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Marc Mayer, Walter Jule Named to Order of Canada

Marc Mayer, a former director of the National Gallery of Canada, has been appointed as a member of the Order of Canada, one of the country's highest honours. Also named as an officer of the order is longtime Edmonton artist and educator (and Art & Design Department emeritus) Walter Jule.

“I Am YEG Arts” Series: Natasia Martin

VCD Grad Natasia Martin is featured in the Dec 22 “I Am YEG Arts” blog.

The place art holds in climate change conversations: A review of FAB Gallery’s ‘Transitional Impressions’

Art has the potential to demonstrate climate change in an entirely new light. This is beautifully demonstrated by the University of Alberta FAB Gallery’s exhibit "Transitional Impressions."

Fiona Alison Duncan, Maud Madsen, and Maryam Mir Receive 2022 Canadian Women Artists’ Awards

Congratulations to BFA (2016) alumna Maude Madsen on receiving the Canadian Women’s Club (CWC) of New York's 2022 Canadian Women Artists’ Award in Visual Arts.

Royal Ontario Museum announces appointment of Curator, Korean Art & Culture

ROM (Royal Ontario Museum) has announced the appointment of Dr. Vicki Sung-yeon Kwon (PhD, HADVC) as the inaugural Curator of Korean Art & Culture.

The Business of Murals with Alixandra Jade,‘16 BDesign

Listen to the U of A Alumni "What the Job" podcast interview with 2016 B. Design graduate Alixandra Jade

Beautiful brain: exhibit illuminates the human connections behind neuroscience

Art & Design professors Gillian Harvey and Marilène Oliver were instrumental in the creation of Connections: Bringing Neuroscience and Art Together, a luminous art exhibit of 70 multimedia pieces and a few poems that has been on display at the Friends of University Hospital’s McMullen Gallery over the summer and is now available online and as a book.

The Fatima Al-Fihri Award in Islamic Studies

Congratulations to HADVC MA student, Rojina Sabetiashraf, who is the Recipient of the Fatima Al-Fihri Award in Islamic Studies in 2022.

Announcing the Five Winners of the 2022 Emerging Digital Artists Award

Congratulations to 2017 Bachelor of Fine Arts (with Distinction) alumna Wei Li on being one of five recipients of the 2022 Emerging Digital Artists Award (EDAA) for critical experimentation in digital media.

Three Canadian Artists in UN Environmental Digital Exhibition

Three artists from Canada are included in a virtual exhibition by more than 30 international artists concerned with environmental issues that's being hosted by the United Nations. (Tanya Harnett, Drawing Professor, Department of Art & Design )

Congrats, Dr. Lisa Claypool!

Dr. Lisa Claypool (Art & Design) has been named a recipient of the University of Alberta 2021 COVID-19 Remote Teaching Award!

Announcing CONNECTIONS gallery and exhibition

CONNECTIONS gallery is now online and in-person — showcasing the relationship between art and neuroscience, portraying the many aspects of neuroscience, brain diseases and mental health in a creative and compelling way. Produced in part by Gillian Harvey and Marilène Oliver

Childhood memories on scrip land: A conversation with Kiona Callihoo Ligtvoet

Using non-linear storytelling, Callihoo Ligtvoet (2020 BFA in Art & Design and 2022 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards Emerging Artist Award recipient) tells stories about growing up with her moshom on scrip land.

‘Be a good heart in the art world:’ Ally McIntyre talks community and emotion

With bold and assertive paintings, Ally McIntyre (2013 Painting and Sculpture grad and 2022 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards Emerging Artist Award recipient) explores the effect of art on viewers and the meaning of art to the artist themselves.

‘Voluntary Detours’ highlights rural Albertan museums’ charm and history

When thinking of museums one may consider mainstream, urban institutions to hold authority on what museums are and what they contain. Lianne McTavish is a University of Alberta professor of history of art, design, and visual culture, whose new book — Voluntary Detours: Small Town and Rural Museums in Alberta seeks to subvert that idea.

Walking a Longer Path

Convocating BDes (Industrial Design) student Larissa Peeteetuce has some innovative ideas including a tabletop game based on Indigenous storytelling.

Shoreline debris sculptures at Red Deer museum bring environmental themes to mind

Tracing Tides, an exhibit by Lyndal Osborne (Art & Design Professor Emeritus), is showing at Red Deer museum until Sept. 6

Hangar 11 to be restored, renovated into mixed-use space

An airport hangar in Edmonton has been designated a historic resource by city council, and will now be refurbished into a mixed-use space. The proposal to restore the building and create a mixed-use space was presented to council in February 2021 by Tim Antoniuk (Associate Professor, Design Studies) .

Stuffed gophers lead author's dig through Alberta's trove of museums

McTavish explores what constitutes a museum, how they promote settler narratives, even the simple act of visiting an off-the-beaten-path rural museum.

Last exhibits of FAB Gallery season explore family inheritance

While 'a tension' invites viewers to examine trauma in their home spaces, 'PATTERN 2451' asks viewers what is valuable. To wrap up the 2021 – 22 season in the Fine Arts Building (FAB) Gallery, Emily Hayes’s a tension and Heather Savard’s PATTERN 2451 explore the different ways that families hand down trauma and perceptions of value.

Buddhist art exhibit gives students hands-on experience with museum work

Sung Eun Cho, a BA Honors student in HADVC, has created the exhibit Lion, Lantern, Lotus: Chinese and Buddhist Symbols in the Mactaggart Art Collection exploring the combination of Buddhism and Chinese symbols on a Buddhist textile from China. (February 2022)

Have You Met April Dean?

Meet April, Gallery Manager in the Department of Fine Arts, Faculty of Arts.

Long List Announced for The 2022 Eldon + Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize

Two members of the UAlberta Art & Design community are on this year's Long List for the Eldon and Anne Foote Art Prize. Tammy Salzl is a member of Academic Teaching Staff in painting, and Blair Brennan served the department as Exhibitions & Gallery Manager from 1987–2018.

Two of alumni Braxton Garneau’s pieces added to the U of A Galleries

Through his work, Garneau hopes that his viewers come to understand that humans have a lot more in common than we think and that communication and connection should not be prevented by what we see of another person. His work Cowries, as well as one of his 2021 untitled pieces, have been added to the U of A’s galleries.

Mile Zero Dance's upcoming show blur formed a new collective of artists

Edmonton-born Stephanie Patsula graduated with an MFA from the University of Alberta in 2020, finding in her studies that she needed to follow her artistic urges wherever they led her.

How urban design could help Alberta diversify its economy

University of Alberta urban design expert Tim Antoniuk has a new book, Situating Design in Alberta (University of Alberta Press), co-edited with former U of A design studies student Isabel Prochner.

Think Like a Designer

“When you ask someone to innovate and they don’t have an initial solution, that’s a tall order — especially when there are multiple paths to multiple solutions,” says Justin Pritchard, ’13 BDes, ’15 MDes, sessional instructor in the Department of Art & Design and co‑creator of the Design Thinking workshop.


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