Errance: 2020 BFA/BA Visual Art Graduating Exhibition

Errance: BFA/BA Visual Art Graduating Exhibition
Opening reception: cancelled
Audain Art Centre
6398 University Boulevard
Vancouver, BC

The physical exhibition has been cancelled for the health and safety of our community, but you can learn more about the work of this year’s talented graduates by following us on Instagram (@ubcundergradshow2020) and checking out the exhibition catalogue.

Download the Errance exhibition catalogue: Download

Learn more about Errance below!


noun. errance:

f (plural errances) wandering, wanderlust, restlessly searching


roaming, journeying, strolling, straying, searching, travelling


  1. in its simplest form, to keep moving, to roam in search of something. What that “something” represents for each individual is personal; something yet to be discovered
  2. a component of a person’s own exploration, introspection, and self-actualization
  3. the idea that a person is looking for an entity, an objective, a feeling that they don’t currently have
  4. travelling without a clear destination, but aware that out in the world there is something desired, something meaningful, something worth exploring
  5. the pinnacle action in discovery

The word errance captures the spirit of what lies ahead for the 2020 graduating class as they are “travelling not to go anywhere, but to go” (Robert Stevenson).

Statement from the Student Exhibition Committee

We are living in a moment of profound uncertainty and disquietude, and it is in the midst of this that the class of 2020 will graduate; however, this is not to say we have not been adapting to the unexpected. In many ways, we have embraced and been able to reflect upon the ways in which the element of chance shapes our lives and how we work as artists in the world.

The Covid-19 global health crisis dictates that we must forgo the 2020 installment of the UBC BFA/BA Visual Art Graduating Exhibition, but the work of our fellow graduates will not go unnoticed. A printed exhibition catalogue represents the diligence and resilience of the 2020 graduating class—and as a physical volume, it offers up a tangible exhibition that can be explored time and again. That is the purpose of art, after all: it exists for our pleasure and understanding, it uniquely seeks and finds emotion, and it is a form of expression and imagination, no matter where we are in the world.

As we have seen over the past several weeks, communities around the globe have turned to artistic expression, in all its forms, for respite from anxiety, for kinship with others, and for a way to make sense of what is happening around us. It is daunting, as graduates, to take a first step outside of the University to British Columbia, yet it is encouraging to see a world so admiring of the arts. If there has ever been a time when we have perhaps felt so isolated from one another and simultaneously connected to all corners of the planet, it is now.

It is this adaptability to the unforeseen and the willingness to venture down our own paths, without knowing where they will lead, that reflect the overall theme of the show, Errance, which, by chance, we had determined many months ago. The title we chose, which draws on the French term denoting wandering and searching, considers the exploration that is fundamental to art making and higher learning and celebrates how the ambiguity of this wandering holds both power and potential unique for each graduating student.

Take care,
Exhibition Committee 2020

Statement from Faculty Lead, Phil McCrum

The 2020 BFA/BA Visual Art Graduating Exhibition is of course unique in so many ways. We all, as a society and community, are dealing with the extraordinary difficulties that this pandemic has set in our path. The problems of adequately organizing an exhibition of material practice and physical realization have created challenges for our exhibition class that we have never encountered in the many years we have organized and mounted the grad show. First of all, I would like to thank the participating students and congratulate them for their ongoing resilience and fortitude in one of the strangest, most disruptive ends of term imaginable.

What learning curves!

What we have been able to achieve are a printed exhibition catalogue, which will be available in early May, as well as a social media campaign in which we use Instagram to profile each participating student over the duration of the intended exhibition dates. (Follow the Errance Instagram account, @ubcundergradshow2020 and the department account, @ahvaubc). We will also be providing a downloadable PDF of the catalogue and updating the AHVA community via this event page.

The exhibition class, VISA 475, which is responsible for facilitating the end-of-year exhibition, was created approximately eight years ago. This senior undergraduate curatorial course is designed for students who are interested in taking a leadership role in realizing the BFA/BA Visual Art Graduating Exhibition. Through lectures, seminars, and field trips, the course focuses on current curatorial practices and theories with an emphasis on contemporary visual art and it sets itself the task of preparing students to engage in the active organization of a large, complex exhibition.

VISA 475 is a great class to teach and, as usual, this year’s class brought together an interesting and inspiring group of students who have been faced with perhaps our most difficult exhibition yet. I would like to thank all the students in that class, who have been outstanding throughout the year and throughout the disruption.

Phil McCrum
Errance Faculty Lead, Lecturer, and Undergraduate Faculty Advisor

Participating Artists

James Albers Paew Chantrakul Reiko Inouye Hareem Minai David Ezra Wang
Brianna Anderson Catherine Chen Margaret Joba-Woodruff Luyao Pan Yitong Wang
Kaitlyn Barrett Alice Chien Áine Kearns Bo Peng Patrick Wong
Quazi Adelina Billur Julius Choi Haelim Kim Quentin Zhuofan Qiu Yi Xie
Seth Book Angie Dai Alger Liang Ann Richards Chenhan Yao
Stephanie Bueno Rui Gong Katja Lichtenberger Leyla Rose Qiaowen Zhang
Yu Cao Xuan Hong Dash Maxwell Mawenzhu (Abbi) Shi Stephen Zheng
Catherine Yu-Ling Chang Byunghan (Brian) Im Elspeth Milton Evelyn Tsai Yu En Elaine Zuo


We acknowledge that the University of British Columbia is situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) people. We are grateful for the work and learning that takes place here.