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AHVA Alumnus Derrick Chang as Centre A Executive Director

Feb 13th, 2020
Photo credit: Liza Curtiss   Congratulations to AHVA alumnus Derrick Chang on his new role as Executive Director at Centre A, starting March 1, 2020. Derrick earned an MA in Critical and Curatorial Studies at UBC in 2016. His thesis, Sounding Off: Making Queer Noise Areas – Queer experience, noise politics, transnationalism, investigated the struggle against […]


Wet’suwet’en Solidarity Statement

Feb 10th, 2020
The Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory restates its solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en land and water protectors, who oppose the construction of the Coastal GasLink Pipeline on their traditional and unceded territory. We believe it is imperative for the University community to speak out against ongoing violations of Wet’suwet’en sovereignty, and in support […]


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 […]