Alena Robin, July 1, 2021
It is a great pleasure for me to be joining the Department of Visual Arts as Chair. The Department is a vibrant and diverse community of committed professors, staff, and students in art history, museum and curatorial studies, and studio art, with both undergraduate and graduate programs. By having both engaged faculty members and strong programs, the Department is active on the local, national, and international art scenes, successfully training the next generations of specialists in Visual Arts, promoting principles of excellence and respect, preparing the cultural leaders of tomorrow...
Artlab Gallery, Friday, July 16, 2021
The Artlab is pleased to be able to open to appointments for the last day of Tommy Bourque's exhibition, Friday, July 16th, 2021. To schedule your visit, please do so online using the link below. If you have questions or are seeking additional information regarding your next visit to the gallery, feel free to reach out to the Gallery Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org For ongoing coverage of COVID-19 protocol and operations at Western University, visit https://www.uwo.ca/coronavirus/
Artlab Gallery, July 30 - August 20, 2021
The Other Neighbour of El Otro Lado explores themes of Mexican migration in Canada, engaging with ideas of human labour and various indexes of Mexican culture, trade, and economic exchange. With two simultaneous exhibitions in two locations: the Artlab (London, ON, Canada) and El NODO (Saltillo, COAH, Mexico), the show echoes the importance of creating a visual narrative between both countries to decenter the United States narrative concerning Mexican migration.
John Hatch, CBC Arts, July 6, 2021
In the article, "How Kazuo Nakamura helped pioneer abstract art in Canada after surviving B.C. internment camps" published in CBC Arts, John Hatch discusses his new book "Kazuo Nakamura: Life & Work".
MKG127, July 10 – August 21, 2021
MKG127 is pleased to present "pockets, postscripts, peonies". An exhibition of recent works by Liza Eurich (MFA '12). July 10 – August 21, 2021.
Artlab Gallery, June 25 – July 16, 2021
"Marvelous Monsters" presents speculative worlds and speculative figures. Tommy Bourque’s MFA thesis exhibition is a mirror of what it is like to be alive: he wants viewers to connect and engage with his work to confront their understanding of their own embodiment and of their own lived experiences 'as' bodies and 'in' bodies.
Artlab Gallery, June 21, 2021
In this digital publication, the Artlab's 2020-21 Intern, Sam Wagter, discusses the importance of professional exhibition opportunities for students in the Visual Arts Department. Sam reflects on these opportunities in relation to her recent solo exhibition series for the Artlab Vitrine and she queries this year's exhibiting artists about the usefulness of programming at this vital stage in their careers.
Leuven University Press, June 2021
Sarah Bassnett chapter “Witnessing the Trauma of Undocumented Migrants in Mexico,” is now published in the new book, Contact Zones: Photography, Migration, and Cultural Encounters in the United States, edited by Justin Carville and Sigrid Lien. Open Access URI
McIntosh Gallery, June 24 - July 24, 2021
becoming again beginning undone an exhibition by PhD candidate, Ellen Moffat will open virtually beginning June 24 on McIntosh Gallery’s social media and website. In the exhibition, small sounds, image, text, rhythms, and tonalities bleed into and mix with each other, transgressing the borders of the gallery space.
McIntosh Gallery, June 24 - July 24, 2021
'The No No-Exit Closet' Faith Patrick, an MFA Thesis Exhibition hosted by McIntosh Gallery will open virtually beginning June 24 on McIntosh Gallery’s social media and website, where exhibition documentation and virtual walk-throughs will be posted through the exhibitions’ duration.
Debora Van Brenk, Western News, June 15, 2021
With large-as-life artwork of endangered and vulnerable species such as this polar bear cub, Jade Williamson hopes to draw attention to the interconnectedness of life on the planet. Williamson, a fine arts graduate, is part of Western's Class of 2021.
Art Canada Institute, June 11, 2021
The Art Canada Institute (ACI) is pleased to announce the release of Kazuo Nakamura: Life & Work by Professor and Chair of the Department of Visual Arts, John G. Hatch. Kazuo Nakamura: Life & Work is the first biography to tell the story of Nakamura’s intriguing life and storied career, from his childhood in Vancouver and his experiences as a wartime internee to his role in Painters Eleven and the culmination of his career in the number series paintings. An iconic Canadian painter who blended Western and Eastern influences, Nakamura was profoundly inspired by mathematics, science, and philosophy as well as art history. His achievements reflect the pivotal diversification of Canadian art in the twentieth century. Kazuo Nakamura: Life & Work is an open-source online art book— available free of charge, in both English and French.
"Midcentury Metamodern: Returning Home in the Twenty-First-Century Nostalgia Film" by Christine Sprengler
SUNY Press, June 2021
Professor Christine Sprengler's publishes a chapter titled "Midcentury Metamodern: Returning Home in the Twenty-First-Century Nostalgia Film" in the new book "Was It Yesterday? Nostalgia in Contemporary Film and Television", edited by Matthew Leggatt⠀
Tate Etc., Summer Issue
Sky Glabush publishes an article about the painter John Constable in the summer issue of Tate Etc., the art magazine of the Tate.
Kings College commissioned Department of Visual Arts students Lama Rafehi and Sam Wagter to create a series of murals in the stairwells of the International Centre for English Academic Preparation (ICEAP) building. Image: “Goose and the Three Sisters” by Laney Beaulieu & Sam Wagter.
Embassy Cultural House, Thursday, June 24 at 1pm ET
Join Raincoast Books and Embassy Cultural House for a panel discussion with some of the artists featured in the ECH Hiding in Plain Sight exhibit, inspired by the book of the same name by Sarah Kendzior. Featuring the artists’ panel: Karl Beveridge & Carole Condé, Shelley Niro, and Paul Walde. Including opening remarks and contributions from Hiding in Plain Sight author and journalist Sarah Kendzior.
Application Deadline: July 7, 2021
The Department of Visual Arts at Western University is seeking applications from emerging to established artists for the one-year Indigenous Artist-in-Residence (IAiR) program. This program will support a First Nations, Métis, or Inuk artist in the research, creation, and production of new artistic work. The IAiR will work closely with the Department of Visual Arts and undertake community engagement in ways that could include (but are not limited to) artist talks, workshops, studio visits, or other outreach activities. Applications from artists with connections to, or living in, the region are particularly encouraged. Projects that incorporate distance or remote components, or other innovative virtual forms of residency, are welcome.
May 25 - June 11, 2021
What do we lose through our continuous pursuits of permanence? What might we be missing along the way? Rebecca Sutherland's thesis exhibition, Fleet, makes use of floral material deemed commercially undesirable in a poetic and inventive collaboration with the passage of time and the shifting qualities of lived and imagined spaces.
May 17-30, 2021
The noonday demon forges summertime into a long ruinous torpor, an endless day of indisputable midday twilight. It thaws my spine, splintering in waves, dividing quantum particles in my retina. Black light seeps through all matter, eating through surfaces, perforating walls, streaming through corners. Dissolved vitreous humor, refracting everywhere. The brightness is so thick in its transparency that I see the darkness of cosmic void shimmering behind it in infinite planes. I look at my arms on the bleached carpet, my flesh embedded in broiling photons, stretching through levels of matter and nothingness, sweating, withered reflections. Cups, papers, furniture, hair, dust, all film, all surface, all the way through, radiating as if the sun was underground, stirring with electric velocity. Albedo, nigredo, suspended in exacting putrefaction. The noonday demon speaks in liquid vision, feeds on my hours, spews a diffused gaze of open horror. At night the heat continues its entropic curse until dawn. Shade is just another form of brightness. All senses become black light, doomed in scorching resonance of leaves and crickets and cicadas and other lives, luminous textures pouring over, lustrous scents of dusty vapour, dehydration glowing on my tongue. Phonemes dried up, inarticulate, I am all image. Exhibition text written by Sasha Opeiko
Keri Ferguson, Western News, May 18, 2021
Western’s new Centre for Sustainable Curating looks to shed light on ecological issues and share them through stories grounded in environmental awareness. "Together We Average as Zero", curated by Dr. Kirsty Robertson's MCS4605E Museum and Curatorial Practicum class. Photo by Dickson Bou
May 27, 2021 at 1:00pm on Zoom
Please join us on May 27 for the virtual launch of the Centre for Sustainable Curating. The Centre for Sustainable Curating is located in the Department of Visual Arts at Western University. The CSC encourages research into waste, pollution, and climate crisis, and the development of exhibitions and artworks with low carbon footprints. At this event, we will present work from postdocs, host a panel on Radical Pedagogy and Curation, and launch the Synthetic Collective’s catalogue Plastic Heart: A DIY Fieldguide for Reducing the Environmental Impact of Art Exhibitions. Registration required.
Recent MFA graduate Matt W. Brown tours us though his recent thesis exhibition, On Ground. Hear Matt discuss the deeply personal events and emotions that underlie this body of work. Matt also shares his formal and material considerations of colour as well as our embodied and perceptive experiences colour.
A virtual tour of the recent exhibition, Symphony of Lights, by Anahí González. In February, Artlab exhibited "Symphony of Lights: An Exploration of Stained-Glass Windows in St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, London, ON." This exhibition was co-curated by PhD candidate Iraboty Kazi and MFA student Anahí González, and edited by Dr. C. Cody Barteet. It featured photographs, sound recordings and immersive installations by Anahí González taken in St. John the Evangelist Church. In this video tour of the exhibition, Anahí shares her corresponding artist's text, "Partnership with the Sun."
Satellite Project Space is seeking proposals from local artists and community organizations for window installations. Satellite Project Space is open to proposals from individual artists, artist collectives, and local organizations. Due to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are looking for projects that can be viewed from outside to accommodate any lockdown restrictions. Virtual programming to augment a physical installation is welcome.
Keri Ferguson, Western News, May 13, 2021
In a compelling show of support for the arts, internationally acclaimed artist and Western University alumnus John A. Schweitzer has donated more than $4 million worth of his own personal art collection, honouring his deep ties to Western University. The gift contains 38 of his original art works, as well as pieces from his career as a collector, critic and curator.
May 16th at 1:30pm EST on Zoom
Join Embassy Cultural House Advisory Circle Member Judith Rodger for a conversation with Duncan deKergommeaux on May 16, 2021 @ 1:30 pm EST. Painter Duncan deKergommeaux has had a distinguished career that spans seventy years. From 1970 to 1993—Duncan taught drawing and painting in the Department of Visual Arts at Western University. Judith is a former student of Duncan’s, colleague and friend for fifty years, and their conversation is sure to bring back many memories.
May 14, 2021 at 5pm on Instagram Live
Developed in 2013, Forest City Gallery’s Hear Here Committee executes live musical experiences throughout the year to celebrate the gallery’s roots in music and to foster London’s creative and contemporary culture. For the 35th edition of the live music series, Hear Here invites Oslo’s Lerin/Hystand and Toronto’s Omar Bongo to perform virtually for you on Instagram Live.
The Parkhill Carnegie Gallery in Parkhill, Ontario is an up-and-coming community gallery of craft and visual arts serving the diverse North Middlesex, Ontario area. Duties of the position would include receiving art gallery submissions, setting up art displays, completing sales, setting up advertising online for purposes of generating sales.
"The New Politics of the Handmade: Craft, Art and Design" edited by alum Anthea Black (MFA'12) and Nicole Burisch
The New Politics of the Handmade: Craft, Art and Design is a publication on contemporary craft politics edited by alum Anthea Black (MFA' 12) and Nicole Burisch. This volume features twenty-three authors, including Professor Kirsty Robertson's essay titled Secret Stash: Textiles, Hoarding, Collecting, Accumulation and Craft.
Saturday, May 2, 2021 at 1pm on Zoom
The Embassy Cultural House (ECH) and GardenShip and State are pleased to present a virtual group exhibition Stop Extinction! Restore the Earth to celebrate Earth Day, April 22, 2021. Work in the exhibit features several artists from the Department of Visual Arts, within the ECH community and Gardenship and State participating artists. Artworks in the exhibit address the broad issues related to the climate crisis, and other threats to our ecology. Works also address the intersection of sustainable living and the respect for Indigenous land rights. Registration Required.
April 29 - June 12, 2021
Due to COVID-19 safety measures, McIntosh Gallery remains closed until further notice. In-person gallery visits are not permitted at this time. In light of these restrictions, Doug Dolman: In Search of Symbol will open virtually beginning April 29. Exhibition documentation and virtual walk-throughs will be posted online throughout the exhibition's run.
April 19 - May 7, 2021
“In my telling, the Cyclops’ story is a revenge story…." View a video tour of His House Will Leak, currently installed in the Cohen Commons and created by students in Professor Kirsty Robertson's graduate seminar, "Museum/Decay." The video is narrated by Ioana Dragomir and the exhibition features works by Sarah Charette, Ioana Dragomir, Philip Gurrey, Ana Moyer, Dong-Kyoon Nam, Sasha Opeiko, Tessa Oxtoby and Elena Solomon.
Thursday, April 22 at 7:30 PM ET on Zoom
Alumna Tegan Moore (MFA'14) will deliver an artist talk to support her recent exhibition Foam Fatigue at YYZ Artists' Outlet on Thursday, April 22 at 7:30 PM ET on Zoom. Documentation of Form Fatigue is available on the YYZ website including GRANULAR: Audio Description by HaeAhn Paul Kwon Kajander and recorded by Avery Moore Kloss.
April 16, 2021
Congratulations to the Department of Visual Arts part-time faculty member, Anna Madelska for winning the Angela Armitt Award For Excellence In Teaching By Part-Time Faculty!
April 19 - May 7, 2021
Matt W. Brown’s MFA thesis exhibition, On Ground, exhibits a series of paintings began as an effort to locate oneself during a period of profound grief. Through material investigation and evaporation, these paintings are what remains of an immanent departure: something akin to empty containers, wrappers or envelopes. While the water responsible for the markings left behind on the paper surface is removed, its invisible presence as vapour is called to mind through trace.
April 19 - May 7, 2021
Created by students in Professor Kirsty Robertson's graduate seminar, "Museum/Decay." “In my telling, the Cyclops’ story is a revenge story…. While Odysseus is happily restored at home and publicly celebrated, the Cyclops’ story continues. She walks the vastness of his kingdom, slowly becoming a ghost. Her emptied socket becomes a mask. Her revenge feeds her, making her opaque, anti-gravity, a black hole. Odysseus is blind to her, no longer able to see the Cyclops as when he coveted her land and food. She hides in plain sight and crafts her haunting. She will orphan Odysseus as she has been orphaned, but not of family, land or body. She will strand Odysseus in constant unease, bereft of his cherished and clever reason. His house will leak. The walls will sag. He will dream of sheep. He and everyone around him will forget his name; he will become an unremarkable shadow of Nob’dy, the clever alibi and source of his fame.” Eve Tuck and C. Ree. “A Glossary of Haunting.”
LOMAA, April 19 - 25, 2021
LOMAA is excited to welcome multidisciplinary artist Jess MacCormack for the second event in the Queer Frontiers series! Jess MacCormack’s work will be presented across various platforms, including a week-long video screening on LOMAA’s Vimeo page, a series of animated gifs on LOMAA's Instagram, and a discussion between MacCormack and Rebecca Casalino with a Q&A to follow! This event is presented in partnership with Femme Art Review, which will host a review of MacCormack’s new book “SHAME SHAME, go away” by Casalino.
April 9, 2021
This year’s Practicum Class exhibition accumulates recent works of 21 artists created during the 2020/2021 term. This exhibition also serves as the cumulation of the work that these artists have put into developing their individual practices over the course of their experiences in the Bachelor of Fine Art’s program. Because the Artlab has had to close to in-person appointments, we've created an extended video tour narrated by our Work Study student Fernanda Recinos and have posted documentation of the exhibition on our website.
Thursday, April 15 at 7pm ET on Zoom
Join the Satellite Project Space on Thursday, April 15 at 7:00 p.m. ET for a Virtual Exhibition Tour and Video Talks with Sheila Butler and Catalogue Essayists. Sheila Butler: Other Circumstances, is a focused retrospective by the important artist, educator, and mentor, Sheila Butler. Curated by Pamela Edmonds and Patrick Mahon, the exhibition brings together 20 paintings and works on paper spanning 35 years of artistic production. Presented by Museum London and Arts & Humanities, Western University.
Thursday, April 15th at 7pm ET
Curated by alum. Lucas Cabral (BFA '16) and Ray Cronin, the 2021 Windsor-Essex Triennial of Contemporary Art focuses on the theme of conversations. Alum. Sharmista Kar (MFA '18) joins the curators and artists Paul Dignan and Czarina Mendoza to discuss how they each use repetition to shine new light on seemingly mute materials. Join the online conversation on Thursday, April 15 at 7pm. Registration required.
UPwithART, April 18 - 24, 2021
We’re proud to support #UPwithART ! This annual fundraiser for Unity Project for Relief of Homelessness and Museum London is taking place online this year from April 18 to 24. Join us for an online art auction with 60+ pieces of local art, many created by current and past members of the Department of Visual Arts including: Quinn Smallboy (MFA), Ruth Strebe (BFA), Matthew Trueman (MFA), Gabriella Solti (MFA), Sharmistha Kar (MFA), Prof. Soheila Esfahani, Mike Pszczonak (MFA), Kim Neudorf (MFA), Kelly Greene (BFA), Prof. Tricia Johnson, George Kubresli (MFA), Prof. Patrick Mahon. View the art and register for free at UPwithART.ca . Make sure to register before April 20 to be entered to win a lithograph by Peter Max valued at $2,500.
"The Retablos of Teabo and Mani: The Evolution of Renaissance Altars in Colonial Yucatán" by Dr. Cody Barteet
Arts, Volume 10, Issue 2, April 6, 2020
Cody Barteet's article "The Retablos of Teabo and Mani: The Evolution of Renaissance Altars in Colonial Yucatán" published and available now on MDPI.
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 5:00 pm EST on Zoom
McIntosh Gallery presents the Written on the Earth panel discussion on Zoom today, Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 5:00 pm EST. The exhibition features work by Hannah Claus, Joel Ong, and several members of the Department of Visual Arts including, Prof. Patrick Mahon, Ph.D. candidates Ellen Moffat & Eeva Siivonen, and MFA Alum Matthew Trueman.
Dean Michael Milde, Department of Visual Arts Chair Selection Committee, April 1, 2021
It is my great pleasure to announce that the Department of Visual Arts Selection Committee has recommended that Alena Robin be appointed to serve a 5-year term as Chair of the Department. I am also very pleased to announce that Alena has accepted the appointment. She will take up the post on July 1, 2021. I would also like to take this opportunity to publicly acknowledge and thank John Hatch for his work as Chair. He has made an outstanding contribution to the Department, to the Faculty and to the University.
Thursday, April 1 at 7pm ET on Zoom
Please join the Department of Visual Arts and the Artlab Gallery online for the launch of the practicum exhibition “No thanks, Just the Check” and VASA's very first publication “Aeterna” Thursday, April 1st at 7 PM on Zoom. Zoom Link: https://westernuniversity.zoom.us/j/96117832399 Meeting ID: 961 1783 2399
April 1, 2021
Congratulations to alumna Dayna Obbema (BA '19) for receiving a SSHRC CGS-M grant to support her project titled "It’s Not Easy Being Green: Barriers Preventing Canadian Museums from Adopting Sustainable Practices." Dayna Obbema graduated from Western University in 2019 with a BA Honors Specialization in Art History and Museum Studies. She is currently studying at Queens University.
March 31, 2021
Western Libraries announces that they will be closing all locations to patrons and will continue to provide the no-contact pick up collections service. On main campus, no-contact pick up services will be provided via Weldon Library only. The King’s, Brescia and Huron libraries will also provide no-contact pick-up services. A small number of user services and facilities staff will be on-site across locations to pull requests for collections, both for digital delivery (i.e. scanning) and no-contact pick up.
March 29 - April 8, 2021
This year’s Practicum Class exhibition, No Thanks, Just the Cheque, accumulates recent works of 21 artists created during the 2020/2021 term. This exhibition also serves as the cumulation of the work that these artists have put into developing their individual practices over the course of their experiences in the Bachelor of Fine Art’s program. No Thanks, Just the Cheque signifies the end of a journey taken into the BFA program.
AGO Insider, March 24, 2021
The AGOInsider recently published an article featuring the group exhibition Written on the Earth on view now at the McIntosh Gallery. The exhibition features work by Hannah Claus, Joel Ong, and several members of the Department of Visual Arts including, Prof. Patrick Mahon, Ph.D. candidates Ellen Moffat & Eeva Siivonen, and MFA Alum Matthew Trueman.
March 29 - April 9
“formful” – displaying excellent form, especially in performing a sport. Tyler Jafelice’s vitrine exhibition formful is an arrangement of sculptures that explore what it means for one type of body to express multiple stages or states of being. Jafelice contemplated the way athletics puts a single body through multiple states such as “weariness”, “tension”, or “balance”. He then translated these three concepts into melted candle sculptures. No adhesive or glue was used to make these works, only cutting, carving, and melting separate parts together. Much like a body, nothing holds these works together but their own flesh. The sculptures are divided into three regions; one region representing weariness, one representing tension, and one representing balance (from left to right). However, elements of all three stages can be found in each work. Curated and organized by Artlab’s intern, Sam Wagter.
March 20 - August 15, 2021
Congratulations to BFA alum Esmaa Mohamoud on her exhibition at the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Taking inspiration from the African American writer Ralph Ellison, artist Esmaa Mohamoud explores the ways in which Black bodies at once appear―and yet are rendered metaphorically invisible―within the spaces they navigate. To Play in the Face of Certain Defeat aims to re-examine understandings of contemporary Blackness, questioning the definitions of Blackness as a colour and shade, and/or as a societal or cultural construction. Curated by Matthew Kyba, Curator of Exhibitions at the Visual Arts Centre of Clarington, To Play in the Face of Certain Defeat is organized and circulated by Museum London.
A virtual walk-through of the AJE 19: Close for Comfort exhibition, narrated by Gallery Manager Ruth Skinner is now live on the Artlab website.
January 23 - March 27, 2021
Congratulations to Professor Soheila Esfahani whose work is included in the group exhibition "Facing Time" currently on view at the Surrey Art Gallery in British Columbia. "The artworks in this exhibition, while mostly created before the pandemic, speak to the current moment of facial interfaces and increased digital activity."
March 25, 2021 at 5pm on Zoom
Join Forest City Gallery for a free tax workshop tailored to artists and creative professionals, facilitated by tax expert Sunny Widerman. Tax season can be a confusing and stressful time, and this tax year is no exception, especially with regard to COVID relief and the confusion around CERB eligibility. This workshop will include topics such as: paying tax on earned income and calculating taxable income; claiming business expenses and required record keeping; HST and billing; Grants and T4s; and saving for the future.
Applications due March 26, 2021
The Visual Arts Supporters Association (VASA) is now accepting applications from interested undergraduate and graduate students for the 2021/2022 academic year. Due to COVID-19, hiring for the 2020/2021 school year was delayed and all the current executives will also participate in a re-evaluation interview.
March 25th, 2021 at 4:30pm ET on Zoom
The SASAH Speakers' Series - Creativity, Innovation, Justice: Mentors & Storytellers is pleased to present a virtual talk with Dr. Ebony Elizabeth Thomas. Join us online, March 25, 2021, at 4:30pm EST.
April 1 - May 1, 2021
Satellite Project Space is honoured to present a focused retrospective by the important artist, educator, and mentor, Sheila Butler. Curated by Pamela Edmonds and Patrick Mahon, the exhibition brings together 20 paintings and works on paper spanning 35 years of artistic production. Presented by Museum London and Arts & Humanities, Western University.
London Ontario Media Arts Association, March 15 - 21, 2021
LOMAA is excited to (re-)debut the Queer Frontiers series with a screening and talk with Siksika Nation-based artist Adrian Stimson! Originally slated to premiere in Spring 2020 LOMAA is happy to shift the exhibition online and host a week-long public screening of works from Stimson’s “Buffalo Boy” series in conjunction with a virtual artist talk and Q&A. This event is presented in partnership with Museum London.
Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 1:30PM ET online
The Embassy Cultural House's International Women’s Day Exhibition Go: Rise and Strike is NOW LIVE. Coordinated by Jade Williamson with the assistance of Charlotte Egan and Ruth Skinner. The exhibit includes artists: Jessie Amery, Amanda Boulos, Susan Day, Julie Rene De Cotret, Soheila Esfahani, kerry ferris, Mireya Folch Serra, Fatima Garzan, Anahi Gonzalez, Freda Guttman, Jamelie Hassan, Samar Hejazi, Fern Helfand, Sharmistha Kar, Catherine Morrisey, Shelley Niro, Thelma Rosner, Sandra Semchuk, Mackenzie Smith, Jean Spence, Diana Tamblyn, Zainub Verjee, Bernice Vincent (1934 - 2016), Jade Williamson, Michelle Wilson, and Winsom Winsom. Image: Go; Rise and Strike, Tekahionwake, 2020. Limited capacity - registration required.
March 5 - March 18, 2021
The 19th Annual Juried Exhibition runs until March 18th. Book your appointment to view the exhibition in person and follow our social media for features and awards announcements. Jurors awarded works on the basis of artists' expressions of creativity, originality, and process. In the final days of the exhibition, we'll be announcing the winners of two Visual Arts Materials Investment Grants, the Satellite Project Space Materials Investment Grant, VASA Juror's Choice Award, the Forest City Gallery Feature, and the Faculty Merit Award.
March 4 - April 17, 2021
The McIntosh Gallery will be re-opening the gallery by appointment with "Written on Earth" a group exhibition curated by Helen Gregory and project managed by Patrick Mahon, presented in collaboration with the Northern Tornadoes project at Western Engineering. The exhibition features work by Hannah Claus, Joel Ong, and several members of the Department of Visual Arts including, Prof. Patrick Mahon, Ph.D. candidates Ellen Moffat & Eeva Siivonen, and MFA Alum Matthew Trueman.
March 5th, 2021
The Artlab Gallery looks forward to reopening to the public by appointment March 5th, 2021. To schedule your next visit, please use the link below. If you have questions or are seeking additional information regarding your next visit to the gallery, feel free to reach out to us at email@example.com
Tuesday, March 16 at 7pm ET on Zoom
Active Voice is pleased to present Western University's Alice Munro Chair in Creativity, Ivan Coyote. Ivan Coyote is a writer and storyteller. Born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon, they are the author of 13 books, the creator of four films, six stage shows, and three albums that combine storytelling with music. The Active Voice series is brought to you by the Faculty of Arts & Humanities at Western University.
March 1 – 14, 2021
Currently installed in the Artlab Vitrine: 息抜き / ikinuki: to relax, to take a breather by Holly Granken. Curated and organized by Artlab’s intern, Sam Wagter.
Artlab Gallery + Cohen Commons, March 5 - March 18, 2021
The Annual Juried Exhibition returns for its 19th consecutive year! The AJE continues to be one of the most highly anticipated undergraduate exhibitions in the Visual Arts Department. This diverse exhibition supports the production of new work made in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, digital media, photography, installation, sound, and performance. Artworks are selected by a professional jury who consider originality, creativity, and process. This year's exhibition represents a diverse selection of work from all levels of undergraduate study in the Department. We received a significant number of submissions despite our unusual circumstances, with some works speaking quite directly to living, thinking, feeling, and working one's way through a pandemic. Image: Aisha Hassen (4th-year), No Pane.
February 27th, 2021 at 1:00pm ET on Zoom
VASA in partnership with Museum Studies Collective (MSC) is hosting a free hands-on workshop featuring PastPerfect the leading museum curation and management software. This online workshop takes place on Saturday, February 27th from 1:00-2:30PM on Zoom. Registration required.
February 25, 2021
A soon-to-be-released documentary on anti-Black racism on campus produced by The Fifth Estate (CBC's flagship investigative documentary series). Titled “Black on Campus”, the documentary will look at the experiences of Black students, faculty and staff on Canadian campuses and present an account of anti-Black racism at Canadian universities through sharing stories of many who have experienced it. The documentary will be aired this coming Thursday, February 25th at 9pm and can be watched on CBC television or CBC Gem.
Friday, April 30, 2021
tba, the graduate students' journal of the Department of Visual Arts at Western University is pleased to announce the call for papers/art submissions for the upcoming issue of tba. This issue will explore the meanings of and themes pertaining to the idea of reworlding. We view reworlding as a concerted and collaborative effort to reimagine our spaces by building upon a deconstructed, decentered, unfixed understanding of a world changeable by art that puts forth alternative temporal and spatial possibilities. This kind of reworlding offers possibilities of rethinking of ideas of unity by generating a multiplicity of futures with which to affect the present. Send us your thoughtful investigations, careful evaluations, and creative assessments of the concept of reworlding. Articles and artworks (sound, video, photography, paintings, drawings) are welcome! Deadline for submissions is Friday, April 30, 2021.
Submission deadline: February 28th, 2021
Annual photo contest open to all Western University undergraduate and graduate students. Categories: Intercultural Moments, Journey of Languages, Intimate Spaces Across Cultures, and Literary Escapes. There will be one CAD$150 first place prize per category (listed above).
Saturday, February 27 at 1:30pm on Zoom
Embassy Cultural House is pleased to invite you to a celebration of the Hiding in Plain Sight print catalogue. Featuring works by several Western Visual Arts faculty, adjunct faculty, and alumni. To date over 300 copies have been distributed across Canada and internationally. Limited capacity.
Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, Winter 2021
Christine Sprengler's article "Paratextual Encounters of Four Kinds: Blade Runner and Cinematic Memory" now published in the Journal of Cinema and Media Studies.
February 17, 2021 at 1pm ET
Join Sky Glabush for a 30-minute conversation as he provides a virtual walk through of his current solo-exhibition with the Philip Martin Gallery, "The Caged Lark," Today at 1pm ET on Zoom. Registration required.
February 27, 2021 at 1pm ET on Zoom
PastPerfect is a museum collection and management software used by over 11,000 museums worldwide. Join VASA and MCS for a hands-on tutorial of the software on Saturday, February 27 at 1pm on Zoom.
February 28, 2021
VASA is pleased to announce its upcoming virtual publication, Aeterna, which aims to represent the incredible work of the Department of Visual Arts. VASA is now accepting written and artistic student submissions until February 28, 2021. This year’s theme will be focused on nostalgia.
Monday, February 22 at 11:30am ET
Visual Arts Undergraduate Chair, Tricia Johnson, will be hosting an Intent to Register (ITR) Information session concerning Visual Arts modules and requirements on Monday, February 22nd at 11:30 am on Zoom. Some topics that will be covered are the purpose of Intent to Register, our Visual Arts Degrees and Modules, the BFA Portfolio Requirement for Internal Candidates as well as requirements for Honour Specialization Modules compared to Majors, Minors and Certificates.
OBORO, February 13 - March 30, 2021
The works in the exhibition Press Record comment through a sonic filter on micro-gestures and furtive strategies, plastic waste and manufacturing processes, sited scatterings and dispersal systems. Here, sound is present as both potential and material, reference and inference. The exhibition features three distinct bodies of work: Micro (2014), 4 feet and 33 inches (2014-2017), and Record Release (2012-2020). Image: Christof Migone, Tokyo (video still), 2017
Dunlop Art Gallery, February 23, 2021 @ 2pm ET on YouTube Live
Patrick Mahon joins Rachelle Viader Knowles and Sean Caufield of the VacZineNations! project to discuss the role of art as practice-led research in exploring complex geographic and social perspectives on vaccinations.
February 24, 2021 at 5pm ET on Zoom
The SASAH Speakers' Series - Creativity, Innovation, Justice: Mentors & Storytellers is pleased to present a virtual talk with Gu Xiong, Multimedia Artist and Yu Gu, Filmmaker and Visual Artist. Join us online, February 24, 2021, at 5:00 pm EST.
Monday, February 22, 2021 @ 1pm ET on Zoom
Eternity Martis (BA’14) will be speaking about what it means to be a student (and woman) of colour on a Canadian university campus today. Eternity will be drawing on her experiences as discussed in her highly acclaimed book: They Said This Would Be Fun: Race, Campus Life, and Growing Up.
Artlab Gallery, February 8 - 19th, 2021
Upcoming at the Artlab is Symphony of Lights: An Exploration of Stained-Glass Windows in St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, London, ON. In this exciting collaboration, artist Anahí González, curator Iraboty Kazi, and Dr. C. Cody Barteet explore the visual and aural sensations of being inside St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church in London, Ontario. Videos and photographs taken by González during visits to the church inspire explorations of the stained-glass windows in relation to art and local history. This exhibition is a part of Dr. Barteet’s research program, "Preserving the Cultural and Artistic Heritage of St. John the Evangelist, London, Ontario as a Model for the Anglican Diocese of Huron," a project funded by the University of Western Ontario.
Artlab Gallery, February 1 - 14, 2021
Currently installed in the Artlab Vitrine: “In fact, it wasn’t on my mind at all” by Tia Bates. “This is a series of three paintings of locations from the home I grew up in painted from memory. The series acts both as a self portrait series, and a series of narratives described in the titles of the works. These function as stanzas to a larger narrative poem with the light source being the place described in the titles, and where the subject of the poems physically exists to affect the space around them. The illuminated space illustrates the way a location is perceived through experiences, emotion, and memory." Curated and organized by Artlab’s intern, Sam Wagter
Debora Van Brenk, Western News, February 1, 2021
Gallery Manager Ruth Skinner discusses the recent exhibition 'Distance makes the heart grow weak" with Western News. Learn more about how the pandemic promoted a show of 'seperate togtherness'.
February 9th at 7pm on Zoom
Please join us for this free and public performance series, which will bring some very exciting and compelling artists right to your own screens at home. Join writer and storyteller Ivan Coyote as they welcome some of their favourite performers and makers to the virtual stage to share their songs and stories with you in this intimate and compelling investigation into the creative hearts of some of the finest contemporary voices working in their fields today. This series is brought to you by the Faculty of Arts & Humanities at Western University.
February 13, 2021 at 1:30pm
Lorraine Klaasen is a South African born singer/performer and a 2013 Canadian JUNO Award winner. In 2020, The Forest City London Music Award (FCLMA) was presented to Lorraine in the category of World Music. To celebrate Lorraine's award the Embassy Cultural House will be hosting a virtual reception with Lorraine on February 13 , 2021 at 1:30 ET.
February 12 - March 13, 2021
Congratulations to alumna Tegan Moore (MFA'14), whose exhibition "Foam Fatigue" is installed at YYZ Artists' Outlet from February 12 to March 13, 2021. Image: Tegan Moore, A yellow chunk of spray insulation lays in grass filled with scattered Styrofoam granules from a rasping process of a stucco installation. Image courtesy of the artist.
Artlab Gallery, March 8 - 18, 2021
The Annual Juried exhibition returns for its 19th consecutive year! This group exhibition represents a diverse selection of artwork from all disciplines and all levels of undergraduate study in the Department of Visual Arts. The online submission form will be available as of Thursday, January 28th at 9am from the Artlab website. Submissions close on Thursday, February 11th at 11:59pm.
February 3rd at 1pm on Zoom
Do you want to turn your passion for art into something you can do all the time? That's what Alayna Hryclik (BFA '13), did when she created Soft Flirt, a home decor and apparel brand based around Alayna's lifelong passion for creating art. Now a full-time artist, creator, and entrepreneur, Alayna has the freedom to create at her own pace. Join us on February 3rd at 1:00 pm to hear Alayna's engaging and inspiring story and have a chance to ask her questions about her experience!
Philip Martin Gallery, February 5 - March 12, 2021
Philip Martin Gallery is proud to present Sky Glabush's first exhibition at the gallery. Entitled "The Caged Lark," after a sonnet written by Gerard Manley Hopkins in 1877, Sky Glabush's exhibition features large-scale oil-on-canvas paintings completed by the London, Ontario-based artist over the course of the past year.
SASAH, February 3rd at 5pm on Zoom
The SASAH Speakers' Series - Creativity, Innovation, Justice: Mentors & Storytellers is pleased to present a virtual talk with Jeff Thomas, Photographer and Governor General's Award Winner and Bear Witness, DJ Musician, A Tribe Called Red. Join us online, February 3, 2021, at 5:00 pm.
January 29 - February 12, 2021
Congratulations to Sam Wagter and Sam Erdelyi on their successful Student Donation Fund (SDF) proposals in Fall 2020! Click to read more about how they will use the funds to support the Department of Visual Arts student experience. SDF is an opportunity for Western University Arts and Humanities students to receive direct funding for their events or initiatives. The Student Donation Fund will be accepting proposals for the winter term, January 29 - February 12, 2021.
January 18, 2021
The Department of Visual Arts at Brock University presents, The Walker Cultural Leader Series featuring an engaging talk from artists Jamelie Hassan and Ron Benner on Monday, Jan. 18. View the recorded presentation on the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts YouTube channel.
Deadlines: January 28 and 31, 2021
The following scholarships and awards are available to Visual Arts students. Please check the eligibility criteria of each award carefully and submit the required materials by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and Linda Meloche, our Program Assistant, at email@example.com Deadline: January 28, 2021 Canadian Embroiderers' Guild, London, Memorial Prize Deadline: January 31, 2021 at 3pm Bess A. Hewitt Scholarship in Visual Arts Madeline Lennon Essay Award Gray Creative Arts Award
January 11 - 24th, 2021
The first Artlab Virtine exhibition of 2021 is "I Never Said It" from Megan Goddard, who writes: "'I Never Said It' acts as a sculptural representation of my relationship to people, and the censoring of thoughts which sometimes occurs. The BFA Vitrine Exhibition Series is coordinated by 4th Year BFA Student and Artlab Intern Sam Wagter. It provides students an opportunity to display their artwork through solo exhibitions, gaining valuable experience collaborating with the gallery and expanding their professional CVs.
Congratulations to Prof. Kirsty Roberston for her success in the most recent SSHRB competition for a project titled, "Imagining Change: Three Events for the Centre for Sustainable Curating".
Renewing the Social Contract: Economic Recovery in Canada from COVID-19, December 2020
Patrick Mahon, FRSC, Messagers’ Series: Satellite II (2018-19) was featured on the cover of the RSC report titled, Renewing the Social Contract: Economic Recovery in Canada from COVID-19. Patrick Mahon’s series entitled Messagers, of which Satellite II is one element, is a set of approximately 15 handmade, wall-mounted constructions made of wood veneer strips, painted silver and grey.
Ruth Skinner, Artlab Gallery, January 15-28, 2021
Every few years, the Artlab Gallery at Western University hosts a Faculty and Staff exhibition. These exhibitions are important opportunities for fostering a sense of community in the Visual Arts Department: students are able to see their instructors and mentors at work, and colleagues have a chance to share in each other's research. 2020 was a year like no other, and so the Artlab is leaning into the present with a collective address to this moment of separate togetherness. "Distance makes the heart grow weak" invites faculty, staff and graduate students to speak to how they've been experiencing the last year.
John Hatch, January 13, 2021
The recent dramatic rise in COVID-19 cases in Ontario has necessitated a number of steps by the provincial government to try and stem the current tide. The University hasn’t been too drastically affected. As was announced before the holiday break, the University delayed the start of the Winter term and continues to encourage staff to work from home as much as possible. It has reduced the number of students permitted for in-person classes to 9 or less, but has not prevented those classes from running that can only effectively function through in-person delivery...
March 1st, 2021
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Jamy Brodt, December 22nd, 2020
This message is to highlight the update that was just posted to the Western COVID-19 update page December 22 - Western University (uwo.ca). You will note that the campus will go into a similar state of lockdown that we experienced over the course of the Summer. The Visual Arts Centre will only be accessible by security swipe to Faculty, Staff and Graduate Students who need to visit their offices. If you plan to visit campus, please be sure to complete the HR Questionnaire (Return to Campus Questionnaire FAQs - Return to Campus Questionnaire FAQs - Western University (uwo.ca)) prior to your arrival. As has been the case since last March, Faculty, Staff and Grad Students who can work from home are encouraged to continue to do so in compliance with Health Unit recommendations. Dean Milde and Department Chairs will be working through the transition of in-person classes to online where required.
Ruth Skinner, Artlab Gallery, December 22nd, 2020
The 2019-2020 academic year ended unexpectedly for all. To offset the shock, Artlab launched handle with care, a virtual exhibition for the 2020 BFA Practicum class. A six-month programming pause lifted with George Kubresli's thesis exhibition, The Hell of a Boiling Red. The 2020-2021 academic year began optimistically with undergrad exhibitions We Were, And Then We Weren't and I-dentify. Unfortunately, health and safety concerns once again forced us to end in-person appointments (read a heartfelt account of this unexpected closure by exhibiting artist and Artlab Intern, Sam Wagter). Our exhibition programming continued, however, augmented with thorough documentation and Digital Features for experiencing Artlab projects from afar. No one knows what 2021 will bring, but we're excited to carry out our programming schedule for Winter 2021. In the meantime, here's to a long winter's nap.
December 22, 2020, Virtual Exhibition
In this virtual exhibition, students from SA 2652A: Introduction to Digital Photography explore ideas of transition and what they mean for our past, present, and future. Their works collectively consider transitions related to various themes: cultural, social, environmental, political, and technological.
CBC Arts, November 25, 2020
Alumni Rah Eleh (MFA '18) was recently featured in a CBC Arts: Artist Spotlight titled "How do you reckon with female self-immolation? For Rah Eleh, it meant reimagining how she makes art"
tba: Journal of Art, Media and Visual Culture, December 16, 2020
The Visual Arts graduate students’ journal, tba: journal of art, media, and visual culture will release its second annual edition on Wednesday, December 16th! The theme is Splinter and the journal contains contributions from writers and artists in Canada and the US.
December 12, 2020
December 12 from noon to midnight GMT (7-7 EST, 5-5 CST, 4-4 PST) on Resonance Extra, Wave Farm, and YouTube Live. A radio-but-not-really-radio event where you and you and you momentarily, tentatively, expectantly share the same nonplace.
Monday, December 14, 2020
John Hatch will be delivering a virtual talk to the Fine Arts College of Shanghai University Monday, December 14, titled “Radical Creativity: Trends and Bends in Modern Art and Architecture.”
November 27 - December 11, 2020
The Visual Arts Practicum class has organized a fundraiser. With a $10 minimum donation, you will receive a surprise artwork in the mail. Each artwork will remain the approximate size of a postcard (5x7 inches).
December 9-12, 2020
Satellite Project Space presents MFA candidate Jérôme Conquy's thesis exhibition, "Pharmakon: Acts, Traces, and Maps" December 9 to December 12, 2020
December 3, 2020 at 7pm ET on Instagram Live
Join Forest City Gallery and Prof. Kirsty Robertson on Instagram Live as she discusses art in isolation with local artists. December 3rd, 2020, 7 pm ET on Instagram @forestcitygallery
November 23, 2020, virtual exhibition
"...And on That Day, I Went For a Walk" is an Artlab Gallery virtual exhibition that presents work by students in professor David Merritt's SA 2602A: Studio Seminar class. An interactive PDF of the exhibition is available now on the Artlab Gallery webpage.
November 27, 2020
Professor John Hatch will present a lecture titled: "A Brief Survey of Some Absurd but Critical Moments in Modern Art" at The College of Arts and Media at Tongji University (Shanghai) online, Friday, November 27, 2020.
"Undocumented Migration and Political Community in Susan Meiselas’s Crossings Photographs" by Sarah Bassnett
Sarah Bassnett, Panorama: Journal of the Association of Historians of American, Fall 2020
Professor Sarah Bassnett has recently published “Undocumented Migration and Political Community in Susan Meiselas’s Crossings Photographs,” Panorama: Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art 6, no. 2 (Fall 2020), available to all through the open-access, online journal.
December 11, 2020
Calling all BFA Students! The Artlab is looking for four artists to fill the Artlab Vitrine in a series of open theme, solo exhibitions scheduled from mid January to early April 2021. The vitrine is located on the wall behind the desk beside the Artlab doors. 2D and 3D works accepted and must fit within the specified dimensions. Submissions due December 11, 2020.
November 19, 2020, 7pm ET on Zoom
Join us as the Art Now! Speakers' Series welcomes Christina Battle for an online lecture via Zoom. Thursday, November 19, 2020, 7pm ET
November 23 - December 3, 2020
In this exhibition, students from SA 2643: Introduction to Sculpture and Installation explore cultural connections, exchanges, and crossings by using readymades and found objects to create collaborative installations.
November 21, 2020 at 5pm ET on Zoom
In partnership with GardenShip & State, an upcoming exhibition at Museum London (2021), the Words Festival will host a virtual studio tour with 8 artists and writers who are in the creative process of mounting the exhibition for September of 2021! Featured Speakers: Ron Benner, Jeff Thomas, Michelle Wilson, Lori Blondeau, Mark Kasumovic, Quinn Smallboy, Patrick Mahon, and Joan Greer.
November 17, 2020 at 7pm ET on Zoom
Art After Dark presents MFA candidate Rebecca Sutherland in a 2-hour online landscape painting workshop. All skill levels welcome. Painters are encouraged to use different colour palettes and take their own artistic liberties. Grab your laptop and prepare to flex your creativity.
Thursday, November 12, 2020, 7:00 pm ET, on Zoom
Join us as the Art Now! Speakers' Series welcomes Adam Lauder and Mark Hayward for an online lecture, co-presented by the McIntosh Gallery, in conjunction with the exhibition Computational Arts in Canada 1967-1974, which they curated.
November 4, 2020
Brendan Fernandes (MFA '05) joined Tom Power to discuss his new digital performance The Left Space commissioned by the Art Gallery of Ontario, and how the role of protest art has changed in the COVID-19 and Trump era.
Sunday, November 15, 2020
Our fall open house is going virtual, if you know a high school student considering Western, please invite them to register and attend.
Art Gallery of Ontario, Friday, November 6, 7pm ET on Zoom
"The Left Space" is a new digital commission by internationally renowned artist and Western University alumnus Brendan Fernandes, created specifically for this moment in time and for the AGO, that considers how we, the global left, have found ourselves in this predicament. Developed and choreographed for webcam and the grid formation of Zoom, custom backdrops by graphic designer Jerome Harris and on-and-off camera sequences will intervene and aesthetically connect a team of dancers from Hit and Run Productions performing from their homes around the world, with a score by DJ Karsten Sollors.
October 31, 2020, 2pm ET on Zoom
Works by several Western Visual Arts faculty, adjunct faculty, and alumni are included in Embassy Cultural House’s first virtual exhibit: Hiding in Plain Sight, launching today, October 30th at 2:00 pm EST on Zoom with journalist Sarah Kendzior in attendance. Over forty artists and contributors have responded to the open call to create an artwork in response to the 2020 book by St. Louis-based journalist Sarah Kendzior “Hiding in Plain Sight”.
October 26, 2020, 12 pm
The Artlab Gallery is pleased to present MFA candidate Sepideh Tajalizadeh Dashti’s thesis exhibition, "To Be Me" October 26 to November 12, 2020.
October 24 - November 28, 2020
Congratulations to Alumna Niloufar Salimi (MFA'15), whose exhibition "75 Oriole Rd" opens Saturday, October 24 at Support. Excerpts from an accompanying essay by E.C. Woodley: Perhaps it is not a surprise that the daily drawing practice that produced this exhibition was occasioned by the loss of Salimi’s collective studio to COVID-19 safety measures. 75 Oriole Rd is an urgent retrieval of concentrated attention and seeing, of encounter with physical appearances.
Thursday, October 29, 2020, 7:00 pm ET, on Zoom
Join us as the Art Now! Speakers' Series welcomes Michèle Pearson Clarke for an online lecture. Co-presented with the Forest City Gallery. Thursday, October 29, 2020, 7:00 pm ET, on Zoom
October 15, 2020, 7pm ET on Zoom
Join us as the Art Now! Speakers' Series welcomes Wayne Dunkley for an online lecture. Thursday, October 15, 2020 7pm ET on Zoom.
October 8, 2020, 7pm ET, on Zoom
Join us as the Art Now! Speakers' Series welcomes Germaine Koh for an online lecture. Thursday October 8, 2020, 7pm ET.
Giller Prize, October 5, 2020
Shani Mootoo has been shortlisted for the 2020 Giller Prize. Mootoo's novel Polar Vortex, published by Book*hug Press was nominated for the award, completed a BFA in 1980 in the Department of Visual Arts at Western.
Artlab Gallery, October 5-15, 2020 (virtual exhibition)
Second year MFA Exhibition on view at Artlab Gallery, featuring the works of Anahí González, Rebecca Sutherland, Declan Hoy, Tommy Bourque and Faith Patrick. The Artlab Gallery and Cohen Commons are operating virtually. In-person visits are not permitted at this time, please visit our website for images of the exhibition and follow our social media for upcoming virtual exhibition tours.
John G. Hatch, Art Canada Institute, September 2020
“Kazuo Nakamura: Life & Work” by John G. Hatch will be released in June 2021 by the Art Canada Institute. Painters Eleven co-founder Kazuo Nakamura (1926–2002) was one of the great Canadian artists of the twentieth century, famous for his muted landscapes and his abstract compositions.
Field Trips | Art Across Canada, August 18, 2020
Alumna Esmaa Mohamoud (BFA'14 from Western University) is currently featured in the Field Trip Residency. The Field Trip Artist Residency is an opportunity for arts organizations in Canada to listen, learn, respond and create space in a collaborative manner that is meaningful and relevant while advancing work towards inclusion and equity for marginalized populations.
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 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 whose entry in the 'Art History and Theory' category was Highly Commended at the 2020 Undergraduate Awards!
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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