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The Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory


September 17, 2014

Exhibition runs September 17 - October 11, 2014. Opening Wednesday Sept 17th, 5pm.

Please join the UBC Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory (AHVA) at the AHVA Gallery in the Audain Art Centre on Wednesday, September 17th at 5pm for the opening of Outcomes – an exhibition showcasing recent works by our studio faculty, adjuncts and staff.

Artists talks with full time Faculty have also been planned throughout the exhibition and will be held at the AHVA Gallery at 12:30pm on:

September 24 - Christine D’Onofrio, Dana Claxton, Gareth James, and Richard Prince.
October 1 - Barrie Jones, Barbara Zeigler and Manuel Piña.
October 8 - Marina Roy, Gu Xiong and Phil McCrum.

ARTISTS: Dana Claxton, Christine D’Onofrio, Gu Xiong, Gareth James, Phil McCrum, Manuel Piña, Richard Prince, Marina Roy, Barbara Zeigler, Scott Billings, Jade Yumang, Barrie Jones, Kevin Murphy, Josh Hite, Cathy Busby, Garry Kennedy and Beau  ... (more) »


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


September 17, 2014

Exhibition runs September 17 - October 11, 2014. Opening Wednesday Sept 17th, 5pm.  (more) »



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BFA degree, 2006

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