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AHVA PhD Candidate Jeff O’Brien Receives Darat al Funun Fellowship

Jun 8th, 2018
AHVA PhD Candidate Jeff O’Brien has received the prestigious Darat al Funun Fellowship for Modern and Contemporary Arab Art for 2018-2019. Awarded by the Darat al Funun Art Gallery in Amman, Jordan, the Fellowship will support his thesis research which focuses on ‘The Right to be Seen: Archiving Absence After Nakba in Palestine and Lebanon […]


AHVA Alumna, Jeneen Frei Njootli Is Shortlisted for the Sobey Art Award

May 29th, 2018
Jeneen Frei Njootli (MFA 2017) is one of five Canadian artists shortlisted for the prestigious Sobey Art Award, representing the West Coast and the Yukon region. The Sobey Art Award honours Canada’s most exciting young artists. It is awarded to a visual artist age 40 and under who has exhibited in a public or commercial […]


Professor Catherine M. Soussloff Discusses Foucault on Painting

May 23rd, 2018
In Foucault and Painting (University of Minnesota Press, 2017), Professor Catherine M. Soussloff discusses an area of Foucault’s development that has remained largely overlooked: his engagement with painting. Indeed Foucault, we learn, described himself as a painter. In a recent conversation with Professor Kirstin L. Ellsworth (Indiana University), Soussloff sheds light on this largely neglected aspect […]


Geoffrey Smedley (1927–2018)

May 16th, 2018
We are saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Geoffrey Smedley last week on Gambier Island. Smedley was a professor at the University of British Columbia in the Fine Arts department from 1978 to 1992. Born in London, England; he studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College in London. He first […]


AHVA Welcomes Professor Althea Thauberger

Jan 29th, 2018
The Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory is pleased to announce that Althea Thauberger will be joining the department as assistant professor of visual art effective July 1, 2018. Thauberger has an international exhibition record and is making a contribution to the field of collaborative social documentary in a global context. Thauberger’s projects […]


Catherine M. Soussloff Discusses Her Work in the Foucault Archive at the BnF

Jan 9th, 2018
“Unexpectedly and as it turned out, fortuitously, Foucault continued to occupy me …” Catherine M. Soussloff’s Foucault on Painting (University of Minnesota Press, 2017) is now available in stores and online! While Professor Soussloff was completing final edits on the book last year, she made some discoveries in the Foucault archive at the Bibliothèque Nationale de […]


Dana Claxton Shortlisted for bpNichol Chapbook Award

Nov 10th, 2017
Congratulations to Professor Dana Claxton on the nomination of her chapbook The Patient Storm (above/ground press) for the bpNichol Chapbook Award. We look forward to announcement of the winner on November 18! The prize, awarded annually since 1985, goes to the author of the best poetry chapbook—in the estimation of the judges—published in Canada in […]


Catherine M. Soussloff, Foucault on Painting – forthcoming in November 2017 from University of Minnesota Press

Nov 2nd, 2017
Congratulations to Professor Catherine M. Soussloff on the forthcoming release of her new book, Foucault on Painting (University of Minnesota Press), a timely exploration of Foucault’s art historical and philosophical engagement with painting as knowledge. Michel Foucault had been concerned about painting and the meaning of the image from his earliest publications, yet this aspect […]


Professor Jaleh Mansoor featured in TEXTE ZUR KUNST

Jun 8th, 2017
“The New New Left,” the theme of this issue, is not entirely “new new” as it indeed shares some concerns with the old anti-capitalist Left—namely, an insistence on a theoretical analysis of capitalism and the undue price many in such a system pay. But as the traditional discourses and strategies of the Left (workerism, identity […]


Chief Beau Dick (1955–2017)

Mar 28th, 2017
We are profoundly saddened to share the news that Chief Beau Dick passed away last night. Beau was AHVA artist in residence since 2013 and he generously welcomed people from across the community to his studio at the Audain Art Centre. He was surrounded by close family and friends until the end. His actions will […]