The Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Slip the Snare, UBC Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory, Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition 2016
May 06, 2016
An exhibition of work by the 2016 graduates of UBC's Art, Visual & Theory’s MFA Program
Benjamin J. Allard, Jeneen Frei Njootli, Saroop Soofi, Leigh Tennant, Olivia Whetung
May 6-June 5, 2016
Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery
University of British Columbia
1825 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC Canada
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 5, 6-9 pm
Performance by Jeneen Frei Njootli: Friday, May 6, 1:00 pm
Performance by Saroop Soofi: Wednesday, May 11, 1:30 pm
Public Critique with Judy Radul: Saturday, May 14, 12:30 pm. All are welcome.
The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery is pleased to present Slip the Snare, an exhibition of work by the 2016 graduates of the University of British Columbia Department of Art History Visual Art & Theory’s two-year Master of Fine Arts program: Benjamin J. Allard, Jeneen Frei Njootli, Saroop Soofi, Leigh Tennant and Olivia Whetung. Enrollment in this program is limited each year to six
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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.
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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