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The Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory

For To Do

February 03, 2016

Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 3 from 5 - 7 PM. Runs to February 27, 2016.

You are warmly invited to join us at the AHVA Gallery in the Audain Art Centre on Wednesday, February 3rd at 5 pm for the opening reception of For To Do. University of British Columbia MFA candidates in their first year provide an exciting selection of their current research and artwork spanning a range of media.

Exhibition Dates: February 4 - 27, 2016

ARTISTS: Matt Browning, Steven Cottingham, Jessica Evans, Brian Lye and Carolyn Stockbridge.

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

AHVA Gallery
rm. 1001
Audain Art Centre
6398 University Boulevard

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UBC Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory MFA Interdepartmental Critique

February 12, 2016

Please join 2nd year MFA Visual Art candidates Saroop Soofi, Leigh Tennant, and Olivia Whetung for their Interdepartmental Critiques at 2:00 – 5:00 PM on Friday February 12th in Room 1002 of the Audain Art Centre.

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 1958. 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


February 03, 2016

For To Do
Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 3 from 5 - 7 PM. Runs to February 27, 2016.  (more) »


Visual Art Graduate Program (MFA)

February 12, 2016

UBC Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory MFA Interdepartmental Critique
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January 13, 2016

Dana Claxton: Made To Be Ready
Opening Reception January 13, 7pm. Runs January 14 to March 12, 2016.  (more) »


Distinguished Visiting Artist Program

February 10, 2016

Treasure Island: An Artist Talk by Daniel Boyd
Aboriginal Australian artist Daniel Boyd presents public talk February 10, 2016  (more) »



January 10, 2016

Exhibition: In Place Of
Runs January 10 to February 7, 2016  (more) »



Featured Profile

Christos Dikeakos
BA Honours in Art History degree, 1971

"Art History was the mainstay of my education at UBC but I was drawn to the exciting, intelligent teachers of the day in the departments of literature, architecture and history."  (more) »