Art & Design

FAB Gallery

Hetero[topia]: Designing Social + Urban + Health Futures

Exhibition: September 26–October 14, 2017
Reception: Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 7 to 10 pm

Three Master of Design graduates at the University of Alberta — Bahaa Harmouche, Siyi Xie and Derek Jagodzinsky — harness design processes to address complex problems and activate change. A visual showcasing of their final research projects, this group show provokes dialogue about cultural identities, social cohesion, urban sustainability and adaptable healthcare. Through design-driven modes of enquiry, Hetero[topia] seeks to question the status quo and propose new alternatives.

How can the designer apply creative leadership — as an interrogator, a facilitator, a mediator — in meeting the challenges we face together as communities? Can we create or make visible other spaces for identities to emerge, voices to converse, and lived spaces to re-structure? Grounded in these questions, the work in this exhibition encourages us to re-think the role of designers in the transformation of selves, societies and systems.

This exhibition is a selection of work highlighting the research of students graduating with a Master of Design degree, including Bahaa Harmouche (VCD), Siyi Xie (ID) and Derek Jagodzinsky (ID).

Peter Hide: A Sculptor’s Life

Exhibition: August 22–October 14, 2017
Reception: Thursday, September 14, 2017 from 7 to 10pm

This exhibition is a “snapshot” of four decades of work by Peter Hide.

About FAB Gallery

Since 1987, the Fine Arts Building Galley has presented art and design exhibitions that benefit the University of Alberta, Edmonton, the Province, and beyond. These exhibitions feature work by students at the undergraduate and graduate levels, faculty and staff, as well as by contemporary and historical artists with national and international reputations. FAB Gallery exhibitions—featuring both in-house curated exhibitions as well travelling exhibitions organized by other galleries and academic centres—attract approximately 13,000 guests a year to the Department of Art and Design.

The gallery is a valuable teaching resource, providing many Department of Art and Design students with their first opportunities to present their work publicly. Public presentation of work prepares students for involvement in the professional art and design community and increases students’ awareness of the dialogue that accompanies the public presentation of their works. As the most public face of the Department of Art and Design, the Fine Arts Building Gallery provides Edmonton and the wider community with an aesthetically enriching and intellectually engaging resource in the visual arts.

Funding

The FAB Gallery receives financial support from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Alberta Community Development.