawson, of the University of Calgary’s Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, will present their paper, “Archeology and Visualization: Using an Art Layer”.  According to Gadbois, archeology is highly interdisciplinary because it uses a diverse array of techniques to investigate, preserve and protect the past; he and Dawson found that little research has focused on using visualization techniques such as laser scanning and photospheres to communicate the significance of heritage sites to the general public and their paper presents art as an important layer in archaeology.

    In its 15th year, Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities conference offers a unique opportunity for academics and other professionals from around the globe to share their knowledge and perspectives. The primary goal of the conference is to provide those with cross-disciplinary interests related to arts and humanities with an opportunity to meet and interact with others inside and outside their own discipline.

  • Former Department of Art students, Megun Kerluke (B.F.A. 2002) and Kate Allen (B.F.A. 2006), have been recognized as two of Avenue Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40. Each year, the lifestyle magazine celebrates ambitious and talented professionals who represent a wide variety of industries in the for-profit, nonprofit and government sectors.
  • M.F.A.graduate, Linda Shaikh and her husband Mike, have been honoured by the Calgary chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals with a Lifetime Achievement Philanthropist Award. The Shaikh family invested in the TRW (Teaching, Research and Wellness) Centre at the University of Calgary, donated $1 million to the Alberta’s Children’s Hospital and $1 million to the Calgary Public Library. 
    The Department of Art congratulates Linda and Mike and thanks them for their generosity in helping others and improving our community.
  • 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. 

  • In memorium: Department of Art instructor Noboru Sawai, 1931-2016

Upcoming Events

Date & Time:
January 27, 2017 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Art Now, with Lorenzo Fusi

Date & Time:
February 10, 2017 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Art Now, with photographer Marc Hutchinson

Date & Time:
February 17, 2017 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Co-presented by the Exposure Photography Festival

Faculty and Student Exhibitions in Calgary and Around the World

  •  The opening for the PUSH Emerging Artist’s Exhibition, was held on April 7th at the Contemporary Gallery (City Hall location).

    Now in its sixth year, PUSH is a student-developed and student-driven exhibition through the Department of Art committed to developing a high standard of creative thought and visual expression in its students and equipping them with the skills required in professional art practice. The exhibition aims to ‘PUSH’ new and innovative artists into the public sphere; it gives senior art students the opportunity to showcase their skills in a large-scale public setting and aims to build skills involved in applying for, planning, and executing a successful large-scale quality exhibit.  The exhibition runs from April 7 until April 24.
    You can view the opening via these links