• President’s breakfast celebrates diversity

    By Western News, November 16, 2018

    MFA alumna, Sharmistha Kar presented Dr. Chakma with an original work of art – an embroidered map of the world at the sixth annual President’s Breakfast for International & Exchange Students. Touched by the gift, Chakma said, “I love this wonderful piece of art. Not only for its sheer beauty, but what it represents. I am proud to be Canadian. But I am also proud to be a global citizen.”

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  • Zhizi Wang wins Jurors Choice | MFA Exhibition Online - University of Montana

    University of Montana, December 2, 2018

    Congratulations to MFA candidate Zhizi Wang who was selected as ’Jurors Choice’ the annual MFA Online Exhibition titled “Regular Style”.

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  • Broad Topics.06 | LOMAA

    LOMAA, December 7, 2018

    LOMAA’s Broad Topics is excited to continue this series on femme-spectrum Canadian media artists with the screening titled An Intuitive List curated by Lauren Fournier and Daniella Sanader, both currently based in Toronto. Featuring video work by Alumna Christine Negus.

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  • Sound takes centre stage with Ellen Moffat's new Remai Modern exhibit

    By Matt Olson, Saskatoon Star Phoenix, November 14, 2018

    A new sound installation by PhD candidate Ellen Moffat called Small Sonorities: A Little Piece of String is now up at the Remai Modern art gallery.

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  • Kirsty Robertson Wins 2018 OAAG Award

    Akimbo, November 20, 2018

    Congratulations to Prof. Kirsty Robertson who was awarded a 2018 Ontario Association of Art Galleries Award in the category of "Short Text under 2,000 Words" for her essay "Great Cities / Downtowns, Art Gallery of Windsor"

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  • Art Now! Presents: Julia Paoli

    November 22, 2018

    Julia Paoli is a curator of contemporary art based in Toronto where she is currently Director of Exhibitions & Programs at Mercer Union, a centre for contemporary art. Her practice is focused on researching and developing projects with artists that meld models of influence and actively consider the complexities of genealogy. Join us at 7pm, NCB 117

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  • Annual Juried Exhibition - AJE 17

    Artlab Gallery, November 15 - December 6, 2018

    Back for the 17th consecutive year, the Annual Juried Exhibition (AJE) continues to be one of the most highly anticipated undergraduate exhibitions in Department of Visual Arts at Western University. This diverse exhibition supports the production of new artwork made in a variety of mediums, including painting, sculpture, digital media, photography, installation, sound, and performance. Reception: November 15, 2018, 5-7pm

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  • VASA Art Sale | Visual Arts Centre

    November 19-20, 2018

    Looking to spruce up your office or living room walls? Searching for a one-of-a-kind holiday present? Join us November 19 & 20 in the Visual Arts Centre for the VASA Art Sale. 9am-4pm. Artists may drop off their artwork between 8-9am

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  • The Significant of Multiple Narratives at Museums, Galleries and Heritage Sites

    By Jessica Matthys, November 2018

    Congratulations to Jessica Matthys 4th year Honors Specialization in Art History and Museum Studies, who was recently included in two publications; The Cider Press and Archival Treasures, from the Norwich and District Historical Society and CHOnews, A Quarterly Publication of the Community Heritage Ontario

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  • Visual tropes of migration tell predictable but misleading stories

    By Sarah Bassnett, The Conversation , November 5, 2018

    Western University Visual Arts Prof. Sarah Bassnett discusses the visual tropes of migration in her new essay published in The Conversation Canada.

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  • NTBD: not to be determined | Artlab Gallery

    Artlab Gallery, November 1- 6, 2018

    Not to Be Determined is an exhibition by the students currently in the second-year studio seminar. It showcases two major projects they have worked on individually and collectively throughout the semester. November 1- 6, 2018. Opening Reception: Thursday, November 1 from 5-7pm

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  • Call for Submissions: Annual Juried Exhibition - AJE 17 | Artlab

    Artlab Gallery, October 29-31, 2018

    Back for the 17th consecutive year, the Annual Juried Exhibition (AJE) continues to be one of the most highly anticipated undergraduate exhibitions in Department of Visual Arts at Western University. This diverse exhibition supports the production of new artwork made in a variety of mediums, including painting, sculpture, digital media, photography, installation, sound, and performance.

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  • Art Now! Present: Nadia Belerique

    October 25, 2018

    Join us for the next Art Now! Speakers' Series with artist Nadia Belerique. Admission is free, seating is limited! Thursday October 25, 7pm: North Campus Building (NCB) Room 117

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  • Applications Open: A Museum for Future Fossils

    October 1 - December 1, 2018

    A Museum for Future Fossils is a series of projects and events, including a graduate summer school, that will begin in Spring, 2019. Applications for the summer school will be open from October 1, 2018-December 1, 2018. Organized by Prof. Kirsty Robertson (Western University, Visual Arts) and Eugenia Kisin (NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study)

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  • Imagining Other Worlds | Publication with essay by Chair John Hatch

    October 2018

    John G Hatch recently published “East Meets West: Shi Zhiying's Picturing of Italo Calvino's Mr. Palomar,” in Nicholas Campion and Chris Impey (eds.), Imagining Other Worlds: Explorations in Astronomy and Culture, Studies in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology, Vol. 9 (Ceredigion, Wales: the Sophia Centre Press in partnership with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, 2018), pp. 155-165.

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  • Art Now! Present: Amy Fung

    Thursday October 18, 2018

    Join us for the next Art Now! Speakers' Series with curator, writer and organizer of multifarious events Amy Fung. Admission is free, seating is limited! Thursday, October 18, 7pm: North Campus Building (NCB) Room 117

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  • The Living River Project: Art, Water and Possible Worlds | Art Gallery of Windsor

    Art Gallery of Windsor, October 20, 2018 – January 20, 2019

    In The Living River Project: Art, Water and Possible Worlds, co-curators Patrick Mahon and Stuart Reid build on previous iterations of the exhibition to consider the cultural, historical and environmental significance of water issues in the Windsor-Detroit corridor. Featuring work by alumni Quinn Smallboy, Soheila Esfahani, Dickson Bou, Colin Miner, Gautam Garoo, and Joscelyn Garner.

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  • Prof. Roberston Nominated for 2018 OAAG Award

    October 2018

    Congratulations to Prof. Kirsty Robertson who has been nominated for the 2018 Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) Awards for her Short Text: “Great Cities / Downtowns” published in Downtown/s - Urban Renewals Today for Tomorrow, The 2017 Windsor Essex Triennial of Contemporary Art

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  • Prof. Christine Sprengler presents at Vertigo60 Conference

    September 2018

    Prof. Christine Sprengler presented a paper on "Vertigo's Soundtrack as Sound Art" at the "Vertigo60" conference at Trinity College Dublin .

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  • not bad, considering | Artlab Gallery

    Artlab, September 27 - October 11, 2018

    Artlab Gallery is pleased to present "not bad, considering" the second year MFA fall exhibition. Through material engagements with the digital and handmade, mundane and precious, they have discovered that they are driven by a need to ask increasingly difficult questions for which there may not be definitive answers. Join us for the reception, September 27, 5-7pm

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  • Philadelphia Museum Of Art Appoints Louis Marchesano

    Art Forum, September 14, 2018

    Alumnus Louis Marchesano (BA, Art History '87) has been named as the new senior curator of prints, drawings, and photographs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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  • DAYS | Artlab Gallery

    Artlab Gallery, September 13, 2018

    Join us for the opening reception of DAYS, Thursday, September 13th from 5-7pm at the Artlab, an exhibition by Sofia Berger, Liam Creed, Olivia Mossuto and Michael Thompson. Followed by the first Art Now lecture by Zin Taylor in NCB 117 at 7pm.

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  • Art Now! Presents: Zin Taylor

    NCB 117, September 13, 2018

    Join us Thursday at 7pm in NCB 117 for the first fall lecture from out 'Art Now! Speakers' Series', with artist Zin Taylor! All 'Art Now!' lectures are FREE and open to the public, but seating is limited!

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  • MFA Thesis Exhibition | skim : Joy Wong

    By Joy Wong, McIntosh Gallery, August 10 - September 8, 2018

    Joy Wong’s skim considers the dirt surrounding us, the inbetweenness of skin, boundaries, and thresholds, and what it means to have and be a body. To skim is to discard "impurities", to take the top off, to reveal below. August 10 - September 8, 2018 at the McIntosh Gallery. Closing Reception: Friday, September 7 from 5 to 7 p.m.

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  • MFA Thesis Exhibition | Next to a River – Embroidery as Map and Shelter, Sharmistha Kar

    By Sharmistha Kar, McIntosh Gallery, August 10 - September 8, 2018

    Next to a River – Embroidery as Map and Shelter, Sharmistha Kar August 10 – September 8, 2018 Closing Reception: Friday September 7, 5-7pm

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  • Top Visual Arts News Stories of 2017-2018

    September 2018

    Read some of our top stories from the past academic year including highlights from faculty, alumni, staff, and our current students!

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  • Sky Glabush | The Valley of Love

    By Sky Glabush, Clint Roenisch Gallery, 7 September - 20 October, 2018

    New paintings by Studio Faculty member Sky Glabush. Opening reception Friday, September 7th from 6-9pm at Clint Roenisch Gallery 190 Saint Helens Ave Toronto, Ontario

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  • Researcher looking to re-frame Detroit images

    By Ani Hoque, Western News, August 3, 2018

    Earlier this summer, Visual Arts graduate student Jessica Cappuccitti curated an exhibition, Welcome to Detroit: Suzy Lake and Orlando Ford, at the McIntosh Gallery. The exhibition offered viewers an opportunity to understand how these images – some of Detroit’s decay and others that capture people with smiling faces and open arms – shape ideas about the city.

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  • Silenced Memories: Ulises Unda, PhD Thesis Exhibition | Satellite Project Space

    By Ulises Unda, Satellite Project Space, August 6-12, 2018

    A Thesis Project Exhibition, at Satellite Project Space by PhD candidate Ulises Unda. August 6-12, with reception August 9, 7-9pm.

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  • Read. Watch. Listen. with ­­­­­­­Tricia Johnson

    By Tricia Johnson, Western News, July 11, 2018

    Read. Watch. Listen. introduces you the personal side of our faculty, staff and alumni. Participants are asked to answer three simple questions about their reading, viewing and listening habits. Tricia Johnson is a Visual Arts professor. Today, she takes her turn on Read. Watch. Listen.

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  • Visual Arts student shortlisted for national painting competition

    By Adela Talbot, Western News, July 4, 2018

    Joy Wong, a Visual Arts MFA candidate at Western, has been named a finalist for the 20th annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition. The winner, to be announced Sept. 18, will receive $25,000 and a residency at Banff Centre for the Arts.

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  • MFA Thesis Exhibition: Tyler Durbano | and where is the body? | Artlab

    June 7, 2018

    Join us for the MFA Thesis Exhibition Tyler Durbano "and where is the body?" at the Artlab Gallery June 7th - 20th , 2018 
Opening Reception: Friday June 8th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm

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  • Embracing a love of reading without end

    By Jason Winders, Western News, May 30, 2018

    Bookmarks spotlights the personalities and published books of faculty, staff and alumni.Today, Visual Arts professor Kirsty Robertson, author of Tear Gas Epiphanies: Protest, Culture, Museums, answers questions on her ‘bookishness’ and writing.

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  • MFA Thesis Exhibition: Matthew Trueman : Slower Than Time Itself | Artlab

    By Matthew Trueman, Artlab Gallery, May 17-30, 2018

    Join us for the MFA Thesis Exhibition of Matthew Trueman : Slower Than Time Itself at the Artlab Gallery May 17th - 30th , 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday May 17th from 6-8:00 pm

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  • MFA Thesis Exhibition - Rah: SuperNova | Artlab

    Please join us at the Artlab Gallery for the opening reception Thursday, April 26th of the MFA thesis exhibition SuperNova, a new video installation by Iranian-Canadian digital and performance artist Rah. The exhibition continues until May 9th, 2018.

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  • This Is A Show | Cohen Commons

    This Is a Show, is an art exhibition created by the Third Year BFA studio seminar students. The art work exhibited is a showcasing of their ambitious final projects for the end of the school year. The show will include a diverse range of mediums and approaches See them all at the opening reception, Friday the 23rd in the Visual Arts Centre at the Cohen Commons. Held in conjunction with the opening receptions for @Senders in the Artlab Gallery.

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  • @Senders | Artlab Gallery

    @SENDERS brings together 16 graduating BFA students from Visual Arts Western. Working in mediums such as sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking, installation and digital media, the artists will communicate their experiences, opinions, and ideas through their practices.

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  • Art Now! Presents: Catherine Telford-Keogh

    Join us Thursday, March 22, 7pm in NCB 113 for a talk by Catherine Telford-Keogh, Curator, Artist and Educator.

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  • Art Work. Work. Work.

    Recent Western Alumni Share Their Stories about Working in the Arts. Tuesday March 27, 2018 
4:30pm-6:00pm in VAC 100 Free Admission, Snacks & Refreshments Provided.

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  • Art Now! Presents: Jessica Patricia Kichoncho Karuhanga at Museum London

    Join us Thursday, March 15 from 6:30pm-9:00pm at Museum London for a talk by alumna Jessica Patricia Kichoncho Karuhanga. Karuhanga will speak about her art practice and inclusion in the current Museum London exhibition of Canadian women’s art "Embodiment", and discuss her work with Colin Carney.

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  • Un-histories: art and the unconcluded

    OCAD University, March 10, 2018

    PhD Candidate Ido Govrin will be presenting a paper at the Un-histories: art and the unconcluded - Contemporary Art, Design, and New Media Art Histories Graduate Student Conference at OCAD University - March 10, 2018

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  • Reverberations of a Topological Daydream - Santiago Tavera | Forest City Gallery

    Forest City Gallery, March 2, 2018

    Reverberations of a Topological Daydream, by BFA alumnus Santiago Tavera presents a suspended state of mixed realities, triggering in the viewers virtual narratives of dislocation, accompanied by fictions of self re-presentation. Friday, March 2, 2018 to Friday, April 13, 2018 Opening reception: Friday, March 2, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

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  • The Bookcase Micro-Museum | Business London Magazine

    By Wayne Newton, Busniess London Magazine, March 2018

    The Bookcase, founded by Dr. Kirsty Robertson is featured in Business London Magazine (see p.46 of the digital edition)

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  • Book celebrates legacy of artist Paterson Ewen

    By Adela Talbot, Western News, March 2, 2018

    Visual Arts Chair and professor John Hatch will publish Paterson Ewen: Life & Work through the Art Canada Institute. Ewen, who taught at Western for more than a decade, is one of Canada’s best-known artists.

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  • Colin Muir Dorward & Gavin Lynch: Crossfaded | Michael Gibson Gallery


    PhD candidate Colin Muir Dorward is included in a two person exhibition opening Thursday March 1st at Michael Gibson Gallery.Dorward explores early medieval culture and myth while Lynch’s work is rooted in the landscape genre. Though the subject matter is different, both artists create representations of imagined places, rooted in their love and knowledge of the history of painting.

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  • Student finds inspiration sitting all around her

    By Paul Mayne, Western News, March 1, 2018

    Visual Arts student Brenda Fuhrman has brought the stories of London’s transit riders to life with the creation of comic strips, among the featured works of @SENDERS Practicum Class Exhibition, which begins March 23 at the Artlab Gallery in the Department of Visual Arts.

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  • Filtered | Cohen Commons

    Filtered focuses on the ways in which digital technology shapes the way we think, interact with, and experience the world around us. This student exhibition is curated by VASA, with the intention of providing undergraduate students with an opportunity to exhibit their artwork, build professional skills, and expand their portfolios. Opening Recepetion March 1, 5-7pm

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  • 95% Invisible: The Art of Storage Museum and Curatorial Practicum Class Exhibition | Artlab Gallery

    On average, more than 95% of objects held by museums and in private collections are in storage rather than on display. "95% Invisible: The Art of Storage" will take visitors behind the scenes, exploring how objects are cared for, maintained, and occasionally warehoused in "deep storage," never to be seen again. March 1-15, 2018 - Opening Reception: Thursday, March 1 > 5-7pm Remarks: 6pm

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  • Art and Ecology at the Palmer Art Museum | Penn State

    Palmer Museum of Art, February 13 - June 17, 2018

    Kelly Wood and the Synthetic Collective (along with former faculty Kelly Jazvac) will be included in this important international exhibition on Art and Ecology at the Palmer Art Museum at Penn State University. Kirsty Robertson will also be participating in tours, talks and events.

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  • Art Now! Presents: Scott McGovern

    Join us Thursday, March 1, 7pm in NCB 113 for a talk by Scott McGovern is a curator, artist, video maker, and educator.

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  • Art Now! Presents: David Urban

    Join us Thursday, March 8, 7pm in NCB 113 for a talk by David Urban, Artist.

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  • 02-Hatch-Read.Watch.Listen

    By John Hatch, Western News, February 9,2018

    John Hatch, Chair of Visual Arts, explores 20th-century European and American art and theory, with a special focus on the influence of the physical sciences on modern art.

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  • Visual Arts Adjunct professor wins Governor General’s Award

    Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts, 2018

    Wyn Geleynse’s practice is one of a restless tinkerer, someone who is endlessly experimenting with techniques both ancient and on the leading edge of the latest technology.

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  • Department of Visual Arts Open Studios

    The Department of Visual Arts Graduate Students at Western University invite you to attend the 2018 edition of Open Studios. Held in conjunction with the Inward/Outward Conference and Exhibition at the Artlab Gallery.

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  • Kim Neudorf's exhibition reviewed by Patrick Mahon | Bordercrossings

    By Patrick Mahon, Bordercrossings magazine, December 2017

    In December 2017 – Volume 36, Number 4, Issue 144 of Bordercrossings magazine, Patrick Mahon recently reviewed Kim Neudorf's exhibition at DNA Artspace.

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  • Inward Outward | Artlab Gallery

    The ArtLab Gallery is pleased to present Inward Outward, an exhibition of work by graduate students from the Department of Visual Arts at Western University.

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  • Visual Arts Graduate Conference | Inward <-> Outward

    Join us for the Western University Visual Arts Graduate Student Conference and Open Studios! Thursday, February 8, 7pm - 8pm & Friday, February 9, 10am - 5pm.

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  • 10 Artists Who Are Taking Care | Canadian Art

    Canadian Art,

    Alumna Jessica Karuhanga (BFA’10) works primarily in video and installation, dealing heavily with gesture and choreography and speaking against our societal lust for the Black body as entertainment.

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  • Colin Dorward | Cohen Commons

    Colin Dorward A Proposal for the Incorporation of Synth-DIY and its music  into a Visual Arts Academy Cohen Commons February 8-14  Opening Reception: Thursday, 8th 5-7pm Remarks: 6pm This project examines the feasibility of developing electronic music instruments under the umbrella of a department of Visual Arts. 

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  • Mark Kasumovic: Instrumental II | DHP

    Double Happiness Projects, January 26 - February 15, 2018

    New exhibition by PhD candidate Mark Kasumovic at the Double Happiness Project in Toronto, Ontario. Opening Reception: January 25, 2018 (6 - 9 PM) - Artist in Attendance. Exhibition: January 26 - February 15, 2018

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  • Art Now! Presents: Deirdre Logue & Allyson Mitchell

    Join us Thursday January 25, 7pm in NCB 113 for a talk by Deirdre Logue & Allyson Mitchell, Artists.

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  • Tegan Moore: Variations | Zalucky Contemporary

    Zalucky Contemporary, January 12, 2018

    Alumna Tegan Moore's exhibition "Variations" will be on display January 12 - February 10, 2018 at Zalucky Contemporary. Opening Reception: Friday, January 12, 6 - 8PM

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  • My Planet and Me | Aeolian Hall

    Aeolian Hall, January 12, 2018

    EmergentSeas (theatre), Timothy Glasgow (music), Public Displays of Art (dance), and Matthew Trueman (MFA candidate Visual Arts) are set to collaborate for a very special cross disciplinary one night only presentation of "My Planet and Me", a one act play written and performed by Damon Muma, followed by an analog synthesizer performance by Timothy Glasgow.

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  • Art Now! Presents: James Patten

    Join us at the first Art Now lecture of 2018, Thursday January 18, 7pm in NCB 113 for a talk by James Patten, Director and Chief Curator at McIntosh Gallery.

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  • Winter 2018 Speakers' Series Announced

    The Department of Visual Arts is pleased to announce the 2018 Art in the Public Sphere Series. Visit our website to see the full lineup of speakers, events and exhibition.

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  • Visual Arts Scholarship Results

    Congratulations to Our Students Who have been Awarded the Following Scholarships; Ollie and Mark Cameron Scholarship: Erika Ilse Tony and Betsy Little Scholarship in Visual Arts: Reilly Knowles Benjamin Noble Scholarship: Olivia Mossuto The Craig Henshaw Visual Arts Philanthropy Award: Victoria Stopar and Ethan Aquino-Chien Kate and Robert Taylor Scholarship in Visual Arts: Zoe Abbott

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  • Looking Back 50th Anniversary Exhibition | Artlab Gallery

    The Department of Visual Arts, Western University, continues to celebrate its 50th anniversary with Looking Back, an exhibition featuring works from the McIntosh Gallery Permanent Collection. Join us for the opening reception, Saturday January 13 at 7pm at the Artlab.

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  • Call for Papers for Inward<->Outward: (De)Constructing Experiences in Public Space

    The Graduate Students of Art History and Visual Arts would like to announce a graduate student conference titled Inward<->Outward: (De)Constructing Experiences in Public Space.

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  • If You've Got it Flaunt it | McIntosh Gallery

    Mcintosh Gallery, January 25, 2018

    New exhibition at the McIntosh Gallery, featuring work by alumnus Danny Welsh, and curated by alumnus Lucas Cabral. January 25 - March 24, 2018. Join us for the opening Reception: Thursday January 25, 7-9 PM

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  • Art Now! Presents: Andrew Hunter

    Join us Thursday February 8, 7pm in NCB 113 for a talk by Andrew Hunter, Curator, Artist and Educator. Hunter is known for his innovative use of collections and for positioning art within a wider social, historical and cultural context. He has consistently blurred the boundaries of artist/curator/educator and has emphasized community engagement, narrative and character-based performance in his work.

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