On Saturday, January 27, the Department of Art History & Visual Studies hosted Latent: Critical Conversations about Collections a day of public lectures and a roundtable discussion about art collections, organized in conjunction with Legacy Gallery’s current Latent exhibition.
These free public sessions were held at UVic’s Legacy Gallery Downtown (630 Yates).
Opening Remarks (10-10:30am)

Dr. Erin Campbell (Chair, UVic AHVS), Dr. Elizabeth Croft (UVic Provost) & Dr. Allana Lindgren (Dean, UVic Faculty of Fine Arts)

Distinguished Women Scholars Lecture (10:30am-noon)

“Getting the Keys to the Vault: how feminist, decolonizing and anti-racist work is changing collections” with Dr. Anne Dymond (Associate Professor of Art History, Department of Art, University of Lethbridge)


Orion Visiting Scholar Lecture (12:15-1:45pm)

“Curating in Crisis: Benin Bronzes to Extreme Weather” with Dr. Alice Ming Wai Jim (Professor of Art History and Concordia University Chair in Critical Curatorial Studies and Decolonizing Art, Department of Art History)

Roundtable Discussion (3-4pm)

“Critical Conversations about Collections” with panelists Lynda Gammon (Associate Professor Emeritus, UVic Visual Arts), Dr. Heather Igloliorte (Professor and Canada Excellent Research Chair, Decolonial and Transformational Indigenous Arts Practices, UVic Visual Arts), Ry Moran (Associate University Librarian, Reconciliation), Dorian J. Fraser (PhD Candidate, Art History, Concordia University and UVic AHVS alum), Dr. Alice Ming Wai Jim and Anne Dymond.

Moderator: Dr. Carolyn Butler Palmer (Associate Professor and Legacy Chair in Modern and Contemporary Arts of the Pacific Northwest, UVic AHVS).

About the exhibition

The exhibition Latent emerges from conversations between artist Lynda Gammon and curator Carolyn Butler Palmer over the past several years about how artists who identify as women are often overlooked, ignored and sidestepped. The Legacy Art Galleries is proud of the fact that, over the past decade, the majority of solo exhibitions have featured the work of women artists and this exhibition furthers our desire to bring forward their work by honouring the many women who remain hidden in UVic’s Art Collection and the mechanisms that conceal them from view: the vault, accessioning, and the catalogue.

Latent is on view at UVic’s Legacy Galleries until April 6, 2024.