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‘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.

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Walking a Longer Path

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

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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

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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) .

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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.

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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.

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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)

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Have You Met April Dean?

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Art & Design alumna creates visuals for Edmonton’s bid for the 2026 World Cup host city

Lisa Mentz credits her UAlberta training for helping her design the creative package for one of the most popular sporting events in the world.

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U of A student thought she was preserving her native language. Turns out it's thriving

For an undergraduate design class at the University of Alberta, Yeo was tasked with redesigning a book to make it more visually appealing and easier to use. She decided to make a mock-design of a Chavacano dictionary.

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Valley Line Southeast LRT artworks on track to wow commuters

Stephanie Jonsson, Edmonton artist and Art & Design Sculpture Technician, created two brightly coloured aluminum sculptures mounted on the canopy on either side of the platform. She drew inspiration from the flora next door at the Muttart Conservatory.

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This Edmonton couple had Lego date nights. Now they work for the toy giant

Chris and Laura Perron work for Lego in Billund, Denmark. The pair met attending the University of Alberta in the industrial design program.

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In Good Company: Gillian Willans

Gillian Willans’ paintings of domestic interiors set the stage for fascinating commentary on societal expectations of women to create a perfectly ordered family life. Her work has been recognized with the 2018 Eldon & Anne Foote Visual Arts Prize.