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The Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory

Painting, Pots and Printed Texts: The Translation of Elite Aesthetics from China to Europe

September 02, 2014

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 5:00 - 6:30 pm

On Tuesday, September 2nd, Dawn Odell of Lewis & Clark College will be giving a public talk titled Painting, Pots and Printed Texts: The Translation of Elite Aesthetics from China to Europe

Tuesday, September 2, 2014  5:00 - 6:30 pm
Lillooet Room, Chapman Learning Commons, IKB Learning Centre

Dawn Odell, Department Chair and Associate Professor, Lewis & Clark College, specializes in Chinese and early modern European art and teaches a variety of courses engaging these regions, including classes on East Asian print culture, comparative approaches to European and East Asian art of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and contemporary Chinese art. Professor Odell’s research focuses on the exchange of material goods and artistic practices between Asia and Europe in the early modern period, with a particular emphasis on the Dutch engagement with China. She has published articles on the seventeenth-century Dutch  ... (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.

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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.

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AHVA Events


September 02, 2014

Painting, Pots and Printed Texts: The Translation of Elite Aesthetics from China to Europe
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 5:00 - 6:30 pm  (more) »



June 27, 2014

Indian Candy - Dana Claxton
Exhibition runs until September 7th, 2014  (more) »



Featured Profile

Evan Lee
MFA in Visual Art degree, 2000

"Art is hard work. They (students) should be prepared to accept criticism, and consider artistic ideas that are different from their own."  (more) »