• Message from the Chair

    By Alena Robin, July 1, 2021

    It is a great pleasure for me to be joining the Department of Visual Arts as Chair. The Department is a vibrant and diverse community of committed professors, staff, and students in art history, museum and curatorial studies, and studio art, with both undergraduate and graduate programs. By having both engaged faculty members and strong programs, the Department is active on the local, national, and international art scenes, successfully training the next generations of specialists in Visual Arts, promoting principles of excellence and respect, preparing the cultural leaders of tomorrow...

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  • Artlab Gallery re-opens by appointment

    Artlab Gallery , Friday, July 16, 2021

    The Artlab is pleased to be able to open to appointments for the last day of Tommy Bourque's exhibition, Friday, July 16th, 2021. To schedule your visit, please do so online using the link below. If you have questions or are seeking additional information regarding your next visit to the gallery, feel free to reach out to the Gallery Manager at rskinne6@uwo.ca For ongoing coverage of COVID-19 protocol and operations at Western University, visit https://www.uwo.ca/coronavirus/

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  • Anahí González: The Other Neighbour of El Otro Lado | Artlab Gallery

    Artlab Gallery , July 30 - August 20, 2021

    The Other Neighbour of El Otro Lado explores themes of Mexican migration in Canada, engaging with ideas of human labour and various indexes of Mexican culture, trade, and economic exchange. With two simultaneous exhibitions in two locations: the Artlab (London, ON, Canada) and El NODO (Saltillo, COAH, Mexico), the show echoes the importance of creating a visual narrative between both countries to decenter the United States narrative concerning Mexican migration.

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  • Prof. John Hatch featured in CBC Arts

    By John Hatch, CBC Arts, July 6, 2021

    In the article, "How Kazuo Nakamura helped pioneer abstract art in Canada after surviving B.C. internment camps" published in CBC Arts, John Hatch discusses his new book "Kazuo Nakamura: Life & Work".

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  • MKG127 Presents pockets, postscripts, peonies by Liza Eurich

    MKG127, July 10 – August 21, 2021

    MKG127 is pleased to present "pockets, postscripts, peonies". An exhibition of recent works by Liza Eurich (MFA '12). July 10 – August 21, 2021.

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  • MFA Thesis Exhibition: Tommy Bourque | Artlab Gallery

    Artlab Gallery, June 25 – July 16, 2021

    "Marvelous Monsters" presents speculative worlds and speculative figures. Tommy Bourque’s MFA thesis exhibition is a mirror of what it is like to be alive: he wants viewers to connect and engage with his work to confront their understanding of their own embodiment and of their own lived experiences 'as' bodies and 'in' bodies.

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  • "The Value in Opportunities: Wielding Student Experiences" Digital Publication by Sam Wagter

    Artlab Gallery, June 21, 2021

    In this digital publication, the Artlab's 2020-21 Intern, Sam Wagter, discusses the importance of professional exhibition opportunities for students in the Visual Arts Department. Sam reflects on these opportunities in relation to her recent solo exhibition series for the Artlab Vitrine and she queries this year's exhibiting artists about the usefulness of programming at this vital stage in their careers.

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  • “Witnessing the Trauma of Undocumented Migrants in Mexico,” by Sarah Bassnett

    Leuven University Press, June 2021

    Sarah Bassnett chapter “Witnessing the Trauma of Undocumented Migrants in Mexico,” is now published in the new book, Contact Zones: Photography, Migration, and Cultural Encounters in the United States, edited by Justin Carville and Sigrid Lien. Open Access URI

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  • Ellen Moffat: becoming again beginning undone | McIntosh Gallery

    McIntosh Gallery , June 24 - July 24, 2021

    becoming again beginning undone an exhibition by PhD candidate, Ellen Moffat will open virtually beginning June 24 on McIntosh Gallery’s social media and website. In the exhibition, small sounds, image, text, rhythms, and tonalities bleed into and mix with each other, transgressing the borders of the gallery space.

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  • MFA Thesis Exhibition: Faith Patrick | McIntosh Gallery

    McIntosh Gallery , June 24 - July 24, 2021

    'The No No-Exit Closet' Faith Patrick, an MFA Thesis Exhibition hosted by McIntosh Gallery will open virtually beginning June 24 on McIntosh Gallery’s social media and website, where exhibition documentation and virtual walk-throughs will be posted through the exhibitions’ duration.

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  • "Conservation through visual arts"

    By Debora Van Brenk, Western News, June 15, 2021

    With large-as-life artwork of endangered and vulnerable species such as this polar bear cub, Jade Williamson hopes to draw attention to the interconnectedness of life on the planet. Williamson, a fine arts graduate, is part of Western's Class of 2021.

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  • "Kazuo Nakamura: Life & Work" by John G. Hatch

    Art Canada Institute, June 11, 2021

    The Art Canada Institute (ACI) is pleased to announce the release of Kazuo Nakamura: Life & Work by Professor and Chair of the Department of Visual Arts, John G. Hatch. Kazuo Nakamura: Life & Work is the first biography to tell the story of Nakamura’s intriguing life and storied career, from his childhood in Vancouver and his experiences as a wartime internee to his role in Painters Eleven and the culmination of his career in the number series paintings. An iconic Canadian painter who blended Western and Eastern influences, Nakamura was profoundly inspired by mathematics, science, and philosophy as well as art history. His achievements reflect the pivotal diversification of Canadian art in the twentieth century. Kazuo Nakamura: Life & Work is an open-source online art book— available free of charge, in both English and French.

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  • "Midcentury Metamodern: Returning Home in the Twenty-First-Century Nostalgia Film" by Christine Sprengler

    SUNY Press, June 2021

    Professor Christine Sprengler's publishes a chapter titled "Midcentury Metamodern: Returning Home in the Twenty-First-Century Nostalgia Film" in the new book "Was It Yesterday? Nostalgia in Contemporary Film and Television", edited by Matthew Leggatt⠀

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  • "Scumbling and Scraping" by Sky Glabush

    Tate Etc., Summer Issue

    Sky Glabush publishes an article about the painter John Constable in the summer issue of Tate Etc., the art magazine of the Tate.

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  • Murals in the ICEAP Building

    Kings College commissioned Department of Visual Arts students Lama Rafehi and Sam Wagter to create a series of murals in the stairwells of the International Centre for English Academic Preparation (ICEAP) building. Image: “Goose and the Three Sisters” by Laney Beaulieu & Sam Wagter.

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  • Celebrating Hiding in Plain Sight - Remarks and Discussion

    Embassy Cultural House, Thursday, June 24 at 1pm ET

    Join Raincoast Books and Embassy Cultural House for a panel discussion with some of the artists featured in the ECH Hiding in Plain Sight exhibit, inspired by the book of the same name by Sarah Kendzior. Featuring the artists’ panel: Karl Beveridge & Carole Condé, Shelley Niro, and Paul Walde. Including opening remarks and contributions from Hiding in Plain Sight author and journalist Sarah Kendzior.

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  • Call for Applications: Indigenous Artist-in-Residence

    Application Deadline: July 7, 2021

    The Department of Visual Arts at Western University is seeking applications from emerging to established artists for the one-year Indigenous Artist-in-Residence (IAiR) program. This program will support a First Nations, Métis, or Inuk artist in the research, creation, and production of new artistic work. The IAiR will work closely with the Department of Visual Arts and undertake community engagement in ways that could include (but are not limited to) artist talks, workshops, studio visits, or other outreach activities. Applications from artists with connections to, or living in, the region are particularly encouraged. Projects that incorporate distance or remote components, or other innovative virtual forms of residency, are welcome.

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  • Rebecca Sutherland: Fleet | Artlab Gallery

    May 25 - June 11, 2021

    What do we lose through our continuous pursuits of permanence? What might we be missing along the way? Rebecca Sutherland's thesis exhibition, Fleet, makes use of floral material deemed commercially undesirable in a poetic and inventive collaboration with the passage of time and the shifting qualities of lived and imagined spaces.

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  • Ioana Dragomir: to all on whom the blazing | Satellite Project Space

    May 17-30, 2021

    The noonday demon forges summertime into a long ruinous torpor, an endless day of indisputable midday twilight. It thaws my spine, splintering in waves, dividing quantum particles in my retina. Black light seeps through all matter, eating through surfaces, perforating walls, streaming through corners. Dissolved vitreous humor, refracting everywhere. The brightness is so thick in its transparency that I see the darkness of cosmic void shimmering behind it in infinite planes. I look at my arms on the bleached carpet, my flesh embedded in broiling photons, stretching through levels of matter and nothingness, sweating, withered reflections. Cups, papers, furniture, hair, dust, all film, all surface, all the way through, radiating as if the sun was underground, stirring with electric velocity. Albedo, nigredo, suspended in exacting putrefaction. The noonday demon speaks in liquid vision, feeds on my hours, spews a diffused gaze of open horror. At night the heat continues its entropic curse until dawn. Shade is just another form of brightness. All senses become black light, doomed in scorching resonance of leaves and crickets and cicadas and other lives, luminous textures pouring over, lustrous scents of dusty vapour, dehydration glowing on my tongue. Phonemes dried up, inarticulate, I am all image. Exhibition text written by Sasha Opeiko

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  • Centre for Sustainable Curating launches at Western

    By Keri Ferguson, Western News, May 18, 2021

    Western’s new Centre for Sustainable Curating looks to shed light on ecological issues and share them through stories grounded in environmental awareness. "Together We Average as Zero", curated by Dr. Kirsty Robertson's MCS4605E Museum and Curatorial Practicum class. Photo by Dickson Bou

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  • Launch of the Centre for Sustainable Curating

    May 27, 2021 at 1:00pm on Zoom

    Please join us on May 27 for the virtual launch of the Centre for Sustainable Curating. The Centre for Sustainable Curating is located in the Department of Visual Arts at Western University. The CSC encourages research into waste, pollution, and climate crisis, and the development of exhibitions and artworks with low carbon footprints. At this event, we will present work from postdocs, host a panel on Radical Pedagogy and Curation, and launch the Synthetic Collective’s catalogue Plastic Heart: A DIY Fieldguide for Reducing the Environmental Impact of Art Exhibitions. Registration required.

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  • Digital Feature: Matt W. Brown - "On Ground"

    Recent MFA graduate Matt W. Brown tours us though his recent thesis exhibition, On Ground. Hear Matt discuss the deeply personal events and emotions that underlie this body of work. Matt also shares his formal and material considerations of colour as well as our embodied and perceptive experiences colour.

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  • Digital Feature: Symphony of Lights - "Partnership with the sun"

    A virtual tour of the recent exhibition, Symphony of Lights, by Anahí González. In February, Artlab exhibited "Symphony of Lights: An Exploration of Stained-Glass Windows in St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, London, ON." This exhibition was co-curated by PhD candidate Iraboty Kazi and MFA student Anahí González, and edited by Dr. C. Cody Barteet. It featured photographs, sound recordings and immersive installations by Anahí González taken in St. John the Evangelist Church. In this video tour of the exhibition, Anahí shares her corresponding artist's text, "Partnership with the Sun."

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  • Open Call for Window Installations | Satellite Project Space

    Satellite Project Space is seeking proposals from local artists and community organizations for window installations. Satellite Project Space is open to proposals from individual artists, artist collectives, and local organizations. Due to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are looking for projects that can be viewed from outside to accommodate any lockdown restrictions. Virtual programming to augment a physical installation is welcome.

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  • Alumnus John A. Schweitzer donates $4 million in art to Western

    By Keri Ferguson, Western News, May 13, 2021

    In a compelling show of support for the arts, internationally acclaimed artist and Western University alumnus John A. Schweitzer has donated more than $4 million worth of his own personal art collection, honouring his deep ties to Western University. The gift contains 38 of his original art works, as well as pieces from his career as a collector, critic and curator.

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  • A Casual Conversation with Duncan deKergommeaux | Embassy Cultural House

    May 16th at 1:30pm EST on Zoom

    Join Embassy Cultural House Advisory Circle Member Judith Rodger for a conversation with Duncan deKergommeaux on May 16, 2021 @ 1:30 pm EST. Painter Duncan deKergommeaux has had a distinguished career that spans seventy years. From 1970 to 1993—Duncan taught drawing and painting in the Department of Visual Arts at Western University. Judith is a former student of Duncan’s, colleague and friend for fifty years, and their conversation is sure to bring back many memories.

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  • Virtual Hear Here: Spring Fling | Forest City Gallery

    May 14, 2021 at 5pm on Instagram Live

    Developed in 2013, Forest City Gallery’s Hear Here Committee executes live musical experiences throughout the year to celebrate the gallery’s roots in music and to foster London’s creative and contemporary culture. For the 35th edition of the live music series, Hear Here invites Oslo’s Lerin/Hystand and Toronto’s Omar Bongo to perform virtually for you on Instagram Live.

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  • Job Posting: Gallery Assistant | Parkhill Carnegie Gallery

    The Parkhill Carnegie Gallery in Parkhill, Ontario is an up-and-coming community gallery of craft and visual arts serving the diverse North Middlesex, Ontario area. Duties of the position would include receiving art gallery submissions, setting up art displays, completing sales, setting up advertising online for purposes of generating sales.

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  • "The New Politics of the Handmade: Craft, Art and Design" edited by alum Anthea Black (MFA'12) and Nicole Burisch

    The New Politics of the Handmade: Craft, Art and Design is a publication on contemporary craft politics edited by alum Anthea Black (MFA' 12) and Nicole Burisch. This volume features twenty-three authors, including Professor Kirsty Robertson's essay titled Secret Stash: Textiles, Hoarding, Collecting, Accumulation and Craft.

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  • Stop Extinction! Restore the Earth | ECH and Gardenship and State

    Saturday, May 2, 2021 at 1pm on Zoom

    The Embassy Cultural House (ECH) and GardenShip and State are pleased to present a virtual group exhibition Stop Extinction! Restore the Earth to celebrate Earth Day, April 22, 2021. Work in the exhibit features several artists from the Department of Visual Arts, within the ECH community and Gardenship and State participating artists. Artworks in the exhibit address the broad issues related to the climate crisis, and other threats to our ecology. Works also address the intersection of sustainable living and the respect for Indigenous land rights. Registration Required.

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  • Doug Dolman: In Search of Symbol | McIntosh Gallery

    April 29 - June 12, 2021

    Due to COVID-19 safety measures, McIntosh Gallery remains closed until further notice. In-person gallery visits are not permitted at this time. In light of these restrictions, Doug Dolman: In Search of Symbol will open virtually beginning April 29. Exhibition documentation and virtual walk-throughs will be posted online throughout the exhibition's run.

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  • Digital Features: His House Will Leak | Cohen Commons

    April 19 - May 7, 2021

    “In my telling, the Cyclops’ story is a revenge story…." View a video tour of His House Will Leak, currently installed in the Cohen Commons and created by students in Professor Kirsty Robertson's graduate seminar, "Museum/Decay." The video is narrated by Ioana Dragomir and the exhibition features works by Sarah Charette, Ioana Dragomir, Philip Gurrey, Ana Moyer, Dong-Kyoon Nam, Sasha Opeiko, Tessa Oxtoby and Elena Solomon.

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  • Artist Talk with Tegan Moore | YYZ Artists' Outlet

    Thursday, April 22 at 7:30 PM ET on Zoom

    Alumna Tegan Moore (MFA'14) will deliver an artist talk to support her recent exhibition Foam Fatigue at YYZ Artists' Outlet on Thursday, April 22 at 7:30 PM ET on Zoom. Documentation of Form Fatigue is available on the YYZ website including GRANULAR: Audio Description by HaeAhn Paul Kwon Kajander and recorded by Avery Moore Kloss.

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  • Anna Madelska Wins Western Teaching Award

    April 16, 2021

    Congratulations to the Department of Visual Arts part-time faculty member, Anna Madelska for winning the Angela Armitt Award For Excellence In Teaching By Part-Time Faculty!

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  • Matt W. Brown: On Ground | Artlab Gallery

    April 19 - May 7, 2021

    Matt W. Brown’s MFA thesis exhibition, On Ground, exhibits a series of paintings began as an effort to locate oneself during a period of profound grief. Through material investigation and evaporation, these paintings are what remains of an immanent departure: something akin to empty containers, wrappers or envelopes. While the water responsible for the markings left behind on the paper surface is removed, its invisible presence as vapour is called to mind through trace.  

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  • His House Will Leak | Cohen Commons

    April 19 - May 7, 2021

    Created by students in Professor Kirsty Robertson's graduate seminar, "Museum/Decay." “In my telling, the Cyclops’ story is a revenge story…. While Odysseus is happily restored at home and publicly celebrated, the Cyclops’ story continues. She walks the vastness of his kingdom, slowly becoming a ghost. Her emptied socket becomes a mask. Her revenge feeds her, making her opaque, anti-gravity, a black hole. Odysseus is blind to her, no longer able to see the Cyclops as when he coveted her land and food. She hides in plain sight and crafts her haunting. She will orphan Odysseus as she has been orphaned, but not of family, land or body. She will strand Odysseus in constant unease, bereft of his cherished and clever reason. His house will leak. The walls will sag. He will dream of sheep. He and everyone around him will forget his name; he will become an unremarkable shadow of Nob’dy, the clever alibi and source of his fame.” Eve Tuck and C. Ree. “A Glossary of Haunting.”

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  • Queer Frontiers: Jess MacCormack | LOMAA: London Ontario Media Arts Association

    LOMAA, April 19 - 25, 2021

    LOMAA is excited to welcome multidisciplinary artist Jess MacCormack for the second event in the Queer Frontiers series! Jess MacCormack’s work will be presented across various platforms, including a week-long video screening on LOMAA’s Vimeo page, a series of animated gifs on LOMAA's Instagram, and a discussion between MacCormack and Rebecca Casalino with a Q&A to follow! This event is presented in partnership with Femme Art Review, which will host a review of MacCormack’s new book “SHAME SHAME, go away” by Casalino.

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  • No Thanks, Just the Cheque | Virtual Exhibition Tour

    April 9, 2021

    This year’s Practicum Class exhibition accumulates recent works of 21 artists created during the 2020/2021 term. This exhibition also serves as the cumulation of the work that these artists have put into developing their individual practices over the course of their experiences in the Bachelor of Fine Art’s program. Because the Artlab has had to close to in-person appointments, we've created an extended video tour narrated by our Work Study student Fernanda Recinos and have posted documentation of the exhibition on our website.

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  • Sheila Butler: Other Circumstances | Virtual Tour

    Thursday, April 15 at 7pm ET on Zoom

    Join the Satellite Project Space on Thursday, April 15 at 7:00 p.m. ET for a Virtual Exhibition Tour and Video Talks with Sheila Butler and Catalogue Essayists. Sheila Butler: Other Circumstances, is a focused retrospective by the important artist, educator, and mentor, Sheila Butler. Curated by Pamela Edmonds and Patrick Mahon, the exhibition brings together 20 paintings and works on paper spanning 35 years of artistic production. Presented by Museum London and Arts & Humanities, Western University.

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  • In Conversation: And Repeat | Art Gallery of Windsor

    Thursday, April 15th at 7pm ET

    Curated by alum. Lucas Cabral (BFA '16) and Ray Cronin, the 2021 Windsor-Essex Triennial of Contemporary Art focuses on the theme of conversations. Alum. Sharmista Kar (MFA '18) joins the curators and artists Paul Dignan and Czarina Mendoza to discuss how they each use repetition to shine new light on seemingly mute materials. Join the online conversation on Thursday, April 15 at 7pm. Registration required.

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  • UPwithART

    UPwithART, April 18 - 24, 2021

    We’re proud to support #UPwithART ! This annual fundraiser for Unity Project for Relief of Homelessness and Museum London is taking place online this year from April 18 to 24. Join us for an online art auction with 60+ pieces of local art, many created by current and past members of the Department of Visual Arts including: Quinn Smallboy (MFA), Ruth Strebe (BFA), Matthew Trueman (MFA), Gabriella Solti (MFA), Sharmistha Kar (MFA), Prof. Soheila Esfahani, Mike Pszczonak (MFA), Kim Neudorf (MFA), Kelly Greene (BFA), Prof. Tricia Johnson, George Kubresli (MFA), Prof. Patrick Mahon. View the art and register for free at UPwithART.ca . Make sure to register before April 20 to be entered to win a lithograph by Peter Max valued at $2,500.

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  • "The Retablos of Teabo and Mani: The Evolution of Renaissance Altars in Colonial Yucatán" by Dr. Cody Barteet

    Arts, Volume 10, Issue 2, April 6, 2020

    Cody Barteet's article "The Retablos of Teabo and Mani: The Evolution of Renaissance Altars in Colonial Yucatán" published and available now on MDPI.

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  • Written on Earth: Panel Discussion | McIntosh Gallery

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 5:00 pm EST on Zoom

    McIntosh Gallery presents the Written on the Earth panel discussion on Zoom today, Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 5:00 pm EST. The exhibition features work by Hannah Claus, Joel Ong, and several members of the Department of Visual Arts including, Prof. Patrick Mahon, Ph.D. candidates Ellen Moffat & Eeva Siivonen, and MFA Alum Matthew Trueman.

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  • The Department of Visual Arts Announces Incoming Chair

    By Dean Michael Milde , Department of Visual Arts Chair Selection Committee, April 1, 2021

    It is my great pleasure to announce that the Department of Visual Arts Selection Committee has recommended that Alena Robin be appointed to serve a 5-year term as Chair of the Department. I am also very pleased to announce that Alena has accepted the appointment. She will take up the post on July 1, 2021. I would also like to take this opportunity to publicly acknowledge and thank John Hatch for his work as Chair. He has made an outstanding contribution to the Department, to the Faculty and to the University.

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  • Practicum Exhibition and VASA Publication Virtual Launch

    Thursday, April 1 at 7pm ET on Zoom

    Please join the Department of Visual Arts and the Artlab Gallery online for the launch of the practicum exhibition “No thanks, Just the Check” and VASA's very first publication “Aeterna” Thursday, April 1st at 7 PM on Zoom. Zoom Link: https://westernuniversity.zoom.us/j/96117832399 Meeting ID: 961 1783 2399

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  • SSHRC CGS-M Awarded to Dayna Obbema (BA '19)

    April 1, 2021

    Congratulations to alumna Dayna Obbema (BA '19) for receiving a SSHRC CGS-M grant to support her project titled "It’s Not Easy Being Green: Barriers Preventing Canadian Museums from Adopting Sustainable Practices." Dayna Obbema graduated from Western University in 2019 with a BA Honors Specialization in Art History and Museum Studies. She is currently studying at Queens University.

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  • COVID-19 Update: Western Libraries

    March 31, 2021

    Western Libraries announces that they will be closing all locations to patrons and will continue to provide the no-contact pick up collections service. On main campus, no-contact pick up services will be provided via Weldon Library only. The King’s, Brescia and Huron libraries will also provide no-contact pick-up services. A small number of user services and facilities staff will be on-site across locations to pull requests for collections, both for digital delivery (i.e. scanning) and no-contact pick up.

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  • No Thanks, Just the Cheque | Artlab Gallery

    March 29 - April 8, 2021

    This year’s Practicum Class exhibition, No Thanks, Just the Cheque, accumulates recent works of 21 artists created during the 2020/2021 term. This exhibition also serves as the cumulation of the work that these artists have put into developing their individual practices over the course of their experiences in the Bachelor of Fine Art’s program. No Thanks, Just the Cheque signifies the end of a journey taken into the BFA program.

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  • Destruction as a muse

    AGO Insider, March 24, 2021

    The AGOInsider recently published an article featuring the group exhibition Written on the Earth on view now at the McIntosh Gallery. The exhibition features work by Hannah Claus, Joel Ong, and several members of the Department of Visual Arts including, Prof. Patrick Mahon, Ph.D. candidates Ellen Moffat & Eeva Siivonen, and MFA Alum Matthew Trueman.

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  • Formful | Artlab Vitrine

    March 29 - April 9

    “formful” – displaying excellent form, especially in performing a sport. Tyler Jafelice’s vitrine exhibition formful is an arrangement of sculptures that explore what it means for one type of body to express multiple stages or states of being. Jafelice contemplated the way athletics puts a single body through multiple states such as “weariness”, “tension”, or “balance”. He then translated these three concepts into melted candle sculptures. No adhesive or glue was used to make these works, only cutting, carving, and melting separate parts together. Much like a body, nothing holds these works together but their own flesh. The sculptures are divided into three regions; one region representing weariness, one representing tension, and one representing balance (from left to right). However, elements of all three stages can be found in each work. Curated and organized by Artlab’s intern, Sam Wagter.

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  • Esmaa Mohamoud: To Play in the Face of Certain Defeat | AGH

    March 20 - August 15, 2021

    Congratulations to BFA alum Esmaa Mohamoud on her exhibition at the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Taking inspiration from the African American writer Ralph Ellison, artist Esmaa Mohamoud explores the ways in which Black bodies at once appear―and yet are rendered metaphorically invisible―within the spaces they navigate. To Play in the Face of Certain Defeat aims to re-examine understandings of contemporary Blackness, questioning the definitions of Blackness as a colour and shade, and/or as a societal or cultural construction. Curated by Matthew Kyba, Curator of Exhibitions at the Visual Arts Centre of Clarington, To Play in the Face of Certain Defeat is organized and circulated by Museum London.

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  • Digital Feature: AJE19 | Artlab Gallery

    A virtual walk-through of the AJE 19: Close for Comfort exhibition, narrated by Gallery Manager Ruth Skinner is now live on the Artlab website.

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  • Soheila Esfahani: Facing Time | Surrey Art Gallery

    January 23 - March 27, 2021

    Congratulations to Professor Soheila Esfahani whose work is included in the group exhibition "Facing Time" currently on view at the Surrey Art Gallery in British Columbia. "The artworks in this exhibition, while mostly created before the pandemic, speak to the current moment of facial interfaces and increased digital activity."

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  • Tax Workshop for Artists | FCG

    March 25, 2021 at 5pm on Zoom

    Join Forest City Gallery for a free tax workshop tailored to artists and creative professionals, facilitated by tax expert Sunny Widerman. Tax season can be a confusing and stressful time, and this tax year is no exception, especially with regard to COVID relief and the confusion around CERB eligibility. This workshop will include topics such as: paying tax on earned income and calculating taxable income; claiming business expenses and required record keeping; HST and billing; Grants and T4s; and saving for the future.

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  • VASA now accepting applications

    Applications due March 26, 2021

    The Visual Arts Supporters Association (VASA) is now accepting applications from interested undergraduate and graduate students for the 2021/2022 academic year. Due to COVID-19, hiring for the 2020/2021 school year was delayed and all the current executives will also participate in a re-evaluation interview.

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  • Dr. Ebony Elizabeth Thomas | SASAH Winter Speakers' Series

    March 25th, 2021 at 4:30pm ET on Zoom

    The SASAH Speakers' Series - Creativity, Innovation, Justice: Mentors & Storytellers is pleased to present a virtual talk with Dr. Ebony Elizabeth Thomas. Join us online, March 25, 2021, at 4:30pm EST.

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  • Sheila Butler: Other Circumstances | Satellite Project Space

    April 1 - May 1, 2021

    Satellite Project Space is honoured to present a focused retrospective by the important artist, educator, and mentor, Sheila Butler. Curated by Pamela Edmonds and Patrick Mahon, the exhibition brings together 20 paintings and works on paper spanning 35 years of artistic production. Presented by Museum London and Arts & Humanities, Western University.

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  • Queer Frontiers: Adrian Stimson | LOMAA

    London Ontario Media Arts Association, March 15 - 21, 2021

    LOMAA is excited to (re-)debut the Queer Frontiers series with a screening and talk with Siksika Nation-based artist Adrian Stimson! Originally slated to premiere in Spring 2020 LOMAA is happy to shift the exhibition online and host a week-long public screening of works from Stimson’s “Buffalo Boy” series in conjunction with a virtual artist talk and Q&A. This event is presented in partnership with Museum London.

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  • Go; Rise and Strike...International Women's Day Exhibit | Embassy Cultural House

    Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 1:30PM ET online

    The Embassy Cultural House's International Women’s Day Exhibition Go: Rise and Strike is NOW LIVE. Coordinated by Jade Williamson with the assistance of Charlotte Egan and Ruth Skinner. The exhibit includes artists: Jessie Amery, Amanda Boulos, Susan Day, Julie Rene De Cotret, Soheila Esfahani, kerry ferris, Mireya Folch Serra, Fatima Garzan, Anahi Gonzalez, Freda Guttman, Jamelie Hassan, Samar Hejazi, Fern Helfand, Sharmistha Kar, Catherine Morrisey, Shelley Niro, Thelma Rosner, Sandra Semchuk, Mackenzie Smith, Jean Spence, Diana Tamblyn, Zainub Verjee, Bernice Vincent (1934 - 2016), Jade Williamson, Michelle Wilson, and Winsom Winsom. Image: Go; Rise and Strike, Tekahionwake, 2020. Limited capacity - registration required.

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  • AJE 19 - Close for Comfort | Awards

    March 5 - March 18, 2021

    The 19th Annual Juried Exhibition runs until March 18th. Book your appointment to view the exhibition in person and follow our social media for features and awards announcements. Jurors awarded works on the basis of artists' expressions of creativity, originality, and process. In the final days of the exhibition, we'll be announcing the winners of two Visual Arts Materials Investment Grants, the Satellite Project Space Materials Investment Grant, VASA Juror's Choice Award, the Forest City Gallery Feature, and the Faculty Merit Award.

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  • Written on Earth | McIntosh Gallery

    March 4 - April 17, 2021

    The McIntosh Gallery will be re-opening the gallery by appointment with "Written on Earth" a group exhibition curated by Helen Gregory and project managed by Patrick Mahon, presented in collaboration with the Northern Tornadoes project at Western Engineering. The exhibition features work by Hannah Claus, Joel Ong, and several members of the Department of Visual Arts including, Prof. Patrick Mahon, Ph.D. candidates Ellen Moffat & Eeva Siivonen, and MFA Alum Matthew Trueman.

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  • Artlab Gallery to reopen to the public by appointment

    March 5th, 2021

    The Artlab Gallery looks forward to reopening to the public by appointment March 5th, 2021. To schedule your next visit, please use the link below. If you have questions or are seeking additional information regarding your next visit to the gallery, feel free to reach out to us at artlab@uwo.ca

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  • Ivan Coyote: "Care Of: Correspondence, Connections, and Cures" | Active Voice

    Tuesday, March 16 at 7pm ET on Zoom

    Active Voice is pleased to present Western University's Alice Munro Chair in Creativity, Ivan Coyote. Ivan Coyote is a writer and storyteller. Born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon, they are the author of 13 books, the creator of four films, six stage shows, and three albums that combine storytelling with music. The Active Voice series is brought to you by the Faculty of Arts & Humanities at Western University.

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  • 息抜き / ikinuki: to relax, to take a breather | Artlab Vitrine

    March 1 – 14, 2021

    Currently installed in the Artlab Vitrine: 息抜き / ikinuki: to relax, to take a breather by Holly Granken. Curated and organized by Artlab’s intern, Sam Wagter.

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  • AJE 19: Close for Comfort | Artlab Gallery

    Artlab Gallery + Cohen Commons, March 5 - March 18, 2021

    The Annual Juried Exhibition returns for its 19th consecutive year! The AJE continues to be one of the most highly anticipated undergraduate exhibitions in the Visual Arts Department. This diverse exhibition supports the production of new work made in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, digital media, photography, installation, sound, and performance. Artworks are selected by a professional jury who consider originality, creativity, and process. This year's exhibition represents a diverse selection of work from all levels of undergraduate study in the Department. We received a significant number of submissions despite our unusual circumstances, with some works speaking quite directly to living, thinking, feeling, and working one's way through a pandemic. Image: Aisha Hassen (4th-year), No Pane.

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  • PastPerfect Workshop | VASA and MSC

    February 27th, 2021 at 1:00pm ET on Zoom

    VASA in partnership with Museum Studies Collective (MSC) is hosting a free hands-on workshop featuring PastPerfect the leading museum curation and management software. This online workshop takes place on Saturday, February 27th from 1:00-2:30PM on Zoom. Registration required.

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  • The Fifth Estate: “Black on Campus” | CBC documentary

    February 25, 2021

    A soon-to-be-released documentary on anti-Black racism on campus produced by The Fifth Estate (CBC's flagship investigative documentary series). Titled “Black on Campus”, the documentary will look at the experiences of Black students, faculty and staff on Canadian campuses and present an account of anti-Black racism at Canadian universities through sharing stories of many who have experienced it. The documentary will be aired this coming Thursday, February 25th at 9pm and can be watched on CBC television or CBC Gem.

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  • tba: Call for Submissions

    Friday, April 30, 2021

    tba, the graduate students' journal of the Department of Visual Arts at Western University is pleased to announce the call for papers/art submissions for the upcoming issue of tba. This issue will explore the meanings of and themes pertaining to the idea of reworlding. We view reworlding as a concerted and collaborative effort to reimagine our spaces by building upon a deconstructed, decentered, unfixed understanding of a world changeable by art that puts forth alternative temporal and spatial possibilities. This kind of reworlding offers possibilities of rethinking of ideas of unity by generating a multiplicity of futures with which to affect the present. Send us your thoughtful investigations, careful evaluations, and creative assessments of the concept of reworlding. Articles and artworks (sound, video, photography, paintings, drawings) are welcome! Deadline for submissions is Friday, April 30, 2021.

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  • Photo Contest | Department of Languages and Cultures

    Submission deadline: February 28th, 2021

    Annual photo contest open to all Western University undergraduate and graduate students. Categories: Intercultural Moments, Journey of Languages, Intimate Spaces Across Cultures, and Literary Escapes. There will be one CAD$150 first place prize per category (listed above).

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  • Hiding In Plain Sight Print Catalogue Launch

    Saturday, February 27 at 1:30pm on Zoom

    Embassy Cultural House is pleased to invite you to a celebration of the Hiding in Plain Sight print catalogue. Featuring works by several Western Visual Arts faculty, adjunct faculty, and alumni. To date over 300 copies have been distributed across Canada and internationally. Limited capacity.

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  • "Paratextual Encounters of Four Kinds: Blade Runner and Cinematic Memory" by Christine Sprengler

    Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, Winter 2021

    Christine Sprengler's article "Paratextual Encounters of Four Kinds: Blade Runner and Cinematic Memory" now published in the Journal of Cinema and Media Studies.

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  • Sky Glabush | Philip Martin Gallery

    February 17, 2021 at 1pm ET

    Join Sky Glabush for a 30-minute conversation as he provides a virtual walk through of his current solo-exhibition with the Philip Martin Gallery, "The Caged Lark," Today at 1pm ET on Zoom. Registration required.

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  • PastPerfect Workshop | VASA and MCS

    February 27, 2021 at 1pm ET on Zoom

    PastPerfect is a museum collection and management software used by over 11,000 museums worldwide. Join VASA and MCS for a hands-on tutorial of the software on Saturday, February 27 at 1pm on Zoom.

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  • Call for Submissions | VASA

    February 28, 2021

    VASA is pleased to announce its upcoming virtual publication, Aeterna, which aims to represent the incredible work of the Department of Visual Arts. VASA is now accepting written and artistic student submissions until February 28, 2021. This year’s theme will be focused on nostalgia.

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  • Intent to Register Zoom Session with Prof. Johnson

    Monday, February 22 at 11:30am ET

    Visual Arts Undergraduate Chair, Tricia Johnson, will be hosting an Intent to Register (ITR) Information session concerning Visual Arts modules and requirements on Monday, February 22nd at 11:30 am on Zoom. Some topics that will be covered are the purpose of Intent to Register, our Visual Arts Degrees and Modules, the BFA Portfolio Requirement for Internal Candidates as well as requirements for Honour Specialization Modules compared to Majors, Minors and Certificates.

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  • Christof Migone: Press Record | OBORO

    OBORO, February 13 - March 30, 2021

    The works in the exhibition Press Record comment through a sonic filter on micro-gestures and furtive strategies, plastic waste and manufacturing processes, sited scatterings and dispersal systems. Here, sound is present as both potential and material, reference and inference. The exhibition features three distinct bodies of work: Micro (2014), 4 feet and 33 inches (2014-2017), and Record Release (2012-2020). Image: Christof Migone, Tokyo (video still), 2017

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  • Artist Panel Discussion with Patrick Mahon | Dunlop Art Gallery

    Dunlop Art Gallery, February 23, 2021 @ 2pm ET on YouTube Live

    Patrick Mahon joins Rachelle Viader Knowles and Sean Caufield of the VacZineNations! project to discuss the role of art as practice-led research in exploring complex geographic and social perspectives on vaccinations.

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  • Gu Xiong and Yu Gu | SASAH Winter Speakers' Series

    February 24, 2021 at 5pm ET on Zoom

    The SASAH Speakers' Series - Creativity, Innovation, Justice: Mentors & Storytellers is pleased to present a virtual talk with Gu Xiong, Multimedia Artist and Yu Gu, Filmmaker and Visual Artist. Join us online, February 24, 2021, at 5:00 pm EST.

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  • An Afternoon with Eternity Martis

    Monday, February 22, 2021 @ 1pm ET on Zoom

    Eternity Martis (BA’14) will be speaking about what it means to be a student (and woman) of colour on a Canadian university campus today. Eternity will be drawing on her experiences as discussed in her highly acclaimed book: They Said This Would Be Fun: Race, Campus Life, and Growing Up.

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  • Symphony of Lights | Artlab Gallery

    Artlab Gallery, February 8 - 19th, 2021

    Upcoming at the Artlab is Symphony of Lights: An Exploration of Stained-Glass Windows in St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, London, ON. In this exciting collaboration, artist Anahí González, curator Iraboty Kazi, and Dr. C. Cody Barteet explore the visual and aural sensations of being inside St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church in London, Ontario. Videos and photographs taken by González during visits to the church inspire explorations of the stained-glass windows in relation to art and local history. This exhibition is a part of Dr. Barteet’s research program, "Preserving the Cultural and Artistic Heritage of St. John the Evangelist, London, Ontario as a Model for the Anglican Diocese of Huron," a project funded by the University of Western Ontario.

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  • In fact, it wasn’t on my mind at all | Artlab Vitrine

    Artlab Gallery, February 1 - 14, 2021

    Currently installed in the Artlab Vitrine: “In fact, it wasn’t on my mind at all” by Tia Bates. “This is a series of three paintings of locations from the home I grew up in painted from memory. The series acts both as a self portrait series, and a series of narratives described in the titles of the works. These function as stanzas to a larger narrative poem with the light source being the place described in the titles, and where the subject of the poems physically exists to affect the space around them. The illuminated space illustrates the way a location is perceived through experiences, emotion, and memory." Curated and organized by Artlab’s intern, Sam Wagter

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  • Art, up-close and from a distance

    By Debora Van Brenk, Western News, February 1, 2021

    Gallery Manager Ruth Skinner discusses the recent exhibition 'Distance makes the heart grow weak" with Western News. Learn more about how the pandemic promoted a show of 'seperate togtherness'.

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  • Active Voice: Richard Van Camp

    February 9th at 7pm on Zoom

    Please join us for this free and public performance series, which will bring some very exciting and compelling artists right to your own screens at home. Join writer and storyteller Ivan Coyote as they welcome some of their favourite performers and makers to the virtual stage to share their songs and stories with you in this intimate and compelling investigation into the creative hearts of some of the finest contemporary voices working in their fields today. This series is brought to you by the Faculty of Arts & Humanities at Western University.

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  • Lorraine Klaasen | Embassy Cultural House

    February 13, 2021 at 1:30pm

    Lorraine Klaasen is a South African born singer/performer and a 2013 Canadian JUNO Award winner. In 2020, The Forest City London Music Award (FCLMA) was presented to Lorraine in the category of World Music. To celebrate Lorraine's award the Embassy Cultural House will be hosting a virtual reception with Lorraine on February 13 , 2021 at 1:30 ET.

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  • Tegan Moore: Foam Fatigue | YYZ Artists' Outlet

    February 12 - March 13, 2021

    Congratulations to alumna Tegan Moore (MFA'14), whose exhibition "Foam Fatigue" is installed at YYZ Artists' Outlet from February 12 to March 13, 2021. Image: Tegan Moore, A yellow chunk of spray insulation lays in grass filled with scattered Styrofoam granules from a rasping process of a stucco installation. Image courtesy of the artist.

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  • AJE 19: Close for Comfort

    Artlab Gallery, March 8 - 18, 2021

    The Annual Juried exhibition returns for its 19th consecutive year! This group exhibition represents a diverse selection of artwork from all disciplines and all levels of undergraduate study in the Department of Visual Arts. The online submission form will be available as of Thursday, January 28th at 9am from the Artlab website. Submissions close on Thursday, February 11th at 11:59pm.

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  • Creating Art Full Time with Alayna Hryclik of Soft Flirt

    February 3rd at 1pm on Zoom

    Do you want to turn your passion for art into something you can do all the time? That's what Alayna Hryclik (BFA '13), did when she created Soft Flirt, a home decor and apparel brand based around Alayna's lifelong passion for creating art. Now a full-time artist, creator, and entrepreneur, Alayna has the freedom to create at her own pace. Join us on February 3rd at 1:00 pm to hear Alayna's engaging and inspiring story and have a chance to ask her questions about her experience!

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  • The Caged Lark: Sky Glabush | Philip Martin Gallery

    Philip Martin Gallery, February 5 - March 12, 2021

    Philip Martin Gallery is proud to present Sky Glabush's first exhibition at the gallery. Entitled "The Caged Lark," after a sonnet written by Gerard Manley Hopkins in 1877, Sky Glabush's exhibition features large-scale oil-on-canvas paintings completed by the London, Ontario-based artist over the course of the past year.

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  • Jeff Thomas and Bear Witness | SASAH Winter Speakers' Series

    SASAH, February 3rd at 5pm on Zoom

    The SASAH Speakers' Series - Creativity, Innovation, Justice: Mentors & Storytellers is pleased to present a virtual talk with Jeff Thomas, Photographer and Governor General's Award Winner and Bear Witness, DJ Musician, A Tribe Called Red. Join us online, February 3, 2021, at 5:00 pm.

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  • Student Donation Fund | AHSC

    January 29 - February 12, 2021

    Congratulations to Sam Wagter and Sam Erdelyi on their successful Student Donation Fund (SDF) proposals in Fall 2020! Click to read more about how they will use the funds to support the Department of Visual Arts student experience. SDF is an opportunity for Western University Arts and Humanities students to receive direct funding for their events or initiatives. The Student Donation Fund will be accepting proposals for the winter term, January 29 - February 12, 2021.

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  • Walker Cultural Leaders Series features artists Jamelie Hassan & Ron Benner

    January 18, 2021

    The Department of Visual Arts at Brock University presents, The Walker Cultural Leader Series featuring an engaging talk from artists Jamelie Hassan and Ron Benner on Monday, Jan. 18. View the recorded presentation on the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts YouTube channel.

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  • Apply now to Visual Arts Awards & Scholarships

    Deadlines: January 28 and 31, 2021

    The following scholarships and awards are available to Visual Arts students. Please check the eligibility criteria of each award carefully and submit the required materials by email to vaugc@uwo.ca and Linda Meloche, our Program Assistant, at visarts@uwo.ca Deadline: January 28, 2021 Canadian Embroiderers' Guild, London, Memorial Prize Deadline: January 31, 2021 at 3pm Bess A. Hewitt Scholarship in Visual Arts Madeline Lennon Essay Award Gray Creative Arts Award

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  • I Never Said It | Artlab Vitrine

    January 11 - 24th, 2021

    The first Artlab Virtine exhibition of 2021 is "I Never Said It" from Megan Goddard, who writes: "'I Never Said It' acts as a sculptural representation of my relationship to people, and the censoring of thoughts which sometimes occurs. The BFA Vitrine Exhibition Series is coordinated by 4th Year BFA Student and Artlab Intern Sam Wagter. It provides students an opportunity to display their artwork through solo exhibitions, gaining valuable experience collaborating with the gallery and expanding their professional CVs.

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  • Prof. Kirsty Robertson receives SSHRB grant

    January 2021

    Congratulations to Prof. Kirsty Roberston for her success in the most recent SSHRB competition for a project titled, "Imagining Change: Three Events for the Centre for Sustainable Curating".

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  • Patrick Mahon's artwork featured on cover of RSC report

    Renewing the Social Contract: Economic Recovery in Canada from COVID-19, December 2020

    Patrick Mahon, FRSC, Messagers’ Series: Satellite II (2018-19) was featured on the cover of the RSC report titled, Renewing the Social Contract: Economic Recovery in Canada from COVID-19. Patrick Mahon’s series entitled Messagers, of which Satellite II is one element, is a set of approximately 15 handmade, wall-mounted constructions made of wood veneer strips, painted silver and grey.

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  • Distance makes the heart grow weak | Artlab Gallery

    By Ruth Skinner, Artlab Gallery, January 15-28, 2021

    Every few years, the Artlab Gallery at Western University hosts a Faculty and Staff exhibition. These exhibitions are important opportunities for fostering a sense of community in the Visual Arts Department: students are able to see their instructors and mentors at work, and colleagues have a chance to share in each other's research. 2020 was a year like no other, and so the Artlab is leaning into the present with a collective address to this moment of separate togetherness. "Distance makes the heart grow weak" invites faculty, staff and graduate students to speak to how they've been experiencing the last year.

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  • COVID-19 Update

    By John Hatch, January 13, 2021

    The recent dramatic rise in COVID-19 cases in Ontario has necessitated a number of steps by the provincial government to try and stem the current tide. The University hasn’t been too drastically affected. As was announced before the holiday break, the University delayed the start of the Winter term and continues to encourage staff to work from home as much as possible. It has reduced the number of students permitted for in-person classes to 9 or less, but has not prevented those classes from running that can only effectively function through in-person delivery...

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  • Studio available March 1st, 2021

    March 1st, 2021

    Studio in London Ontario. Available March 1. $291 per month. Approximately 460 sq ft. Lots of space. Lots of storage. Potential access to a woodshop. Contact Mike Pszczonak ( mikepszczonak@gmail.com ) for more information.

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