News & Achievements
A new name for our Department!
As of May 2014, we have a new name for our unit: Department of Art History & Visual Studies. The former name, History in Art, was created in the late 1960s by Professor Alan Gowans who was an early pioneer in material culture/visual studies. He believed that all visual art was worthy of study, whether it was an iconic masterpiece, a famous building, or an exquisite textile from long ago. We are renewing our curriculum, with a focus on areas like Visual Studies, Film, Material Culture and Museum Studies, and World Art. Stay tuned for the new direction and expanded possibilities for our students.
History in Art Graduate Student Co-curating exhibition at the Legacy Art Gallery
Featuring Christian Orthodox icons and crucifixes from the Legacy permanent collection, this exhibition examines religious, historical, and cultural meanings past and present. Co-curated by Regan Shrumm (graduate student) and Dr. Evanthia Baboula, (Assistant Professor, History in Art)
- Windows Into Heaven: Religious Icons from the Permanent Collection
The Legacy Art Gallery
2013 Lieutenant Governor's Silver Medal awarded to History in Art graduate
The department of History in Art is proud to announce that Erin Wallace, one of our 2013 Master’s graduates, has been awarded the 2013 Lieutenant Governor’s Silver Medal (Other than Thesis) for outstanding project or extended essay, “Making Space, Speak: Performing violence in Gordon Matta-Clark’s Window Blowout”.
History in Art Doctoral Candidate awarded the SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Graduate Scholarship
History in Art's doctoral candidate Brian Pollick is a recipient of a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Graduate Scholarship (2013-16). His dissertation focuses on merchants in Trecento Italy who used images to help negotiate their place in society, in a Christian context that deeply mistrusted the impact of money, wealth and commerce. He is studying the Palazzo Datini in Prato, as one of the case studies of his dissertation; this merchant's palace is one of the best-preserved late medieval spaces in Tuscany.
New publication for Dr. Allan Antliff
Joseph Beuys (1921–1986) – sculptor, painter, draughtsman, teacher, theorist and political activist – ranks among the most radicaland influential artists to emerge during the second half of the twentieth century. An enigmatic figure whose complex imagination drew on his research across awide range of themes – including mythology, zoology, botany and the spiritual theories of Rudolf Steiner – Beuys strove to establish a truly democratic approach towards artistic creativity, and prove that modern art need not be confined to the museum or the gallery.
For more information on Joseph Beuys, you can see:
- Why Joseph Beuys and his dead hare live on - ca.phaidon.com
- How Joseph Beuys went from artist to philosopher - ca.phaidon.com
Dr. Antliff has also edited a special 'anarchism in print' issue of the Journal of Modern Periodical Studies.
Jamie Cassels Undergraduate Research Awards 2014
The Department of History in Art was represented at the JCURA Research Fair this month by three History in Art students:
Big Button Blanket at Adasla
The Big Button Blanket was exhibited once more during another performance held at the Legacy Art Gallery, in downtown Victoria. This featured a special contemporary performance collaboration between Governor General’s Award winning performance artist Rebecca Belmore—a former Audain professor for the Department of Visual Arts—and blanket co-creator, Tahtan Nation artist Peter Morin.
Visual Impetus XVII - Graduate student organized symposium
The annual History in Art graduate student symposium Visual Impetus is returning for its impressive 17th year, January 24th & 25th. The weekend-long seminar will be held in the centrally located Legacy Art Gallery in downtown Victoria. Take in a presentation or two and at the same time come check out the The Big Button Blanket, courtesy if Dr. Carolyn Butler Palmer and Peter Morin (learn more). You can find out about the presentations here.
CBC interview -
The Big Button Blanket project
Jo-Ann Roberts host of All Points West, CBC Radio One'sprovincialafternoonshowserving British Columbia, interviewed artist Peter Morin regarding The Big Button Blanket project. This project was offered as a course at the University of Victoria, under the direction of Dr. Carolyn Butler Palmer, Assistant Profesor Williams Legacy Chair.
Photo credit: Michael Glendale
- CBC Radio interview (Peter Morin)
- The Big Button Blanket project: Facebook & Blog
- Dance of the Big Button Blanket at the Provost's Diversity Research Forum
- Dr. Carolyn Butler Palmer and Peter Morin bios
Dr. Evanthia Baboula offers Jewish art course in Spring 2014
History in Art's Dr. Evanthia Baboula was interviewed by Vancouver's Jewish Independent newspaper in December. She's talking about her new course on Jewish art—the first of its kind in Canada!—that kicks off this semester.
Now that’s a big blanket!
History in Art professor Carolyn Butler-Palmer and her students have been busy creating the world’s biggest button blanket this fall. The Big Button Blanket project was recently profiled in the Times Colonist in a UVic knowlEDGE piece and will be part of a feature exhibit at UVic’s Legacy Galleries Downtown in early 2014.
The art of eating
History in Art alumna Lindsay Anderson was featured in the fall issue of the UVic alumni magazine The Torch for her work as both a busy food writer and the official food blogger for the City of Richmond.
- Click here to read the article (flip ahead to page 34).
Jewish art course a Canadian first
History in Art professor Eva Baboula has created Canada’s first university course focused solely on Jewish art.
History in Art, Medieval Studies and the Middle East & Islamic Consortium welcomed a pair of guest scholars in October, Langara College’s Dr. Niall Christie and Bernard O’Kane.
Faculty Research Symposium
With a focus on “Contemporaneity Then and Now”, the 9th Annual History in Art Faculty Research Symposium offered an interdisciplinary lineup of speakers from both in and beyond the Fine Arts faculty.
Undergrad wins prize
History in Art Honours student Regan Shrumm was named winner of the 2013 Victoria Medal—awarded annually to the student with the highest GPA in the Faculty of Fine Arts.
Dr. Erin Campbell's new publication
Adopting a broad chronological framework and expanding the regional scope beyond Florence and Venice to include domestic interiors from less studied centers such as Urbino, Ferrara, and Bologna, this collection offers new perspectives on the home in early modern Italy. The volume’s dual emphasis is on reconstructing the material culture of specific residences, and on how particular domestic objects reflect, shape, and mediate family values and relationships within the home.
Jamie Kemp flips the classroom
History in Art instructor and PhD candidate Jamie Kemp is featured in the July Martlet article "Flipping the Classroom". “Flipping the classroom, to me, is just simply a movement to push the initial delivery of information and content out of the classroom and online,” explains Kemp. “The beauty of that is that you’re able to spend your class time doing more interactive things, so really applying knowledge and engaging with the course content in a more dynamic way.”
Susan Hawkins talks science & popular culture
How does quantum theory play into art and popular culture? Find out when History in Art instructor Susan Hawkins talks with CFAX radio's Adam Sawatsky in this podcast from his Eye on the Arts show in July.
Regan Shrumm earns top marks
History in Art undergraduate student Regan Shrumm earned the top GPA in all of Fine Arts this year. Read about her past and present curatorial work, and future plans as a returning
Sampling Core Samples
Downtown's Legacy Gallery looks at the first 20 years of the Visual Arts department with their new exhibit, Core Samples. Get the story on our blog and read what Times Colonist art reviewer Robert Amos has to say about "this carefully chosen and installed exhibition" in this article.
Marcus Milwright wins Craigdarroch
History in Art professor Marcus Milwright was honoured with UVic's Craigdarroch Silver Medal for Excellence in Research this spring. Milwright's award is only the third time the Craigdarroch has been presented to Fine Arts, alongside Lorna Crozier and the Lafayette String Quartet.
UVAC highlights Karl Spreitz's films
The short film archive of Karl Spreitz is now part of the UVic Art Collection. Among the films are studio visits with the likes of Maxwell Bates and Myfanwy Pavelic, which are highlighted in this Times Colonist article.
Liz Charsley-Jory now artist-in-residence
History in Art (and Theatre) alumna Liz Charsley-Jory is the first Canadian artist-in-residence at London's Dulwich Picture Gallery. Her show Bright Land: West of the Rockies, South of the Thames ran there this spring. Dulwich also has a major show in the works about Emily Carr in 2014.
It's the 5th annual Middle East & Islamic Consortium of BC conference, running March 21-23 at UVic. A collaboration between faculty and students of UVic, SFU and UBC, MEICON kicks off with a keynote presentation of “Representations of Muslim Women: Image and Reality” on March 21 (7pm HSD A240), followed by a full-day faculty symposium focusing on Canada’s contributions to Middle Eastern and Islamic studies—including two sessions on Islamic art and archaeology—on March 22 in the University Club, and a student conference on March 23 in ECS 125.
History in Art at IdeaFest
If you missed the IdeaFest Creativity panel featuring History in Art's Victoria Wyatt—alongside colleagues Jennifer Stillwell (Visual Arts), Lee Henderson (Writing) and George Tzanetakis and Jonathan Goldman (Music)
History in Art at JCURA
Fine Arts had 10 students represented at the annual spring Jamie Cassels Undergraduate Research Awards this year, including History in Art's Sara Fruchtman, Alexandra Macdonald and Christine Oldridge. Also presenting this year were Stewart Gibbs, Sarah Johnson and Jennifer Taylor (Theatre), Bronwyn McMillin and Willie Seo (Visual Arts), plus Claire Garneau and Liz Snell (Writing).
Stories of Gold
UVic hosted the 26th Annual Medieval Workshop this spring, with Stories of Gold as the title and focus. It was the Medieval Studies Program's way of helping UVic celebrate our golden anniversary while also exploring the many roles of gold within Medieval society.
Visual Impetus XVI
The annual History in Art graduate student symposium Visual Impetus returned for its impressive 16th year this January. The weekend-long seminar was held in the Fine Arts building and you can find out about the presentations here.
New Program: Minor in History in Art
If you are enrolled in another UVic undergraduate program you can combine it with a Minor in History in Art.
Based on the following pattern, you can design a set of courses that complement your area of study. The Minor in History in Art will help you understand comparative visual cultural traditions in a world-minded way within your main disciplines.
Students wishing to declare a Minor in History in Art should contact the Advising Centre for their faculty.
To obtain a History in Art Minor, students are required to complete successfully:
1.5 units of HA 120
1.5 units of HA 121
3.0 units – HA 200 level
9.0 units – HA 300/400 level
For a total of 15.0 units
Courses taken for the Minor cannot be used to complete requirements for a Major or Honours Program.
JCURA award winners are preparing for their participation in the upcoming research fair. Please come and support your fellow students as they have worked hard on their projects. You can view their abstracts here.
- Wednesday, March 6, 2013
- 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
- Michele Pujol Room, Cinecenta and Upper Lounge at the SUB
26th Annual Medieval Workshop:
Stories of Gold
Saturday February 9, 2013
The Bob Wright Centre Room B150
Dr. Marcus Milwright,
Director, Medieval Studies Program
Gold has been prized by humans for thousands of years. One of the few metals to occur in its pure form on the surface of the earth, gold is a remarkably malleable material that can be formed into any shape. To celebrate the fiftieth (golden) anniversary of the University of Victoria, we have chosen to explore the many roles of this rare and beautiful metal within Medieval society. Gold was used for sacred purposes ranging from reliquaries and liturgical items to the ornamentation of buildings and manuscripts with gold leaf. The metal had a central role in economic life, with gold coins circulating across the known world. There are also metaphorical dimensions of gold; these include the Medieval bestseller, the Golden Legend, and the pervasive concept of lost “Golden Ages.” We hope to bring you a workshop that is worth its weight in gold!
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