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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 […]


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 […]