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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

  • Congratulations to Dick Averns whose project for The City of Calgary Public Art Program has received the Public Art & Social Practice Workshop Series award.  The $50,000 award will help make Avern’s project, “Recognition…Validation…Reassurance: Art and Mental Wellness”, a reality in a public space where members of the community can create their own framework for exploring and narrating personal experiences to improve both personal and collective mental health.

  • Department of Art faculty member, Tia Halliday, has been selected for the Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art, opening May 26th at the Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton); see more. The Biennial is a group exhibition featuring 25 artists from over 260 applications from all over Alberta. Halliday’s participation in the event is identified by Canadian Art Magazine’s “Twenty Shows We Want to See in 2017.” 

    Halliday will also be presenting a performance piece at the Walter Phillips Gallery (Banff) as a part of the Biennial programming at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity’s Mid-Summer Weekend (July 20th
     – 23rd).

  • Assistant Professor, Judy Anderson, is one of 150 Indigenous Artists who has received a REVEAL Indigenous Art Award worth $10,000. The aim of the REVEAL award is to recognize emerging and established Indigenous artists working in traditional or contemporary practices. The awards were given in six artistic categories including dance, music, theatre, literature, film/video (media arts), and visual arts/fine craft.  A special event honouring the recipients will be held in Winnipeg on May 22nd, 2017.

Upcoming Events

Date & Time:
August 7, 2017 - September 1, 2017
Date & Time:
August 11, 2017 - September 24, 2017
Date & Time:
August 15, 2017 - September 5, 2017

Faculty and Student Exhibitions in Calgary and Around the World

  • Tia Halliday is part of a group show at the Herringer Kiss Gallery until April 1. Halliday, an instructor in the Department of Art, will be showcasing a variety of process-based paper collage works, performed collages and large-scale aluminum pieces.  
  • Jean Rene Leblanc, an Associate Professor with the Department of Art, is part of a group show, The Artists Lens, at Artpoint Galleries & Studios. Denis Gadbois, also a faculty member in the Department of Art, will be the guest speaker at the opening reception on February 2nd at 6p.m. The Artists Lens runs from February 2 to February 25.