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The Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory

Arts and Subversive Acts

January 19, 2015

Works produced by the VISA 250 and 350 classes

The works produced by the VISA 250-001 and 350-001 classes are linked in their exploration and visual enactment of themes such as hybridity, abstraction, boundaries, subversion, and food. However, the diversity of techniques and approaches to these topics resists any totalizing classification. As such, this exhibition's focus on boundaries and subversive acts ts not only denotes the original project framework of the classes for which the works were made: it also highlights the boundlessness of print media, the play between old and new technologies inherent within it, and the creativity and technical abilities of the students producing work in print. Print techniques employed in the works include both relief and intaglio methods on a variety of plate types in variable sizes, with layered, stencilled, etched, aquatinted, and digital components. The third-year book works are in handbound and unbound formats, and include digital as well as traditional printing processes.
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Double Space Fundraiser

January 30, 2015

Support the 2015 BFA/BA Visual Art Graduating Exhibition

You are invited to a music and art filled event to promote and raise funds for this year's UBC BFA/BA Visual Art Graduating Exhibition Double Space, opening in April of 2015. Double Space examines the graduating students’ identities as both students and professional artists, as well as the location’s dual purpose as a work and exhibition space.

The event will feature a silent auction with works by UBC’s students and faculty, including such artists as Marina Roy. An exciting selection of raffle prizes includes a set from the Vancouver Art Gallery gift shop and Menchie's Frozen Yogurt gift cards. Guests will enjoy a live band as well as DJ Mr.Soul’Plesant, a live painting battle, a cash bar, and desserts by Sweethouse.

Tickets can be purchased from participating students, January 21 from 5-7PM at the AHVA Gallery, and at the door on the night of the event. All ticket purchases include admission  ... (more) »


dagwinuu - an exhibition showcasing recent work by first year MFA Visual Art candidates

February 04, 2015

Exhibition runs February 5 – February 28, 2015

Please join the UBC Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory (AHVA) at the AHVA Gallery in the Audain Art Centre on Wednesday, February 4th from 5 to 7pm for the opening of dagwinuu with performances by Emilio Rojas and Jeneen Frei Njootli.
Artists: Benjamin J. Allard, Jeneen Frei Njootli, Emilio Rojas, Saroop Soofi, Leigh Tennant and Olivia Whetung. 

Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 4th from 5 to 7 pm

Exhibition Dates: February 5 – February 28, 2015

AHVA Gallery hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 12 - 4 pm

AHVA Gallery
Room 1001
Audain Art Centre
6398 University Boulevard

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MFA Interdepartmental Critique

February 06, 2015

2nd Year MFA Interpartmental Critiques

Please join 2nd year MFA candidates Anyse Ducharme, Jessica Gnyp, and Michelle Weinstein for their Interdepartmental Critiques in the new Audain Art Centre.

February 6th, 2015, 2pm.

Main Floor, Room 1002, 6398 University Blvd. UBC.

All are welcome.
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About the Department


Art History and Visual Art were first taught at The University of British Columbia when noted Canadian painter, B.C. Binning, was appointed to the faculty of the newly-formed School of Architecture. The Department of Fine Arts was established as an independent department within the Faculty of Arts in 1955. Since its inception the Department has grown steadily and now includes 23 full-time members of faculty (13 art historians and 10 visual artists). In 2001, the Department changed its name from Fine Arts to the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory to better to encapsulate the innovative teaching and interdisciplinary research interests of the faculty.

The Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory comprises three streams of research-based learning and practice: Art History, with a particular focus on theoretical and critical discourses concerning the social impact of art and visual representation at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; Critical and Curatorial Studies, examining through research and exhibition projects issues in contemporary visual culture and display; and Visual Art, with an undergraduate curriculum placing art production, academic learning and a graduate emphasis on preparation for participation in the field of contemporary international art.

The Department’s faculty are actively involved in research and bring this strength into their teaching at all levels. Undergraduate and graduate seminars enhance student experience in advanced academic research and practice. As a result many of our graduates have established distinguished careers in the creative, scholarly and gallery fields.

The main goal of Art History, Visual Art and Theory is to foster critical and reflexive thinking within an inclusive and supportive environment. The Department thus maintains the highest standards of intellectual and administrative practice, seeking to be innovative in pedagogy and international in scholarly perspective.


Our Galleries

The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery


The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery has an international reputation for its exhibitions, publications and projects in the area of contemporary art. Its collections and archives are an invaluable resource for scholars.

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The AHVA Gallery


The mission of the AHVA Gallery is to promote research and discourse in the field of visual art by facilitating collaboration and experimentation within the department, the university, and the community. The gallery is dedicated to providing resources and opportunities to students, faculty and the community through exhibitions, public programs, and providing a venue to engage in dialogue.

Learn more about the AHVA Gallery »


AHVA Events


January 19, 2015

Arts and Subversive Acts
Works produced by the VISA 250 and 350 classes  (more) »


'Other' Event!

January 30, 2015

Double Space Fundraiser
Support the 2015 BFA/BA Visual Art Graduating Exhibition  (more) »



February 04, 2015

dagwinuu - an exhibition showcasing recent work by first year MFA Visual Art candidates
Exhibition runs February 5 – February 28, 2015  (more) »


Visual Art Graduate Program (MFA)

February 06, 2015

MFA Interdepartmental Critique
2nd Year MFA Interpartmental Critiques  (more) »



December 15, 2014

Garry Neill Kennedy and Cathy Busby return as AHVA Adjunct Professors   (more) »

December 10, 2014

Announcing AHVA's Artist in residence Beau Dick   (more) »



Featured Profile

Nadine Power
BA Honours in Art History degree, 2004

After graduating from the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory, Nadine has embarked on a career in art conservation.  (more) »