• Creating Art Entrepreneurially with and in a Community

    September 29, 2022 at 7pm

    Alyana Hryclik of soft flirt and Reilly Knowles of Good Sport, both graduates of the Bachelor of Fine Arts program in the Department of Visual Arts at Western University, will sit down with Andres Garzon and Monica Joy of Good Sport to share their experiences as young artists in London, Ontario. Moderated by Visual Arts Professor Patrick Mahon. Guests may attend the panel discussion in person or join via Zoom. Registration is required.

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  • Immune Nations The Art and Science of Global Vaccination

    University of Alberta Press & McMaster Museum of Art, August 2022

    Just Released! Featuring a 20-page section on the project, “Design for a Dissemunization Station,” an installation by Prof. Patrick Mahon and Annemarie Hou, with Tegan Moore (MFA'14). This catalogue documents a multi-year art-science project called Immune Nations, produced on the occasion of its exhibition at the McMaster Museum of Art in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

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  • Prof. John Hatch presents “Postcards from a Cosmic Traveller: Thomas Ruff’s Images of Space”

    September 20-23, 2022

    Prof. John Hatch presented a paper titled “Postcards from a Cosmic Traveller: Thomas Ruff’s Images of Space” at the conference Cosmic Explorations: at the Intersection of Science, Space, Art, and Culture, held at CalTech, Pasadena, California on September 20-23, 2022.

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  • Prof. Sarah Bassnett presents at Photographies Conference in San Antonio, TX

    September 23, 2022

    Professor Sarah Bassnett presented a paper on work by American artist Trevor Paglen at the Photographies conference on Boundaries and Borders in San Antonio, Texas. Image: Trevor Paglen, Near Nogales, Maximally Stable Extremal Regions; Good Features to Track, 2017.

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  • Night Painting | Philip Martin Gallery

    Philip Martin Gallery, 24 September - 22 October 2022

    Philip Martin Gallery presents, “Night Painting," an exhibition of works by 12 artists that investigate night as both idea and motif. Prof's Sky Glabush's paintings are among works in the exhibition by Izzy Barber, Tomory Dodge, Kristy Luck, Aaron Morse, James Morse, Laurie Nye, Curtis Talwst Santiago, Muzae Sesay, Lisa Sanditz, Sophie Treppendahl, Sung Jik Yang. Image: Night Flower (Study), 2022, Sky Glabush (detail)

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  • In Memoriam - Dr. William S. A. Dale

    September 9th, 2022

    The Department of Visual Arts is saddened to learn of the recent passing of Professor of Art History Emeritus, Dr. William S. A. Dale on Friday, September 9th, 2022. In 1967, Dr. Dale was the first Professor of Fine Arts and founding head of the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Dale earned his emeritus status in 1987 after 20 years of service.

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  • Broadabent Sisters | ArtNow! Speakers Series

    Thursday, October 6 at 7pm

    ART NOW! Speakers’ Series and Museum London present the Broadabent Sisters on Thursday, October 6 at 7pm at Museum London. Rose and Joy Broadbent are multidisciplinary artists based in Toronto. For over a decade, the Broadbent Sisters have created international, award-winning work in performance, film, painting and installation. Their unfolding practice, ‘Clearing Spaces,’ examines meditation, telepathy, eco-feminism, and pop spirituality.

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  • Accessibility Mandate for the CSC

    October 7, 2022 from 1pm to 3pm

    The Centre for Sustainable Curating will host Dr. Eliza Chandler of Toronto Metropolitan University who will help us to draft the CSC's first Accessibility Statement. This is a unique opportunity to contribute to a living mandate designed to make the CSC a welcoming place, and to think about how sustainability and accessibility are closely interwoven. This event can be attended in person or online.

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  • National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (NDTR)

    Western University , September 30, 2022

    Friday, September 30, marks the second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (NDTR) across Canada. The Western community shares a deep desire to work towards reconciliation, and this week marks a significant opportunity to do both. For more information about NDTR and to access a schedule of events planned at Western, please visit the OII website.

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  • Rick Hill: How the Foundations of Haudenosaunee Aesthetics Survived Colonization

    Wednesday, September 21 2022, 2:00pm – 3:30pm

    The Department of Visual Arts and IAiR Kelly Greene are pleased to welcome Rick Hill for his presentation "How the Foundations of Haudenosaunee Aesthetics Survived Colonization". Guests may attend the presentation in-person in the Visual Arts Centre Live-Stream Lab (Room 137E) or join in the live-stream over Zoom. Please register prior to the event for the zoom link or to reserve a seat.

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  • Wish on Water: Deshkan Ziibiing | Cohen Commons

    September 6-27, 2022

    This month, the community will have a chance to celebrate the Deshkan Ziibiing (Antler/Thames River) with Riverfest 2022, Western’s first-ever river festival hosted by the Office of Sustainability. Professor Esfahani's Intro to Sculpture and Installation course, is taking part in RiverFest with the installation Wish on Water: Deshkan Ziibiing in the Cohen Commons. This collaborative project by students on cultural practices around water. It draws on the tradition of wishing on water in various cultures around the world from wishing wells to tossing coins in the water features of shopping malls.

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  • Sam Wagter: "{ Unexpected Occurrence;" I Satellite Project Space

    September 14 - 24, 2022

    MFA canadiate Sam Wagter's solo exhibition "{ Unexpected Occurrence;" is on view at Satellite Project Space, September 14-24, 2022. The opening reception for this exhibition is on September 16, 2022.

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  • Active Collaborations: Artistic Materials and Media

    The Blackwood Gallery, Saturday, September 24, 12–2:30pm

    Panel discussion with alumni Brad Isaacs (MFA '12), Dana Prieto, Sean Procyk, and Amanda White (Current Post Doc). Part of Nearshore Gatherings, an event series on environmental activism and stewardship. Register to attend on Eventbrite.

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  • ART NOW! Speakers’ Series: Vanessa Maltese

    Thursday, September 22 at 7pm

    ART NOW! Speakers’ Series Presents Vanessa Maltese on Thursday, September 22 at 7pm in room WIRB 1170. Multidisciplinary in breath, Maltese’s practice deploys various forms of visual and audible trickery to pose questions about perception. Maltese is interested in the plasticity of the brain, and how conflicts of perception have the power to change our methods of thinking,

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  • Christine Sprengler: The Art of Cinematic Memory

    Rotman Institute and Department of Philosophy, Thursday, October 20, 2022 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm

    Join the Rotman Institute and Department of Philosophy for their annual public lecture series, co-sponsored with the London Public Library, on Thursdays in October. In the 3rd talk, Professor Christine Sprengler will look at how visual artists have become increasingly invested in how cinema helps create, shape, and challenge our memories, both personal & cultural. She'll explore how contemporary art has engaged with the complex relationship between memory and film.

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  • Colourful Coves: A Dyeing Workshop with BFA alum Reilly Knowles

    September 24, 2022, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

    Join us for this incredible opportunity to learn about natural dye plants in the Coves from fibre artist and BFA alumni Reilly Knowles. Reilly will lead the group to learn on the Land about ethical harvests, identifying dye plants, and the unique history of the Coves.

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  • Through Our Lens | Artlab Gallery

    September 15 – 29, 2022

    The Artlab Gallery is pleased to present "Through Our Lens" which features work by fourth year students Olivia Pattison, Abbygale Shelley, and Isabella Springett. Of this exhibition they state: "that the work reflects our initial response to the pandemic, and is based on both our individual and shared experiences, drawing from personal documentation/archives.

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  • Tegan Moore: Residuum | La Galerie Nicolas Robert

    September 10, to October 15, 2022

    Congratulations to alumna Tegan Moore (MFA '14) whose exhibition "Residuum" opened at La Galerie Nicolas Robert in Montreal on September 10, 2022.

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  • Sky Glabush at The Armory Show

    Philip Martin Gallery, September 8 - 11, 2022

    For the 2022 edition of The Armory Show in New York, NY, Philip Martin Gallery presents an installation of large scale, oil-and-sand-on-canvas paintings by Sky Glabush.

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  • Mohawk artist shares her dreams in Glenhyrst exhibit

    By Ally Penders, Brant Beacon, September 8, 2022

    "The main room at Glenhyrst Art Gallery has been transformed into a 20th century classroom, but the details and teachings within it come from the dreams of artist Kelly Greene... "

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  • Niloufar Salimi: 75 Oriole Rd | Micheal Gibson Gallery

    August 31 - October 1, 2022

    Congratulations to MFA alumna, Niloufar Salimi whose exhibition "75 Oriole Rd" opened in the middle gallery of Michael Gibson Gallery on August 31, 2022. Her exhibition runs through October 1, 2022.

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  • Mike Pszczonak: On the Other Hand | Michael Gibson Gallery

    August 31 - October 1, 2022

    Congratulations to MFA '14 alum, Mike Pszczonak as his second solo exhibition "On the Other Hand' is on view at Michael Gibson Gallery from August 31 through October 1, 2022.

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  • Rooted in the Region: Agriculture and the Arts in Southwestern Ontario

    Centre for Sustainable Curating, September 18, 2022, 2-5pm

    Join us for “Rooted in the Region: Agriculture and the Arts in Southwestern Ontario,” a celebration of art and agriculture highlighting Indigenous, settler and migrant worker voices. “Rooted in the Region: Agriculture and the Arts in South-Western Ontario” is curated by post-doc fellows, Amanda White and Zoë Heyn-Jones, an initiative of the Creative Food Research Collaboratory, currently based at the Centre for Sustainable Curating

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  • Community Corn Roast with Ron Benner and Pandemic Gardens Book Launch | Museum London

    Embassy Cultural House, Sunday, August 21 from 1-5 pm

    After a hiatus of two years due to the pandemic, Ron Benner's corn roast at Museum London, Maiz Barbacoa, is planned for Sunday, August 21 from 1-5 pm. Dan and Mary Lou Smoke will open the corn roast and give thanks to the maize plant. This event will feature the live music of Frank Ridsdale and celebrate the launch of the Embassy Cultural House's (ECH) catalogue, Pandemic Gardens: Resilience Through Nature. This catalogue highlights work from the ECH's online exhibition of the same name, organized by Ron Benner and Rachel MacGillivray, with the assistance of Jamelie Hassan, Olivia Mossuto (BFA '19) and Department of Visual Arts student JoAnna Weil.

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  • Brazil/Canadá Curated by Bruno Sinder | Artlab Gallery

    Artlab Gallery, August 5-25, 2022

    The Artlab Gallery is pleased to present "Brazil/Canadá" curated by Ph.D. candidate Bruno Sinder. Featuring over 100 family photographs of Brazilian immigrants to Canada, Brazil/Canadá invites viewers to reflect on the role personal photography plays in the process of migration. The opening reception is scheduled for August 11, from 5-7 pm. The exhibition runs from August 05 - 25, 2022.

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  • Michelle Paterok: At Dusk | McIntosh Gallery

    August 11 - September 10, 2022

    Michelle Paterok's MFA thesis exhibition "At Dusk" opens at McIntosh Gallery on August 11, 2022. "At Dusk" is a series of paintings investigating the poetics of colour and light in the context of domestic space. Paterok aims to express a specific emotional atmosphere of a space, seeking to depict time unfolding in the static frame of a painting. Join us for the closing reception at the McIntosh Gallery Friday, September 9, from 5-7 pm.

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  • Migration Stories Whispered in My Ear / Me Susurran Al Oído Historias de Migrantes Moysés Zuñiga Santiago | McIntosh Gallery

    August 11 - September 10, 2022

    The exhibition "Migration Stories Whispered in My Ear / Me Susurran Al Oído Historias de Migrantes Moysés Zuñiga Santiago" is on view at the McIntosh Gallery from August 11 - September 10, 2022. The exhibition is based on SSHRC-funded research by Professor Sarah Bassnett and curated by PhD candidate Anahí González. Join us at the closing reception on Friday, September 9, 5 - 7pm.

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  • In Memoriam - James Patten

    Western University, June 26, 2022

    The art community is deeply saddened to learn of the unexpected passing of James Patten on June 26, 2022, at the age of 60. James was the former Director of McIntosh Gallery having retired in November 2021 after 11 years of service with Western University. In collaboration with Museum London, a memorial gathering will be held on Wednesday, September 14, 2022, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. (speeches at 2:30 p.m.) in the Lorraine Ivey Shuttleworth Community Gallery on the second level of Museum London, 421 Ridout Street, London, Ontario.

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  • Kelly Greene: In My Dreams | Glenhyrst Art Gallery

    Akimbo, July 30th - September 25, 2022

    Congratulations to Kelly Greene, indigenous artist-in-residence and alumna whose solo exhibition "In My Dreams" is on view at Glenhyrst Art Gallery from July 30 - September 25, 2022. In this exhibition, Greene transforms a conventional 20th-century classroom in Canada into one that conveys the basic principles and teachings of the people of Six Nations. This exhibition was curated by Ph.D. '12 alumni, Matthew Ryan Smith.

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  • Anahí González | AGO X RBC Emerging Artists Exchange

    August 3 – 1 September, 2022

    Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate and MFA '21 alum Anahí González who has been selected to participate in the AGO X RBC Emerging Artists Exchange. This initiative provides three emerging artists with a paid four-week digital mentorship to pursue a research project. Anahí will explore artworks in the AGO's Latin American contemporary collection which depict human labour. This project is the continuation of her research about labour representation in visual arts and her artistic contribution to the relationship between Latin America and Canada. She wants her findings to provoke reflections on the power systems that create labour inequalities in Latin America and to highlight the importance of Latin American collections in Canadian art institutions.

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  • Kelly Greene: In my Dreams | Glenhyrst Gallery

    July 30 - September 25, 2022 , July 30 - September 25, 2022

    Congratulations to IAiR Kelly Greene whose exhibition "In my Dreams" curated by alum Matthew Ryan Smith (PHD '12) opened at Glenhyrst Gallery on July 30, 2022. "In this exhibition, artist Kelly Greene transforms a conventional 20th century classroom in Canada to one that conveys basic principles and teachings of the people of Six Nations..."

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  • Knotting, Netting, Connecting by Sharmistha Kar and Gabriella Solti | Good Sport Gallery

    July 20-Aug 6, 2022

    MFA graduates Sharmistha Kar (MFA'19) and Gabriella Solti (MFA '14), London-based artists, invite the public to join a community-engaged art project at Good Sport Gallery that explores one of the most ancient human technology, the knot.

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  • MFA Thesis Exhibition: Brianne Casey | Artlab Gallery

    Artlab Gallery, July 14, 2022 at 6:30pm

    The Artlab Gallery is pleased to present Credulous Escapism an exhibition of work by MFA candidate Brianne Casey. The in-person opening reception runs this Thursday, July 14th in the Artlab Gallery from 6:30-8:30pm. Open to the public, Western University Vaccine Policy is in effect.

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  • Prof. Christine Sprengler Interviewed by BBC Culture for Article on Hitchcock

    By Mark Allison, BBC Culture, July 4th 2022

    Professor Christine Sprengler was interviewed by the BBC Culture for the article "Frenzy at 50: The most violent film Hitchcock ever made".

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  • Prof. Christine Sprengler Presents a Paper at the Screen Studies Conference

    Screen Studies Conference, July 1-3, 2022

    Professor Christine Sprengler presented a paper, “Epistolarity and Decolonial Aesthetics in Carola Grahn’s Look Who’s Talking” at the Screen Studies Conference in Glasgow, Scotland (online), July 1-3, 2022.

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  • Welcome Eeva Siivonen the Department of Visual Arts Media Technician

    Department of Visual Arts, July 1, 2022

    The Department of Visual Arts is pleased to welcome Eeva Siivonen as the new Media Technician in Visual Arts. Eeva recently earned her PhD in Art and Visual Culture here at Western. She also holds MFAs in Video Art and Documentary Film Directing from Syracuse University (New York) and the ELO Film School, Aalto University (Helsinki) respectively. Eeva brings a great deal of professional experience as a Media Technician in addition to her academic and teaching experience at Western and abroad.

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  • The Department of Visual Arts welcomes three full-time tenure-track faculty members

    July 1, 2022

    The Department of Visual Arts is pleased to announce that three full-time, tenure-track professors have joined the department as of July 1st, 2022. Please join us in welcoming Professor Jessica Karahunga (BFA '10 alum), Sheri Nault and Sohelia Esfahani (MFA'10 alum) whose 2-year limited-term contract has been converted to a tenure-track position.

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  • "Plastic Heart" Receives Honourable Mention for the Outstanding Achievement: Exhibitions Award | Canadian Museums Association

    CMA, June 30th, 2022

    The exhibition "Plastic Heart" received an Honourable Mention for the Outstanding Achievement: Exhibitions Award from The Canadian Museums Association. "Plastic Heart" was curated by Professor Kirsty Robertson, Professor Kelly Wood, and alum Tegan Moore (MFA '14) of the Synthetic Collective and included artwork by Christina Battle (Ph.D. '20)

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  • Professor Cody Barteet and Co-Applicant Courtney Waugh Successful in Round 3 of the Strategic Priorities Fund

    June 24, 2022

    Congratulations to Professor Cody Barteet and co-applicant Courtney Waugh, Research and Scholarly Communication Librarian, on the success of their project proposal "Documenting & Teaching the Art of Stained Glass through Digital Technology" in round 3 of the Western University Strategic Priorities Fund.

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  • Prof. Alena Robin speaks with Silvia Véjar from Radio Voces Latinas

    CHHA 1610 AM - Radio Voces Latina, June 10, 2022

    Professor Alena Robin joined Silvia Véjar from CHHA 1610 AM (Toronto) Radio Voces Latinas for an interview regarding the recently published book that she co-editd, "Latin America Made in Canada."

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  • "London photographer's exhibit highlights where newcomers to the city feel most at home"

    By Isha Bhargava, CBC News, June 11, 2022

    PhD Candidate, Bruno Belli's photographic work "Home" was exhibited in London's multicultural festival on Sunday, June 12, 2022. "In his project titled Home, Belli captured six families in London who had recently immigrated to Canada by asking them which public spaces within the city they felt most at home, and allowed them to write a quote of their choice in their native languages."

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  • "The Renal Community Photo Initiative: A Program Report in Ontario, Canada"

    Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease, June 6, 2022

    "The Renal Community Photo Initiative: A Program Report in Ontario, Canada" has been published in the Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease, co-authored by PhD candidate, Ruth Skinner, Cindy House, Andrew A. House, Chris McIntyre, and program participants Elaine Hayter, Pamela Ireland, Jared McGregor, and Ann Tillman. The full visual essay is available for viewing online.

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  • Ashley Snook: NODES | Animality and Kinship | McIntosh Gallery

    McIntosh Gallery, June 2, 2022

    "NODES | Animality and Kinship" is an exhibition by PhD candidate, Ashley Snook, which will be on view July 4 - 30, 2022 at the McIntosh Gallery. NODES is an exhibition that emphasizes ongoingness by addressing concepts of animality, kinship and interconnectivity with, and upon, our earth—Terra.

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  • Online Lecture by Prof. John Hatch at Tongji University

    May 24, 2022

    John Hatch presented virtually “If It Ain’t Baroque, then Fix It!: Some 20th-Century Art and Architecture and the New Baroque” to students and faculty of Tongji University, Shanghai, China, on May 24, 2022

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  • Prof. Christine Sprengler presents "Machinations of Memory: Art and Artificial Intelligence"

    Istinye University, May 26, 2022

    Prof. Christine Sprengler delivered an online keynote lecture, "Machinations of Memory: Art and Artificial Intelligence" at the 2nd International Media and Society Symposium hosted by Istinye University in Istanbul, Turkey on May 26, 2022.

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  • Christof Migone Receives Graham Gale Wright Distinguished Scholar Award

    Faculty of Arts and Humanities, May 16, 2022

    Please join the Department of Visual Arts in congratulating Chirstof Migone as the recipient of the Graham Gale Wright Distinguished Scholar Award for the academic year 2022-23. The award is given by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities in recognition of the wide-ranging contribution to his field of research.

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  • “Passion in Motion: The Way of the Cross as Performance in New Spain” by Alena Robin

    By Alena Robin, University of Toronto Press, May 16, 2022

    "The Ibero-American Baroque" was recently published by University of Toronto Press which includes a chapter by Professor Alena Robin titled, “Passion in Motion: The Way of the Cross as Performance in New Spain”. "The Ibero-American Baroque" illuminates its dissemination, dynamism, and transformation during the early modern period on both sides of the Atlantic.

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  • Burn Up/Burn Out: Curating for the Future | CSC

    By Kirsty Robertson, Centre for Sustainable Curating, Sunday, June 5, 2022 at 4pm ET

    What does it mean to be an arts worker in a time of crisis? Join us for Burn Up/Burn Out: Curating for the Future, part of the Centre for Sustainable Curating’s Waste/Care/Carbon/Labour Speakers’ Series. For this event we have invited four early career curators and arts administrators with innovative practices to share and think about their projects in terms of the Synthetic Collective’s approach of “enough.” What does “enough” look like when confronted with the pressures of granting cycles, job insecurity, and growing wealth disparity? Are there ways to nurture our practices collaboratively, slowly, or in a dispersed manner? Teresa Carlesimo, Lillian O’Brien Davis, Juliane Foronda, and Maya Wilson Sanchez will share short presentations on their work, followed by an in-depth discussion.

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  • Brianne Casey: Fever Dreams | Satellite Project Space

    Satelitte Project Space, May 17-28, 2022

    MFA candidate Brianne Casey exhibition "Fever Dreams" opens at Satellite Project Space on May 17, 2022 and runs through May 28, 2022. This exhibition will complement her thesis exhibition, "Credulous Escapism" that will be featured in July at the Artlab Gallery.

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  • Closing Reception: From Remote Stars | Museum London

    Museum London, May 15, 2022 at 2pm ET

    Join us at Museum London for a reception celebrating the close of From Remote Stars, curated by Kirsty Robertson and Sarah E.K. Smith, and 20 Works, curated by Brian Meehan. This party is a chance to meet the curators and take a final look at both exhibitions. This event is co-sponsored by the Faculty of Information and Media Studies and the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Western University. Registration required.

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  • Exhibition Review: "Continuing Accountability"

    By Madeline Lennon, Centred.ca, May 12, 2022

    Department of Visual Arts, professor emerita, Madeline Lennon has written and published an exhibition review of Indigenous Artist-in-Residence, Kelly Green's exhibition, "Continuing Accountability" on view now at the Artlab Gallery. Read the full article.

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  • The Art of Living: On Immigration, Community and the Migration of Symbols | Canadian Cultural Centre Paris

    Centre Culturel Canadien, May 13th, 2022 - October 21st, 2022

    Congratulations to Professor Soheila Esfahani whose work is alongside artists Jude Abu Zaineh and Xiaojing Yan in the exhibition "The Art of Living: On Immigration, Community and the Migration of Symbols" curated by Catherine Bédard at the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris.

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  • Alena Robin presents at "Construire l'histoire de l'art ibéro-américain à l'UdeM. Une aventure intellectuelle et humaine" | l’Université de Montréal

    Friday, May 13, 2022 on Zoom at 1pm

    Friday May 13, 2022, Professor Alena Robin presents "Art brésilien au Canada: Collections méconnues" during "Construire l'histoire de l'art ibéro-américain à l'UdeM. Une aventure intellectuelle et humaine" at the l’Université de Montréal. The conference will be hosted on Zoom.

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  • "Continuing Accountability" exhibition walk-through led by Kelly Greene

    Thursday, May 12, 2022 at 4pm

    The Artlab Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition titled “Continuing Accountability” by current Indigenous Artist-In-Residence Kelly Greene. Presented in partnership with the Office of Indigenous Initiatives and the Department of Arts and Humanities, this exhibit brings together work completed by Greene over the course of her nearly thirty-year artistic career. Please join us Thursday, May 12 at 4PM in the Artlab Gallery for an exhibition walk-through led by Kelly Greene. This event is open to members of the public and the Western community – so bring your family and friends!

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  • Call for Proposals: Southwest Seen | Museum London

    Extended Submission Deadline: June 6, 2022

    Museum London invites applications for Southwest Seen, an initiative to activate new media works that reflect the region’s diverse culture and history. Southwest Seen will support the creation of three new digital works for public exhibition from November 2022 to August 2023. Museum London invites proposals from artists who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour who are from, reside in, or have a meaningful connection to Southwestern Ontario—the region bounded by Lake Huron, Georgian Bay, Lake Erie, and communities west of the GTA.

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  • Panel Discussion: Insect as Idea | McIntosh Gallery

    Thursday, May 12, 2022 at 5:30pm ET on Zoom

    In conversation with exhibition curators Dr. Helen Gregory and Dr. Nina Zitani, participating artists Catherine Chalmers, Andrea Cooper, Aganetha Dyck, Jude Griebel, and Amy Youngs will discuss how their practices have been influenced by environmental issues and multi-species ecologies.

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  • Expert Insight: Contemporary Muslim artists challenging ideas about fixed culture

    Western News, April 22, 2022

    Visual Arts professor Soheila Esfahani explains how ornamentation in Islamic art shows the movement and transformation of culture. Image: Cultured Pallets: SAIB”, acrylic on wooden shipping pallets (Courtesy Soheila Kolahdouz Esfahani)

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  • Kelly Greene: Continuing Accountability | Artlab Gallery

    April 19 - May 17, 2022

    The Artlab Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition titled “Continuing Accountability” by current Indigenous Artist-In-Residence Kelly Greene. Presented in partnership with the Office of Indigenous Initiatives and the Department of Arts and Humanities, this exhibit brings together work completed by Greene over the course of her nearly thirty year artistic career.

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  • Exhibition Video: GardenShip & State | Museum London

    Museum London,

    GardenShip & State curators Professor Patrick Mahon and Jeff Thomas tour through their exhibition "GardenShip and State" (Museum London, 2021). See twenty contemporary artists [including several Department of Visual Arts students and alumni] explore how to restore the planet through respecting differences, repairing divisions, and addressing injustices brought about by colonialism.

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  • Unnatural Nature: Post-Pop Landscapes | Acquavella Galleries

    Acquavella Galleries, April 21 - June 10, 2022

    Professor Sky Glabush's work is included in a group exhibition "Unnatural Nature: Post-Pop Landscapes" Curated by Todd Bradway on view now at Acquavella Galleries in New York City, NY. This exhibition features works by 28 contemporary artists including Sky Glabush, David Hockney, Lois Dodd and Adrian Berg.

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  • Iraboty Kazi: "Almost Heaven: Call Me by Your Name as a Queer Earthly Paradise" | South Central Review

    By Iraboty Kazi, South Central Review, Spring 2022

    PhD candidate, Iraboty Kazi published an article titled: "Almost Heaven: Call Me by Your Name as a Queer Earthly Paradise" in the South Central Review in spring 2022. Read the full article online.

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  • Wyn Geleynse and Kim Moodie | SATELLiTE Project Space

    April 20 - April 30, 2022

    Wyn Geleynse and Kim Moodie will be sharing new work in an upcoming, two-person exhibition titled "Ink, on paper, on the walls with accoutrements" at SATELLiTE Gallery in London, Ontario

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  • Western honours this year’s most outstanding educators

    By Keri Ferguson, Western News, April 7, 2022

    Please join the Department of Visual Arts in congratulating Professor Tricia Johnson as she accepts the the Vice-Provost Award of Excellence in Online Teaching and Learning.

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  • Eagle Flight Singers | Artlab Gallery

    April 7th, 2022 at 6pm

    The Artlab Gallery is pleased to present a performance by Eagle Flight Singers led by Gordon Sands. Organized by Kelly Greene, current Indigenous Artist-In-Residence in the Department of Visual Art, this Pow Wow Song and Dance Presentation, will feature powerful music and beautiful regalia worn by amazing dancers. This event is held in partnership with the Office of Indigenous Initiatives and the Department of Arts and Humanities.

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  • Celebrating renowned Tony Urquhart, Western’s first artist-in-residence

    By Terry Rice, Western News, April 7th, 2022

    Tony Urquhart spent a lifetime creating some of this country’s most impressive works of art. And in those 87 years, there was simply no way to separate the man from the artist. Urquhart passed away on Jan. 26, leaving an indelible mark on Canadian art, our city and our campus.

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  • 42x81 presents Michelle Wilson and Reilly Knowles

    April 6th, 2022 at 6pm

    TAP Centre for Creativity and 42 x 81 presents PhD candidate Michelle Wilson and BFA '20 alum Reilly Knowles for a public presentation. The artists invite participants to bring their textile projects or pick up some of the supplied materials and stitch as they discuss their collaborative, intuitive textile work and their practices' relationships to water.

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  • "Art and History in Woman in Gold (2015), The Monuments Men (2014), and Francofonia (2015)" by Christine Sprengler

    Amsterdam University Press, Spring 2022

    Christine Sprengler's article, "Art and History in Woman in Gold (2015), The Monuments Men (2014), and Francofonia (2015)" is now published in Temenuga Trifonova's "Screening the Art World" (available through Amsterdam University Press, Spring 2021).

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  • Rah Eleh: Celestial Throne featured in Personal Structures at the 59th Venice Biennale

    April 23 – November 27, 2022

    Congratulations to MFA '18 alum Rah Eleh who will be presenting her project "Celestial Throne," which will make its world debut at the 59th Venice Biennale in the Personal Structures exhibition. This new work is a two-channel installation that will be presented in Palazzo Mora for the duration of the biennale.

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  • Sasha Opeiko | #artLAB publication series <02>

    March 28, 2022

    The Artlab gallery is pleased to present the second edition of the #artLAB publication series titled, "Soluble Parts and the Mediated Depths of Posthuman Plasma" written by PhD student Sasha Opeiko in response to Eeva Siivonen's PhD exhibition "I left parts of myself everywhere". Text and publication design is undertaken by current Department of Visual Arts Students. Copies are available for free at the Artlab reception desk, or as a PDF online.

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  • Western's Truckers Convoy Panel on "Identity, Culture, and Politics,"

    Friday, March 25, 2022

    Cody Barteet and Patrick Mahon from Visual Arts presented brief commentaries and participated in discussion at Western's Truckers Convoy Panel on "Identity, Culture, and Politics," on Friday, March 25. Cody and Patrick send thanks to the many from the Department who were in attendance. Their papers are attached here.

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  • Lost Utopias/Islands of Abandonment: Jade Doskow and Cal Flyn | Museum London

    Centre for Sustainable Curating , Thursday, April 7 at 1pm on Zoom

    From the crumbling remains of the lost utopias of world's fairs to the uncanny landscape of regrowth in a former landfill, and touching on ghost towns, exclusion zones, no man’s lands, and post-industrial hinterlands, this discussion between New York-based artist Jade Doskow and Scottish author Cal Flyn considers broken landscapes (partially) reclaimed by nature. Presented in partnership between the Department of Visual Arts' Centre for Sustainable Curating and Museum London, this event builds from Jade Doskow's Lost Utopias photographic series, on view now at Museum London in the exhibition "From Remote Stars: Buckminster Fuller, London, Speculative Futures" (March 5-May 15; curated by Kirsty Robertson and Sarah E. K. Smith).

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  • Good Sport Studio Tour

    April 23rd, 2022 from 10:00am - 5:00pm

    Good Sport is holding a studio tour on April 23rd from 10:00am - 5:00pm. Good Sport is a member-driven gallery and studio in downtown London that exists for the development and exhibition of emerging artists. Take a stroll through 7 artist spaces and check out what they're all about. Artists will be present to discuss their practices, and original work, prints and apparel will also be available for purchase. Participating artists include Malvika Agarwal, Monica Joy, Andres Garzon, Jacqueline Demendeev, Joanna Skiba, Reilly Knowles, Shannon Taylor-Jones, Yasemin Yalçin, Michelle Flemming and Zane Pate.

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  • Kirsty Robertson named a Faculty Scholar for 2022-2024

    By Debora Van Brenk, Western News, March 17, 2022

    Congratulations to Professor Kirtsy Robertson as she was named Faculty Scholars for 2022-2024. This is a tremendous honour and recognition of her outstanding contributions to Arts and Humanities

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  • Comparative Media Arts Journal: Heterotopias | Ashley Snook

    Comparative Media Arts Journal,

    Congratulations to PhD candidate, Ashley Snook whose work "VHD VHD" is showcased in Issue 11 of Comparative Media Arts Journal: Heterotopias. The publication is available now for online viewing.

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  • "IN STOCK SHIPS TODAY” by Emily Cadotte | #artLAB Publication

    March 22, 2022

    The Artlab Gallery is pleased to present a new publication series that features writing by visual arts students, in response to our exhibition programming. Our first edition features the text “IN STOCK SHIPS TODAY” by Emily Cadotte, written for Aryen Hoekstra’s exhibition “Untitled (open gallery).” Copies will be available at the Artlab Gallery reception desk Tuesday, March 22!

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  • Art Now! Speakers' Series: Amanda Myers

    Thursday, March 17, 2022 at 7PM

    Join us for a curator-led tour of the exhibition "From Remote Stars: Buckminster Fuller, London, and Speculative Futures" by Sarah Smith and an artist talk by Amanda Myers on Thursday, March 17 at 7PM at Museum London. This Art Now talk is presented in partnership with Museum London.

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  • ante meridiem | Artlab Gallery

    Artlab Gallery, March 21 - April 1, 2022

    The Artlab Gallery is pleased to present “ante meridiem” an exhibition of work by practicum students in the Department of Visual Arts. This exhibition features a diverse section of media and approaches to the field of contemporary art, and represents the culmination of four years of study. While subject matters are diverse, the immaterial and collective nature of time often filters into their overarching thought processes and representations.

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  • Moments of Perception: Experimental Film in Canada | TAP

    Friday, March 25, 2022 at 7pm

    TAP Centre for Creativity presents, "Moments of Perception: Experimental Film in Canada". A selection of works by historical and contemporary avant garde Canadian filmmakers, this programme offers a glimpse into the vibrant landscape of moving image artistry in Canada. Friday, March 25, 2022 at 7pm. $5 admission.

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  • Aeterna: Glamour | Cohen Commons

    March 17 - April 1, 2022

    VASA is excited to announce their first ever exhibition, titled: Glamour, to coincide with its annual publication, Aeterna. Featuring student art, the exhibition will be held between March 17th and April 1st in the Cohen Commons Gallery.

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  • Soheila Esfahani: Been T[here] | Red Head Gallery

    March 16- April 2, 2022

    Professor Soheila Esfahani's presents new work in a solo exhibition titled "Been T[here]" at the Red Head Gallery, in Toronto. The exhibition runs March 16- April 2, 2022. Prof. Esfahani will be in attendance at the gallery April 2, 12-5 pm. Image: Soheila Esfahani, Study for There, Digital file, 2022

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  • Rah Eleh: Aporia | A Space Gallery

    March 1 – April 16, 2022

    Congratulations to alum, Rah Eleh (MFA '18) whose solo exhibition Aporia opened at A Space Gallery in Toronto on March 1, 2022. Join Rah Eleh for an artist talk and tour of the exhibition on Saturday, March 19 at noon. Gallery hours during the exhibition Tuesday to Friday, 11AM to 5PM and Saturday 12 to 5PM

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  • UPwithART 2022 Registration is open!

    April 19 - 23, 2022

    The Department of Visual Arts is proud to support UPwithArt 2022! This annual fundraiser for Unity Project for Relief of Homelessness and Museum London is back with a hybrid event - an online auction (April 19 to 23) paired with in-person viewing plus a limited capacity Preview Night (April 16, 150 free tickets, available now). UPwithArt auction features 65 pieces of local art, many created by current and past members of the Department of Visual Arts.

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  • Crafting a Portfolio with Andres Garzon

    Friday, March 18 via Zoom at 5:00pm

    Arts and Humanities Student Council hosts Andres Garzon's workshop "Crafting a Portfolio". This workshop will provide students with tips on getting started on a personal and professional portfolio for future career opportunities.

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  • Prof. Cody Barteet | Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies Conference

    March 12, 2022

    On March 12, 2022 Prof. Cody Barteet joined the Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies Conference in Charlotte, NC via Zoom to present his paper "The Cult of St. Anthony of Padua in Colonial Yucatán: The Intersection of Assimilation to Appropriation".

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  • Come Together Right Now | Satellite Project Space

    March 24 - 26, 2022

    The students of the first year Advanced Visual Arts Foundation Course at Western University are pleased to present their exhibition at Satellite Project Space, "Come Together Right Now". On view March 24 - 26, 2022.

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  • Futurist’s 1960s vision inspires Western-curated exhibition

    By Debora Van Brenk, Western News, March 2, 2022

    Western professors and co-curators Kirsty Robertson and Sarah Smith are revisiting the ideas of Fuller’s conversations in "From Remote Stars: Buckminster Fuller, London, and Speculative Futures", a major exhibition opening at Museum London on March 5 and running until May 15.

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  • Arts | Special Issue Race and Architecture in the Iberian World, c. 1500-1800s

    Submissions due May 22, 2022

    Contributors are invited to submit their research in English for consideration to be included in Arts | Special Issue Race and Architecture in the Iberian World, c. 1500-1800s, guest-edited by Department of Visual Arts Prof. Dr. Cody Barteet and Dr. Luis Gordo Peláez, Department of Art and Design, California State University.

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  • Western launches new creative arts and production program

    By Keri Ferguson, Western News, February 17, 2022

    A new interdisciplinary program at Western aims to broaden students’ awareness of the role creativity plays in the world, their communities, and as an essential job skill for the 21st century. Creative arts and production (CAP) is a four-year program centered on three Cs — creativity, collaboration and community — and offered across three faculties: arts and humanities, information and media studies, and music.

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  • Annual Juried Exhibition Awards Presentation

    Thursday, February 17, 2022 at 6pm ET on Zoom

    Celebrating its 20th year, the Annual Juried Exhibition continues to be one of the Department of Visual Arts most highly anticipated undergraduate exhibitions. This diverse show supports the production of new work made in a variety of mediums including painting, sculpture, print, video, and photography. Exhibited works were selected by a professional jury who consider creativity, concept, materiality and technique. This year’s show is indicative of the resilience and dedication our students continue to demonstrate.

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  • Robert Small: Highlighting African-Canadian history through art and technology

    February 16, 2022 at 12 pm ET on Zoom

    Western's EDI Office and the Department of Visual Arts are excited to welcome Robert Small to speak to our campus and community on February 16, 2022, at 12pm as part of the Black History Month Speaker Series. Robert Small has revolutionized the celebration of Black History Month in Canada through his art. For over a quarter of a decade, Small’s art has been featured in a poster he creates called “LEGACY”. Distributed annually, the poster has educated millions about the history, contributions and accomplishments of African-Canadians.

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  • ArtNow! Speaker Series' Presents: Magdalyn Asimakis

    Thursday, February 10 at 7pm ET on Zoom

    Art Now! Presents a talk by curator and writer Magdalyn Asimakis Thursday, February 10 at 7pm ET on Zoom. Magdalyn Asimakis is a curator and writer. Her practice explores lived experience in relation to Western display practices and methods of knowing, taking into account familial knowledge, folklore, spirituality, and generational trauma. Register is required.

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  • Derek Liddington: The trees weep, the mountain still, the bodies rust | Musée d’art de Joliette

    February 5, 2022 to May 15, 2022

    Congratulations to Derek Liddington, current studio-based PhD student and MFA '07 alum for his exhibition, "The trees weep, the mountain still, the bodies rust" on view February 5 - May 15, 2022 at Musée d’art de Joliette in Lanaudière, Quebec. Image: Derek Liddington, It was a foot. It was a flower. It was rust. It is movement. It is still. It was movement. It was still, 2021. Image courtesy of the artist and Daniel Faria Gallery. Photo by Jack McCombe

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  • Sebastian Evans: Start as you mean to go on | Strand

    February 5 - 26, 2022

    Congratulations to 4th year Visual Arts student Sebastian Evans, on his solo exhibition "Start as you mean to go on" on view now at Strand Fine Art Services until February 26, 2022.

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  • under the moonlight: psychic watercolours | McIntosh Gallery

    McIntosh Gallery, February 17, 2022 at 7pm ET on Zoom

    Join the McIntosh Gallery on Thursday, February 17 at 7:00 p.m for a performance by Angie Quick. Hosted on Zoom, audience members will be invited to participate by silently holding a desire, wish, hope, or worry in their minds. One by one, participants will be selected to "sit" with the artist as she captures their thoughts through psychic fortune-telling watercolour painting. Image: Angie Quick, "the drowners" 2021. Watercolour on paper. Courtesy of the artist.

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  • Student Donation Fund Now Accepting Applications

    Proposals due February 15, 2021

    The Arts & Humanities Student Donation Fund allows for the support of undergraduate student initiatives that will greatly improve upon their overall experience. Over the past several years, a number of student and faculty-driven projects have come to fruition and improved the experience of our undergraduate students. Funds have been allocated towards publications, special guest lectures and events, audio/visual equipment and more.

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  • Art Now! Presents: Ahreum Lee

    Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 7PM on Zoom

    In partnership with Forest City Gallery, Art Now! is very excited to present a talk by artist Ahreum Lee this coming Thursday, January 27 at 7PM on Zoom. Ahreum Lee is a musician and interdisciplinary media artist from Seoul, South Korea, currently based in Tiohtià:ke (Montréal). Through a variety of media, Lee is interested in examining the feedback loop between the individual and society as it manifests through the power dynamics embedded in technology. Registration is required. Image Credit: Ahreum Lee, MY MOTHER IS DATA

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  • CSC Launches a New Guide: Using The Resources at Hand

    Centre for Sustainable Curating, January 26, 2022

    Have you ever wondered about how you can reduce the environmental footprint of your art-making or exhibition installations? The Centre for Sustainable Curating's new guide Using The Resources at Hand can help. We've gathered together tips and tricks for making sustainable exhibitions, and we've also assembled a list of businesses and groups in London who can provide environmentally-friendly materials and resources. Feel free to circulate Using The Resources at Hand to anyone who might find it useful. The guide is a living document, so if there is anything missing or if you'd like to get involved in the Centre for Sustainable Curating, drop us a line at sustainable.curating@uwo.ca.

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  • Annual Juried Exhibition | Call for Submissions

    AJE Submission Deadline: Tuesday, February 1, 2022

    The Annual Juried Exhibition returns for its 20th 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 AJE is open to all undergraduate students currently enrolled in a Studio Art, Art History or Museum and Curatorial Studies course.

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  • Art Now! Presents: Shary Boyle

    Thursday, January 20 at 7pm ET on Zoom

    Art Now! is excited to present artist Shary Boyle for an online discussion of her work. Shary Boyle works across diverse media, including sculpture, drawing, installation and performance. Highly crafted and deeply imaginative, her practice is activated through collaboration and mentorship. Boyle’s work considers the social history of figurines, animist mythologies, antiquated technologies and folk art forms to create a symbolic, politically charged language uniquely her own. Registration is required.

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  • Call for Indigenous Artist Submissions

    Submissions due February 28th, 2022

    Western University is inviting Indigenous artists to submit proposals for 'designs for artworks' that will be permanently displayed within 'the interior of' Wellness and Wellbeing in Thames Hall based on the theme of Deshkan Zibing (Antler River) and/or water/river as health and wellbeing. Selected artwork will be featured on one of three walls within Wellness and Wellbeing Services (students and employees) as part of the new renovations of the Thames Hall building.

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  • Leicester Gallery Open Talks | GardenShip and State: Curating and Commmunity Engagement in Time of Crisis

    January 19th at 9am ET on Zoom

    A recording of the Leicester Gallery Open Talk with hosted by GardenShip and State exhibition Co-curators, Jeff Thomas and Prof. Patrick Mahon, and one of the participating artists Mark Kasumovic (PhD '18) is now online. Twenty new works and activist projects responding to GardenShip and State’s overarching preoccupation with the environmental crisis and decolonization was highlighted in this discussion. With these artistic initiatives in mind, Jeff and Patrick facilitated a discussion with participants, focusing on the question, “How can artistic curating and intervention act as means for promoting and facilitating community engagement?”. The discussion was chaired by Professor Lala Meredith-Vula at De Montfort University in Leicester UK.

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  • Pandemic Gardens: Resilience through nature | ECH

    Embassy Cultural House, February 5, 2022 at 1 pm EST on Zoom

    Organized by Rachel A. MacGillivray and Ron Benner with the assistance of JoAnna Weil, Jamelie Hassan and Olivia Mossuto (BFA '19). Featuring over 40 artists, including faculty, staff, students and alumni from the Department of Visual Arts. Join the virtual launch on Zoom, February 5, 2022, at 1 pm EST. Photo credit: Rachel MacGillivray, 2021

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  • Neutral: Rylee Rumble | Necessary Arts

    January 10 - 24, 2022

    Congratulations to first-year MFA student Rylee Rumble, whose exhibition "Neutral" is on view January 10 - 24, 2022 at Necessary Arts in Guelph, Ontario.

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  • Call for Submissions | Aeterna

    VASA, Submissions due February 28th, 2022

    The Visual Arts Supporter’s Association has an upcoming publication, Aeterna, which aims to represent the incredible work of the Visual Arts department. We are looking for both written and artistic student submissions of any kind for our second volume, which will be published April 1st, 2022. Submissions will be open until February 28th through our website, and this year’s theme will be focused on glamour.

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  • “...and this book is a straight line in space” | Cohen Commons Gallery

    January 7 - February 3, 2022

    “...and this book is a straight line in space” is a group exhibition that features work by Helen Abbot, Masha Kouznetsova, Suarjan Prasai, Matthew Samuelson, Sean Sokolov which grapples with the difficulty involved in expressing the inexpressible.

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  • Sometimes in the night, the fox slips by | Artlab Gallery

    January 7 - February 3, 2022

    Studio Ph.D. candidates from the Department of Visual Arts present Sometimes in the night, the fox slips by, a group exhibition of recent work by Anahí González, Philip Gurrey, Dong-Kyoon Nam and Sasha Opeiko. The show gathers a broad spectrum of investigations sharing a common interest in the relationship between poetic and theoretical potential in making. Some orient themselves toward the political, looking at labour issues both in Canada and abroad. Others probe the language of modernism with strategies centred on improvisation and decay. Others still, use a posthumanist perspective to deconstruct notions of the readymade or to renegotiate representations of melancholy. In concert they are the fox of John Burnside’s poem, deftly weaving a path through fence and thicket.

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  • SHOW.21 | Cambridge Art Galleries

    November 22, 2021 - February 13, 2022

    Congratulations to Anahí González, MFA' 21 Alum and current PhD student, whose work "Cajitas", is included in the group exhibition SHOW.21. Established in 2005, Cambridge Art Galleries’ biannual exhibition SHOW presents the work of emerging artists based in Ontario. Selected from an open call of submissions, SHOW.21 presents the work of eleven artists with connections to Waterloo Region and surrounding areas.

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