• Professor Kirsty Robertson awarded SSHRB Open Grant

    December 2019

    Kirsty Robertson was awarded $9,642 for her SSHRB Open grant. The title of her grant is : “We are all astronauts/If the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong”.

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  • "Andil Gosine's "Cane Portraiture" and the Aesthetics of Indenture" | Blackflash

    By Matthew Ryan Smith, BlackFlash, December 2019

    Alumnus Matthew Ryan Smith, Ph.D., has published the essay "Andil Gosine's "Cane Portraiture" and the Aesthetics of Indenture" in the new issue of Blackflash Magazine.

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  • Artists, Engineers, Scientists, and Scholars Imagine the Future of Energy in New Exhibition

    FAB Gallery, December 10, 2019 - January 11, 2020

    Speculative Energy Futures: Prototypes for Possible Worlds brings together artists, designers, activists, engineers, policy makers, scientists, humanists, social scientists, Indigenous legal experts and more, to inquire into the complex intersections of climate change and energy transition as interlocking sites of possibility as we imagine/model a range of potential low-carbon just futures. Including work by Professor Patrick Mahon, and alumna Tegan Moore.

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  • New Publication and Conference Presentation by Prof. Christine Sprengler

    Anthem Press , November 2019

    Prof. Christine Sprengler has presented "Futuristic Fifties: The Postwar Imaginary in High Treason (1929) and Transatlantic Tunnel (1935)" at the Film and History Conference in Madison, WI, November 14-16. and has published an essay "Grease, The Jukebox Fifties, and Time's Percolations," in Oliver Gruner and Peter Kramer, eds. Grease is the Word: Exploring a Cultural Phenomenon, Anthem Press, available November 22, 2019.

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  • New Documentary about Hitchcock's "Vertigo" features Prof. Christine Sprengler

    November 2019

    A documentary Video of the International Film Conference celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece "Vertigo" features a number of interviews including a segment by Western University Art History Prof. Christine Sprengler. A full-length version of the documentary is available online.

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  • Works by Sky Glabush included in Untitled Art Fair in Miami Florida

    By Clint Roenisch, December 4-8, 2019

    Clint Roenisch is pleased to present new paintings and works on paper by Canadian artist and Western University Studio Professor Sky Glabush at the Untitled Art Fair in Miami Florida.

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  • ASMR: As Senses Materialize, Revolution | Artlab

    Artlab Gallery, November 21- December 5, 2019

    A sound-centric exhibition loosely engaging with the phenomenon of Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR), from its synaesthesic potential to its YouTube-ification. Featuring works by students in SA 3660A - Time-Based Media Art: Sound and THEOCRIT 9501 - Writing Aloud: Theories of Sound and Silence. Opening Thursday, November 21 from 5-7PM in the Artlab Gallery.

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  • VASA Student Art Sale

    November 19 & 20, 2019

    Support local student artists and come to the VASA Art Sale for beautiful prints, paintings, cards and more! November 19 & 20 on the first floor of the Visual Arts Centre. Cash and carry, all proceeds benefitting the student artists directly.

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  • Launch, TBA: Journal of Art, Media, and Visual Culture

    November 21, 2019

    Join us in the Cohen Commons this Thursday, November 21 from 5-7PM for the launch and opening reception of "tba: journal of art, media, and visual culture.

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  • GardenShip and State – A Public Workshop

    By Museum London, November 30, 2019

    The public is invited to an inaugural workshop in which the Canadian and international artists and scholars comprising GardenShip and State will present their work, their ideas, and their aspirations for the project, which will generate an ambitious exhibition at Museum London in 2021. 1-4pm, November 30 at Museum London.

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  • Casing | Support

    By Liza Eurich, Support, November 30, 2019 - January 10, 2020

    The exhibition “Casing” focuses on the motif of the shell. Fragile, small, variable, symmetrical, pearlescent, a home, a husk, a tool, a currency, a resource, a listening device, a sounding mechanism, of nature, of decoration, of scientific classification or archeological relic. Opening Reception: Saturday, November 30 from 3-5PM Organized by Liza Eurich

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  • Art Now! Presents: Catherine Bedard

    November 14, 2019

    Join us Thursday, November 14 at 7pm in room NCB117 for Art Now! featuring curator Catherine Bedard. Presented in partnership with the McIntosh Gallery.

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  • Student Signage Project at the Museum of Ontario Archaeology

    Museum of Ontario Archaeology, October 2019

    In Winter 2019, students in enrolled in Introduction to Museum, Gallery and Curatorial Studies, (VAH 2292) taught by Prof. Kirsty Robertson, collaborated with the Museum of Ontario Archaeology to design outdoor signage for the museum.

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  • Art Now! Presents: Jennifer Rose Sciarrino

    October 31, 2019

    Join us Thursday, October 31 at 7PM in room NCB 117 for our Art Now Speakers' Series, featuring artist Jennifer Rose Sciarrino.

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  • Reclamation: An Artist Talk by PhD Candidate Michelle Wilson

    November 7, 2019

    Please join us for an evening with artist Michelle Wilson. Michelle will be discussing the multi-day performance completed in the Museum of Ontario Archaeology’s collaboration room between November 4th and 6th. Thursday, November 7, 2019, 7pm at the Museum of Ontario Archaeology, 1600 Attawandaron Road.

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  • Western Performs! Concert Series

    October 30, 2019

    Join us for a performance in Western's Artlab featuring students from the Don Wright Faculty of Music. The Western Performs! concert series is a collaboration between the Don Wright Faculty of Music, the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities (SASAH), and Western Libraries. 12:30pm, Artlab Gallery, VAC.

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  • Creating Dance

    October 24, 2019

    Join us in Alumni Hall, room 17 for a performance of various dance styles showcased within student inspired and created Dance Compositions. Presented in partnership with the Don Wright Faculty of Music. Students enrolled in SA3611 will be undertaking a series of figure drawings during the event, which will be on display in the Cohen Commons until November 14.

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  • Static and Dynamic in Form and Figure | Cohen Commons

    October 24 - November 14, 2019

    “Static and Dynamic in Form and Figure” runs until November 14 in the Cohen Commons Gallery and features a series of drawings made by Geordie Shepherd’s SA3611 course, in collaboration with dancers from the performance “Creating Dance.”

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  • Patrick Mahon - Lecture at University of Alberta

    October 22, 2019

    Prof. Patrick Mahon will be presenting a lecture titled: "Perilous Voyages: Art, Environment, and the Search for a Global Commons" October 22, 2019 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM, in the Fine Arts Building, University of Alberta, Edmonton

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  • Book Launch: Prof. Cody Barteet & Prof. Kirsty Roberston | McIntosh Gallery

    By 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.

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  • Art Now! Presents: Michael Belmore at Museum London

    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.

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  • Museum Studies Collective Movie Night

    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

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  • Art Now! Presents: Crystal Mowry

    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.

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  • Alt press makes own headlines in exhibition

    By 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.

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  • What Might We Become: Second Year MFA Exhibition | Artlab

    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.

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  • Like a Dream that Vanishes: Films by Barbara Sterberg | Artlab

    By 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.

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  • Anti-profit: Independent Publishing in London | McIntosh Gallery

    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.

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  • Ellen Moffat | VibraFusionLab: Practices in Accessibility, Art and Communications

    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.

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  • Noguchi Museum’s Brendan Fernandes: Contract and Release

    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.

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  • Art Now! Presents: Jonathan Middleton

    By 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.

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  • Paul Chartrand - CO2 Sequestration Via Trees | CAFKA

    By 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.

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  • Black Box: The Objectless Perception Game | Edna Press

    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.

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  • You Used To Be A Spaceship | ArtLab Gallery

    By 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

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  • Notes from The Mess Drawer | Cohen Commons

    By 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

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  • Art helps inspire action on addiction | Western News

    By 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.

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  • AGO acquires "A Seat Above the Table" by Alumna Esmaa Mohamoud (BFA'14)

    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.

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  • MFA Exhibitions - Inventory & Spanning | McIntosh Gallery

    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.

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  • Zhizi Wang: Absence and Proximity | Artlab Gallery

    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.

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  • Lydia Santia: The Gallery is a Sort of Facility | Satellite Project Space

    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.

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  • Dr. Cody Barteet | Architectural Rhetoric and the Iconography of Authority in Colonial Mexico

    By 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.

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  • Show highlights plastic waste among ‘Fossils’

    By 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'

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  • Ido Govrin: Philosophical Archeology Space 2009–2019 | McIntosh Gallery

    By 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.

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  • Johnathan Onyschuk: Bone Meal | Artlab Gallery

    By 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.

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  • Moving Mountains | Ruth Skinner & Aislinn Thomas

    By 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.

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  • Professor’s works rank among Canadian treasures | Western News

    By 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.

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  • Somebody | MKG 127

    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

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  • A Museum for Future Fossils + Broad Topics | Artlab

    By 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.

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  • Sound Performances from Japan, Montreal, and London Ontario

    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

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  • Rituals of Belonging: Negotiating Identity Through Photography | Bruno Sinder

    May, 2019

    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.

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  • Object, Objetc, Objecc | Spazju Kreattiv

    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.

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  • Pattern (dis)Placement, solo exhibition by alumna Soheila Esfahani

    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.

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  • Painting Has a Great Memory, but No Plan | Artlab Gallery

    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.

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  • Whitney Biennial provides another stage for alumnus

    By 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.

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  • Pacing | Satellite Project Space

    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

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  • National Gallery of Canada Acquires Works by Sky Glabush

    By 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.

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  • Bringing Healing into Focus | Renal Community Photo Project

    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.

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  • Alumna Esmaa Mohamoud (BA'14) Wins TFVA Award | Canadian Art

    By 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.

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  • Bealart Talks | Artlab Gallery

    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.

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  • Heads | McIntosh Gallery

    By 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.

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  • Strange Brew: Art, Protest, and the Anti-Fracking Movement | Matthew Smith

    By 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.

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  • Alumnus Brendan Fernandes longlisted for 2019 Sobey Award

    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.

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  • TBA Journal | Call for Reviewers

    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.

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  • Have a Plastic Day! | Artlab

    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

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  • Museum for Future Fossils | Cohen Commons

    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.

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  • Kelly Wood: Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials

    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.

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  • Sky Glabush at Galerie Zink in Waldkirchen Germany

    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.

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  • Prof. Kirsty Robertson awarded SSHRC Connection Grant

    March 2019

    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.

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  • Honesty Hour | Artlab Gallery

    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.

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  • Western Open Studio 2019

    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.

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  • Prof. Migone embarks on lecture, conference and performance tour

    By 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.

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  • Almond Milk | Cohen Commons

    By 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.

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  • Prof. Robertson Awarded Teaching Excellence Award

    March 14, 2019

    Congratulations to Prof. Kirsty Robertson who was awarded the 2019 Arts and Humanities Teaching Excellence Award (Full-time).

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  • Print Pop | DNA Artspace

    By 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.

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  • Art Now! Presents: Corrie Jackson

    By 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.

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  • Prof. Hatch Awarded SSHRC Explore Grant

    March 2019

    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.

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  • From SkyWorld to Cyberspace : Skawennati Curated by Matthew Ryan Smith | McIntosh Gallery

    By 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.

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  • Architectural Rhetoric and the Iconography of Authority in Colonial Mexico by Prof. Cody Barteet

    By 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.

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  • Kim Neudorf Speaking at University of Lethbridge

    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.

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  • Art Now! Presents: Derek Sullivan

    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".

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  • Alumnus Brendan Fernandes (MFA'05) selected for 2019 Whitney Biennial

    By 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.

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  • Visual Arts Launches New Course Numbers, Subject Areas

    February 2019

    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!

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  • Forms of Narrative + Jaclyn Bruneau

    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.

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  • Chinese Flower and Bird Paintings | Artlab

    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.

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  • Art Now! Presents: Tau Lewis

    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.

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  • Art Now! Presents: Ed Pien, Exhibition Tour and Artist Talk at Museum London

    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.

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  • Helmut Becker Exhibition | Westland Gallery

    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.

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  • The Ben Portis Archive Curated by Iraboty Kazi | Weldon Library

    By 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.

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  • Alumna wins 2018 Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award

    January 2019

    Congratulations to alumna Anosha Khan (BFA '18) who was the recipient of a 2018 Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant for painting and Sculpture

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  • Pattern (dis)Placement | Soheila K. Esfahani

    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.

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  • selsun blue: MFA Exhibition | Artlab Gallery

    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

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  • Patrick Mahon, Artist-Residence in Print Media | Concordia University

    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

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  • Winter Opening Reception | Museum London

    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.

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  • Broad Topics.07 - Curated by Aliya Pabani | Artlab Gallery

    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

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  • In Remembrance of Melanie Townsend

    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.

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  • Art Epistemology | Journal for Artistic Research

    By 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.

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  • Taking it Seriously: Art, the Environment | Symposium

    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

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  • Art Now! Presents: Kari Cwynar

    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.

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  • Sorry, I'm busy | Support Gallery

    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.

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  • Exhibit features power, beauty of tornadoes

    By 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.

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  • Please - Do Not Take this Lightly | Artlab Gallery

    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.

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