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Built pop-up design shop

Melissa Bui, Student Design Association Director, discusses the Built pop-up design shop at Kingsway, which features products created by Design Studies students from the University of Alberta.

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New university design project celebrates Canadian milestone one last time

From novelist Margaret Atwood to local artist Alex Janvier, some of Canada's biggest stars got brightly coloured makeovers as part of one last hurrah for Canada 150, from graphic design students in Art & Design at the University of Alberta.

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Liz Ingram, Alberta printmaker and more

Liz Ingram is distinguished professor emerita from the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta. Her latest exhibition is a mini-retrospective of more than 40 years while teaching at the university. "Water Bodies" explores how we as humans are connected with and are made up of water, a precious resource we should be aware of and be careful to preserve this basic element of life.

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The University Art Association of Canada Conference

Three Art & Design graduate students, Myken McDowell, Phoebe Todd-Parrish, and Becky Thera, presented on panels at the University Art Association of Canada Conference.

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Pop goes Canada 150

In honour of Canada 150, students in Design 593: The Practice of Graphic Design were tasked with creating illustrations of people they believed had made an important contribution to Canadian society.

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Masterful prints displayed in FAB gallery's 'Water/Bodies' and 'On Being Without'

Liz Ingram and Meghan Pohlod, two University of Alberta artists, show off the full range of their skills in their latest exhibits.

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Faces of the AGA: Blair Brennan

Blair Brennan's work exemplifies how art can create compelling contradictions. Brennan's art touches on serious topics, but it is also immediately fun and devoid of pretence. It is comical and spontaneous, while still giving the impression that it has been carefully crafted.

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Renowned printmaker explores water and the human body in new exhibit

Liz Ingram's 'water/bodies' samples a body of work spanning decades.

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Artist Tanya Harnett discusses her exhibit "Attention Please"

University of Alberta artist and professor, Tanya Harnett, describes her search for her First Nations identity through her artwork in "Attention Please."

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For this artist, making art with an MRI is no different than taking a photo

Made with medical tech, Marilène Oliver's artwork will make you think about the skin you're in. Those ghostly figures in the pictures? They're made by Fine Arts professor Marilène Oliver, and through Nov. 10 you'll find them on display in Edmonton at the University of Alberta's FAB Gallery.

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Artist Marilène Oliver on the inspiration behind her exhibit "Tagged"

University of Alberta artist and Art & Design professor Marilène Oliver tells a touching story about her mother as the inspiration behind her sculptures in "Tagged."

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Arts student beats out 10,000 to win $10,000 in national video contest

A video made by a University of Alberta visual communication student, Kathy Milanowski, was chosen the winner among 10,000 entries in a competition run by Historica Canada, the organization that produces the celebrated Heritage Minutes series.

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Top 40 Under 40: Ben King - Independent industrial designer and Instructor at University of Alberta

Ben King enrolled in an art and design program in search of a creative outlet, but his fine arts aspirations fell by the wayside when he met a university professor using industrial design to solve health-care challenges. "It was novel to me at the time that people in creative fields could contribute to the medical community," he says.

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Thomas Phinney: "The Font Detective"

Thomas Phinney, an internationally known font and typography expert and consultant, held his 'Crafting Type - Edmonton' workshop in the Visual Communication Design studios. Students and professionals learned the rudiments of typeface design beginning with pencil sketching techniques and ending with viable creative briefs and typeable, printable typeface designs.

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Is working at Lego as cool as it seems?

Since childhood, Chris Perron, '14 BDes, has considered himself a freestyle Lego builder - preferring to make DIY creations instead of following the instructions. Fast-forward a few years, and dreaming up new designs for the colourful bricks is now his nine-to-five.

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University of Alberta student wins $10,000 in Historica Canada contest to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday

Kathy Milanowski, who is studying visual communication at the University of Alberta, was one of 10,000 hopefuls from all provinces and territories who submitted a 30-second video to Historica Canada, a charitable organization that promotes awareness of Canadian history and citizenship.

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From an MFA thesis collection: "Mouth to Mouth - A Few Thoughts on Control"

It takes a special sensibility to turn two shop-vacs into an art installation, but that's what MFA candidate TJ McLachlan has done as part of his thesis collection.

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Dual existence

Daniel Evans, an MFA student in Printmaking, has an exhibition called Turgor, a series of work dealing with the imaginative potential of urban spaces and modern mythology's relationship to technology.

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Gillian Willans: and light she lingers as your hostess

Slip into another time at Gillian Willans' exhibition "And light she lingers as your hostess." This collection of still scenes invites viewers to investigate intimate snapshots of domesticity.

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Maybe Art Should Be for Everyone: A Review of PARK(ing) Day 2017

At Edmonton's rendition of the 16th annual worldwide PARK(ing) Day event, Daniel Walker, a graduate student studying Art History at the U of A, stationed the U-Haul van to act as a pop-up art gallery for the day. Inside, he hosted works by Edmonton artists that centered around mass-produced domestic products.

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One to Watch: Wronko Woods at IDS Vancouver's Studio North

Master of Design student Carson Wronko combines his passion for minimalism and the Canadian wilderness in his new collection.

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A Sneak Peak Inside Hetero[topia]

Hetero[topia] is an art exhibition showcasing the final research projects of three Master of Design graduates, Bahaa Harmouche, Derek Jagodzinsky, and Siyi Xie. This exhibition explores how designers can interact with the intricate conflicts and complications existing in today's society.

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Double Take: Peter Hide's 'A Sculptor's Life' and Michael Woolley's 'Performative Documents and the Labouring Body'

Michael Woolley's exhibit brings awareness to the degree of self-agency, the body as a receptor to the world, and the phenomena of academia on a personal level and as a whole. Peter Hide's exhibit displays confidence and comfort in his craft, arising from four decades of practice, and a professorship at the University of Alberta since 1977.

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Wildlife: Royden Mills' new sculpture a giant human ear you can put your dog on

A substantial new public artwork in the Terwillegar Park off-leash area is both a triptych and an interactive puzzle - created with ingenuity by Edmonton sculptor Royden Mills over three years.

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One to Watch: Geoffrey Lilge

When Geoffrey Lilge surveyed the remains of a shuttered steel chair factory ravaged by a fire in 2014, he saw an opportunity. "The metal shop was basically still intact," Lilge says.

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Natasia Martin on Designing the 2017-2018 Music Mainstage Graphics

Natasia Martin, a Bachelor of Design graduate and the designer of the 2017-2018 music mainstage promotional illustrations, kindly provided us with some insight into her creative techniques.

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Maker of the Year 2017: Vikki Wiercinski

Designer Vikki Wiercinski takes inspiration from the Western Canadian landscape for her vibrant, elegant work.

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Doctor designs educational toys for children about heart health

Cardiac surgery resident Michiko Maruyama, who is also pursuing a master's degree in industrial design, is combining her love of both disciplines to teach children about cardiac health.

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Student members featured: Paul Twa

Paul Twa is a graphic designer and illustrator going into his 4th and final year at the University of Alberta in the Bachelor of Design program, Business/Marketing route.

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Wei Li a Finalist in RBC Canadian Painting Competition

BFA 2017 graduate Wei Li has been named one of 15 finalists in the RBC Canadian Painting Competition. Wei's painting, Obsessiveness and Excitement, Never Growing Out of Them, is a 40″ by 60″ oil and acrylic on canvas.

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Mobili-T wins at Core77 Design Awards

Design Studies instructor Ben King (MDes '10, BDes '06) and his team were voted Community Choice winner and recognized as a Notable for the Strategy & Research Award at the Core77 Design Awards.

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Injecting creativity into cardiology: Edmonton student fuses passions for educational toys

Michiko Maruyama is combining her design degree and surgical residency to create innovative toys to teach kids about medical procedures.

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The Making of a Space | The Story of Timbre

Founded in 2015 by Design Studies alumni Mike Lam and Jordan Tomnuk, Timbre has a mandate to foster the creative community by renting both office space and studio space to burgeoning companies and makers.

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The Works Art + Design Festival: Don't miss the giant vagina

The tall, plush and penetrable vagina in question is called In and Out, designed by Kasie Campbell (BFA '15), and includes a performance aspect. The piece "deals with the anxieties and vulnerabilities that the artist experiences when they've become the object of someone else's gaze."

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Sean Caulfield Wins 2017 Eldon & Anne Foote Prize

On Friday, June 23, 2017, University of Alberta Art & Design professor, Sean Caulfield, was awarded the Eldon & Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize of $10,000 for his work, The Flood.

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Understanding Global Vaccination through Art

Although exhausted from jet lag, having just flown back from Europe the night before, University of Alberta Art & Design professor, Natalie Loveless, warmly welcomes me into her office for our interview. With her is fellow Art & Design professor, Sean Caulfield, who was just with Loveless in Norway and Switzerland, presenting the world première of their <Immune Nations> exhibit.

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Big Design in Small Spaces

Associate Professor of Industrial Design at the University of Alberta, Tim Antoniuk has been working seven days a week determining how people can live more sustainably-and, even more importantly, happily in small spaces. The result? Antoniuk has built a completely livable 230 square-foot micro condo.

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Lindsay Kirker's "Fake Empire" and Kyle Terrence's "Embeddings"

Kyle Terrence (MFA '16) and Lindsay Kirker (BFA '17) were selected by the Art and Design Graduate Student Association (ADGSA) to take part in the ADGSA's Artist in Residence program. Over the past month, the artists have been hard at work developing new and experimental facets of their practice.

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'Art can change your life': The Works festival features more than 600 artists, 49 exhibits

Amber Rooke (BFA '02), The Works executive artistic director, hopes visitors will cast their gaze firmly upon all that's offered and simply walk into the 13-day festival-the largest of its kind in North America-with arms extended, ready to embrace The Works in all its multidisciplinary glory.

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QUICK DIRTY: Art/Des Pop-up

The exhibition "QUICK DIRTY: Art/Des Pop-up" brings together University of Alberta MFA, MDes and MA in History of Art, Design and Visual Culture (HADVC) students. The Art and Design Graduate Student Association put together this exhibition to showcase the diverse work executed while earning a Master's degree.

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The Art of Vaccination

Steven J. Hoffman, whose background is in law and global health, had his views on art and its impacts change dramatically through the process of working on <Immune Nations> with University of Alberta professors Sean Caulfield and Natalie S. Loveless.

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Brad Necyk's 'Just a Hard Rain' renders and removes film characters

What's a story without its characters? Local visual artist Brad Necyk (BFA '11 and MFA '13) pondered this question while digitally removing characters from various stills of TV shows and movies for his exhibit Just a Hard Rain.

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Creating the Game

The Certificate in Computer Game Development at the University of Alberta, a joint venture between the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Science, brings together students from a wide variety of disciplines to learn the art and design of creating video games.

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Beating fear with hope: An exploration of the Rutherford galleria's newest occupant

Curated by U of A instructors Royden Mills and Marilene Oliver, Hope and Fear features the works of numerous students from the university's and the Portage College's art and design departments. The exhibit mirrors the ever-increasing anxieties of living in the current day while inspiring hope in everyone who passes through the Rutherford atrium.

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Immune Nations at the United Nations

Shadowpox, an art installation part of the new Immune Nations exhibit, gives participants a unique experience of fighting a virus with a vaccine while trying to save the people around them by what public health officials call herd immunity-when enough people are immunized that the virus has no one left to infect.

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Scholarships Awarded to Art & Design Graduate Students

The University of Alberta is thrilled to congratulate three Art & Design graduate students who recently received scholarships for their diverse and varied pursuits.

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Constructing identity: Exploring what makes us, us in 'Mind Body Context' exhibition

Mind Body Context is an exhibit that examines the spectrum of identity in search of a common understanding. Curated by fourth-year BFA student, and Scott Gallery assistant Breanna Barrington, the exhibit features works from 14 undergraduate and graduate fine art students from the University of Alberta that explore issues of identity in both interior and exterior contexts.

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Design students showcase end of year work in 'Text and Texture'

The Bachelor of Design Graduate show is an opportunity for students in both the Visual Communication Design (VCD) and Industrial Design (ID) programs to showcase works featuring their own personal intentions and visions.

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Design Student Provides New Brand Identity to Canadian VIGOUR Centre

Students in the Visual Communication Design program often get the opportunity to tackle real world challenges in class. When the Canadian VIGOUR Centre (CVC) needed an update to their visual identity, Associate Professor Susan Colberg saw it as a perfect fit for her design students.

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Bachelor of Design Graduate Show 2017 Text & Texture | Interview

Bachelor of Design 2017 graduates Dane Santos, Chad Hore, and Jenna McLean talk about the Text & Texture exhibition, which presents a body of work from the areas of industrial and visual communication design.