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Spring 2014

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)

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

Dr. Allan Antliff is pleased to announce the publication of his new book, Joseph Beuys (published by Phaidon).

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:

  1. Why Joseph Beuys and his dead hare live on -
  2. How Joseph Beuys went from artist to philosopher -

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


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.

Fall 2013

 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.

Jewish art course a Canadian first
History in Art professor Eva Baboula has created Canada’s first university course focused solely on Jewish art.

Visiting scholars

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.


Summer 2013

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.


Spring 2013

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. 


Three History in Art students participating in the Jamie Cassels Undergraduate Award Research Fair

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.

Award Winners:
Sara Fruchtman
Alexandra MacDonald
Christine Oldridge

  • 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

Faculty Coordinator:
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!


Christmas Quiz Winners

Results for the 2012 History in Art Christmas Quiz:

1st - Emerald Johnstone-Bedell
2nd - Terry Rodgers
3rd - Atri Hatef

Congratulations to all of you! And thank you to everybody else who took part. I hope that you enjoyed it!

Look out for another quiz next year,
Best Wishes

Dr. Marcus Milwright



Alisa Smith

History in Art alumna Alisa Smith was honoured as one of five outstanding members of UVic's alumni community at the Celebration of 50 Years of Excellence.


Legacy exhibit offers art, with honours

Legacy Art Gallery director Mary Jo Hughes opened the 50th anniversary exhibit Honoris Causa: Artist Honorary Degree Recipients in December. Running through to March 2013, Honoris Causa showcases more than 25 prominent artists, living and dead, who have received honorary UVic degrees over the past half-century—including the likes of Jack Shadbolt, EJ Hughes, Robert Bateman and Mary Pratt.


The Collections at 50

The Legacy Art Gallery fall exhibit The Collections at 50: Building the University of Victoria Art Collections—guest-curated by former Maltwood Art Gallery director and retired History in Art professor Martin Segger—received some nice attention from local media in October.


Allan Antliff in London

History in Art professor Allan Antliff was in England this fall, presenting papers at the University of London.


Co-op student and alumni in the media

History in Art Co-op student Emerald Johnstone-Bedell created a video about her experience working at the Firefighters Museum of Calgary in the annual Co-operative Education and Career Services video contest. And History in Art alumna Dianne Carr made the news recently in her role as guest curator at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria’s exhibit Back to the Land: Ceramics from Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.



UVic's History in Art department will host the next conference of the Middle East and Islamic Consortium of British Columbia in March 2013. They also had a strong presence at the 2012 conference.


October 2012

The Arbutus Review publishes three History in Art Students' Research Papers

The Arbutus Review was created to showcase the articles, projects, and installations that result from the Jamie Cassels Undergraduate Research Award (JCURA) Program. JCURA was instituted in 2009-10 as the Undergraduate Research Scholarship program by the then Vice-President Academic and Provost, Dr. Jamie Cassels. It was designed to provide support and create truly formative learning experiences for exceptional undergraduate students who might not otherwise obtain direct research experience. The Learning and Teaching Centre (LTC) administers the award nomination process on behalf of the Provost’s Office.

Sara Fruchtman, Regan Shrumm, and Ryan Church are featured in the latest review (Vol. 3, No. 1).


Three Jamie Cassels Undergraduate Awards

This year the History in Art department is proud to announce that three History in Art majors have been awarded each a 2012 Jamie Cassels Undergraduate Award. We would like to congratulate Sara Fruchtman, Alexandra Macdonald, and Christine Oldridge. Please visit the abstract page for more info on their individual projects.


September 2012

8th Annual History in Art Faculty Research Symposium:

Acts of Intervention: The Arts and Social Change

Collaborating Faculty organizers, Dr. Carolyn Butler-Palmer and Dr. Erin Campbell, are happy to present this year's research symposium. Included in this year's symposium are two ORION guest lecturers, Luigi Ferrara and Dr. John O'Brian. The symposium is open to the public at the cost of free admission. It will held September 28th, 9:00 - 5:00 pm, in the Visual ArtsBuilding, room A146.

Learn more:


June 2012

Medal for achieving the highest GPA

History in Art student Genevieve Neelin wins the Victoria Medal for achieving the highest GPA in the Faculty of Fine Arts. She's already back at her drafting table in Ottawa, before heading to Carleton University in the fall.


Award-winning Medieval Studies

Award-winning Medieval Studies student Courtney Burrell is on her own elf quest, as she heads off to a prestigious European folklore conference.


Legacy Gallery

Legacy Gallery undergoes a transformation, thanks to the current exhibit by honorary doctorate Duncan Regher. Transformation, a retrospective of his visual art and poetry, can be seen until August 18.


March 2012

Students know how to ARTiculate

History in Art graduate students celebrate the launch of their new peer-reviewed, online art historical journal ARTiculate. Founding co-editors Randip Bakshi, Sara Checkley and Jennifer Cador realized a year ago that the dearth of publishing opportunities for graduate students in art history was a serious problem for those aspiring to a career in academia—but rather than just accept this situation, they decided to create new publishing opportunities for their colleagues themselves.


Dr. Erin Campbell

Dr. Erin Campbell has recently co-organized three panels of presentations for the 58th Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, to be held in Washington D.C., March 22-24, 2012.  She will be presenting her own paper entitled: “Objects of Time: Family Portraits and Temporality in the Early Modern Domestic Interior.”  
Dr. Campbell is also scheduled to present in the 33rd Congress of the International Committee of the History of Art, being held in Nuremberg, Germany, July 15-20, 2012. She will presenting her paper entitled “Good Housekeeping:  Objects and Agency in the Early Modern Domestic Interior.” 


Dr. Marcus Milwright

In other Milwright news, the director of UVic’s Medieval Studies program and associate professor of Islamic Art and Archaeology has also been invited to speak at an international conference devoted to the Hajj, running March 22-24 at the British Museum. “The British Museum has a major exhibition on the history and culture of this Muslim pilgrimage,” says Milwright, “and the conference is associated with it.” He will speaking on the topic of "Trade and the Hajj: Archeological and Historical Perspectives".


February 2012

Dr. Marcus Milwright

Director of Medieval Studies and History in Art associate professor Marcus Milwright furthered his current standing as one of the most buzz-worthy Fine Arts faculty members with his weekend appearance on CHEK News. Milwright was briefly interviewed as part of CHEK’s coverage of the 25th Annual Medieval Workshop on Saturday February 4th. Click here, then scroll along to Feb. 4 and the “Medieval Fair” clip.


The 4th Annual Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Conference

The 4th Annual Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Conference "Conflict and Compromise" will occur on February 25th in HHB 105. This is a student-organized conference that provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to share their own research in front of their peers and professors. This year, five students will present on the theme of "Conflict and Compromise" in history, literature and art. Of those five students, four are History in Art students: Erica Bloom (3rd Year Honours); Calvin Freeman (3rd Year); Genevieve Neelin (4th Year Honours) and Alison Fraser (4th Year Honours).


History in Art Student Association (HASA) New York Trip 2012

History in Art undergraduate students, along with Dr. Allan Antliff, are currently touring New York City's art world during this year's Reading Break (February 13-17). Here is a link to the HASA New York Trip 2011. You can follow up on the trip via their facebook page.


January 2012

Dr. Marcus Milwright

'An Introduction to Islamic Archaeology' by History in Art associate professor Marcus Milwright has been named an Outstanding Academic Title of 2011 by Choice magazine. “An outstanding introduction that can be read with profit by general readers as well as professionals,” the listing notes. “Highly Recommended.” read more



PhD Graduate Student honoured with teaching award

Catherine Nutting, a History in Art PhD candidate, has been awarded the Andy Farquarson Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching . Catherine taught HA 240 "The Visual Arts in Early Modern Europe" in the Fall 2011; she is currently teaching HA 342B  "Art and Material Culture of Holland in the 17th Century."




Visual Impetus - Intersec+ions
Visual Impetus is an annual symposium organized and run by graduate students in the Department of History in Art. In 2012, the symposium will mark its fifteenth year. Our aim is to provide a venue for graduate students in art history and related fields to share their research with other students, faculty, and the community, and to gain valuable critical feedback. Visual Impetus is open to graduate students at any university.


November 2011

Dr. Allan Antliff

A revised and expanded edition of Dr. Allan Antliff’s ground-breaking study, Anarchy and Art (2007), has just been released by German publisher Verlag Edition AV. “The book begins with artist Gustave Courbet’s activism during the 1871 Paris Commune, and ends with an examination of anarchist art during the fall of the Soviet empire,” explains Antliff.


Dr. Marcus Milwright

Dr. Marcus Milwright, director of UVic’s Medieval Studies program and associate professor of Islamic Art and Archaeology, has been awarded the position of scholar-in-residence at Shangri La, a Centre for Islamic Arts and Cultures, in Honolulu, Hawaii. His position there will run April 14 to May 6, 2012, during which time he will be studying Syrian artifacts in the collection.

Dr. Milwright has also been elected a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, with whom he has previously published articles in their Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society. And he also recently acquired a facsimile of the 12th-century Arabic book, Kitab al-Diryaq (Book of Antidotes), for the McPherson Library.


September, 2011

 Anarchist Archive Goes Digital
In collaboration with History in Art professor and Canada Research Chair Dr. Allan Antliff, UVic's Special Collections and Archives has been gathering materials relating to the anarchist movement, with a special focus on Canada, since 2005. The Anarchist Archive is composed of personal papers, journals, art work, monographs, posters, broadsides, videos, musical and spoken-word recordings, zines, and other material.

Join Dr. Antliff and UVic Libraries at this inaugural event to debut the Anarchist Archive online. Recent acquisitions include the papers of anarchist activist and author Ann Hansen, who will be joining Dr. Antliff at the Anarchist Archive’s opening celebrations.

ARTiculate is a peer-reviewed graduate student journal published by the University of Victoria. It is a forum in which to present scholarly art historical student work to a larger audience.

July, 2011

Former UVic curator honoured
Martin Segger named an ambassador of the arts

Historian, curator, University of Victoria professor and connoisseur of art and architecture Martin Segger is being honoured as this year's ambassador of the arts by the Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts.

The celebration gala is July 8.

March, 2011

Dr Evanthia Baboula
Assistant Professor

On March 4-5, 2011, Dr. Evanthia Baboula organized an interdisciplinary workshop entitled The Unexpected Mediterranean. The aim of the event was to bring together academics from across campus and the globe to reflect on the theme of surprise in their research and discuss the Mediterranean as an entity that unite or divides people, ideas, and things. (more)


Laura Marchiori
Postdoctoral fellowship

 Laura Marchiori has been awarded a SSHRC Postdoctoral fellowship for 2011-2012 to research the representation of gender in medieval wall paintings in Rome under the guidance of Dr Catherine Harding at the University of Victoria. This research examines messages about gender roles, chastity and sexual transgression in visual narratives dating from the ninth to the fourteenth centuries from the perspective of audience reception to discover how gender served to communicate social identity during the Middle Ages. While much of the first year will be spent in residence at the British School at Rome researching, the second year will involve a period of residence in Victoria to complete writing up and dissemination of research. While Laura completed her Ph.D. at Queen’s University, she received her BA and MA from the University of Victoria.


January, 2011

Dr Carolyn Butler-Palmer,
Williams Legacy Chair

New exhibition: 'Connect the Blocks', opening at the Legacy Gallery and Cafe, in downtown Victoria, at the end of January. There is an article featured in the January 2011 edition of The Ring (UVic campus newspaper).

Dr Marcus Milwright

Associate Professor

Featured in the January 2011, The Ring (UVic campus newspaper) regarding the recent purchase of a very high-quality facsimile of one of the most important surviving illustrated manuscripts from the high periodof Arab manuscript paiting in the 12th and 13th centuries: the Maqamat of al-Hariri, copied and illustrated by Yahya al-Wasiti. (read more) Marcus has also recently published two books: The Fortress of the Raven: Karak in the Middle Islamic Period (1100-1600), Islamic History and Civilization. Studies and Texts 72 (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2008) and An Introduction to Islamic Archaeology, The New Edinburgh Islamic Surveys (Edinburgh University Press, 2010). For further information on these publications, see:


October, 2010

Dr Allan Antliff
Canada Research Chair

Interviewed about anarchist theory and practice in Canada for a German-language publication, From Jakarta to Johannesburg: World-Wide Anarchism (Unrast Verlag). The book will be out in October 2010 (English-language edition is forth coming in 2011).

Dr Antliff is also supervisor to Melissa Berry, PhD candidate, who was awarded one of several of the 2010 European Studies Program Grants for use in travel and research. This grant facilitated travel to England and France, to research the 19th Century painters who worked in London and Paris, her area of study.

Dr Evanthia Baboula
and Dr Marcus Milwright,

Have been awarded a 2010 SSHRC grant to research the Ottoman architecture and topography of southern Greece.

  • Further information may be found in the Fall 2010 article feat


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