News & Events

  • Christine Negus - Long in the Tooth at the Bookcase Micro-museum and Library

    November 29, 2017
    As Christine Negus BFA'08, remarks,“I like the idea of the persistence of teeth. In true crime shows, for instance, a body is often found, and eventually identified through the dental records. There’s some kind of permanence to these tiny things that require so much care, that need flossing and cleaning every day. But ultimately, they are the last thing standing."
  • Art Now! Speakers' Series Presents: Art in the Public Sphere #7

    November 30, 2017
    The Returners: Seven Conversations. Join us Thursday, November 30, from 7:00pm-9pm for the 7th exciting presentation in the series, with Special Guests Soheila Esfahani, Artist and Educator (MFA, Western) and Rah, Artist (MFA Candidate, Western) Soheila Esfahani and Rah will speak on their respective practices, and converse on “Translating Voices”
  • Photography & Social Change Student Conference

    December 5, 2017
    The Photography and Social Change conference showcases the research of undergraduate and Master’s art history students who have spent the term exploring how photography has figured in modern conflict, social movements, and political upheavals of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
  • The 2017 Annual Juried Exhibition

    November 23, 2017
    Back for the 16th year, this highly anticipated exhibition features a diverse selection of artworks by Undergraduate students from the Visual Arts Department, Western University.
  • Ecocreativity: Bringing Art & Biology Together in Conversation

    November 28, 2017
    Dr. Sheila M. Macfie and Dr. Danielle Way, Department of Biology, whose research focuses on plant responses to global change will present their work at the Artlab Gallery. After the talk an organized tour of Western's Biotron will take place.
  • Art Now! Speakers' Series Presents: Art in the Public Sphere #6

    November 16, 2017
    Art Now! Speakers' Series, The Returners: Seven Conversations. Join us for the 6th exciting presentation in the series With Special Guest Robert Fones. Thursday, November 16, from 7:30pm-9pm at the Museum London Lecture Theatre 421 Ridout Street North. Robert Fones began exhibiting in London, Ontario, in 1969, and has shown his work since then at Carmen Lamanna Gallery, S.L. Simpson Gallery and other commercial, parallel and public galleries within Canada.
  • Art Now! Speakers' Series Presents: Art in the Public Sphere #5

    November 9, 2017
    Art Now! Speakers' Series, The Returners: Seven Conversations. Join us for the 5th exciting presentation in the series. Graduate MA holder, Jenifer Papararo, and MFA holder, Kim Simon, will present their work and will speak on their respective practices.
  • Ido Govrin "Not Quite the Highest Point" Exhibition

    October 26, 2017
    Not Quite the Highest Point continues Govrin's interdisciplinary artistic research in the mediums of sound, installation, printmaking and text.
  • The Dangerous Telescope: Films by Ian Hugo

    November 3, 2017
    The Dangerous Telescope: Films by Ian Hugo Nov. 3, 2017, 7pm Hosted by the Artlab Gallery, presented in partnership with LOMAA (London Ontario Media Arts Association) Talk and Screening with Stephen Broomer, Filmmaker, film preservationist and independent scholar The Dangerous Telescope: Films by Ian Hugo Ian Hugo’s films, made between 1948 and 1979, betray a fascination with the mystic and exotic, the flow of energy, and like a distorting mirror, they give a vision of a world in flux. From his psychodramas, inspired in part by the writings of his wife, Anais Nin (Bells of Atlantis, Melodic Inversion), to his documentaries (Ay-Yi, Tropical Noah’s Ark), to his experiments with pure abstraction (Aphrodisiac I & II), Hugo’s films are an invitation to the most puzzling and difficult strains of American underground cinema. This program will be introduced by filmmaker and scholar Stephen Broomer, who is presently completing a manuscript on the films of Ian Hugo.
  • Art Now! Speakers' Series Presents: Art in the Public Sphere #4

    October 26, 2017
    Jean-Paul Kelly, Artist (BFA, Western; MVS, University of Toronto and Sobey Award Nominee) and Kelly Jazvac, Artist, Visual Arts Professor (BA, Guelph; MFA, U. Victoria and Sobey Award Nominee) will each speak on their respective practices, and converse on “Art and the Ecology of Found Things.”
  • Derek Boswell - Vehicle

    In conjunction with Govrin's Artlab Gallery exhibition we will be hosting an exhibit of new photography by Undergraduate student, Derek Boswell in the Cohen Commons area. Boswell is in his third year of study and came to Visual Arts Western from Bealart.
  • Art Now! Speakers' Series Presents: Art in the Public Sphere #3

    October 19, 2017
    With special guests: Dolleen Tisawii’ashii Manning, Anishinaabe Artist-Scholar; past Lecturer: Visual Arts, Western (MFA, Simon Fraser University; MA, CSTC, Western; PhD Candidate, CSTC, Western) and Quinn Smallboy, Anishinaabe Artist (BFA, Western; MFA Candidate, Western) Dolleen Manning and Quinn Smallboy will speak on their respective practices, and converse on “Art and Indigeneity.”
  • 100,000,000, curated by Stephanie Anderson

    October 18, 2017
    Please join us October 18, from 2:30-4:30, for the opening of >100,000,000, curated by PhD Candidate Stephanie Anderson. The Bookcase Micromuseum and Lending Library is located in Office 221 of the JLVAC. The Bookcase is typically open Mondays 11:30-2:30, by chance, or by appointment.
  • Art Now! Speakers' Series Presents: Art in the Public Sphere #2

    October 5, 2017
    Kate Graham and Terry Rice will speak on their respective professional practices, and converse on “Art and Related Professional Careers.”
  • Sleight of Hands MFA Exhibition

    October 5, 2017
    This exhibition will feature the work of second year MFA candidates; Claire Bartleman, Tyler Durbano, Sharmistha Kar, Graham Macaulay, Matt Trueman, Rah and Joy Wong who will showcase their sleight of hand; that is, the magic of artists creating something from nothing.
  • Kathryn Brush Honoured in Hellmuth Prize Ceremony/Lecture

    October 6, 2017
    Professor Kathryn (Kathy) Brush, Department of Visual Arts, one of the two recipients of this university-wide research prize, will give a talk on Museums and the Medieval.
  • Past Forward 50th Anniversary Exhibition

    September 5, 2017
    This fall the Department of Visual Arts, Western University celebrates its 50th anniversary. In conjunction with this momentous event the Artlab Gallery is pleased to present Past Forward, an alumni exhibition that includes over 300 images and texts submitted by former students from our studio and art history programs.
  • Edit-A-Thon

    September, 23, 2017
    Please join us to create and edit Wikipedia articles about female artists, and feminist art movements. Assistance will be provided for beginners. Western alumna Siân Evans (MA, Art History, 2007) will speak about her involvement in founding and organizing the internationally lauded “Art+Feminism Wikipedia edit-a-thons.”
  • Cohen Commons Exhibition

    September 5, 2017
    "Despite a sense of loss, there was an air of optimism" Cohen Commons, guest curated by PhD Candidate Ruth Skinner September 5-29, 2017 Opening Reception: Saturday, Sept. 16th > 7-9pm, Remarks: 7:30PM
  • MA Graduation Celebration

    August 28, 2017
    Congratulations to our newly-minted MAs who were in attendance at a reception to celebrate their latest success on August 28th. From left to right, Shelley Kopp, Kelsey Perreault, Mackenzie Sinclair, Caroline Rabideau, Christina Dreise. (absent Kylie Kelly, Beatriz Asfora). We wish you all the best success.
  • Quinn Smallboy, Playing a String Game, Exhibition

    August 10, 2017
    Quinn Smallboy’s work explores symbolic images that refer to Indigenous cultures. Through shapes and forms, that make up the iconic symbols that surround (and are within) Indigenous cultures, he approaches art-making by setting up alternate interpretations. By utilizing the mediums of painting and sculpture he translates Indigenous symbols into works of art.
  • Samantha Noseworthy Midheaven Exhibition

    August 10, 2017
    Midheaven names the tenth house in the natal astrological system. Evoking images of eclipse within in-between realms, it is a point of definition in one’s chart which determines vocation and purpose. Midheaven asks: of what significance is the continuity between contemporary artistic practice and paranormal occurrence?
  • Rehab Nazzal: Choreographies of Resistance

    July 6, 2017
    Rehab Nazzal: Choreographies of Resistance Thesis Exhibition
July 6 to July 29, 2017  
Opening Reception: July 8 McIntosh Gallery at Western University is pleased to present a PhD. thesis exhibition by activist artist Rehab Nazzal. The show is based on Nazzal’s year-long field research in the occupied West Bank and features an array of works that engage gallery-goers through sight, hearing and smell.
  • The Black and White Exhibition

    June 2, 2017
    The Artlab Gallery is pleased to present The Black and White Exhibition. Back for the third consecutive year this collaborative event features artwork from over seventy students from five different schools.
  • Charles Lee Franklin Harris MFA Exhibition

    May 3, 2017
    The Artlab Gallery is pleased to present the MFA thesis exhibition, Greater than Lesser than Equal to by Charles Lee Franklin Harris. The studio-based research of Charles Harris involves the use of non-traditional woodblock print-structures to explore the borderland where art and design commingle and cross-pollinate.
  • Paul Chartrand, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Artlab Gallery

    April 17, 2017
    The Artlab Gallery is pleased to present the MFA thesis exhibition, Gardening at Arm's Length by Paul Chartrand. 

Chartrand’s solo exhibit includes a variety of work based on his research into hydroponic growing systems, and the mediated relationship humans have with the environment.
  • Art & the City

    April 20, 2017
    Art and the City is organized by Jessica Cappuccitti as part of the adapted project-based stream of her Ph.D. in Art and Visual Culture at Western University. Her current research considers the City of Detroit as a case study for analyzing the complex role that artists and art institutions are playing in the potential re-growth and revitalization of the city. Art and the City will focus on public engagement, outreach programs, and community development strategies in the arts. Some questions to be considered by the panel participants include: what specifically are the arts doing for your communities, and how can art and its institutions instigate concrete positive changes in communities, or potentially even foster the rebuilding of communities?
  • You Can't Steal A Gift - Exhibition

    April 28, 2017
    You Can’t Steal A Gift - Opening Friday, April 28, 2017 - 7:30pm-9:30pm Satellite Project Space 121 Dundas Street Exhibition Runs: Friday, April 28 through Saturday, May 6th The exhibition features work by: Christina Battle, Christie Dreise, Tyler Durbano, Sharmistha Kar, Matthew Trueman and Michelle Wilson
  • Sarah Munro - MFA Thesis Exhibition

    May 12, 2017
    In collaboration with the Department of Visual Arts, Western University, SATELLiTE Project Space is proud to present Sarah Munro’s MFA thesis exhibition, The Longest Way Round, is the Shortest Way Home. On display from May 12-20th 2017, this exhibition of new work demonstrates Munro’s unique interdisciplinary approach to art making that includes collage, sculpture and installation.
  • Jason Stovall Wins Plaskett Award

    May 6, 2017
    Jason Stovall, MFA '16, is the 2017 Plaskett Award Winner. This award is used to support a mature Canadian with travel and the time and facilities to create work in Europe for one year. Awards: The artists will receive their awards at the 2017 RCA President’s Party held at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto on Saturday May 6, 2017in Toronto. The event has been organized by Lina Jabra, Executive Director at the RCA. For tickets contact
  • Community: A Participatory Art Conference

    March 30, 2017
    Western University Arts & Humanities and the Department of Visual Arts invite you to attend the 2017 BFA Practicum/MFA/PhD Open Studios and Graduate Symposium.
  • roll call | ArtLab | Cohen Commons

    March 24, 2017
    A gathering of ideas, reasons, comforts, unease, humour and resistance in response to community, in the form of visual texts. Guest Curated by Mackenzie Sinclair
  • Practicum 2017-18 Information Session

    March 22, 2017
    Currently in Year 3 or 4? Interested in Practicum Next Year? Learn what Practicum is all about and 
how to prepare your portfolio application.
  • Helen Fielding | Art Now

    March 23, 2017
    The Art Now Speakers' Series continues at 7:00 PM on March 23 with Helen Fielding.
  • Fellow Feeling | ArtLab

    March 24, 2017
    View the practicum graduating exhibition of 10 Western BFA students on March 24, 6:00-8:00, in the John Labatt Visual Arts Centre.
  • VASA Art Sale

    March 21, 2017
    Are you looking to buy art? Then this is the event for you! VASA's annual Art Sale ROUND TWO is Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 in the John Labatt Visual Arts Centre! Swing by the VAC from 9am-4pm to check out some sweet work by your very talented and hip visual art and art history students!
  • VSVSVS | Art Now

    March 30, 2017
    VSVSVS, a six-person collective from Toronto, joins us for the Winter 2017 Art Now Speakers' Series 7:00 PM, March 30.
  • Protectorate 1: A Darker Side of the Moon | ArtLab

    March 2, 2017
    Visit this speculative and fictional installation on the moon in the ArtLab on March 2, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.
  • March Break Open House

    March 11, 2017
    Saturday, March 11, 2017, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Peter Flemming | Art Now

    March 9, 2017
    Peter Flemming, an artist whose diverse influences include physics, neurology, and engineering, presents the next Art Now lecture on March 9, at 7:00 PM.
  • Simone Jones | Art Now

    March 2, 2017
    The Art Now Speakers' Series continues with Simone Jones on March 2 at 7:00 PM.
  • Cold Front | McIntosh Gallery

    January 12 - March 4, 2017
    Guest Curated by art history graduate students in the Department of Visual Arts: Beatriz Asfora, Brad Morosan, Kelsey Perreault, Caroline Rabideau, Mackenzie Sinclair, and Ruth Skinner, with Professor Sarah Bassnett. Reception: Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 7:00 PM
  • Shelley Niro | Art Now

    February 16, 2017
    Shelley Niro (MFA '97) explores the interaction between indigenous culture and postcolonial media in this continuation of the Art Now Speakers' Series. Join us at 7:00 PM on February 16 in NCB 113. Free and open to the public!
  • Boomerang | Artlab

    February 9, 2017
    A performance project responding to the "Annual Juried Exhibition", organized by the Artlab Gallery in collaboration with the Department of English and Writing Studies.
  • Vicky Moufawad-Paul | Art Now

    February 2, 2017
    The Art Now Speakers' Series continues at 7:00 PM on February 2 with celebrated curator and writer Vicky Moufawad-Paul.
  • Art Talks | Artlab Gallery

    February 1, 2017
    Students from Bealart present a series of short talks related to art production February 1, at 5:30 - 7:30 PM, in the Artlab.
  • Bookcase Booklaunch | Opening The Joy of Atleigh

    January 25, 2017
    Please join The Bookcase, January 25th, 12pm-4pm for the launch of the first catalogue (covering 2014-2016), and the opening of The Joy of Atleigh.
  • Hellmuth Prize celebrates elite researchers

    Professor Kathryn Brush (Visual Arts) has been awarded the 2017 Hellmuth Prize for Achievement in Research. The honour recognizes faculty members with outstanding international reputations for their contributions in research – one of the defining hallmarks of a university.
  • Art Now Presents: Artist­-Run Centre Roundtable

    January 26, 2017
    Artist-Run Centre Roundtable: With Jenna Faye Powell (Forest City Gallery), Taylor Doyle and Sophie Quick (Good Sport), Christine Negus (London Ontario Media Arts Association - LOMAA).
  • 15th Annual Juried Exhibition | Artlab

    January 26 - February 16, 2017
    Come to view this diverse exhibition created by Western Visual Arts Undergraduates at the reception on January 26, 5:00-7:00.
  • On Coming and Going | Artlab

    January 5 - 17, 2017
    Join us for the opening reception of the MFA Graduate Exhibition by Quintin Teszeri, January 12, 2016, 5:00pm - 7:00pm.