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The Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory

MARINATE ME: UBC 2014 BFA/BA Visual Art Graduating Exhibition

April 16, 2014

Exhibition runs April 16 - 26, 2014.

The Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory at UBC is pleased to present Marinate Me, this year's BFA/BA Visual Art Graduating Exhibition at the Audain Art Centre.

For the first time, this exhibition will be housed the Audain Art Centre.  Featuring works from both an open and closed call, the exhibition will showcase student work in the new AHVA Gallery and the 3rd Floor undergraduate studios.

Marinate Me speaks to immersion in educational theory, or intentional lack thereof. Either being thrown on the grill raw, or by reflecting their seasoned array of knowledge, students will serve up their work to a public audience.

Please join us in celebrating the graduates' achievements and enjoy the work of emerging young talent in your city.

Opening Reception: April 16th, 5-9 PM

Exhibition: April 17th-26th. [Closed for Good Friday.]
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 12-4  ... (more) »



May 01, 2014

UBC Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition 2014. Runs May 2 - June 1, 2014

The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery is pleased to present SUPERMOON, an exhibition of work by the 2014 graduates of the University of British Columbia’s two-year Master of Fine Arts program.

The artists represented examine the practice of making art through the shared and often conflicted relationship it has with its reception with the public. As such the context in which the work is made and subsequently displayed is informed by each artist’s individual life and experience. As a diverse group of artists they collectively represent a shared interest in changing perceptions about what art is and does.

Fabiola Carranza makes photographs, videos, sculptures, paintings and drawings that examine visual, cultural and personal phenomena. Her experimentation with materials is at once playful and imbued with art historical frameworks. Her work aims to tease out humour and pathos from her affiliation to spaces, her  ... (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 1955. 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


April 16, 2014

MARINATE ME: UBC 2014 BFA/BA Visual Art Graduating Exhibition
Exhibition runs April 16 - 26, 2014.  (more) »



May 01, 2014

UBC Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition 2014. Runs May 2 - June 1, 2014  (more) »



April 16, 2014

Satellite Gallery Presents - Extended Party Mix
Exhibition runs April 16 to May 2, 2014  (more) »



May 09, 2014

Dust on the Lens: Curated by CCST Candidate Michaela Rife
Exhibition runs May 10 - June 28, 2014  (more) »



May 15, 2014

Queering Citizenship: Curated by CCST Candidate Derrick Chang
Exhibition runs May 16 - June 28, 2014  (more) »



March 21, 2014

The Brood: Fan-Ling Suen
Access Gallery: Join us for The Brood: Fan-Ling Suen's opening reception on Friday March 21st, at 8pm-11pm.  (more) »



April 22, 2014

AHVA Sessionals in the News!   (more) »

April 16, 2014

PhD Candidate Kristen Carter is the Recipient of a Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award   (more) »

April 06, 2014

Announcing The Marijke Nap Memorial Prize in Print Media   (more) »

April 04, 2014

AHVA Faculty Dana Claxton in the News!   (more) »

March 17, 2014

AHVA MFA Alumni Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky in the News!   (more) »



Featured Profile

Nadine Power
BA Honours in Art History degree, 2004

After graduating from the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory, Nadine has embarked on a career in art conservation.  (more) »