• In Conversation: Rah with Heather Anderson |UWAG

    Akimbo, October 14, 2021

    "The University of Waterloo Art Gallery and the Department of Fine Arts are pleased to present media artist Rah in conversation with curator Heather Anderson discussing the artist’s video installation Supernova" Rah graduated from the MFA program in the Department of Visual Arts at Western University in 2018.

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  • Michael Pszczonak: The Colour of a Window | Michael Gibson Gallery

    Michael Gibson Gallery, October 13, 2021

    Congratulations to alumnus Mike Pszczonak (MFA ‘14) as he shares new work in a solo exhibition at Michael Gibson Gallery “The Colour of a Window”. The exhibition is on view October 13 - November 27, 2021

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  • GardenShip and State | Museum London

    Museum London, October 07, 2021

    GardenShip and State is now open at Museum London! The exhibition features works produced over a two-year period – the results of conversations between the artists and writers, oftentimes with members of their local communities. GardenShip and State was curated by Jeff Thomas and Visual Arts Professor Patrick Mahon and features several Department of Visual Arts students and alumni.

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  • Michael Farnan: Canoe Fight: From Reverence to Redress | MacLaren Art Centre

    October 06, 2021

    Congratulations to PhD alum Michael Farnan whose solo exhibition "Canoe Fight: From Reverence to Redress" is on view now until October 24, 2021 at the MacLaren Art Centre in Barrie, On.

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  • Exhibition Review: Intercambio/Exchange at Support Project Space

    By Kim Neudorf, Akimbo, September 22, 2021

    Organized by the Embassy Cultural House as part of their recently revitalized series of socially engaged community projects in London and beyond, Intercambio/Exchange at Support Project Space highlights local artists Ron Benner, Patricia Deadman, Duncan DeKergommeaux, Mireya Folch-Serra, Anahí González, Gildo Gonzalez, Jamelie Hassan, Carlos Lores, Kim Moodie, Oscar Ortiz, Jenna Rose Sands, and Jean Spence – all of whose work has past and present ties with specific sites in Mexico, such as Oaxaca, Mexico City, Merida, San Miguel de Allende, and Saltillo. Intercambio/Exchange at Support Project Space is on view September 27 to October 18, 2021. Image: Anahi Gonzalez, Always Fresco, 2021, inkjet print.

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  • Jade Williamson: In Peril | For the Love of Art Gallery

    September 16, 2021

    Congratulations to alumna Jade Williamson (BFA '21) whose exhibition "In Peril" is on view at For the Love of Art Gallery September 24 - 26, 2021. An opening reception is scheduled for September 24 at 7 pm.

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  • Plastic Heart: Surface All the Way Through

    September 08, 2021

    "Plastic Heart: Surface All the Way Through" is on view now at The Art Museum at the University of Toronto. Curated by the Synthetic Collective which includes Department of Visual Arts Professors Kirsty Robertson and Kelly Wood and MFA Alum Tegan Moore.

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  • 2021 Satellite Award Exhibition: Function As One

    Satellite Project Space, September 01, 2021

    The 2021 Award Exhibition, "Function As One" showcases work by three recently graduated emerging artists including, Kaitlyn Hwang, a recent Western University graduate of the BFA program with an Honours Specialization in Studio Art. Clara Tuckey (Fanshawe College, Fine Art Diploma), and Kenna Robinson (Bealart).

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  • Quinn Smallboy: String Theory | Glenhyrst Art Gallery

    Glenhyrst Art Gallery, August 31, 2021

    Congratulations to alumni Quinn Smallboy (BFA '14, MFA '17) whose exhibition "String Theory," is installed at Glenhurst Gallery from August 31 - September 26, 2021.

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  • MFA alumna Anahí González featured in Vanguardia MX

    August 25, 2021

    PhD student and MFA alumna Anahí González (MFA '21) was featured in the arts section of Vanguardia MX highlighting her two simultaneous MFA thesis exhibitions titled "The Other Neighbour of El Otro Lado". These exhibitions were installed in two locations: the Artlab Gallery (London, ON, Canada) and El NODO (Saltillo, COAH, Mexico).

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  • Gabriella Solti: Red + Red = Blue | Satellite Project Space

    Satellite Project Space, August 18, 2021

    Congratulations to alumna Gabriella Solti (MFA'14), whose exhibition "Red + Red = Blue" is installed at Satellite Project Space from August 18 to 28, 2021. The exhibition features a series of watercolour paintings on handmade Japanese paper.

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  • Sam Wagter: Shades of Blue and Smush | FCG

    Forest City Galley, August 14, 2021

    For many years, Forest City Gallery has supported the AJE through the contribution of the FCG Feature Award. The FCG Feature offers a presentation opportunity to one student each year, selected by a professional jury. The AJE 19, which took place in March 2021, awarded 4th year Visual Arts student, Sam Wagter, with this year's FCG Feature Award. Sam Wager's work will be up for viewing on the FCG website from August 14-28, 2021.

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  • MKG127 Presents pockets, postscripts, peonies by Liza Eurich

    MKG127, July 14, 2021

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

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  • "Conservation through visual arts"

    By Debora Van Brenk, Western News, June 18, 2021

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

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

    April 30, 2021

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

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

    April 30, 2021

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

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  • Artist Talk with Tegan Moore | YYZ Artists' Outlet

    April 19, 2021

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

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  • In Conversation: And Repeat | Art Gallery of Windsor

    April 09, 2021

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

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  • UPwithART

    UPwithART, April 09, 2021

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

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

    April 01, 2021

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

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  • Destruction as a muse

    AGO Insider, March 25, 2021

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

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

    March 19, 2021

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

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  • Written on Earth | McIntosh Gallery

    March 04, 2021

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

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  • Tegan Moore: Foam Fatigue | YYZ Artists' Outlet

    February 02, 2021

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

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  • Creating Art Full Time with Alayna Hryclik of Soft Flirt

    January 27, 2021

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

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  • Rah Eleh | CBC Arts

    CBC Arts, December 21, 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"

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  • Brendan Fernandes | Interview on CBC q

    November 09, 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.

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  • The Left Space: Brendan Fernandes | The Art Gallery of Ontario

    By Art Gallery of Ontario, November 02, 2020

    "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.

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  • Niloufar Salimi: 75 Oriole Rd | Support

    October 23, 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.

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  • Alumna Shani Mootoo Shortlisted for the Giller Prize

    By Giller Prize, October 05, 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.

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  • Alumna Esmaa Mohamoud featured in the Field Trip Residency

    By Field Trips | Art Across Canada, October 04, 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.

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  • Art Now! Presents: Katie Bethune-Leamen

    September 24, 2020

    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.

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  • Art Now! Panel Discussion: Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens

    September 22, 2020

    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.

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  • Message from Undergraduate Chair Tricia Johnson

    June 09, 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 visarts@uwo.ca and we'll include your news.

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  • BFA Alumni Organize Charity Art Sale to Fundraise for BLM

    June 08, 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.

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  • David Merritt: aweigh | empty gallery

    March 08, 2020

    David Merritt’s ‘aweigh’ opens Friday, March 13 @ 7 pm at 'empty gallery' in Victoria BC. The artist will be in attendance.

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  • Postponed : James Knott - The Apocalypse In Your Bedroom | Artlab

    Artlab Gallery, March 07, 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.

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  • Postponed: My Diasporic Family’s Living Room | Satellite Project Space

    Satellite Project Space, March 06, 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.

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  • Opening Reception: Kelly Greene Accountability | McIntosh Gallery

    McIntosh Gallery, February 22, 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!

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  • Art Now! Presents: Kelly Mark at Museum London

    Museum London, February 10, 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.

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  • Art Now! Presents: Jamelie Hassan & Ruth Skinner

    January 27, 2020

    Art Now! Presents: Jamelie Hassan & Ruth Skinner; Presented in partnership with SASAH. Thursday, January 30, 2020 in Conron Hall, UC 3110.

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  • Facilities Renewal: The Digital Creativity Lab – Opening Spring 2020

    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.

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