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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 […]


Department COVID-19 Update: March 31

Mar 31st, 2020
Hello Everyone, As we move forward together as an online community, I wanted to update everyone on the status of some key projects. The BFA/BA graduating exhibition, Errance, is going online and course instructor Phil McCrum, students, and staff are working their magic to make a meaningful show for all to see! A printed exhibition […]


Department COVID-19 Update: March 17

Mar 17th, 2020
To the AHVA Community: Due to current conditions with the COVID-19 outbreak, AHVA facilities will be closing with our staff and faculty working remotely where possible by the end of the week: March 20, 2020. This is in addition to classes moving to online instruction. We intend to do our part to minimize transmission in […]


Dana Claxton and Kenneth Lum Honoured with Major Art Awards

Mar 15th, 2020
Two AHVA-affiliated artists, Kenneth (Ken) Lum and Dana Claxton, have been awarded major Canadian art prizes. Both were awarded the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts, Canada’s foremost distinction for excellence in visual and media arts. Laureates receive a medallion, cash prize of $25,000, and will have their work showcased at the Art […]


Former AHVA Student Derrick Chang Appointed Centre A Executive Director

Feb 13th, 2020
Photo credit: Liza Curtiss   Congratulations to former AHVA student Derrick Chang on his new role as Executive Director at Centre A, starting March 1, 2020. Derrick studied Critical and Curatorial Studies in the department, and mounted a thesis exhibition, Sounding Off: Making Queer Noise Areas – Queer experience, noise politics, transnationalism, which investigated the struggle […]


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 […]