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Stan Douglas – AHVA Koerner Artist in Residence 2019-2020

Sep 3rd, 2019
The Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory (AHVA) at the University of British Columbia is pleased to announce Stan Douglas as the Koerner Artist in Residence, from September 2019 to April 2020. During his residency at UBC, Douglas will be provided a studio in the Audain Art Centre, participate in the AHVA visual art […]


2019 Lind Prize Announcement

Jun 20th, 2019
A warm congratulations to recent BA graduate Claire Geddes Bailey, whose stop-motion animation/multi-media installation, Swimming Pool (2019), received an honourable mention for the 2019 Lind Prize. In Swimming Pool, Bailey examines the impulse toward narrative and visibility, miniaturizing herself in an attempt to make sense of the splinters in the narrative of her own life. […]


AHVA Alumna, Jayne Wilkinson is Editor-in-Chief of Canadian Art

May 31st, 2019
Photo courtesy of Canadian Art. Congratulations to AHVA alumna, Jayne Wilkinson, on her promotion to Editor-in-Chief of Canadian Art. This follows her initial appointment at Canadian Art as Managing Editor in March 2018. The now Toronto-based Wilkinson earned an MA in Art History at UBC in 2014. Her thesis, Art documents: The politics of the […]


AHVA PhD Candidate Pamela MacKenzie wins pre-doctoral fellowship


AHVA PhD candidate Pamela MacKenzie has received a prestigious pre-doctoral research position at the Max Planck Institute at the Bibliotheca Hertziana in Rome beginning in September of 2019. MacKenzie will be a part of the research group Visualizing Science in Media Revolutions. Their research explores the modes and media in which early modern scientific practitioners […]


Professor Dana Claxton is a 2019 YWCA Woman of Distinction Winner

May 14th, 2019
Associate Professor and Department Head, Dana Claxton, was honoured as a 2019 YWCA Woman of Distinction in the category of Arts, Culture & Design in the esteemed company of seven other nominees. A recognized academic, media producer, director and writer, Dana challenges stereotypes of Indigenous people within her image making. In 2018, the Vancouver Art Gallery […]


Professor Althea Thauberger Shortlisted for 2019 Scotiabank Photography Award

Mar 21st, 2019
Congratulations to Assistant Professor, Althea Thauberger, for being shortlisted from 11 finalists of the 2019 Scotiabank Photography Award. The Scotiabank Photography Award is Canada’s largest and most prestigious annual peer-nominated and peer-reviewed award that acknowledges the outstanding contribution that artists have made to contemporary art and photography. The jurors for the 2019 prize are artist Edward […]


MFA Alumna, Olivia Whetung 2018 Recipient of the John Hartman Award

Feb 28th, 2019
Congratulations to Olivia Whetung who is the 2018 recipient of the John Hartman Award from The MacLaren Art Centre. Olivia Whetung is anishinaabekwe and a member of Curve Lake First Nation. She completed her BFA with a minor in anishinaabemowin at Algoma University, and has a MFA from the University of British Columbia (2016). Whetung’s […]


Department Statement Regarding Wet’suwet’en Land Defenders

Jan 10th, 2019
The UBC Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory condemns the invasion of the Unist’ot’en Camp and Gidimt’en checkpoint and forcible removal of citizens and land and water protectors from the unceded Wet’suwet’en territory. Concerned members of the department have written the following statement to President Santa Ono urging action. Dear President Santa Ono, […]


Professor Emeritus Serge Guilbaut Curates New Exhibition at Museo Reina Sofía

Nov 15th, 2018
The Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory congratulates Professor Emeritus Serge Guilbaut on his newly curated exhibition opening in Madrid at the Museo Reina Sofía; Lost, Loose and Loved: Foreign Artists in Paris 1944-1968. The exhibition runs November 21, 2018 to April 22, 2019 This show explores the contribution of foreign artists who, after the […]


Visual Art Professor Dana Claxton’s Solo Exhibition Opens at the Vancouver Art Gallery

Oct 27th, 2018
The Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory congratulates Professor Dana Claxton on her solo exhibition opening at the Vancouver Art Gallery; Dana Claxton: Fringing the Cube. The exhibition runs October 27, 2018 to February 3, 2019. This is the first exhibition to survey the formidable career of Vancouver-based Hunkpapa Lakota (Sioux) artist Dana Claxton. […]