September 24, 2020, 7pm ET on Zoom
Join us for an Art Now! panel discussion hosted on Zoom in partnership with McIntosh Gallery. Moderated by Alumna Dr. Helen Gregory, Curator at McIntosh Gallery, Theatre from the Jungle artists Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens and Associate Professor of Geography Tony Weis will discuss the exhibition presented at McIntosh Gallery as it relates to themes of industrial agriculture and socio-economic cross-border labour issues.
Undergraduate Awards, September 2020
Congratulations to 4th year Honours Specialization in Art History and Museum and Curatorial Studies & SASAH student, Sarah Charette who's entry in the 'Art History and Theory' category was Highly Commended at the 2020 Undergraduate Awards!
October 1, 2020, 7pm ET on Zoom
Join us as the Art Now! Speakers' Series welcomes Katie Bethune-Leamen for an online lecture. The Art Now Speakers’ Series is a component of ongoing academic offerings in the Department of Visual Arts at Western University. The Fall 2020 Art Now Speakers' Series will be offered online, via Zoom Webinar.
September 17, 2020, 7pm ET on Zoom
Join us as the Art Now! Speakers' Series welcomes Hannah Claus for an online lecture Thursday, September 17, 2020, at 7pm ET. The Art Now Speakers’ Series is a component of ongoing academic offerings in the Department of Visual Arts at Western University. The Fall 2020 Art Now Speakers' Series will be offered online, via Zoom Webinar
Department of Visual Arts, September 2020
The Department of Visual Arts is pleased to present the Fall 2020 Art Now Speakers' Series, which will be offered online, via Zoom Webinar. Links to attend the session and a full list of speakers can be found on the Department of Visual Arts Website. All lectures are free and open to the public!
Cohen Commons, September 14-24, 2020 (by appointment)
Four artists question the reality of the self, coming to terms with what has marked each of themselves as “other” and revealing the complexities of a relationship with society. They address the implications of being biracial, multicultural, and multilingual in our current world. Exhibition on view at the Cohen Commons in the Visual Arts Centre during regular building hours for students with Card Access. For external visitors, an appointment is required, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your visit.
Artlab Gallery, September 14-24, 2020 (by appointment)
It leaps from the walls and breeches our space, It became us, we became it. Featuring the works of five artists, “We Were, and Then We Weren't” explores the tangibility of Aura and the allegorical relationship between memory and light in this multimedia exhibition. Artlab Gallery will be open by appointment only in Fall 2020. Please note non-medical face coverings are required and you will be asked to complete a questionnaire before entering the gallery. E-mail Ruth Skinner email@example.com to schedule your visit!
Thames Art Gallery, September 16, 2020
Patrick Mahon's newest exhibition extends from his longstanding practice with print media, sculpture, and art projects that engage themes of environment, and decolonization. With "Messagers' Forum", Mahon addresses a world filled with beauty, contradiction, and injustice to ask two essential questions, "Can we be "Messagers" that connect, build, hope, and dream - together? And if so, "How do we reach across?" Patrick Mahon will be at the gallery to give an overview of the exhibit: Friday, September 18, 2020 at 7:00PM Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 2:00PM Please register as spaces are limited: CKartgallery@chatham-kent.ca
Jennifer O'Brien, Western News, August 31, 2020
Visual Arts Pofessor Tricia Johnson discusses her transition to online learning with Western News. Learn more about her approach which includes a voice-thread on her class website asking students to contribute their work and works-in-progress and talk to one another about them.
McIntosh Gallery, August 7 – September 4, 2020
Ask Ellis, by MFA candidate Matt W. Brown is on view now at the McIntosh Gallery. An appointment is required to view this exhibition. Please contact James Patten at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your visit.
Patrick Mahon and Annemarie Hou, Imaginations, August 31, 2020
"Reflecting on the Genesis and Realization of Design for a Dissemunization Station" by Western Visual Arts Faculty member Patrick Mahon and Annemarie Hou, has been published in the journal "Imaginations" as part of the the exhibition, “Immune Nations” exhibition.
Artlab Gallery, August 13-27, 2020 (by appointment only)
The Artlab Gallery is pleased to reopen by appointment with MFA candidate George Kubresli’s thesis exhibition, The Hell of a Boiling Red. On view August 13 – August 27, 2020, please e-mail email@example.com to schedule your visit.
Zalucky Contemporary, August 14 – 22, 2020 (by appointment)
'still, unfolding' Ramolen Laruan, an MFA Thesis Exhibition hosted by Zalucky Contemporary (Toronto) is on view August 14 – 22, 2020. The Gallery is open Friday and Saturday 1-6PM or by appointment. For more information or to schedule a visit, please see www.zaluckycontemporary.com
Greenwood UTM, Blackwood Gallery, August 4, 2020
Ashley Snook (PhD candidate) and Lele Lin (4th year Undergrad in Visual Art and Art History) were recently included in a new digital publication, 'Time Out' published by students from Greenwood UTM at Blackwood Gallery. Read the full publication online.
Philip Martin Gallery, July 23, 2020
Watch a recording of an artist talk by Studio Arts Faculty Sky Glabush hosted by Philip Martin Gallery where he discussed his studio practice, and what he's working on next.
Brandon Watson, Western News, July 17, 2020
Congratulations to Professor Kirsty Robertson, recipient of the Western University Green Award for weaving sustainability principles into her course curriculum and focusing on collaboration in the face of an ecological crisis.
McIntosh Gallery, July 10-24, 2020 (by appointment only)
"Prototype for the Soul" traces the relationship between traditional literary narrative texts and digital media. MFA Thesis exhibition by Yas Nik Khoshgrudi is on view July 10-24 at the McIntosh Gallery. Please note: An appointment is required to view this exhibition. Please contact James Patten at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your visit.
June 9, 2020
Congratulations to our Undergraduate Class of 2020 and welcome to the Alumni Western Family! Thank you to everyone who has shared news about where they will be headed next year. Here are a few successes we'd like to highlight, if we've missed you, please email email@example.com and we'll include your news.
June 8, 2020
Western Visual Arts BFA alumni Sofia Berger and Michael Thompson who run 'Eraser Gallery' are organizing and online art sale with proceeds benefitting the Black Lives Matter Bailout Fund. If you would like to submit an artwork for inclusion for this fundraiser, or would like to purchase an artwork please visit their Facebook page for additional information.
Dear Members and Friends of the Department of Visual Arts, Following the recommendations of the University and the Middlesex-London Health Unit, the Visual Arts Centre is closed and staff are available virtually to support student inquiries while we work towards a phased return to campus. Please click to read the most recent COVID-19 Update from Chair John Hatch.
Sarah Bassnett, photographies, May 20, 2020
Sarah Bassnett has recently published “LIFE Magazine in Africa and the Ideology of Modernization.” photographies 13, no. 2 (2020): 273-293, DOI: 10.1080/17540763.2020.1734065, available by log-in via Western Libraries for Faculty, Students, and Staff.
ARLIS/NA, May 4, 2020
Tear Gas Epiphanies: Protest, Culture, Museums by Kirsty Robertson, an original scholarly examination of the phenomenon of protest within and against Canadian museums, was presented with the 29th annual Melva J. Dwyer Award by the Art Libraries Society of North America’s (ARLIS/NA) Canada Chapter. The book was published in 2019 by McGill-Queen’s University Press (MQUP).
Paul Mayne, Western News, April 22, 2020
SSHRC Insight Grants support research excellence by both emerging and established scholars for long-term initiatives. Visual Arts Faculty member Patrick Mahon, was awarded $201,890, for his project "GardenShip and State: Art and the Environment as a Commons".
March 27, 2020
Please note that this event has been postponed. We have made this decision to ensure the health and safety of our visitors and campus community.
March 10, 2020
Curious about grad school? Not sure where to begin? Come out to the MSC's very first grad conference to hear from some of the brightest and most knowledgeable minds in the Department of Visual Arts! Join us from 6-8pm on Tuesday March 10th in room 100 of the John Labatt Visual Arts Centre.
March 13, 2020
David Merritt’s ‘aweigh’ opens Friday, March 13 @ 7 pm at 'empty gallery' in Victoria BC. The artist will be in attendance.
Artlab Gallery, March 18, 2020
Please note that this event has been postponed. We have made this decision to ensure the health and safety of our visitors and campus community.
Satellite Project Space, March 28, 2020
Please note that this event has been postponed. We have made this decision to ensure the health and safety of our visitors and campus community.
Deborah Van Brenk, Western News, February 27, 2020
Visual Arts professor Kirsty Roberston, Director of Museum and Curatorial Studies, has led students in creating an exhibition reflecting on the vision of architect Buckminster Fuller. The nine students created individual projects and managed different aspects of the exhibition, including writing essays, graphic design, promotion, marketing and fundraising.
Heather Rivers, London Free Press, February 29, 2020
On his latest break from the classroom, Western University Visual Arts professor Sky Glabush went to prisons in one of the poorest countries in South America, invited there to help inmates cope with the crushing desolation of prison through art. Not the sabbatical most academics would choose, Glabush said it was a “life-changing” experience. Read the full story via the London Free Press.
Cody Barteet, CAA Annual Conference, February 15, 2020
Professor Cody Barteet Presented a lecture titled: "Barriers, Borders, and Boundaries in the Early Modern World" at the The College Art Association (CAA) Annual Conference in Chicago in February, 2020.
Artlab Gallery, February 27 - March 12, 2020
Join us for the opening reception of an exhibition was curated by students in MCS4605E, our Museum and Curatorial Studies Practicum Class. Opening Reception: Thursday, February 27 from 5-7PM, at the Artlab Gallery. The exhibition continues February 27 - March 12, 2020
February 27, 2020
Join us Thursday, February 27 at 7pm in room NCB117 for a talk by Toronto-based artist Jenine Marsh. This talk is part of "Art Now!", a course offered by the Department of Visual Arts at Western University. This course focuses on current contemporary art production. All talks are FREE and open to the public!
Cohen Commons, February 27 - March 12, 2020
Join us Thursday, February 27 from 5-7PM for the opening reception of ANEW in the Cohen Commons Gallery. Curated by MA candidate Harper Wellman. Featuring artwork by: Anahí Gonzáles, Kimerlyn Hawkins, Avery Lafortune, Ramolen Laruan, Rebecca Sutherland, and Michelle Wilson The reception will be held in conjunction with the opening for "Together We Average As Zero / Take 1" in the Artlab.
McIntosh Gallery, March 6, 2020
Join us Friday, March 6 at 7:00 p.m. at the McIntosh Gallery for the opening reception of an exhibition titled "Accountability" by Western Visual Arts alumna Kelly Greene (BFA'94) held in conjunction with the opening reception for Johannes Zits: Listening to Trees. This event is free and open to the public, all are welcome!
Sonia Preszcator, Western News, February 13, 2020
Visual Arts professor Sky Glabush spent a week of his recent sabbatical in Georgetown, Guyana, helping to pilot a project to bring art to the inmates of Timehri and Lusignan Prisons earlier this month. Read the full story in Western News.
Museum London, February 13, 2020
Art Now is heading to Museum London for this week's lecture! Join us for a tour of "Realisms" at 7PM, led by Andrew Kear. Artist talk to follow at 7:45PM. Presented in partnership with Museum London.
tba journal, April 1, 2020
tba invites exploration of ideas around “splinter.” By definition, “splinter” is a noun describing a thing that pierces and disrupts, or is a verb that conveys the action of shattering. A splinter is also a fragment of a larger object, or a foreign body that penetrates or is purposely injected, and becomes lodged. Submissions are due April 1, 2020. Visit the tba journal website to see past issues and learn more about submitting your work.
Cohen Commons, February 6, 2020
Co-presented by the Museum Studies Collective & Femme Art Review: join us for the launch of Femme Art Review's first print issue as well as the launch the 2020 MSC winter journal presented in partnership with the Artlab! 6:00-7:30pm on February 6th, 2020. Karalyn Reuben will be doing an artist talk for the launch at 6:30pm.
Jasmine Sihra, February 7, 2020
"My Diasporic Family’s Living Room" is a workshop organized by Art History and Museum & Curatorial Studies Student Jasmine Sihra, that takes the experience and consumption of a shared meal and food as a site through which immigrant-settlers find a sense of comfort, encouragement and survival as they live or sometimes struggle to live in their new host country
Chris Hampton, National Gallery Magazine, January 28, 2020
Sky Glabush, studio faculty member, discusses storytelling, spirituality, and his artistic process with National Gallery Magazine.
Artlab Gallery, January 30, 2020
Back for the 18th consecutive year, the Annual Juried Exhibition (AJE) continues to be one of the most highly anticipated undergraduate exhibitions in Department of Visual Arts at Western University. This diverse exhibition supports the production of new artwork made in a variety of mediums, including painting, sculpture, digital media, photography, installation, sound, and performance. Opening Reception: Thursday January 30, 2020 5:00pm-7:00pm Awards Announced at 6:00pm
Thursday January 30, 2020
Art Now! Presents: Jamelie Hassan & Ruth Skinner; Presented in partnership with SASAH. Thursday, January 30, 2020 in Conron Hall, UC 3110.
Cohen Commons, January 9 - January 23, 2020
To Dwell, To Remember is an exhibition consisting of four artists and Western MFA candidates exploring notions of 'home' predominantly from a feminist perspective. How do we define what makes a home after migrating from elsewhere, whether intentionally or due to displacement? January 9 - January 23, 2020 Reception: Thursday, January 9 from 5-7PM
University of Victoria, January 15, 2020
On January 15, Studio Faculty member Sky Glabush gave an artist lecture at the University of Victoria in British Columbia.
January 16, 2020
Join us for our first Art Now! talk of the term Thursday, January 16 at 7pm in room NCB117 featuring artist Erika DeFreitas.
In response to increased need for digital production and presentation space, The Department of Visual Arts will be undergoing a renovation in January-March 2020 to create a new “Digital Creativity Lab”. This new flex-space will facilitate student and faculty photo, video, audio, and digital production and presentation.
Artlab Gallery, January 9 – 23, 2020
"Suppose they are all put together" presents recent works by Aryen Hoekstra, Ellen Moffat, Eeva Siivonen, Ashley Snook, and Michelle Wilson. The artists are studio Ph.D. candidates at the Department of Visual Arts. January 9 – 23, 2020, Opening Reception: Thursday, January 9 from 5-7pm
Kirsty Robertson was awarded $9,642 for her SSHRB Open grant. The title of her grant is : “We are all astronauts/If the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong”.
Matthew Ryan Smith, BlackFlash, December 2019
Alumnus Matthew Ryan Smith, Ph.D., has published the essay "Andil Gosine's "Cane Portraiture" and the Aesthetics of Indenture" in the new issue of Blackflash Magazine.
FAB Gallery, December 10, 2019 - January 11, 2020
Speculative Energy Futures: Prototypes for Possible Worlds brings together artists, designers, activists, engineers, policy makers, scientists, humanists, social scientists, Indigenous legal experts and more, to inquire into the complex intersections of climate change and energy transition as interlocking sites of possibility as we imagine/model a range of potential low-carbon just futures. Including work by Professor Patrick Mahon, and alumna Tegan Moore.
Anthem Press, November 2019
Prof. Christine Sprengler has presented "Futuristic Fifties: The Postwar Imaginary in High Treason (1929) and Transatlantic Tunnel (1935)" at the Film and History Conference in Madison, WI, November 14-16. and has published an essay "Grease, The Jukebox Fifties, and Time's Percolations," in Oliver Gruner and Peter Kramer, eds. Grease is the Word: Exploring a Cultural Phenomenon, Anthem Press, available November 22, 2019.
A documentary Video of the International Film Conference celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece "Vertigo" features a number of interviews including a segment by Western University Art History Prof. Christine Sprengler. A full-length version of the documentary is available online.
Clint Roenisch, December 4-8, 2019
Clint Roenisch is pleased to present new paintings and works on paper by Canadian artist and Western University Studio Professor Sky Glabush at the Untitled Art Fair in Miami Florida.
Artlab Gallery, November 21- December 5, 2019
A sound-centric exhibition loosely engaging with the phenomenon of Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR), from its synaesthesic potential to its YouTube-ification. Featuring works by students in SA 3660A - Time-Based Media Art: Sound and THEOCRIT 9501 - Writing Aloud: Theories of Sound and Silence. Opening Thursday, November 21 from 5-7PM in the Artlab Gallery.
November 19 & 20, 2019
Support local student artists and come to the VASA Art Sale for beautiful prints, paintings, cards and more! November 19 & 20 on the first floor of the Visual Arts Centre. Cash and carry, all proceeds benefitting the student artists directly.
November 21, 2019
Join us in the Cohen Commons this Thursday, November 21 from 5-7PM for the launch and opening reception of "tba: journal of art, media, and visual culture.
Museum London, November 30, 2019
The public is invited to an inaugural workshop in which the Canadian and international artists and scholars comprising GardenShip and State will present their work, their ideas, and their aspirations for the project, which will generate an ambitious exhibition at Museum London in 2021. 1-4pm, November 30 at Museum London.
Liza Eurich, Support, November 30, 2019 - January 10, 2020
The exhibition “Casing” focuses on the motif of the shell. Fragile, small, variable, symmetrical, pearlescent, a home, a husk, a tool, a currency, a resource, a listening device, a sounding mechanism, of nature, of decoration, of scientific classification or archeological relic. Opening Reception: Saturday, November 30 from 3-5PM Organized by Liza Eurich
November 14, 2019
Join us Thursday, November 14 at 7pm in room NCB117 for Art Now! featuring curator Catherine Bedard. Presented in partnership with the McIntosh Gallery.
Museum of Ontario Archaeology, October 2019
In Winter 2019, students in enrolled in Introduction to Museum, Gallery and Curatorial Studies, (VAH 2292) taught by Prof. Kirsty Robertson, collaborated with the Museum of Ontario Archaeology to design outdoor signage for the museum.
October 31, 2019
Join us Thursday, October 31 at 7PM in room NCB 117 for our Art Now Speakers' Series, featuring artist Jennifer Rose Sciarrino.
November 7, 2019
Please join us for an evening with artist Michelle Wilson. Michelle will be discussing the multi-day performance completed in the Museum of Ontario Archaeology’s collaboration room between November 4th and 6th. Thursday, November 7, 2019, 7pm at the Museum of Ontario Archaeology, 1600 Attawandaron Road.
October 30, 2019
Join us for a performance in Western's Artlab featuring students from the Don Wright Faculty of Music. The Western Performs! concert series is a collaboration between the Don Wright Faculty of Music, the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities (SASAH), and Western Libraries. 12:30pm, Artlab Gallery, VAC.
October 24, 2019
Join us in Alumni Hall, room 17 for a performance of various dance styles showcased within student inspired and created Dance Compositions. Presented in partnership with the Don Wright Faculty of Music. Students enrolled in SA3611 will be undertaking a series of figure drawings during the event, which will be on display in the Cohen Commons until November 14.
October 24 - November 14, 2019
“Static and Dynamic in Form and Figure” runs until November 14 in the Cohen Commons Gallery and features a series of drawings made by Geordie Shepherd’s SA3611 course, in collaboration with dancers from the performance “Creating Dance.”
October 22, 2019
Prof. Patrick Mahon will be presenting a lecture titled: "Perilous Voyages: Art, Environment, and the Search for a Global Commons" October 22, 2019 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM, in the Fine Arts Building, University of Alberta, Edmonton
McIntosh Gallery, October 21, 2019
Join us to celebrate the launch of Kirsty Robertson's "Tear Gas Epiphanies: Protest, Culture, Museums" and Cody Barteet's "Architectural Rhetoric and the Iconography of Authority in Colonial Mexico" on Monday, October 21 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at McIntosh Gallery.
October 17, 2019
Join us Thursday, October 17 at Museum London for our Art Now! Speakers' Series, featuring artist Michael Belmore. An exhibition tour of "Ways of Being: Yhonnie Scarce and Michael Belmore" will begin at 7PM led by Cassandra Getty, with Belmore's talk to follow at 7:45PM. Presented in partnership with Museum London.
October 17, 2019
Grab some snacks! Grab your friends! And come on down to VAC 100 for a movie night presented by the Museum Studies Collective. 6-9pm, VAC 100
October 10, 2019
Join us Thursday, October 10 at 7PM in room NCB117 for our Art Now! Speakers' Series featuring Crystal Mowry, Senior Curator at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery.
Paul Mayne, Western News, October 4, 2019
PhD candidate Ruth Skinner has curated "Anti-profit: Independent Publishing in London", the latest exhibition at the McIntosh Gallery, running through Oct. 26. The exhibit explores the histories of independent arts and literary publishing in London.
Join us Thursday, October 3 from 5-7pm in the ArtLab Gallery for the opening reception of "what we might become," an exhibition of second year MFA work. Artists: Matt W. Brown, Jerome Conquy, George Kubresli, Ramolen Laruan, and Yas Nikpour Khoshgrudi.
LOMAA, Artlab Gallery, October 4, 2019
In collaboration with the Department of Visual Arts & Artlab Gallery at Western University, LOMAA welcomes Toronto-based filmmaker Barbara Sternberg to introduce and discuss a selection of her 16mm films spanning the past two decades. 6pm: artist talk 7pm: screening $5 admission (no one turned away), presented on 16mm film.
McIntosh Gallery, September 14 - October 26, 2019
Curated by Ruth Skinner from the McIntosh Gallery Curatorial Study Centre Collection, this exhibition complements the international selection of similar material featured in Publishing Against the Grain.
Guelph Museum, September 14, 2019 - March 1, 2020
Experience sound and vibration technologies through art installations by David Bobier, Lindsay Fisher, Marla Hlady, Ellen Moffat (Western PhD candidate), Gordon Monahan, Alison O’Daniel, and Lynx Sainte-Marie. By making sound tangible through touch, this exhibition aims to change public perceptions of difference and disability.
September 11, 2019 – March 8, 2020
Contract and Release is a performance-based collaboration between the Museum and Alumnus Brendan Fernandes, a Canadian artist who works at the intersection of dance and visual art. Fernandes has transformed the Museum’s collection installation Noguchi: Body-Space Devices into a performance space. There dancers perform among museum visitors, moving in, on, around, and with the Noguchi sculptures and a “training device” specially designed by Fernandes, exploring bodies in space, movement, and the ways in which often grueling training techniques—including the Martha Graham technique known as “contract and release,” for which this project is named—may be fetishized.
Art Now!, September 26, 2019
Join us Thursday, September 26 for our first Art Now! lecture of the term, featuring artist and curator Jonathan Middleton. Presented in partnership with the McIntosh Gallery.
CAFKA, September 21 - October 28, 2019
Alumnus Paul Chartrand's "C02 Sequestration via Trees" is an octagonal domed greenhouse, built to mirror the dramatic skylight directly above the main intersection of the Conestoga mall. The greenhouse will be home to 2,600 silver maple seedlings, representing the number of trees necessary to nullify one individual's carbon footprint.
Edna Press, August 2019
Edna Press recently released a publication featuring work by MFA alumna Sarah Munro and BFA alumna/current MFA candidate Faith Patrick.
Artlab, September 12-26, 2019
Join us for the first Opening Reception of the Fall Term: Thursday, September 12 from 5-7pm. Participating Artists: Max McKerlie, Claire McNamara, Ava Workman, Emily Culbert and Riley Metcalfe. On view, September 12-26, 2019
Cohen Commons, September 12-26, 2019
"Notes from The Mess Drawer" is an exploration of the magical and supernatural aspects of the home and the domestic, and how these connect with liberating and oppressive forces. Join us for an exhibition in the Cohen Commons featuring : Andrew Fraser, Reilly Knowles and Sarah Desmarais Opening Reception: Thursday, September 12 from 5-7pm. The exhibition continues September 12-26, 2019
Deb Van Brenk, Western News, August 14, 2019
Curated by Matthew Ryan Smith, PhD’12 (Art and Visual Culture), the recent CURTAIN exhibition at Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant in Brantford, Ont., showed expressions of memory, love, death, kinship and grief, by artist Jeff Bierk.
Art Gallery of Ontario, August 30, 2019
Recently acquired by the AGO, A Seat Above the Table (Warren Moon) by Toronto artist Esmaa Mohamoud is a liberating tale in woven black rattan. It’s on view now in the J.S. McLean Centre for Indigenous & Canadian Art.
McIntosh Gallery, August 9 - September 7, 2019
Lydia Santia’s 'Inventory' bridges the gap between artistic and consumer collecting. In Carder-Thompson’s 'Spanning', traditional spinning wheels are modified as aides to facilitate spiritual communication. See these two MFA thesis exhibitions August 9 - September 7 at the McIntosh Gallery, with closing reception on Friday, September 6, 5:00-7:00p.m.
July 11, 2019
Join us in the Artlab Thursday, July 11 from 5-7pm for the opening reception of MFA candidate Zhizi Wang's thesis show, "Absence and Proximity." The exhibition runs until Friday, July 26. The Artlab is open M-F from 12-5pm.
July 8 - 12, 2019
Lydia Santia’s project The gallery is a sort of facility experiments with the gallery as a storage space; a place to interrupt the pragmatic act of storing objects, using the viewer’s gaze. Reception Friday July 12, 2019 5-7pm at 121 Dundas St.
Cody Barteet, Routledge, July 2019
A new publication by Prof. Cody Barteet investigates the Casa de Montejo and considers the role of the building’s Plateresque façade as a form of visual rhetoric that conveyed ideas about the individual and communal cultural identities in sixteenth-century Yucatán.
Deborah Van Brenk, Western News, June 24, 2019
Dr. Kirsty Robertson, a Contemporary Art and Museum and Curatorial Studies professor, helped students use the ideas of pervasive pollution and environmental degradation as building blocks of creativity in creating 'A Museum for Future Fossils'
Ido Govrin, McIntosh Gallery, June 27 - July 26, 2019
Philosophical Archeology Space 2009–2019 presents the culmination of the artist’s decade-long research on philosophical archeology—a methodology that embodies one’s relation to history and historiographic research. Ido Govrin (b. 1976, Jerusalem) is a multidisciplinary artist who is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Visual Arts at Western University. Philosophical Archeology Space 2009–2019 is his thesis exhibition. Opening reception: Thursday, June 27, 5:00-7:00p.m.
Artlab Gallery, June 20 - July 4, 2019
Join us in the Artlab Gallery this Thursday, June 20 from 5-7pm for the opening reception of MFA candidate Johnathan Onyschuk's thesis show, "Bone Meal." The exhibition runs from June 20 - July 4, and consists of monumental avatars, WWI junk and wooden sculpture.
Ruth Skinner, Moving Mountains, June 2019
PhD Candidate Ruth Skinner recently collaborated with artist Aislinn Thomas on a print publication for LOMAA’s Broad Topics series, titles “Moving Mountains.” The screening event and publication launch was held at Western, in partnership with the Museum for Future Fossils. Aislinn has just made a digital version of the text available for download on her website.
Sonia Preszcator, Western News, June 12, 2019
Two works by Visual Arts professor Sky Glabush – 'The Boarding House' and 'The Clearing' – are now part of the permanent collection at the National Gallery of Canada.
July 6 – August 17, 2019
Curated by alumna and Artlab manager Liza Eurich, including work by alumnus Graham Macaulay, "Somebody" looks at work that engages with figuration through gestures that depict traces of activity, accessories, or fragmented representations of its form. July 6 – August 17 Reception: Saturday, July 6 from 2-5pm
Artlab, June 7, 2019
Join us Friday June 7 for A Museum for Future Fossils' Open House from 4-6pm, an artist talk by Abedar Kamgari from 3-4pm and a series of screenings presented by LOMAA.
June 2, 2019
Sunday June 2nd at 8pm, experience 'Sound Performances from Japan, Montreal, and London Ontario' at 42 Adelaide st. N (upper) with performances from alumnus and Artlab Preparator, Dicksonc Bou and PhD candidate Ellen Moffat
PhD Candidate Bruno Belli Sinder recently published an article titled "Rituals of Belonging: Negotiating Identity Through Photography" in The Wollensen, a journal with the proceedings of the annual UofT Art History Grad Conference.
Artlab Manager, and alumna, Liza Eurich's work has been included in a exhibition which opened May 3 in Malta. This exhibition brings together the work of three international artists: Liza Eurich (CA), Katri Kempas (FIN) and Letta Shtohryn (UKR/MT), who met in the summer of 2017 during a month-long residency at SIM in Reykjavik, Iceland. Operating from a platform of call and response, the production of work for this exhibition seeks to explore methods of translation: from simulated to real, from personal to referential, from present to absent and vice versa. Starting from a shared interest in objectness, this work will engage with processes that endeavor to dematerialize the material, or conversely materialize the immaterial.
May 22 - June 15, 2019
Pattern (dis)Placement, solo exhibition by MFA alumna Soheila Esfahani is on view at the red head gallery in toronto. May 22 - June 15, 2019.
May 9 - 23, 2019
This exhibition is presented in conjunction with Colin Dorward's doctoral dissertation, "The Medieval Genesis of a Mythology of Painting." He will be around, installing works for much of May, feel free to stop in and say hello.
Adela Talbot, Western News,
More than a decade ago, as an MFA student at Western, Brendan Fernandes attended the opening of the Whitney Biennial, a contemporary exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. “Enamoured” in the moment, the young artist pledged to return one day but as more than an observer.
May 8 - 18, 2019
Pacing is a group exhibition by Ramolen Laruan, Yas Nikpour Khoshgrudi, and Zhizi Wang. All three artists are current MFA candidates at Western University. On view until May 18, 2019
Clint Roenisch, May 2019
We are very pleased to announce that the National Gallery of Canada has acquired two large paintings by Sky Glabush for their permanent collection. The Clearing and The Boarding House were both painted for Sky's recent solo exhibition at Clint Roenisch.
May 7, 2019
Today, nearly 49,000 Canadians are being treated for kidney failure. Of those, more than 57 per cent are on dialysis. Stepping out from behind the camera, Western PhD candidate Ruth Skinner helped 34 dialysis patients capture their most intimate day-to-day moments through image making as part of the Renal Community Photo Project.
Leah Sandals, Canadian Art, March 25, 2019
Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts (TFVA) issued its 2019 award announcement this week, with a total in $77,500 distributed. Mohamoud’s evocative works on sport, gender and Blackness were recognized with a $15,000 Artist Prize.
April 26, 2019
A group of emerging artists from Beal Art will be presenting short lectures on their artistic practices and motivations, with topics ranging from the inherent political qualities within art to an architectural framework of approaching practice.
McIntosh Gallery, May 3 - June 16, 2019
Join us for the opening reception of Heads curated by faculty member Sky Glabush and Sanaugavut: Art from Kinngait, curated by Nakasuk Alariaq at the McIntosh Gallery, on Friday, May 3 at 7p.m. A curator-led tour of Heads with Sky Glabush will take place Thursday, May 9 at 12:00pm.
Matthew Smith, Afterimage, April 2019
Matthew Smith, a Ph.D. graduate of the Art and Visual Culture program, and current Curator of Glenhyrst Art Gallery, has published the article "Strange Brew: Art, Protest, and the Anti-Fracking Movement" in Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Criticism. This is the first volume of Afterimage since it moved to the University of California Press Journals.
April 16, 2019
The Sobey Art Foundation and the National Gallery of Canada are pleased to present the longlist of 25 nominees for the 2019 Sobey Art Award, Canada’s prestigious contemporary art prize that recognizes and supports emerging artists from across the country. Congratulations to alumnus Brendan Fernandes (MFA'05) who has been longlisted for the 2019 Sobey Art Award.
TBA Journal, April 2019
TBA: Journal of Art, Media, and Visual Culture is seeking reviewers. Please complete the Peer-Reviewer application form to submit your name for consideration.
April 12-26, 2019
"Have a Plastic Day!" is an exhibition of artworks that were produced during the experimental research-creation class, "Making Art with Environmental Awareness." This class investigated issues related to plastics in the social world and in the natural environment. Opening Reception: Friday, April 12 from 5-7pm
April 12-26, 2019
A Museum for Future Fossils will be on display at Satellite Project Space from April 3-13 and Cohen Commons (JLVAC, UWO) from April 12-April 26. Please join us for a reception at both locations on April 12, 5-7pm. A free bus will leave the JLVAC for Satellite at 6pm on April 12th. All are welcome.
February 8 - July 28, 2019
Visual Arts Faculty member Kelly Wood is participating in the international exhibition: "Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials" Plastic Entanglements brings together 60 works by 30 contemporary artists to explore the environmental, aesthetic and technological entanglements of our ongoing love affair with this paradoxical, infinitely malleable substance.
April 7 - May 25, 2019
Professor Glabush’s work is included in "Thinking With My Hands" April 06, 2019 through May 18, 2019. In addition, his work is featured in "Sun is Setting/Faith in Strangers" from April 7 - May 25, 2019 in Chicago.
Congratulations to Prof. Kirsty Robertson who has just been awarded a SSHRC Connection Grant for her Museum for Future Fossils course this Spring valued at $33,707.
March 22, 2019
Honesty Hour is an exhibition of recent work by Western University’s Bachelor of Fine Art Practicum class. Having worked closely and collectively for years, this show is not fifteen artists’ group show, but is the culmination of four years of community. Opening Reception: Friday, March 22 from 6-8pm, In conjunction with Open Studio.
March 22, 2019
Now in its sixth year, Western Open Studio invites members of the community, art enthusiasts and the general public behind the scenes access to our undergraduate and graduate studio spaces. March 22, 1-8pm, In conjunction with the Practicum Exhibition, 'Honesty Hour' opening in the Artlab, 6-8pm.
Christof Migone, March 13 - April 5, 2019
Prof. Christof Migone will be giving a series of artist talks, workshops, conference presentations and performances in seven countries, over the next two months. Learn more about the nine upcoming events across Europe and Asia.
Cohen Commons, March 22, 2019
An exhibition of new work by Professor David Merrit's third year BFA Seminar Class. March 22 - April 5. Opening Reception: Friday, March 22 from 6-8pm, Cohen Commons Gallery, in conjunction with the Practicum opening reception.
March 14, 2019
Congratulations to Prof. Kirsty Robertson who was awarded the 2019 Arts and Humanities Teaching Excellence Award (Full-time).
DNA Artspace, March 16, 2019
DNA Artspace presents 'Print Pop: Vendor Market & Exhibition’ Saturday, March 16th, 11am - 5pm, during JunoFEST. This exhibition and sale features artwork by our Printmaking technician Jessica Woodward& BFA alumna Alayna Hryclik.
Art Now, March 21, 2019
Join us Thursday March 21, at 7pm in NCB 117 for an Art Now! Lecture by Corrie Jackson. Jackson RBC Senior Curator, joined RBC in 2014, overseeing the management and strategy of the RBC Corporate Art Collection. Previously she worked at the University of Toronto art Museum, at Sotheby’s Canada, and as an independent curator.
Congratulations to Department Chair, Prof. John Hatch Awarded SSHRC Explore Grant valued at just under $7000 for a book project on the Japanese-Canadian artist Kazuo Nakamura.
McIntosh Gallery, March 21, 2019
Alumnus Matthew Ryan Smith (PhD'12) has curated the exhibition rom SkyWorld to Cyberspace : Skawennati, opening Thursday, March 21 at 8p.m. at the McIntosh Gallery. Attend the reception following our Art Now lecture, featuring Corrie Jackson at 7pm in NCB 117. Skawennati will also be presenting an artist talk, Tuesday, March 19, in VAC 100 at 4:30pm.
Cody Barteet, Routledge, June 2019
A new book by Prof. Cody Barteet investigates the role of the architectural façade as an indicator of individual and communal cultural identities, focusing on a residence of a conquistador rather than religious and monarchial structures. Barteet analyzes the Casa de Montejo within the visual culture that it belongs, including transatlantic networks of architectural exchange. The book is available for pre-order and will be published in June 2019.
March 22, 2019
Digital Technician and Alumna Kim Neudorf (MFA'12) will be speaking March 22, at 12:00pm at the University of Lethbridge as part of their Art NOW speakers' series.
March 7, 2019
Join us Thursday March 7, in NCB 117 for a talk by Derek Sullivan. Sullivan received his BFA from York University in Toronto and his MFA from the University of Guelph. His works in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada were included in their 2017 survey exhibition "Our Masterpieces, Our Stories".
Jillian Steinhauer, New York Times, February 25, 2019
For most artists, inclusion in the 2019 Whitney Biennial is not only a tangible milestone but also an affirmation of their work and an encouragement to keep going. Congratulations to Western University Visual Arts Alumnus Brendan Fernandes (MFA'05) whose work has been selected for inclusion in the 2019 Whitney Biennial. Read the full New York Times announcement to learn more.
We’ve revamped our course numbers and subject names to offer more options to our students. We’re delighted to now offer three areas of study and have new minor and certificate programs as available options for our undergraduate students!
February 27 - March 14, 2019
Join us Wednesday, February 27 from 5-7pm in the Cohen Commons for a series of student readings and the opening reception for "Forms of Narrative: An Exploration of Story in Text and Image." This will be followed by keynote speaker Jaclyn Bruneau's presentation entitled "Parafiction and Other Permissible Deceptions," which begins at 6:00pm.
February 19-27, 2019
An exhibition of new work by visiting professor Shujuan Liu.There will be a closing reception on Wednesday, February 27 from 4:00-5:00pm.
February 14, 2019
Join us at 7pm in NCB 117 for an Art Now Talk by Tau Lewis. Lewis' self-taught practice is rooted in healing personal, collective and historical traumas through labour. She employs methods of construction such as hand sewing, carving and assemblage to build portraits.
February 7, 2019
Join us Thursday February 7 at Museum London, for an exhibition tour led by curator Cassandra Getty at 6:30pm, followed by an artist talk by Western Visual Arts alumnus Ed Pien (BFA '82) at 7:30pm. Ed Pien is a Canadian artist based in Toronto. He has been making art for over 30 years. Born in Taipei, Taiwan, he immigrated to Canada with his family at the age of eleven.
February 5 - February 16, 2019
A retrospective exhibition by professor emeritus Helmut Becker is opening at Westland Gallery on February 5th 2019. Becker’s wood engravings are generated from the deeply carved hardwood planks, boards and plywood displayed for the first time in substantive numbers. Opening Reception: Saturday February 9th, 2-4 p.m. Artist Talk: Wednesday February 13th, 7-9 p.m.
Iraboty Kazi, Spencer Gallery, Weldon Library, February 1 - February 28, 2019
Ben Portis was a writer, curator and artist from London, Ontario who made an indelible mark on the contemporary art and music scene in Canada prior to his untimely death in 2017. Selected from his archives, which were recently acquired by the McIntosh Gallery Curatorial Study Centre, this exhibition comprises examples of his writing, ephemera, small works of art, recordings, and other materials amassed by Portis over the past 30 years. Curated by MA Candidate Iraboty Kazi as part of her internship at the McIntosh Gallery. On view on the main level display cases at Weldon Library.
Congratulations to alumna Anosha Khan (BFA '18) who was the recipient of a 2018 Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant for painting and Sculpture
January 30 - March 23, 2019
Alumna Soheila K. Esfahani, (MFA '10) is featured in an exhibition titled Pattern (dis)Placement, on view January 30 to March 23, 2019 Redeemer University College Gallery. Her work is also featured in "Connections & Contexts" on view until February 10, 2019 at The Museum in Kitchener.
Artlab Gallery, January 31 - February 14, 2019
The exhibition "selsun blue" features work by current MFA students in the Department of Visual Arts at Western University. Stemming from a shared interested in the problematics of communicating with clarity, these works question the implications of our capacity to both transmit and receive information. January 31 - February 14, 2019 Opening Reception: Thursday, January 31 from 5-7pm
January 28 - February 1, 2019
During his visit to Concordia, Mahon will be involved in material production, studio conversations, and public discussion, with an emphasis on collaboration and interactivity. Through his engagements at Concordia, he will be testing the values and strengths – both physical and socio-conceptual – of the forthcoming Messagers’ Forum. Public Talk takes place Wed. Jan. 30, 2:00 p.m., in EV 9.436
Museum London, January 25, 2019
Join us at Museum London to celebrate their Winter Opening Receptions, Friday, January 25, 2019 at 8:00 pm to 10:00pm including the exhibitions: "Creative Cloth" featuring work by Prof. Sky Glabush, and alumni Ed Pien and Sharmistha Kar; and the exhibition "The Long and the Short of It: The Tangled Story of Hair" with artwork by alumna Christine Negus.
Artlab, January 24, 2019
LOMAA’s Broad Topics is excited to continue this series on femme-spectrum Canadian media artists with a listening party “Live listen: Broad Domain” curated by Toronto-based artist and podcaster Aliya Pabani. A talk about Pabani’s practice and the program will precede the audio event and a text by the curator will be available for guests. This event is presented in partnership between Artlab and LOMAA. January 24, 6-8pm
January 26, 2019
Melanie Townsend, an adjunct with our Department and Head of Exhibitions and Collections at Museum London passed away December 19, 2018. A memorial will be held on January 26, 2019.
Ido Govrin, Journal for Artistic Research, January 18, 2019
PhD Candidate Ido Govrin published a short text on “Art Epistemology” following the last annual UAAC conference, where he chaired of one of its panels.
January 19, 2019
Saturday January 19, 2019 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. in the Cohen Commons. Panelists include: Project Coordinator, Prof. Patrick Mahon Ontario Tornado Project Lead:,Dr. Greg Kopp Guest Artists: Brenda Fuhrman; Ellen Moffat; Eeva Siivonen; Matt Trueman A selection of Third and Forth Year Print Media Artists, Department of Visual Arts
January 17, 2019
Join us Thursday January 17, at 7pm in NCB 117 for the first Art Now! lecture of 2019. Kari Cwynar is the Curator at Evergreen Brick Works, where she is developing a program of temporary, site-specific public art projects in Toronto’s Don Valley. Free and open to the public.
December 22 - January 19, 2019
Organized by Liza Eurich and Tegan Moore. Closing Reception: Saturday, January 19 from 3 - 5pm. Including work by: Aryen Hoekstra, Maryse Larivière, Anna Madelska, Kim Neudorf, Jonathan Onyschuk, and Niloufar Salimi.
Deborah Van Brenk, Western News, January 9, 2019
Tornadoes carry destructive power and fearsome beauty – and a new exhibit led by Prof. Patrick Mahon at the John Labatt Visual Arts Centre attempts to convey both. 'Please – Do Not Take This Lightly' is an amalgam of research and creation influenced by Engineering professor Greg Kopp’s tornado and wind studies and is on display until January 24, 2019.
Artlab, January 10 - 24, 2019
Opening January 10, 2019. 5-7pm, this large-scale exhibition organized by Prof. Patrick Mahon will be accompanied by a “Tornado Store,” containing artist’s multiples for sale. The proceeds from the sales will be split between the artist producers and a contribution to be weather-related disaster relief. The expansive artistic undertaking is linked with a major initiative by researchers from Western Engineering. The Ontario Tornado Project is an important multi-year investigation into tornado effects in this province, led by Acting Dean of Engineering, Dr. Greg Kopp.