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.