Visual Arts DepartmentWestern Arts and Humanities

Kelly Wood

M.F.A. University of British Columbia, 1996
Diploma, Emily Carr University, Vancouver, B.C, 1988.



Professor Wood is a photographer and practicing artist whose research focuses on subjects that relate to the environmental impact of waste accumulation, waste economies, and all forms of visible and invisible pollution. As an art practitioner and educator, she has a commitment to analogue and digital photography and contemporary art and art theory. Her photography has been broadly exhibited in Canada at the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography; the Art Gallery of Ontario; The Power Plant; the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal; the Vancouver Art Gallery; and the Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery. Her work has been shown internationally at the Akademie der Kuenste, Berlin; Museum Van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, Antwerp; Fotoinstituut, Rotterdam; and Artspace in Sydney, Australia. She has a strong interest in the “Vancouver School” and photography in general, and has previously written about Jeff Wall and Stan Douglas for international publications.

Selected Publications

Machine en Abyme: poem on the work of Steve Laurie (catalogue), Hamilton Artists Inc., Hamilton, Ontario, (forthcoming).

Barroco Nova: Neo Baroque Moves in Contemporary Art, Hispanic Baroque Project, 2012. 

awashawave, Blackwood Gallery, 2009 (web publication)

"Still Supplementation: Stan Douglas' Cuba Photos", The History of Photography, Vol. 32, No. 2 (Summer 2008). p. 188-198.

Museum London, Barroco Nova: Neo Baroque Moves in Contemporary Art, London, Ontario, 2011

Vancouver Art Gallery, Everything Everyday, Vancouver, BC, 2010

Akademie der Kunste, Pas de deux, Berlin, Germany, 2009.

Blackwood Gallery, awashawave, University of Toronto at Mississauga, Mississauga, Ontario, 2009.

Artspace, Point of Origin, Sydney, Australia, 2008

Galerie de l’UQAM et le Musée virtuel du Canada, La science dans l’art, une exposition virtuelle, 2007.

Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Sound and Vision: Photographic and Video Images in Contemporary Canadian Art, Montréal, Quebec, 2006.

Masters Supervision

2008 Matthew Sparling, “Military Signifiers in Clothing, Fashion and Portrait Photography” (supervisor) M. F. A.
2007 Dagmara Genda, “Identity and Exile”, (joint supervisor) M. F. A.
2007 Derek Liddington, “Can I Borrow That?” (supervisor) M. F. A.

Recent Courses

VAS544b 2007/08 – GraduateStudio Seminar
VAS340 2007/08 – AdvancedPhotography
VAS244a 2007 – Introduction toPhotography
VAS540b 2006/07 – GraduateStudio Seminar
VAS340 2006/07 – AdvancedPhotography
VAS244a 2006 – Introduction toPhotography
VAS540 2006 – Vampire Picnic: A Reference Manual
VAS340 2005/06 – AdvancedPhotography
VAS244a 2005 – Introduction to Photography
VAH482F 2005 – Seminar in Photography: The Horror