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Gordon A. Smith (1919-2020)

Jan 20th, 2020
We are saddened to hear of the passing of Gordon Smith, one of the eminent figures of the Vancouver art scene. He peacefully died on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the age of 100. Smith taught at UBC in the Department of Education from 1956 to his retirement in 1982. Smith also received an honourary […]


Professor Dana Claxton Awarded 2019 Hnatyshyn Foundation Visual Arts Award

Jan 13th, 2020
Professor Dana Claxton, department Head, was awarded one of Canada’s top artistic prizes, the prestigious Hnatyshyn Foundation Visual Arts Award. The annual $25,000 award recognizes a Canadian mid-career artist who has demonstrated excellence and innovation in their body of work, and shows promise of outstanding artistic achievement in the years ahead. Claxton was selected by […]


AHVA Alumni Vanessa Parent Receives Postdoctoral Fellowship

Dec 17th, 2019
AHVA alumni Vanessa Parent (Ph.D.) has accepted a postdoctoral research fellowship within the Rome Contemporary initiative at the Bibliotheca Hertziana in Rome (Max Planck Institute for Art History). She will be conducting research for a book-length project titled “Body, Language, Labour and Ritual: Sexual Difference, Embodied Resistance and the Political Potential of De-Culturalization.” The project […]


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 […]