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MFA Graduate Christopher Lacroix Wins Philip B. Lind Emerging Artist Prize

Sep 21st, 2018
Congratulatations to recent graduate Christopher Lacroix (MFA 2018) for winning the Philip B. Lind Emerging Artist Prize and second-year MFA student, Ramey Newell, for being named an honourable mention. Christopher receives $5,000 toward the commissioning of a new artwork to be exhibited at The Polygon Gallery in 2019. Photo courtesty of The Polygon Gallery   Read […]


First Book by Jillian Lerner: Graphic Culture

Sep 6th, 2018
The Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory congratulates faculty member Jillian Lerner on the publication of her first book; Graphic Culture: Illustration and Artistic Enterprise in Paris, 1830-1848 (McGill-Queens University Press). Jillian is an alumna (BA 1998) and long-time sessional lecturer in the department.   This exploration of print culture traces changing conditions […]


AHVA PhD Candidate Gloria Bell Receives Assistant Professor Position at McGill

Jul 31st, 2018
AHVA PhD candidate Gloria Bell has received an Assistant Professor position at McGill University in the Department of Art History & Communication Studies beginning Fall 2018. Her current  research and teaching examines visual culture focusing on Indigenous arts of the Americas, primarily from the nineteenth century through to contemporary manifestations. Bell will be completing her […]


AHVA PhD Candidate Jeff O’Brien Receives Darat al Funun Fellowship

Jun 8th, 2018
AHVA PhD Candidate Jeff O’Brien has received the prestigious Darat al Funun Fellowship for Modern and Contemporary Arab Art for 2018-2019. Awarded by the Darat al Funun Art Gallery in Amman, Jordan, the Fellowship will support his thesis research which focuses on ‘The Right to be Seen: Archiving Absence After Nakba in Palestine and Lebanon […]


AHVA Alumna, Jeneen Frei Njootli Is Shortlisted for the Sobey Art Award

May 29th, 2018
  Jeneen Frei Njootli (MFA 2017) is one of five Canadian artists shortlisted for the prestigious Sobey Art Award, representing the West Coast and the Yukon region. The Sobey Art Award honours Canada’s most exciting young artists. It is awarded to a visual artist age 40 and under who has exhibited in a public or […]


Professor Catherine M. Soussloff Discusses Foucault on Painting

May 23rd, 2018
In Foucault and Painting (University of Minnesota Press, 2017), Professor Catherine M. Soussloff discusses an area of Foucault’s development that has remained largely overlooked: his engagement with painting. Indeed Foucault, we learn, described himself as a painter. In a recent conversation with Professor Kirstin L. Ellsworth (Indiana University), Soussloff sheds light on this largely neglected aspect […]


Geoffrey Smedley (1927–2018)

May 16th, 2018
We are saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Geoffrey Smedley last week on Gambier Island. Smedley was a professor at the University of British Columbia in the Fine Arts department from 1978 to 1992. Born in London, England; he studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College in London. He first […]


AHVA Alumna, Jayne Wilkinson Joins Canadian Art as Managing Editor

Mar 8th, 2018
Photo courtesy of Canadian Art. Congratulations to AHVA alumna, Jayne Wilkinson, on her appointment as managing editor of Canadian Art. The now Toronto-based Wilkinson earned an MA in Art History at UBC in 2014. Her thesis, Art documents: The politics of the visible in the work of Taryn Simon and Trevor Paglen, investigated the politics […]


AHVA Welcomes Professor Althea Thauberger

Jan 29th, 2018
The Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory is pleased to announce that Althea Thauberger will be joining the department as assistant professor of visual art effective July 1, 2018. Thauberger has an international exhibition record and is making a contribution to the field of collaborative social documentary in a global context. Thauberger’s projects […]


Catherine M. Soussloff Discusses Her Work in the Foucault Archive at the BnF

Jan 9th, 2018
“Unexpectedly and as it turned out, fortuitously, Foucault continued to occupy me …” Catherine M. Soussloff’s Foucault on Painting (University of Minnesota Press, 2017) is now available in stores and online! While Professor Soussloff was completing final edits on the book last year, she made some discoveries in the Foucault archive at the Bibliothèque Nationale de […]