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The Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory

Untitled (Visual Art Faculty Show 2016)

September 22, 2016

Exhibition: September 23 to October 29, 2016

Please join the UBC Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory (AHVA) at the AHVA Gallery in the Audain Art Centre on Thursday, September 22, at 5 pm for the opening of Untitled (Visual Art Faculty Show 2016) – an exhibition showcasing recent works by our studio faculty and adjunct professors.

ARTISTS: Barrie Jones, Beau Dick, Barbara Zeigler, Cathy Busby, Christine D’Onofrio, Dana Claxton, Damla Tamer, Gareth James, Scott Billings, Marina Roy, Garry Kennedy, Gu Xiong, Jade Yumang, Richard Prince, Phillip McCrum and Manuel Piña.

Friday, September 30, 12:30 – 2 PM:
Join us at the AHVA Gallery for a conversation with artists, a tour, and a discussion of the works.

AHVA Gallery hours:
Tuesday to Saturday, 12 – 4 PM
Closed holidays

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True Crime Drama

September 24, 2016

AHVA Master of Fine Arts Solo Graduate Exhibition - Daniel Phillips

Exhibition viewing by appointment, please contact danieljordanphillips@gmail.com  ... (more) »


About the Department


Art History and Visual Art were first taught at The University of British Columbia when noted Canadian painter, B.C. Binning, was appointed to the faculty of the newly-formed School of Architecture. The Department of Fine Arts was established as an independent department within the Faculty of Arts in 1958. Since its inception the Department has grown steadily and now includes 23 full-time members of faculty (13 art historians and 10 visual artists). In 2001, the Department changed its name from Fine Arts to the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory to better to encapsulate the innovative teaching and interdisciplinary research interests of the faculty.

The Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory comprises three streams of research-based learning and practice: Art History, with a particular focus on theoretical and critical discourses concerning the social impact of art and visual representation at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; Critical and Curatorial Studies, examining through research and exhibition projects issues in contemporary visual culture and display; and Visual Art, with an undergraduate curriculum placing art production, academic learning and a graduate emphasis on preparation for participation in the field of contemporary international art.

The Department’s faculty are actively involved in research and bring this strength into their teaching at all levels. Undergraduate and graduate seminars enhance student experience in advanced academic research and practice. As a result many of our graduates have established distinguished careers in the creative, scholarly and gallery fields.

The main goal of Art History, Visual Art and Theory is to foster critical and reflexive thinking within an inclusive and supportive environment. The Department thus maintains the highest standards of intellectual and administrative practice, seeking to be innovative in pedagogy and international in scholarly perspective.


Our Galleries

The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery


The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery has an international reputation for its exhibitions, publications and projects in the area of contemporary art. Its collections and archives are an invaluable resource for scholars.

Visit the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery »


The AHVA Gallery


The mission of the AHVA Gallery is to promote research and discourse in the field of visual art by facilitating collaboration and experimentation within the department, the university, and the community. The gallery is dedicated to providing resources and opportunities to students, faculty and the community through exhibitions, public programs, and providing a venue to engage in dialogue.

Learn more about the AHVA Gallery »


AHVA Events


September 22, 2016

Untitled (Visual Art Faculty Show 2016)
Exhibition: September 23 to October 29, 2016  (more) »



September 24, 2016

True Crime Drama
AHVA Master of Fine Arts Solo Graduate Exhibition - Daniel Phillips  (more) »



June 02, 2016

MARINA ROY Your Kingdom to Command
Offsite Opening | Thursday June 2, 2016 | 6-8pm  (more) »



October 03, 2016

2016 Mayor's Arts Award - Dana Claxton and Carlos Colín
For having made significant contributions to creative life in the city of Vancouver  (more) »


'Other' Event!

October 05, 2016

Text to Speech: A Stiegler Primer
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October 12, 2016

The Free Sea: A Conversation with Renisa Mawani and Bernhard Siegert
In this conversation, Renisa Mawani and Bernhard Siegert will discuss their respective book projects. The event will be moderated by Geoffrey Winthrop-Young.  (more) »



October 13, 2016

Ishmael’s Critique of Pictures: Representation and Anti-Representation in Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick
Free Public Lecture by Bernhard Siegert, Peter Wall Institute International Visting Research Scholar  (more) »



October 14, 2016

Seminar with Bernhard Siegert
Discussion of Siegert's Cultural Techniques: Grids, Filters, Doors, and Other Articulations of the Real  (more) »



Featured Profile

Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky
MFA in Visual Art degree, 1998

"We were lucky to have great instructors who really did a lot to prepare us to enter the art world and cultivate a career."  (more) »