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AHVA Welcomes Professor Rachel Boate

Jan 25th, 2021
The Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory is pleased to announce that Professor Rachel Boate is joining the department as Assistant Professor without Review in art history through summer 2022. Rachel Boate is a historian of nineteenth- and twentieth-century art and visual culture, with an emphasis on cross-cultural histories and theories of abstraction, […]


Germaine Koh – AHVA Koerner Artist in Residence 2021


The Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory (AHVA) at the University of British Columbia is pleased to announce Germaine Koh as the Koerner Artist in Residence, from January to December 2021. During her residency, Koh will be working out of a studio in Audain Art Centre, in addition to conducting studio visits, appearing […]


Visual Art Professor Gu Xiong’s Exhibition – Galleries West Stories

Jan 20th, 2021
  Gu Xiong, Facing Home – Harling Point, 2020, HD video projection, 5:24 min. (camera, Yu Gu and Tom Campbell; editor, Tom Campbell)   AHVA Visual Art Professor Gu Xiong’s solo exhibition at Centre A, The Remains of a Journey, is currently on until February 13, 2021. The Remains of a Journey brings visibility to […]


AHVA MFA Alumni Jay Pahre Featured in the Winter Issue of Canadian Art

Jan 19th, 2021
  Jay Pahre, Piebald Undercoat, 2020. Copper-coated steel, aluminum and gauze, 68.6 x 53.3 cm.   Congratulations to AHVA MFA alumni (2020), Jay Pahre, for being featured in the 2021 winter issue of Canadian Art. Jay was also the Chair in Transgender Studies at the University of Victoria through a fellowship in 2020. Jay Pahre is a […]


Call to Action! Joanne & Alice Application Support Fund for Black and Indigenous People

Nov 30th, 2020
Do you identify as Black or Indigenous and plan to apply to the MFA Visual Art Program this winter? If so, thanks to the Joanne & Alice Application Support Fund for Black and Indigenous People in the Department of Art History, Visual Art, and Theory and Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at UBC, you’re […]


BMO 1st Prize Regional Winner for BC

Oct 15th, 2020
Congratulations to recent graduate David Ezra Wang (BFA 2019) who is the regional winner (BC) of the BMO 1st Art Prize with his work Practicum (video, audio, 7 minutes 51 seconds). Each regional winner received $7,500. Each year, BMO 1st Art! invites deans and instructors from 110 undergraduate art programs across Canada to nominate three […]


Helen Belkin Memorial Scholarship


Congratulations to recent graduate Jay Pahre (MFA 2020) who has been awarded the Helen Belkin Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship has been endowed by the President’s Fund to honour the memory of Helen Mary Emily Belkin. The scholarship is offered to a fine arts student on the recommendation of the Department and the Morris and Helen […]


2020 Audain Travel Award


Congratulations to AHVA MFA candidate Xan Shian. The recipient of the 2020 Audain Travel Award. This $7,500 award, established in 2019, by the Audain Foundation, provides five full-time Bachelor of Fine Arts or Master of Fine Arts students in B.C. an opportunity to travel to view and study art. Xan will be using the award […]


Professor Dana Claxton Awarded 2020 Scotiabank Photography Award

Jun 24th, 2020
Lasso (2018) Dana Claxton, current AHVA Associate Professor and Department Head, has won the 10th annual Scotiabank Photography Award. She will receive a $50,000 cash prize, a solo exhibition during the 2021 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, and a book of her work will be published and distributed worldwide by renowned art book publisher, Steidl. The […]


Department Statement on Black Lives Matter

Jun 12th, 2020
June 12, 2020 To Our Students, Alumni, Colleagues, and Community: The Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory unequivocally supports Black Lives Matter and Black activists across Turtle Island and around the world who have led and catalyzed the movement to address and eliminate ongoing state, institutional, and police anti-Black violence and racism. We […]