March 10, 2020
Please join us for Western University’s Annual Open Studios event hosted by the Department of Visual Arts. MFA, PhD, & BFA Practicum studio spaces will be open for you to explore! For additional information, and a list of participating artist please click to read more.
Deborah Van Brenk, Western News, March 02, 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.
Artlab Gallery, February 24, 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
Cohen Commons, February 02, 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 01, 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
Artlab Gallery, January 28, 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
January 14, 2020
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, November 20, 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, 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.
Museum of Ontario Archaeology, October 31, 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 21, 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 21, 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 21, 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 14, 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
Artlab, September 09, 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 08, 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
Leah Sandals, Canadian Art, April 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.
TBA Journal, April 12, 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 10, 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 09, 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.
March 13, 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 11, 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.
Cohen Commons, March 10, 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.
February 15, 2019
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 15, 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.
January 31, 2019
Congratulations to alumna Anosha Khan (BFA '18) who was the recipient of a 2018 Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant for painting and Sculpture
January 18, 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 14, 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.
Deborah Van Brenk, Western News, January 09, 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 09, 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.
Matt Olson, Saskatoon Star Phoenix, November 30, 2018
A new sound installation by PhD candidate Ellen Moffat called Small Sonorities: A Little Piece of String is now up at the Remai Modern art gallery.
Artlab Gallery, November 12, 2018
Back for the 17th 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. Reception: November 15, 2018, 5-7pm
November 12, 2018
Looking to spruce up your office or living room walls? Searching for a one-of-a-kind holiday present? Join us November 19 & 20 in the Visual Arts Centre for the VASA Art Sale. 9am-4pm. Artists may drop off their artwork between 8-9am
Jessica Matthys, November 12, 2018
Congratulations to Jessica Matthys 4th year Honors Specialization in Art History and Museum Studies, who was recently included in two publications; The Cider Press and Archival Treasures, from the Norwich and District Historical Society and CHOnews, A Quarterly Publication of the Community Heritage Ontario
Artlab Gallery, November 01, 2018
Not to Be Determined is an exhibition by the students currently in the second-year studio seminar. It showcases two major projects they have worked on individually and collectively throughout the semester. November 1- 6, 2018. Opening Reception: Thursday, November 1 from 5-7pm
Artlab Gallery, October 26, 2018
Back for the 17th 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.
Art Gallery of Windsor, October 15, 2018
In The Living River Project: Art, Water and Possible Worlds, co-curators Patrick Mahon and Stuart Reid build on previous iterations of the exhibition to consider the cultural, historical and environmental significance of water issues in the Windsor-Detroit corridor. Featuring work by alumni Quinn Smallboy, Soheila Esfahani, Dickson Bou, Colin Miner, Gautam Garoo, and Joscelyn Garner.
Artlab Gallery, September 11, 2018
Join us for the opening reception of DAYS, Thursday, September 13th from 5-7pm at the Artlab, an exhibition by Sofia Berger, Liam Creed, Olivia Mossuto and Michael Thompson. Followed by the first Art Now lecture by Zin Taylor in NCB 117 at 7pm.
NCB 117, September 11, 2018
Join us Thursday at 7pm in NCB 117 for the first fall lecture from out 'Art Now! Speakers' Series', with artist Zin Taylor! All 'Art Now!' lectures are FREE and open to the public, but seating is limited!
August 27, 2018
Read some of our top stories from the past academic year including highlights from faculty, alumni, staff, and our current students!
Paul Mayne, Western News, March 01, 2018
Visual Arts student Brenda Fuhrman has brought the stories of London’s transit riders to life with the creation of comic strips, among the featured works of @SENDERS Practicum Class Exhibition, which begins March 23 at the Artlab Gallery in the Department of Visual Arts.
Forest City Gallery, December 04, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, December 4th from 6 - 10 PM Closing Day/ Reception: Tuesday, December 15th from 12:00- 5:00 PM | This Show and Sale acts as both an appreciation event to our Membership, as well as FCG's biggest fundraiser of the year. Participating artists include many Western Visual Arts Faculty, Students and alumni.
SATELLiTE Project Space, December 01, 2015
SATELLiTE is inviting students and alumni of Western University (Visual Arts undergraduate and graduate programs), Fanshawe College (Fine Art, Design, Fashion or Photography programs) and Bealart to submit work for Satellite Holiday Art Fair 2015. Visit their site to apply.
ARCCO Achievement Award Presentation and Reception, November 06, 2015
Congratulations to alumna Jenna Faye Powell (BFA '09) on her 2015 ARCCO Emerging Cultural Leader Award. Powell is an emerging artist and arts administrator with experience in both the not-for-profit and charitable sectors. She is the current Executive Director of Forest City Gallery.
McIntosh Gallery, November 05, 2015
Ed Pien is a multidisciplinary artist based in Toronto. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from York University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Western University. Opening reception: November 5 at 7:30PM Artist-led tour: November 6 at 12:30PM
Nuit Blanche, October 03, 2015
Faculty member Christof Migone commissioned by alumna Christine Shaw (MFA, 1999) to present “Hit" as part of her Nuit Blanche exhibition called The Work of Wind. The sound performance Hit will feature 10 mixers and 25 performers including recent graduate Randi Aiken (BFA 2015), and current undergraduate students: Michelle Bunton, Ronnie Clarke, Amy Cunningham, and Robin Scott.
DNA Artspace, October 03, 2015
Organized by artist, Patrick Mahon, whose work is presented in the exhibition. The project includes individual works by the following Canadian artists: Sean Caulfield (Edmonton, AB); Karilee Fuglem (Montreal, QC); David Merritt (London, ON); Tegan Moore (London, ON); Francine Savard (Montreal, Q.C.), and Norwegian artist, Elida Brenna Linge. Through photography, painting, sculpture, print media and video, the artists respond to the wind through a range of visual strategies that remind us of its power and its delicacy. Opening Reception: Friday October 2, 7-10pm Panel Discussion: Saturday October 3, 3-4pm
Media Relations, September 23, 2015
Congratulations to Visual Arts Students Emily Copeland and Kelsey Perreault, who were named among the international winners of The Undergraduate Awards, a worldwide competition recognizing top undergraduate work. Western honourees are invited to attend the Global Summit in Dublin in November.
Forest City Gallery, September 19, 2015
FCG and VASA are proud to present our second annual Student Meet & Greet drop-in event, hosted at Forest City Gallery. Stop by FCG on September 19th, Saturday afternoon from 4:00- 7:00 PM to meet fellow arts students from Western University, Fanshawe College and Beal Vocational High School.
Department of Visual Arts, September 17, 2015
An evening of Arts Events in the VAC & outside the McIntosh Gallery. Click the link for more information.
Up With Art, June 20, 2015
The compassion and generosity of London’s arts community will be on display at Unity Project’s 7th annual UPwithART show. 75 works of art, donated by artists or off the walls of notable collectors, will be up for bid by silent auction. London’s best arty-party for relief of homelessness. Including artwork by Western University Faculty, Alumni & current students.
The London Free Press, June 03, 2015
Abby Vincent, a fourth-year BFA visual arts student at Western University, is organizing Visual Fringe at the Arts Project, as well as Nuit Blanche June 13 as part of the London Fringe Festival.
D'Clinic studios, June 01, 2015
Congratulations to recent graduate Taylor Doyle (BFA 2015) who has been accepted to the "Shovel" artist residency for the month of June at D'Clinic studios in Lendava, Slowvenia.
Westland Gallery, May 12, 2015
Slip, a joint exhibition with artists Jenna Faye Powell and Jill Price, explores the ups and downs of contemporary life through metaphors of rough, rugged and disrupted landscapes. On view until May 30th.
he Powerplant Gallery, April 12, 2015
Western University alumna Jessica Karuhanga (BFA 2010) will be hosting the Sunday Scene, April 12, 2pm at the Powerplant Gallery in Toronto.
The Arts Project, April 02, 2015
Featuring a mixed variety of media and themes, this exhibition will consist of artwork by third and fourth year Western students in the Third year Studio Seminar Class. The show will run from March 30th until April 4th. Join us for the opening reception on Thursday, April 2nd from 3-5pm.
Meerna Homayed, Western Gazette, March 24, 2015
Meerena Homayed, reviews the recent student exhibition at the Arts Project. The Fused/Division art gallery exhibition opened Thursday night and showcased pieces by 11 Western students from the department of visual arts BFA.
Tome Ruess, Western Gazette, March 20, 2015
Tom Ruess reviews VAULT at the Artlab Gallery. "The BFA students chosen for practicum have works that explore a vast variety of themes and make use of different mediums. For example, Mackenzie Sinclair is an installation-based artist who uses found objects to explore the binaries of being a woman. Cayley Cowan, on the other hand, focuses on textile art and weaving in relation to nature."
Joe Belanger, The London Free Press, March 18, 2015
Read an article in the London Free Press on the Open Studio & VAULT events in the John Labatt Visual Arts Centre at Western University. Image: Escalator Down by Matt Tarini.
Meerna Homayed, Western Gazette, March 17, 2015
Join us for the opening reception of Fused/Division, an exhibition by students in Professor Kim Moodie’s Advanced 4th Year BFA Studio Seminar class. Fused/Division showcases the development and final stages of each artist’s research for their independent projects. Reception March 19th from 5-7pm
Whitney South, Toronto.com, March 14, 2015
Western Visual Arts students including Mark Kasumovic and Nilou Salimi are opening their studios to the public in hopes of encouraging a different brand of conversation, while Kelly McKenzie (right) is the co-chair of Boredom: Visual Arts Graduate Conference.
Spencer Gallery, March 01, 2015
BFA alumna Yulia Lobacheva currently has an exhibition of Prints and Drawings on display at the Spencer Gallery inside the Weldon Library. The exhibition will be on view until April 30th, 2015.
Project Gallery, January 29, 2015
SHAPESHIFTERS is a duo exhibition of new paintings by Kristyn Watterworth and Western University BFA student Faith Patrick on display from Jan 29 – Feb 11, 2015 at Project Gallery – 1109 Queen St E.
McIntosh Gallery, January 15, 2015
Curated by Julian Haladyn. Please join us at the McIntosh Gallery for the opening reception Thursday, January 15 at 7:00 P.M. A Talk and tour of the exhibition is scheduled for Friday, January 16 at 12:00 P.M.
Whippersnapper Gallery, January 09, 2015
BFA student Taylor Doyle's video "Grease" will be included in Whippersnapper Gallery's "Sidewalk Screening" emerging video artist series. Screening will run from January 9th – February 15th, 2015 at 594b Dundas Street West, Toronto.
Forest City Gallery, November 28, 2014
Western University faculty members, students and alumni have donated artwork to FCG's annual members' exhibition and fundraising sale. Proceeds benefit London's Artist Run Centre. Opening Reception Friday, Nov. 28th from 6 - 10 PM
DNA Artspace, November 21, 2014
Carte Blanche involves over one hundred contemporary artists across Canada including faculty, students and alumni from Western University; Sky Glabush, David Merritt, Brad Isaacs, Jenna Faye Powell, Neil Klassen, Christine Negus, Gabriella Solti, Kyla Brown, Maryse Lariviere, and many more! Opening Reception: Friday, November 21, 7-11pm
DNA Artspace, November 21, 2014
Experimentations in drawing installation by the students in VAS 2204, Intro to Drawing will be on display at DNA artspace. Opening reception, 2nd floor, November 21st, 7-11pm
Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery, November 06, 2014
Jenna Faye Powell, Western University BFA alumna and Director of Forest City Gallery (FCG) in London will join JNAAG assistant curator Darryn Doull for a conversation tracing the history of the FCG, and the efforts of the London Regionalists during the 1970's.
Forest City Gallery, September 05, 2014
"Tell Me What You're Made Of" is a group exhibition on view at Forest City Gallery from Friday, September 5, 2014 - Friday, October 24, 2014. Scott Chalmers is a London-based multidisciplinary artist, who recently graduated from Western University’s BFA program. Chalmers was the winner of the ArtLab’s Annual Juried Exhibition in 2014.
Nuit Blanche, June 14, 2014
For Nuit Blanche London, Forest City Gallery will present a long-duration performance by the Arbornauts - an interdisciplinary and collaborative art project by Amanda White, Lydia Burggraaf (Western BFA Alumna), and Meghan Krauss.
Nuit Blanche, June 14, 2014
Nuit Blanche will feature a performance and installation by Artistic collective, EARTHBOUND by Western University Students: Jana Sokolova, Hana Al Jamal, & Randi Aiken. EARTHBOUND aims is to create an installation that illuminates & glorifies plant life.
London Studio Tour, May 02, 2014
The 2014 London Artists’ Studio Tour is May 2, 3 and 4. This self-guided tour offers the public an extraordinary opportunity to meet local artists in their working environments and learn more about their creative processes.
Great Hall, March 19, 2014
Visual Art Students and Alumni will be exhibiting there work in a fundraiser exhibition and sale at the Great Hall. All proceeds will benefit the Western Heads East Program. Artists include alumni: Conan Masterson, Neil Klassen, Jamie Q & current students: Yara El Sefi and Brenda Fuhrman.
London Fuse, February 14, 2014
Visual Artist Jenna Faye Powell completed her BFA at the Department of Visual Arts at Western University in 2009. Read about her current artistic practice and curatorial projects on londonfuse.ca
Art Gallery of Algoma, December 30, 2013
Sarah Fortais' (Western University, BFA 2011, Department of Visual Arts) Uniforms for Everyday Rituals presents 8 videos of a single character performing banal tasks in eccentric and cumbersome sculptural garments.
The Arts Project, March 10, 2020
Print London is a collective of artists who will display a wide variety of print techniques. The exhibition of prints features Western faculty, staff, students and alumni, including Tricia Johnson and Jessica Desparois. Opening night: Tues, Feb 10th from 5-8PM.