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."
Carl Louie, November 26, 2017
Rutherford Chang, Allison Katz, David Merritt, Adriana Lara November 26 - December 19, 2017 Carl Louie, 733 Elias Street, London, Ontario David Merritt’s practice operates in the diminishing space between human and natural systems. His drawing, sculptural and multimedia works have been exhibited in galleries nationally and internationally, including the National Gallery of Canada, Art Gallery of Ontario, the Textile Museum of Canada and TENT CBK, Rotterdam.
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 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”
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, 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, 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.
SATELLiTE Project Space, October 27,2018
The last to go will see the first three go before . Opening reception: Friday, October 27th, 6-8PM Satellite Project Space, 121 Dundas St, London Satellite Project Space is pleased to announce an exhibition of recent work by second year MFA students from Western University. Four artists want to sort out what it means to be a body, a self, a persona in public or private. If we choose to tell ourselves stories to get by; which get to stay and which get in the way? Let’s navigate with heart, smarts and courage! Exhibiting artists: Claire Bartleman, Tyler Durbano, Graham Macaulay, Joy Wong
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Not Quite the Highest Point continues Govrin's interdisciplinary artistic research in the mediums of sound, installation, printmaking and text.
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.
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.”
PhD ’16 Helen Gregory's dissertation abstract selected by Leonardo MIT as a top-rated art-science abstract for 2016
Helen Gregory, The MIT Press, October 3, 2017
Helen Gregory's dissertation abstract “Un-Natural Histories: The Specimen as Site of Knowledge Production in Contemporary Art” is selected in as top-rated abstract in a special section of Leonardo, Volume 50, Number 5, 2017.
Kate Graham and Terry Rice will speak on their respective professional practices, and converse on “Art and Related Professional Careers.”
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.
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.
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.”
Christie Contemporary, September 6, 2017
(swrv) is at Christie Contemporary from September 6 - October 14, 2017 David Merritt has exhibited nationally and internationally, including More Than Two (Let it Make Itself), curated by Micah Lexier, The Power Plant, Toronto, 2013; Volume, Hear, Here, curated by Christof Migone, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto, Toronto, 2013; Builders: 2012 Canadian Biennial, curated by Jonathan Shaughnessy, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 2012; shim/sham/shimmy, survey exhibition, Museum London, London, ON (touring, Art Gallery of Hamilton, MacLaren Art Centre, Art Gallery of Windsor), 2010.
"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
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.
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?
Dr. Sarah Bassnett, Witness, July 27, 2017
This essay by Associate Professor Dr. Sarah Bassnett focuses on the boarder crisis in Calais, France. As she states in this recent article in World Press Photo Magazine "Of the thousands of images depicting the crisis in Calais, most focus on the refugees. And while their experiences are a crucial part of the story, this has circumscribed how we understand the crisis. There are broader issues at stake."
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.
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.
Canadian Art, May 9, 2017
Shelley Niro has won the seventh annual Scotiabank Photography Award in a ceremony at the Ryerson Image Centre in Toronto. Shelley Niro was born in Niagara Falls, New York, in 1954 and currently lives in Brantford, Ontario. She is a member of the Six Nations Reserve, Bay of Quinte Kanien’kehaka (Mohawk) Nation, Turtle Clan.
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.
Thames Art Gallery, April 27, 2017
Meet us at the Thames Art Gallery, Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 7:30PM to 9:00PM to hear artist and Western University arts instructor, David Merritt, discuss his current body of work: SWRV. This exhibit is on now until Sunday, April 30, 2017. David will tour attendees around the exhibition, explaining his methods and the concepts behind the work.
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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?
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.
Ontario Historical Society, April 2017
Sarah Bassnett is the recipient of the 2016 J.J. Talman Award for Picturing Toronto: Photography and the Making of a Modern City, published by McGill-Queen’s University Press
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
Currently in Year 3 or 4? Interested in Practicum Next Year? Learn what Practicum is all about and how to prepare your portfolio application.
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!
McIntosh Gallery, March 15, 2017
Following a year of field work in Palestine to create this new body of work, Rehab Nazzal has gathered sound, video, photography and found objects to create immersive environments which speak to the tragic conditions Palestinians face today. Although based in documentary, the installations that make up Choreographies of Resistance function more as commemorations, for the still-living and the deceased.
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.
The exhibition <Immune Nations>, featuring Western University Visual Arts professor Patrick Mahon, involves 8 interdisciplinary art projects, created in collaboration with artists, vaccine scholars, journalists, health policy makers and advocates over a 3.5 year period. The exhibition is hosted at 2 venues. Download the full poster and brochure in the blue link above.
Art Gallery of Windsor (AGW), March 4, 2017
This symposium, co-curated by Patrick Mahon and Stuart Reid, considers the cultural, environmental and historical significance of water in the Windsor-Detroit corridor.
View the practicum graduating exhibition of 10 Western BFA students on March 24, 6:00-8:00, in the John Labatt Visual Arts Centre.
VSVSVS, a six-person collective from Toronto, joins us for the Winter 2017 Art Now Speakers' Series 7:00 PM, March 30.
Visit this speculative and fictional installation on the moon in the ArtLab on March 2, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.
Saturday, March 11, 2017, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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.
The Art Now Speakers' Series continues with Simone Jones on March 2 at 7:00 PM.
A performance project responding to the "Annual Juried Exhibition", organized by the Artlab Gallery in collaboration with the Department of English and Writing Studies.
Idea Exchange Art + Design, February 8 , 2017
Featuring (MFA, 2015) alumni Juanita Lee-Garcia, With Mexico, From Love brings together a number of artists from Latin America, including those who have immigrated to Canada or other parts of the world, but whose work remains influenced by the culture and issues of the present day Mexico.
Come to view this diverse exhibition created by Western Visual Arts Undergraduates at the reception on January 26, 5:00-7:00.
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!
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.
The Art Now Speakers' Series continues at 7:00 PM on March 23 with Helen Fielding.
The Art Now Speakers' Series continues at 7:00 PM on February 2 with celebrated curator and writer Vicky Moufawad-Paul.
University of Waterloo Art Gallery, January 12-March 14, 2017
Two Western alumni, Brendan Fernandes and Diana Yoo, continue their explorations of intercultural translation, displacement and identity construction, this exhibition brings together a group of Canadian artists from diverse cultural backgrounds. Opening Reception: Thursday, January 12, 5:00–8:00 PM
Paul Petro Contemporary Art, January 6, 2017
Kim Neudorf the Digital Technician and Visual Resource Librarian, at Western Visual Arts, is part of the exhibition “UNTITLED 2011” at Paul Petro Contemporary Art.
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
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).
Students from Bealart present a series of short talks related to art production February 1, at 5:30 - 7:30 PM, in the Artlab.
Join us for the opening reception of the MFA Graduate Exhibition by Quintin Teszeri, January 12, 2016, 5:00pm - 7:00pm.
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.