October 17, 2019
Join us Thursday, October 17 at Museum London for our Art Now! Speakers' Series, featuring artist Michael Belmore. An exhibition tour of "Ways of Being: Yhonnie Scarce and Michael Belmore" will begin at 7PM led by Cassandra Getty, with Belmore's talk to follow at 7:45PM. Presented in partnership with Museum London.
October 17, 2019
Grab some snacks! Grab your friends! And come on down to VAC 100 for a movie night presented by the Museum Studies Collective. 6-9pm, VAC 100
McIntosh Gallery, October 21, 2019
Join us to celebrate the launch of Kirsty Robertson's "Tear Gas Epiphanies: Protest, Culture, Museums" and Cody Barteet's "Architectural Rhetoric and the Iconography of Authority in Colonial Mexico" on Monday, October 21 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at McIntosh Gallery.
October 10, 2019
Join us Thursday, October 10 at 7PM in room NCB117 for our Art Now! Speakers' Series featuring Crystal Mowry, Senior Curator at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery.
Paul Mayne, Western News, October 4, 2019
PhD candidate Ruth Skinner has curated "Anti-profit: Independent Publishing in London", the latest exhibition at the McIntosh Gallery, running through Oct. 26. The exhibit explores the histories of independent arts and literary publishing in London.
Join us Thursday, October 3 from 5-7pm in the ArtLab Gallery for the opening reception of "what we might become," an exhibition of second year MFA work. Artists: Matt W. Brown, Jerome Conquy, George Kubresli, Ramolen Laruan, and Yas Nikpour Khoshgrudi.
LOMAA, Artlab Gallery, October 4, 2019
In collaboration with the Department of Visual Arts & Artlab Gallery at Western University, LOMAA welcomes Toronto-based filmmaker Barbara Sternberg to introduce and discuss a selection of her 16mm films spanning the past two decades. 6pm: artist talk 7pm: screening $5 admission (no one turned away), presented on 16mm film.
McIntosh Gallery, September 14 - October 26, 2019
Curated by Ruth Skinner from the McIntosh Gallery Curatorial Study Centre Collection, this exhibition complements the international selection of similar material featured in Publishing Against the Grain.
Guelph Museum, September 14, 2019 - March 1, 2020
Experience sound and vibration technologies through art installations by David Bobier, Lindsay Fisher, Marla Hlady, Ellen Moffat (Western PhD candidate), Gordon Monahan, Alison O’Daniel, and Lynx Sainte-Marie. By making sound tangible through touch, this exhibition aims to change public perceptions of difference and disability.
September 11, 2019 – March 8, 2020
Contract and Release is a performance-based collaboration between the Museum and Alumnus Brendan Fernandes, a Canadian artist who works at the intersection of dance and visual art. Fernandes has transformed the Museum’s collection installation Noguchi: Body-Space Devices into a performance space. There dancers perform among museum visitors, moving in, on, around, and with the Noguchi sculptures and a “training device” specially designed by Fernandes, exploring bodies in space, movement, and the ways in which often grueling training techniques—including the Martha Graham technique known as “contract and release,” for which this project is named—may be fetishized.
Art Now!, September 26, 2019
Join us Thursday, September 26 for our first Art Now! lecture of the term, featuring artist and curator Jonathan Middleton. Presented in partnership with the McIntosh Gallery.
CAFKA, September 21 - October 28, 2019
Alumnus Paul Chartrand's "C02 Sequestration via Trees" is an octagonal domed greenhouse, built to mirror the dramatic skylight directly above the main intersection of the Conestoga mall. The greenhouse will be home to 2,600 silver maple seedlings, representing the number of trees necessary to nullify one individual's carbon footprint.
Edna Press, August 2019
Edna Press recently released a publication featuring work by MFA alumna Sarah Munro and BFA alumna/current MFA candidate Faith Patrick.
Artlab, September 12-26, 2019
Join us for the first Opening Reception of the Fall Term: Thursday, September 12 from 5-7pm. Participating Artists: Max McKerlie, Claire McNamara, Ava Workman, Emily Culbert and Riley Metcalfe. On view, September 12-26, 2019
Cohen Commons, September 12-26, 2019
"Notes from The Mess Drawer" is an exploration of the magical and supernatural aspects of the home and the domestic, and how these connect with liberating and oppressive forces. Join us for an exhibition in the Cohen Commons featuring : Andrew Fraser, Reilly Knowles and Sarah Desmarais Opening Reception: Thursday, September 12 from 5-7pm. The exhibition continues September 12-26, 2019
Deb Van Brenk, Western News, August 14, 2019
Curated by Matthew Ryan Smith, PhD’12 (Art and Visual Culture), the recent CURTAIN exhibition at Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant in Brantford, Ont., showed expressions of memory, love, death, kinship and grief, by artist Jeff Bierk.
Art Gallery of Ontario, August 30, 2019
Recently acquired by the AGO, A Seat Above the Table (Warren Moon) by Toronto artist Esmaa Mohamoud is a liberating tale in woven black rattan. It’s on view now in the J.S. McLean Centre for Indigenous & Canadian Art.
McIntosh Gallery, August 9 - September 7, 2019
Lydia Santia’s 'Inventory' bridges the gap between artistic and consumer collecting. In Carder-Thompson’s 'Spanning', traditional spinning wheels are modified as aides to facilitate spiritual communication. See these two MFA thesis exhibitions August 9 - September 7 at the McIntosh Gallery, with closing reception on Friday, September 6, 5:00-7:00p.m.
July 11, 2019
Join us in the Artlab Thursday, July 11 from 5-7pm for the opening reception of MFA candidate Zhizi Wang's thesis show, "Absence and Proximity." The exhibition runs until Friday, July 26. The Artlab is open M-F from 12-5pm.
July 8 - 12, 2019
Lydia Santia’s project The gallery is a sort of facility experiments with the gallery as a storage space; a place to interrupt the pragmatic act of storing objects, using the viewer’s gaze. Reception Friday July 12, 2019 5-7pm at 121 Dundas St.
Cody Barteet, Routledge, July 2019
A new publication by Prof. Cody Barteet investigates the Casa de Montejo and considers the role of the building’s Plateresque façade as a form of visual rhetoric that conveyed ideas about the individual and communal cultural identities in sixteenth-century Yucatán.
Deborah Van Brenk, Western News, June 24, 2019
Dr. Kirsty Robertson, a Contemporary Art and Museum and Curatorial Studies professor, helped students use the ideas of pervasive pollution and environmental degradation as building blocks of creativity in creating 'A Museum for Future Fossils'
Ido Govrin, McIntosh Gallery, June 27 - July 26, 2019
Philosophical Archeology Space 2009–2019 presents the culmination of the artist’s decade-long research on philosophical archeology—a methodology that embodies one’s relation to history and historiographic research. Ido Govrin (b. 1976, Jerusalem) is a multidisciplinary artist who is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Visual Arts at Western University. Philosophical Archeology Space 2009–2019 is his thesis exhibition. Opening reception: Thursday, June 27, 5:00-7:00p.m.
Artlab Gallery, June 20 - July 4, 2019
Join us in the Artlab Gallery this Thursday, June 20 from 5-7pm for the opening reception of MFA candidate Johnathan Onyschuk's thesis show, "Bone Meal." The exhibition runs from June 20 - July 4, and consists of monumental avatars, WWI junk and wooden sculpture.
Ruth Skinner, Moving Mountains, June 2019
PhD Candidate Ruth Skinner recently collaborated with artist Aislinn Thomas on a print publication for LOMAA’s Broad Topics series, titles “Moving Mountains.” The screening event and publication launch was held at Western, in partnership with the Museum for Future Fossils. Aislinn has just made a digital version of the text available for download on her website.
Sonia Preszcator, Western News, June 12, 2019
Two works by Visual Arts professor Sky Glabush – 'The Boarding House' and 'The Clearing' – are now part of the permanent collection at the National Gallery of Canada.
July 6 – August 17, 2019
Curated by alumna and Artlab manager Liza Eurich, including work by alumnus Graham Macaulay, "Somebody" looks at work that engages with figuration through gestures that depict traces of activity, accessories, or fragmented representations of its form. July 6 – August 17 Reception: Saturday, July 6 from 2-5pm
Artlab, June 7, 2019
Join us Friday June 7 for A Museum for Future Fossils' Open House from 4-6pm, an artist talk by Abedar Kamgari from 3-4pm and a series of screenings presented by LOMAA.
June 2, 2019
Sunday June 2nd at 8pm, experience 'Sound Performances from Japan, Montreal, and London Ontario' at 42 Adelaide st. N (upper) with performances from alumnus and Artlab Preparator, Dicksonc Bou and PhD candidate Ellen Moffat
PhD Candidate Bruno Belli Sinder recently published an article titled "Rituals of Belonging: Negotiating Identity Through Photography" in The Wollensen, a journal with the proceedings of the annual UofT Art History Grad Conference.
Artlab Manager, and alumna, Liza Eurich's work has been included in a exhibition which opened May 3 in Malta. This exhibition brings together the work of three international artists: Liza Eurich (CA), Katri Kempas (FIN) and Letta Shtohryn (UKR/MT), who met in the summer of 2017 during a month-long residency at SIM in Reykjavik, Iceland. Operating from a platform of call and response, the production of work for this exhibition seeks to explore methods of translation: from simulated to real, from personal to referential, from present to absent and vice versa. Starting from a shared interest in objectness, this work will engage with processes that endeavor to dematerialize the material, or conversely materialize the immaterial.
May 22 - June 15, 2019
Pattern (dis)Placement, solo exhibition by MFA alumna Soheila Esfahani is on view at the red head gallery in toronto. May 22 - June 15, 2019.
May 9 - 23, 2019
This exhibition is presented in conjunction with Colin Dorward's doctoral dissertation, "The Medieval Genesis of a Mythology of Painting." He will be around, installing works for much of May, feel free to stop in and say hello.
Adela Talbot, Western News,
More than a decade ago, as an MFA student at Western, Brendan Fernandes attended the opening of the Whitney Biennial, a contemporary exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. “Enamoured” in the moment, the young artist pledged to return one day but as more than an observer.
May 8 - 18, 2019
Pacing is a group exhibition by Ramolen Laruan, Yas Nikpour Khoshgrudi, and Zhizi Wang. All three artists are current MFA candidates at Western University. On view until May 18, 2019
Clint Roenisch, May 2019
We are very pleased to announce that the National Gallery of Canada has acquired two large paintings by Sky Glabush for their permanent collection. The Clearing and The Boarding House were both painted for Sky's recent solo exhibition at Clint Roenisch.
May 7, 2019
Today, nearly 49,000 Canadians are being treated for kidney failure. Of those, more than 57 per cent are on dialysis. Stepping out from behind the camera, Western PhD candidate Ruth Skinner helped 34 dialysis patients capture their most intimate day-to-day moments through image making as part of the Renal Community Photo Project.
Leah Sandals, Canadian Art, March 25, 2019
Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts (TFVA) issued its 2019 award announcement this week, with a total in $77,500 distributed. Mohamoud’s evocative works on sport, gender and Blackness were recognized with a $15,000 Artist Prize.
April 26, 2019
A group of emerging artists from Beal Art will be presenting short lectures on their artistic practices and motivations, with topics ranging from the inherent political qualities within art to an architectural framework of approaching practice.
McIntosh Gallery, May 3 - June 16, 2019
Join us for the opening reception of Heads curated by faculty member Sky Glabush and Sanaugavut: Art from Kinngait, curated by Nakasuk Alariaq at the McIntosh Gallery, on Friday, May 3 at 7p.m. A curator-led tour of Heads with Sky Glabush will take place Thursday, May 9 at 12:00pm.
Matthew Smith, Afterimage, April 2019
Matthew Smith, a Ph.D. graduate of the Art and Visual Culture program, and current Curator of Glenhyrst Art Gallery, has published the article "Strange Brew: Art, Protest, and the Anti-Fracking Movement" in Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Criticism. This is the first volume of Afterimage since it moved to the University of California Press Journals.
April 16, 2019
The Sobey Art Foundation and the National Gallery of Canada are pleased to present the longlist of 25 nominees for the 2019 Sobey Art Award, Canada’s prestigious contemporary art prize that recognizes and supports emerging artists from across the country. Congratulations to alumnus Brendan Fernandes (MFA'05) who has been longlisted for the 2019 Sobey Art Award.
TBA Journal, April 2019
TBA: Journal of Art, Media, and Visual Culture is seeking reviewers. Please complete the Peer-Reviewer application form to submit your name for consideration.
April 12-26, 2019
"Have a Plastic Day!" is an exhibition of artworks that were produced during the experimental research-creation class, "Making Art with Environmental Awareness." This class investigated issues related to plastics in the social world and in the natural environment. Opening Reception: Friday, April 12 from 5-7pm
April 12-26, 2019
A Museum for Future Fossils will be on display at Satellite Project Space from April 3-13 and Cohen Commons (JLVAC, UWO) from April 12-April 26. Please join us for a reception at both locations on April 12, 5-7pm. A free bus will leave the JLVAC for Satellite at 6pm on April 12th. All are welcome.
February 8 - July 28, 2019
Visual Arts Faculty member Kelly Wood is participating in the international exhibition: "Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials" Plastic Entanglements brings together 60 works by 30 contemporary artists to explore the environmental, aesthetic and technological entanglements of our ongoing love affair with this paradoxical, infinitely malleable substance.
April 7 - May 25, 2019
Professor Glabush’s work is included in "Thinking With My Hands" April 06, 2019 through May 18, 2019. In addition, his work is featured in "Sun is Setting/Faith in Strangers" from April 7 - May 25, 2019 in Chicago.
Congratulations to Prof. Kirsty Robertson who has just been awarded a SSHRC Connection Grant for her Museum for Future Fossils course this Spring valued at $33,707.
March 22, 2019
Honesty Hour is an exhibition of recent work by Western University’s Bachelor of Fine Art Practicum class. Having worked closely and collectively for years, this show is not fifteen artists’ group show, but is the culmination of four years of community. Opening Reception: Friday, March 22 from 6-8pm, In conjunction with Open Studio.
March 22, 2019
Now in its sixth year, Western Open Studio invites members of the community, art enthusiasts and the general public behind the scenes access to our undergraduate and graduate studio spaces. March 22, 1-8pm, In conjunction with the Practicum Exhibition, 'Honesty Hour' opening in the Artlab, 6-8pm.
Christof Migone, March 13 - April 5, 2019
Prof. Christof Migone will be giving a series of artist talks, workshops, conference presentations and performances in seven countries, over the next two months. Learn more about the nine upcoming events across Europe and Asia.
Cohen Commons, March 22, 2019
An exhibition of new work by Professor David Merrit's third year BFA Seminar Class. March 22 - April 5. Opening Reception: Friday, March 22 from 6-8pm, Cohen Commons Gallery, in conjunction with the Practicum opening reception.
March 14, 2019
Congratulations to Prof. Kirsty Robertson who was awarded the 2019 Arts and Humanities Teaching Excellence Award (Full-time).
DNA Artspace, March 16, 2019
DNA Artspace presents 'Print Pop: Vendor Market & Exhibition’ Saturday, March 16th, 11am - 5pm, during JunoFEST. This exhibition and sale features artwork by our Printmaking technician Jessica Woodward& BFA alumna Alayna Hryclik.
Art Now, March 21, 2019
Join us Thursday March 21, at 7pm in NCB 117 for an Art Now! Lecture by Corrie Jackson. Jackson RBC Senior Curator, joined RBC in 2014, overseeing the management and strategy of the RBC Corporate Art Collection. Previously she worked at the University of Toronto art Museum, at Sotheby’s Canada, and as an independent curator.
Congratulations to Department Chair, Prof. John Hatch Awarded SSHRC Explore Grant valued at just under $7000 for a book project on the Japanese-Canadian artist Kazuo Nakamura.
McIntosh Gallery, March 21, 2019
Alumnus Matthew Ryan Smith (PhD'12) has curated the exhibition rom SkyWorld to Cyberspace : Skawennati, opening Thursday, March 21 at 8p.m. at the McIntosh Gallery. Attend the reception following our Art Now lecture, featuring Corrie Jackson at 7pm in NCB 117. Skawennati will also be presenting an artist talk, Tuesday, March 19, in VAC 100 at 4:30pm.
Cody Barteet, Routledge, June 2019
A new book by Prof. Cody Barteet investigates the role of the architectural façade as an indicator of individual and communal cultural identities, focusing on a residence of a conquistador rather than religious and monarchial structures. Barteet analyzes the Casa de Montejo within the visual culture that it belongs, including transatlantic networks of architectural exchange. The book is available for pre-order and will be published in June 2019.
March 22, 2019
Digital Technician and Alumna Kim Neudorf (MFA'12) will be speaking March 22, at 12:00pm at the University of Lethbridge as part of their Art NOW speakers' series.
March 7, 2019
Join us Thursday March 7, in NCB 117 for a talk by Derek Sullivan. Sullivan received his BFA from York University in Toronto and his MFA from the University of Guelph. His works in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada were included in their 2017 survey exhibition "Our Masterpieces, Our Stories".
Jillian Steinhauer, New York Times, February 25, 2019
For most artists, inclusion in the 2019 Whitney Biennial is not only a tangible milestone but also an affirmation of their work and an encouragement to keep going. Congratulations to Western University Visual Arts Alumnus Brendan Fernandes (MFA'05) whose work has been selected for inclusion in the 2019 Whitney Biennial. Read the full New York Times announcement to learn more.
We’ve revamped our course numbers and subject names to offer more options to our students. We’re delighted to now offer three areas of study and have new minor and certificate programs as available options for our undergraduate students!
February 27 - March 14, 2019
Join us Wednesday, February 27 from 5-7pm in the Cohen Commons for a series of student readings and the opening reception for "Forms of Narrative: An Exploration of Story in Text and Image." This will be followed by keynote speaker Jaclyn Bruneau's presentation entitled "Parafiction and Other Permissible Deceptions," which begins at 6:00pm.
February 19-27, 2019
An exhibition of new work by visiting professor Shujuan Liu.There will be a closing reception on Wednesday, February 27 from 4:00-5:00pm.
February 14, 2019
Join us at 7pm in NCB 117 for an Art Now Talk by Tau Lewis. Lewis' self-taught practice is rooted in healing personal, collective and historical traumas through labour. She employs methods of construction such as hand sewing, carving and assemblage to build portraits.
February 7, 2019
Join us Thursday February 7 at Museum London, for an exhibition tour led by curator Cassandra Getty at 6:30pm, followed by an artist talk by Western Visual Arts alumnus Ed Pien (BFA '82) at 7:30pm. Ed Pien is a Canadian artist based in Toronto. He has been making art for over 30 years. Born in Taipei, Taiwan, he immigrated to Canada with his family at the age of eleven.
February 5 - February 16, 2019
A retrospective exhibition by professor emeritus Helmut Becker is opening at Westland Gallery on February 5th 2019. Becker’s wood engravings are generated from the deeply carved hardwood planks, boards and plywood displayed for the first time in substantive numbers. Opening Reception: Saturday February 9th, 2-4 p.m. Artist Talk: Wednesday February 13th, 7-9 p.m.
Iraboty Kazi, Spencer Gallery, Weldon Library, February 1 - February 28, 2019
Ben Portis was a writer, curator and artist from London, Ontario who made an indelible mark on the contemporary art and music scene in Canada prior to his untimely death in 2017. Selected from his archives, which were recently acquired by the McIntosh Gallery Curatorial Study Centre, this exhibition comprises examples of his writing, ephemera, small works of art, recordings, and other materials amassed by Portis over the past 30 years. Curated by MA Candidate Iraboty Kazi as part of her internship at the McIntosh Gallery. On view on the main level display cases at Weldon Library.
Congratulations to alumna Anosha Khan (BFA '18) who was the recipient of a 2018 Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant for painting and Sculpture
January 30 - March 23, 2019
Alumna Soheila K. Esfahani, (MFA '10) is featured in an exhibition titled Pattern (dis)Placement, on view January 30 to March 23, 2019 Redeemer University College Gallery. Her work is also featured in "Connections & Contexts" on view until February 10, 2019 at The Museum in Kitchener.
Artlab Gallery, January 31 - February 14, 2019
The exhibition "selsun blue" features work by current MFA students in the Department of Visual Arts at Western University. Stemming from a shared interested in the problematics of communicating with clarity, these works question the implications of our capacity to both transmit and receive information. January 31 - February 14, 2019 Opening Reception: Thursday, January 31 from 5-7pm
January 28 - February 1, 2019
During his visit to Concordia, Mahon will be involved in material production, studio conversations, and public discussion, with an emphasis on collaboration and interactivity. Through his engagements at Concordia, he will be testing the values and strengths – both physical and socio-conceptual – of the forthcoming Messagers’ Forum. Public Talk takes place Wed. Jan. 30, 2:00 p.m., in EV 9.436
Museum London, January 25, 2019
Join us at Museum London to celebrate their Winter Opening Receptions, Friday, January 25, 2019 at 8:00 pm to 10:00pm including the exhibitions: "Creative Cloth" featuring work by Prof. Sky Glabush, and alumni Ed Pien and Sharmistha Kar; and the exhibition "The Long and the Short of It: The Tangled Story of Hair" with artwork by alumna Christine Negus.
Artlab, January 24, 2019
LOMAA’s Broad Topics is excited to continue this series on femme-spectrum Canadian media artists with a listening party “Live listen: Broad Domain” curated by Toronto-based artist and podcaster Aliya Pabani. A talk about Pabani’s practice and the program will precede the audio event and a text by the curator will be available for guests. This event is presented in partnership between Artlab and LOMAA. January 24, 6-8pm
January 26, 2019
Melanie Townsend, an adjunct with our Department and Head of Exhibitions and Collections at Museum London passed away December 19, 2018. A memorial will be held on January 26, 2019.
Ido Govrin, Journal for Artistic Research, January 18, 2019
PhD Candidate Ido Govrin published a short text on “Art Epistemology” following the last annual UAAC conference, where he chaired of one of its panels.
January 19, 2019
Saturday January 19, 2019 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. in the Cohen Commons. Panelists include: Project Coordinator, Prof. Patrick Mahon Ontario Tornado Project Lead:,Dr. Greg Kopp Guest Artists: Brenda Fuhrman; Ellen Moffat; Eeva Siivonen; Matt Trueman A selection of Third and Forth Year Print Media Artists, Department of Visual Arts
January 17, 2019
Join us Thursday January 17, at 7pm in NCB 117 for the first Art Now! lecture of 2019. Kari Cwynar is the Curator at Evergreen Brick Works, where she is developing a program of temporary, site-specific public art projects in Toronto’s Don Valley. Free and open to the public.
December 22 - January 19, 2019
Organized by Liza Eurich and Tegan Moore. Closing Reception: Saturday, January 19 from 3 - 5pm. Including work by: Aryen Hoekstra, Maryse Larivière, Anna Madelska, Kim Neudorf, Jonathan Onyschuk, and Niloufar Salimi.
Deborah Van Brenk, Western News, January 9, 2019
Tornadoes carry destructive power and fearsome beauty – and a new exhibit led by Prof. Patrick Mahon at the John Labatt Visual Arts Centre attempts to convey both. 'Please – Do Not Take This Lightly' is an amalgam of research and creation influenced by Engineering professor Greg Kopp’s tornado and wind studies and is on display until January 24, 2019.
Artlab, January 10 - 24, 2019
Opening January 10, 2019. 5-7pm, this large-scale exhibition organized by Prof. Patrick Mahon will be accompanied by a “Tornado Store,” containing artist’s multiples for sale. The proceeds from the sales will be split between the artist producers and a contribution to be weather-related disaster relief. The expansive artistic undertaking is linked with a major initiative by researchers from Western Engineering. The Ontario Tornado Project is an important multi-year investigation into tornado effects in this province, led by Acting Dean of Engineering, Dr. Greg Kopp.