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The Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory

Yours, Mine, Ours: The AMS Permanent Collection

November 26, 2015

This exciting exhibition is a joint effort between AHVA and the AMS.

You are warmly invited to our next exhibition at the AHVA Gallery showcasing the AMS Permanent Collection. This exciting exhibition is a joint effort between AHVA and the AMS and will open at the AHVA Gallery for regular hours at the end of this week and will run until January 23, 2016. The Hatch Gallery will open its portion of the exhibition a little later, on January 5th, 2016. The reception for the exhibition is planned for early in the new year on Wednesday, January 13 from 5 to 7 PM as detailed below.

AHVA Gallery: November 26, 2015 - January 23, 2016
Hatch Art Gallery: January 5 – February 5, 2016

Reception: Wednesday, January 13th, 2016, 5 – 7 PM

In celebration of The University of British Columbia’s 100th year the AMS Hatch Art Gallery will be exhibiting Yours, Mine, Ours - an exhibition of the AMS Permanent Collection in joint effort with the Department of Art History, Visual Art  ... (more) »



December 03, 2015

VISA 330 Group Painting Salon Show

You are warmly invited to join the VISA 330 class for an exhibition of their work opening December 3rd at Skylight Gallery. Please see the following announcement for details:

Opening Reception: December 3,  7pm - 10pm at Skylight Gallery
Exhibition Time: December 4, 10am - 4pm at Skylight Gallery

Participating Artists: Gillian Arthur, Emily Cho, Nicholas Grossman, Pegah Hoghoughi, Holly Johnson, Iman Karbalaeian, Gabriela Koc-Spadaro, June Lee, Samantha Machamon, Emma McKenzie, Valarie Ng, Emilie Nunez, Amy-Lynne Philpott, Christopher Smythe, Jade Tachie-Menson, Tessa Walker, Simone Williamson, Jingyi Wu and Yong-Shin Yoon

 ... (more) »


MFA Open Studios

December 08, 2015

Our MFA students open their studios to view works in progress.

Dear AHVA Community,

You are invited to join us at our MFA Open Studios which will take place on Tuesday December 8, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM on the 4th Floor of the Audain Art Centre (6398 University Blvd). 

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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


November 26, 2015

Yours, Mine, Ours: The AMS Permanent Collection
This exciting exhibition is a joint effort between AHVA and the AMS.  (more) »



December 03, 2015

VISA 330 Group Painting Salon Show  (more) »


Visual Art Graduate Program (MFA)

December 08, 2015

MFA Open Studios
Our MFA students open their studios to view works in progress.  (more) »



November 20, 2015

Gareth James - Collected by Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner
Selections from the noted collection of Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner  (more) »


Film Screening

November 12, 2015

Traces That Resemble Us
The Cinematheque, in collaboration with Monte Clark Gallery, presents Traces That Resemble Us  (more) »



November 25, 2015

39th AHVA Graduate Symposium: Call for Papers + Artists   (more) »

October 29, 2015

AHVA MFA Grads A Akhavan and R Boisjoly in the news!   (more) »

October 06, 2015

Professor George Knox - former head of department passes away   (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) »