Through hands-on research, UBC’s Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory advances the study of art history, critical and curatorial studies, and visual art.
The department comprises three streams of research-based learning and practice:
- Art history (ARTH) focuses on theoretical and critical discourses concerning the social impact of art and visual representation in diverse cultural and historical contexts.
- Critical and curatorial studies (CCST) provide theoretical, historical, and professional training in curating by examining art and exhibition contexts through research and exhibition projects.
- Visual art (VISA), focusing on artistic production and cross-disciplinary research, emphasizes contributing to/participation in the field of contemporary international art.
AHVA Faculty and Alumni involved in Vancouver Special: Disorientations and Echo at the Vancouver Art Gallery
The Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory congratulates Assistant Professor Jeneen Frei Njootli, UBC colleague Phanuel Antwi, and AHVA alumni Jenn Jackson and Grant Arnold on their newly co-curated exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery
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Major Papers, Exhibitions, and Artworks
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