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

    August 04, 2022

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

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

    By Mark Allison, BBC Culture, July 14, 2022

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

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

    Screen Studies Conference, July 13, 2022

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

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

    July 01, 2022

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

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

    CMA, July 01, 2022

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

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

    June 24, 2022

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

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

    CHHA 1610 AM - Radio Voces Latina, June 13, 2022

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

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  • Online Lecture by Prof. John Hatch at Tongji University

    May 31, 2022

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

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

    Istinye University, May 26, 2022

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

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  • Christof Migone Receives Graham Gale Wright Distinguished Scholar Award

    Faculty of Arts and Humanities, May 17, 2022

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

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

    By Alena Robin, University of Toronto Press, May 17, 2022

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

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

    By Kirsty Robertson, Centre for Sustainable Curating, May 16, 2022

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

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  • Closing Reception: From Remote Stars | Museum London

    Museum London, May 13, 2022

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

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  • Exhibition Review: "Continuing Accountability"

    By Madeline Lennon, Centred.ca, May 13, 2022

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

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

    Centre Culturel Canadien, May 12, 2022

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

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

    May 11, 2022

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

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

    Western News, April 29, 2022

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

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  • Exhibition Video: GardenShip & State | Museum London

    Museum London, April 26, 2022

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

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  • Unnatural Nature: Post-Pop Landscapes | Acquavella Galleries

    Acquavella Galleries, April 21, 2022

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

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  • Wyn Geleynse and Kim Moodie | SATELLiTE Project Space

    April 20, 2022

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

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  • Western honours this year’s most outstanding educators

    By Keri Ferguson, Western News, April 07, 2022

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

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

    Amsterdam University Press, April 01, 2022

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

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

    March 28, 2022

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

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

    Centre for Sustainable Curating , March 28, 2022

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

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  • Kirsty Robertson named a Faculty Scholar for 2022-2024

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

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

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  • Art Now! Speakers' Series: Amanda Myers

    March 17, 2022

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

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

    March 16, 2022

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

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

    March 12, 2022

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

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

    By Debora Van Brenk, Western News, March 03, 2022

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

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

    February 18, 2022

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

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

    Centre for Sustainable Curating, January 26, 2022

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

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

    January 20, 2022

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

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  • Launch of From Remote Stars Podcast

    December 12, 2021

    From Remote Stars is a podcast exploring a recently uncovered recording that artist Greg Curnoe made of futurist and architect R. Buckminster Fuller speaking in London, Ontario in 1968. Hosted by artist Christina Battle, the series takes shape as three episodes, accompanied by in depth interviews with novelist Kerri Sakamoto and art historian Eva Díaz. Each episode builds from Fuller’s visit to London to discuss mythmaking, land, belonging, travel, decolonization, and climate crisis, and includes interviews with artists, curators, and scholars. This podcast accompanies the exhibition From Remote Stars: Buckminster Fuller, London, and Speculative Futures, curated by Kirsty Robertson and Sarah E.K. Smith, forthcoming at Museum London February 19 to May 15, 2022.

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  • Sky Glabush in conversation with Phillip Martin Gallery

    Phillip Martin Gallery, December 12, 2021

    Professor Sky Glabush joined Phillip Martin in conversation to discuss his exhibition with the gallery, "Weight of Light," which features new oil and sand on canvas works. A recording of this interview is available on YouTube.

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  • David Merritt: all things equal | Christie Contemporary

    December 01, 2021

    Congratulations to Professor Emeritus David Merritt whose solo exhibition "all things equal" is on view at Christie Contemporary until December 4, 2021.

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  • Special Issue "Latin American Art, Visual and Material Culture in the Long Eighteenth Century"

    Arts, November 30, 2021

    Special Issue "Latin American Art, Visual and Material Culture in the Long Eighteenth Century" co-edited by Dr. Alena Robin and featuring the article "The Retablos of Teabo and Mani: The Evolution of Renaissance Altars in Colonial Yucatán" by Dr. Cody Barteet has now been published and is available on MDPI.

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  • Exhibition Catalog: Symphony of Lights: An Exploration of the Stained Glass Windows in St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, London, Ontario

    November 29, 2021

    Prof. Cody Barteet and PhD students Ira Kazi and Anahí González have produced an exhibition catalogue for Symphony of Lights: An Exploration of the Stained Glass Windows in St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, London, Ontario. which is now available for viewing online.

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  • Water is Life: A Visit with GardenShip & State | WordsFest

    November 17, 2021

    Museum London and Words are pleased to present an evening visit with GardenShip & State, an exhibition of artists and curators who are investigating the role of water as a life-giving force as we face the Anthropocene. Water is Life: A Visit with GardenShip & State Hosts: Patrick Mahon and Jeff Thomas Featuring Lori Blondeau, Tom Cull, Michael Farnan, Amelia Fay, Joan Greer, Mark Kasumovic, Mary Mattingly, Adrian Stimson, Andres Villar, and Michelle Wilson

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  • Dazzling and Luminous An interview with Sky Glabush

    By Fay Nicolson, SALOME SALMACIS, November 16, 2021

    Professor Sky Glabush spoke with Fay Nicolson from Salome Salmacis in an interview in which they discuss Sky's relationship to image making, the landscape and modernism ahead of his forthcoming solo show at Philip Martin Gallery, LA. In ‘Dazzling and Luminous’, Sky explores aspects of his unique visual language in a compelling discussion about his artistic journey and the forces that have shaped his practice.

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  • Prof. Sky Glabush: Lecture and critique at SAIC

    November 14, 2021

    Professor Sky Glabush was invited to lecture and host a series of critiques for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Painting and Drawing Department via zoom on November 16, 2021.

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  • Weight of Light: Sky Glabush | Philip Martin Gallery

    November 03, 2021

    Philip Martin Gallery is proud to present, "Weight of Light” an exhibition featuring new large-scale landscape paintings by Sky Glabush. These works, comprised of layers of oil and sand on canvas, imply a deep and meaningful relationship between the viewer and nature, fuelling a sense of wonder in front of awe-inspiring phenomenon.

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  • “The Sounds and Sights of Vertigo’s Afterlife in Art: Chamber Made Opera’s Phobia (2003) and Jean Curran’s The Vertigo Project (2018)” by Christine Sprengler

    Indiana University Press, November 03, 2021

    Christine Sprengler's essay, “The Sounds and Sights of Vertigo’s Afterlife in Art: Chamber Made Opera’s Phobia (2003) and Jean Curran’s The Vertigo Project (2018),” now published in Sidney Gottlieb and Donal Martin's Haunted by Vertigo (available through Indiana University Press, October 2021).

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  • Patrick Mahon: Immune Nations Panel Discussion | McMaster Museum of Art

    November 01, 2021

    As part of the <Immune Nations> exhibition at McMaster Museum of Art, a series of online panel discussions will take place throughout the fall. Professor Partick Mahon will be joining a panel investigating the role of research-creation in tackling pressing social and global problems titled, "Research-Creation and Global Crisis: Interdisciplinarity, Creativity, and Collaboration". This panel will be hosted on Zoom, and include an audience Q&A. All panels are FREE and open to the public. Pre-registration for these events is required.

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  • "AI, Memory and Failure," and "Artificial Intelligence: Creativity, Authorship, and Ethics" | Christine Sprengler

    October 31, 2021

    Christine Sprengler delivered two presentations, "AI, Memory and Failure," and "Artificial Intelligence: Creativity, Authorship, and Ethics" at the A-Site/Workman Arts workshop on Artificial Intelligence on October 31, 2021.

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  • Dialogue # 4: Sustainable Museums | Art Museum University of Toronto

    October 25, 2021

    Dialogue # 4: Sustainable Museums is the last of the Plastic Heart: Surface All the Way Through public dialogue series at the Art Museum University of Toronto. Speakers Suzanne Carte, Maya Ishizawa, Sarah Sutton, and moderator Kirsty Robertson will explore the complexities of creating a low-carbon exhibition throughout all stages of its making. Registration Required.

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  • Save the date for -AND-, a 12-hour online event | Christof Migone

    October 25, 2021

    -AND- follows on last year’s inaugural event YOU-, also on December 12. Each year of this 12-year long project the event moves through the following 12-word phrase one word at a time: ‘you and I are water earth fire air of life and death’ and activates the word of the year in myriad ways. With Po-Hao Chi, Béchard Hudon, Erika DeFreitas & Adrian Piper, Different From The One You Are In Now (Mary Walling Blackburn, Allison Cameron, Barbara Campbell, Budhaditya Chattopadhyay, Darren Copeland, Renato Grieco, Michaela Grill, Sarah Hennies, Marla Hlady, Seth Kim-Cohen, Francisco Meirino, Salomé Voegelin), Anna Friz & Jeff Kolar, James Greer & Neil Luck, Byungjun Kwon, Renée Lear, LoVid, Ellen Moffat & Eeva Siivonen, Merlin Nova, Milo Thesiger-Meacham, They are all of them themselves and they repeat it and I hear it (Anna Barham & Irene Revell), undo (Christof Migone & Alexandre St-Onge). Organized by Christof Migone. Presented by Alt Space Loop, Arraymusic, Avatar, CRiSAP, Errant Bodies Press, Fado, Radius, Resonance Extra, squint.press, Wave Farm, Western University, Zone Sound Creative.

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  • A Brief Survey of Some Absurd but Critical Moments in Modern Art | Prof. John Hatch

    October 17, 2021

    Professor John Hatch will present an online 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) on Friday, October 29, 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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  • Immune Nations | McMaster Museum of Art

    September 14, 2021

    Patrick Mahon and Annemarie Hou's collaborative work "Design for a Dissemunization Station (D4DS)" is on view now as part of the Immune Nations exhibition at McMaster Museum of Art.

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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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  • Prof. John Hatch featured in CBC Arts

    By John Hatch, CBC Arts, July 14, 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".

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  • “Witnessing the Trauma of Undocumented Migrants in Mexico,” by Sarah Bassnett

    Leuven University Press, June 21, 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

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  • "Kazuo Nakamura: Life & Work" by John G. Hatch

    Art Canada Institute, June 17, 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.

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  • "Midcentury Metamodern: Returning Home in the Twenty-First-Century Nostalgia Film" by Christine Sprengler

    SUNY Press, June 17, 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⠀

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  • "Scumbling and Scraping" by Sky Glabush

    Tate Etc., June 17, 2021

    Sky Glabush publishes an article about the painter John Constable in the summer issue of Tate Etc., the art magazine of the Tate.

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  • Centre for Sustainable Curating launches at Western

    By Keri Ferguson, Western News, May 27, 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

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  • Launch of the Centre for Sustainable Curating

    May 14, 2021

    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.

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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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  • Anna Madelska Wins Western Teaching Award

    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!

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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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  • "The Retablos of Teabo and Mani: The Evolution of Renaissance Altars in Colonial Yucatán" by Dr. Cody Barteet

    Arts, Volume 10, Issue 2, April 09, 2021

    Cody Barteet's article "The Retablos of Teabo and Mani: The Evolution of Renaissance Altars in Colonial Yucatán" published and available now on MDPI.

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  • Soheila Esfahani: Facing Time | Surrey Art Gallery

    March 18, 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."

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  • Sheila Butler: Other Circumstances | Satellite Project Space

    March 18, 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.

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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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  • 息抜き / ikinuki: to relax, to take a breather | Artlab Vitrine

    March 03, 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.

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  • "Paratextual Encounters of Four Kinds: Blade Runner and Cinematic Memory" by Christine Sprengler

    Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, February 16, 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.

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  • Sky Glabush | Philip Martin Gallery

    February 16, 2021

    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.

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  • Christof Migone: Press Record | OBORO

    OBORO, February 10, 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

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  • Artist Panel Discussion with Patrick Mahon | Dunlop Art Gallery

    Dunlop Art Gallery, February 10, 2021

    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.

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  • Symphony of Lights | Artlab Gallery

    Artlab Gallery, February 04, 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.

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  • Art, up-close and from a distance

    By Debora Van Brenk, Western News, February 04, 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'.

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  • The Caged Lark: Sky Glabush | Philip Martin Gallery

    Philip Martin Gallery, January 27, 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.

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  • Walker Cultural Leaders Series features artists Jamelie Hassan & Ron Benner

    January 21, 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.

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  • Prof. Kirsty Robertson receives SSHRB grant

    January 20, 2021

    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".

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  • Patrick Mahon's artwork featured on cover of RSC report

    Renewing the Social Contract: Economic Recovery in Canada from COVID-19, January 20, 2021

    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.

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  • Distance makes the heart grow weak | Artlab Gallery

    By Ruth Skinner, Artlab Gallery, January 13, 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.

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  • You- | Organized by Christof Migone

    December 08, 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.

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  • Radical Creativity: Trends and Bends in Modern Art and Architecture | Prof. John Hatch

    December 07, 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.”

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  • Distant Practices: Dr. Kirsty Robertson | Forest City Gallery

    November 30, 2020

    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

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  • A Brief Survey of Some Absurd but Critical Moments in Modern Art | Prof. John Hatch

    November 24, 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.

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  • "Undocumented Migration and Political Community in Susan Meiselas’s Crossings Photographs" by Sarah Bassnett

    By Sarah Bassnett, Panorama: Journal of the Association of Historians of American, November 23, 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.

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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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  • Art Canada Institute announces new book by Chair John G. Hatch

    By John G. Hatch, Art Canada Institute, October 05, 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.

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  • Art Now! Fall 2020 Speakers' Series Announced

    By Department of Visual Arts, September 15, 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!

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  • Messagers' Forum | Thames Art Gallery, Chatham

    Thames Art Gallery, September 01, 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

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  • ‘Art whenever they want’ for remote-learning students

    By Jennifer O'Brien, Western News, September 01, 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.

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  • New Journal Article by Patrick Mahon

    By 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.

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  • Sky Glabush in Conversation with Philip Martin Gallery

    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.

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  • Professor Kirsty Robertson Awarded the 2020 Western University Green Award

    By 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.

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  • "LIFE Magazine in Africa and the Ideology of Modernization" by Sarah Bassnett

    By 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.

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  • Kirsty Robertson awarded 2020 Melva J. Dwyer Award

    By ARLIS/NA, May 04, 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).

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  • Patrick Mahon awarded SSHRC Insight Grant

    By 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".

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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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  • Exhibition ‘zeros’ in on Fuller’s view of world | Western News

    By 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.

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  • Western University professor's prison sabbatical in Guyana an eye-opener | London Free Press

    By Heather Rivers, London Free Press, March 02, 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.

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  • Barriers, Borders, and Boundaries in the Early Modern World | Prof. Cody Barteet

    By Cody Barteet, CAA Annual Conference , March 01, 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.

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  • Together We Average As Zero / Take 1 | Artlab

    By 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

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  • Project opens doors of prisons to creativity

    By 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.

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  • Sky Glabush Paints the Story

    By Chris Hampton, National Gallery Magazine, January 31, 2020

    Sky Glabush, studio faculty member, discusses storytelling, spirituality, and his artistic process with National Gallery Magazine.

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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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  • Studio Faculty Sky Glabush, Visiting Artist Lecture at University of Victoria

    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.

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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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