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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.



  • The Department of Art is mourning the loss of emeritus professor Larry Cromwell. During his tenure at the University of Calgary, he served as head of the Department of Art from 1979 until 1982. The campus flag will be at half-mast on May 17.

  • The University of Calgary Students' Union annual Teaching Excellence Awards honours faculty members, instructors, and teaching assistants for their commitment to student success. Art instructor Dick Averns was one of this year's recipients. Congratulations!

  • The Indigenous Art Centre of the Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) has acquired art work by assistant professor Judy Anderson.
    And from her parts of me emerged…, beads, material, coyote pelt, rocks, plexi-glass, handmade paper, 12”L x 7 3/8” w x 5” H, 2016.
    The Canadian Historical Association will be using an image of Judy's work on their program cover for Congress 2018 in Regina. The image will also be used on the app and the cover of the Journal of the Canadian Historical Association in the two issues based on the conference.
    This one brings me the most pride, beads, moose hide, goalie helmet, plexi, otter pelt, 18”L x 12”W x 15”H, 2016.
    Congratulations, Judy!

  • Assistant Professor Susan Cahill has been awarded the first Wayne O. McCready Resident Fellowship for an Emerging Scholar by the Calgary Institute for the Humanities for 2018-19. The fellowship recognizes a scholar on the verge of a significant scholarly breakthrough. Cahill's research will focus on how surveillance in Canada is depicted, visualized, and imagined by creative practitioners. Congratulations Susan!


Separate classes work together to create performance art in a week >
MFA student Dylan McLernon won a 2018 Sustainability Award >
Alumni and internationally renowned artists are part of UCalgary’s rich collection >

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Faculty and student exhibitions

  • MFA candidate Kathryn Blair will present her graduating exhibition from June 1 to 29 at EMMEDIA Gallery, with the opening reception on June 1, from 7 to 10 p.m. Logical Conclusion is a collection of logic puzzles, which follow the logic of real algorithms that are being used to make decisions about people. Step into this school for young algorithms and see how they “think” by completing the puzzles for yourself.
  • Images from the Library of Congress’ photographic archives, are featured at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles. The free exhibition will include works by department head Dona Schwartz, from April 21 to September 9.