Speaker Series

Upcoming Speakers

2024 Winter

  • 18 January 2024, 5:15pm  FAB 2-20: Emmanuel Osahor – Notes on the Garden (view poster)

    Centred on a recent body of paintings, etchings and ceramics on view at the Art Gallery of Alberta, this talk will discuss the artist's current practice and examine the garden as site of care, and metaphor for beauty as a necessity for survival, and a precursor to thriving. (presented in partnership with the Art Gallery of Alberta)

  • 01 February 2024, 2:00pm  Zoom Online (RSVP to gallery@ualberta.ca to receive event link): Niedzielski + Molina - From Here to There (view posterIn their talk, Oksana Niedzielski and Valerie Molina will be exploring design for broader societal interventions. Tracking their own career progressions and reflecting on different professional design profiles, they provide insights into the benefit of strategic design for social impact applications. 

  • 07 March 2024, 5:15pm  FAB 2-20: Robin Alex McDonald (Assistant Professor, Department of Studio Arts, MacEwan University) – Pink Triangles, Blue Feelings: Representations of Depression in 2SLGBTQ+ Contemporary Art (view posterIn this lecture, McDonald will present their ongoing research on the aesthetic, performative, and political tactics that 2SLGBTQ+ contemporary artists use to represent what gets called “depression.” In particular, McDonald focuses on how these tactics resist and subvert pathologizing psychiatric, therapeutic, and medical discourses to instead posit depression as a “public feeling,” which is intimately bound up with structures of homophobia, transphobia, racism, colonialism, ableism, and capitalism (Cvetkovich, 2012).

  • 14 March 2024, 5:15pm  FAB 2-20: Alicia Proudfoot (Artist in Residence, Sculpture)  –Somatic Archive through Sound and Form (view posterJoin Alicia Proudfoot, in a comfortable discussion of her art practice. It will be a time focused on fierce dreaming and willful resistance to societal perceptions of chronic illness.


About our Speaker Series

The Department of Art & Design hosts several visiting and local speakers annually. The Visual Art & Design Forum (VADF) is a speaker series for scholars, creative researchers, artists, and designers to discuss their projects with the University of Alberta community. Presentation formats vary widely, from the traditional lecture to dynamic panel discussions.

Previous Speakers

2023 Fall

2023 Winter

  • 17 January 2023, 5:15pm  FAB 2-20: Jill Miller FUTURE PERFECT (view poster)
  • 26 January 2023, 5:15pm  FAB 2-20: Riaz Mehmood – Poetic Resistance: Reflections on Ghazal: Songs for Home (view poster)
  • 14 February 2023, 2:15pm  FAB 2-20: Richard Boulet and Yvonne Mullock – Panel Talk chaired by Professor Sean Caufield (view poster 1; view poster 2)

2022 Fall

2022 Winter

  • 24 March 2022, Howie Tsui: "Artist Talk"
  • 10 March 2022, Panel discussion with Aijie Shi, Anran Tu, Yi Liu, and Yiyin Xue: "The Double Life of Objects: Nature, Nation, Narratives and Their Material Incarnations in Twentieth-Century China"
  • 09 March 2022, Cinthia Sifa Mulanga: "Artist Talk"
  • 17 February 2022, Juliana Cerqueira Leite: "Public Lecture"
  • 03 February 2022, Heather Leier: "Public Lecture"

2021 Fall

2021 Winter

  • 25 March 2021, Lisa Silverman: "Rethinking Jewish Space in Vienna before 1938"
  • 04 March 2021, Jackson 2bears: "Studio and Research Practices"
  • 11 February 2021, Ellen Lupton and Bon Ku: "Health Design Thinking"
  • 28 January 2021, Christina Battle: "Studio Practice"

2020 Fall

2020 Winter

2019 Fall

2019 Winter

2018 Fall

2018 Winter

2017 Fall

2017 Winter

2016 Fall