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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.


Upcoming Events


UCalgary researchers rethink masculinity in the age of gender fluidity >
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 >

Faculty and student exhibitions

  • Assistant Professor Heather Leier's solo exhibition Coping Mechanisms draws the eye both downward and toward. The exhibition opens on March 22 at SNAP (Society of Northern Alberta Print-artist) in Edmonton—with artist talk at 6 p.m.—and is up until April 27. Leier will give an artist talk about her research and the exhibition on March 28 as part of the Nickle at Noon event series.

  • Leier has also two works on exhibition at the Southern Graphics Council International Conference in Northern Texas from March 6 to 9. Protective Air is part of the Members Traveling Exhibition, while Sustenance, a collaborative work with artist Becky Thera is part of the exchange portfolio Printmaking as Partnership.
  • Power Play: Hockey in Canadian Contemporary Art is an innovative exhibition exploring hockey through the eyes of 14 artists from across Canada. Assistant Professor Judy Anderson's 3D mixed-media art piece This one brings me the most pride is part of the exhibit that runs until May 12 at the Art Gallery of Windsor.

  • The exhibition Being Japanese Canadian: reflections on a broken world at the Royal Ontario Museum presents personal perspectives on the exile, dispossession, and internment of Japanese Canadians during the 1940s. It features the art installation Ghostown by Workshop Technician Steven Nunoda. The exhibition runs until August 5.

  • The Alberta Society of Artists presents The Artist's Lens: It's Not About the Camera as part of the 2019 Exposure festival. This open-themed juried group exhibition presents the best of film, digital and every photography approach in between and includes works by Senior Instructor Denis Gadbois.

  • "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.

  • 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.


  • Professor Dona Schwartz participated in multiple panels as part of the Exposure 2019 Festival in February: Continuity and Change within PhotographyPhotojournalism; Art? Storytelling? Truth? and The Female Lens Artists' Panel Talk.
    In January, she discussed her long term photographic examination of cultural continuity and change—as it is expressed through family interactions in domestic contexts—in an artist talk at the University of Lethbridge.

  • 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!