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Fall 2014

Vikky Alexander

Noted photographer and Visual Arts professor Vikky Alexander has had a busy fall, mounting two solo exhibitions—one of new work in Los Angeles, and a retrospective in Vancouver. She also has two more exhibits opening in early 2015.

Long Service Awards

Both Visual Arts professor and UVic alumnus Robert Youds and building caretaker Cheryl Crooks were honoured at UVic’s Long Service Awards in October, each celebrating 25 years on campus.

Jennifer Stillwell

Visual Arts professor Jennifer Stillwell debuted a new piece of permanent public art this fall—her 25-foot tall sculpture High Five in is now reaching for the sky in Winnipeg’s Waterfront Drive.

Robert Youds

Visual Arts professor Robert Youds unveiled For Everyone a Sunset, his latest piece of public art this fall. A commission for the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Offsite, it will be on view until March 30, 2015.

Paul Walde

There’s just no stopping Visual Arts chair Paul Walde’s recent video installation Requiem for a Glacier, which was seen at Coquitlam’s Evergreen Cultural Centre in September, Toronto’s Nuit Blanche in October and Université Laval’s Visual Arts Gallery in Quebec City for the month of December. In other Paul Walde news, his work Interdeterminacy (for John Cage)—seen locally as part of last year’s Visual Arts faculty exhibit Paradox—was part of Open Sound 2014: Sonorous Kingdom at the Surrey Art Gallery in Surrey, BC.

Jackson 2Bears

September’s annual Audain Exhibition presented returning 2013-14 Audain Professor Jackson 2Bears and his live cinema/scratch video performance, Iron Tomahawks.

Lynda Gammon

Visual Arts professor Lynda Gammon curated the fall exhibit Work’PLACE’at downtown’s Open Space gallery, using  a variety of strategies to interrogate the rapidly transforming definitions of work. The exhibit also featured the work of Visual Arts alumnus Dong-Kyoon Nam, among other artists.

Paul Walde

Visual Arts professor Paul Walde was announced as the new chair of the department in July. “Good leadership is key to everything we do and all we want to accomplish as a Faculty,” says Blackstone.

Jackson 2Bears

Jackson 2Bears apart as the 2013/14 Audain Professor of Contemporary Arts of the Pacific Northwest for the Department of Visual Arts. Not only is he the first UVic alumnus and first local artist to hold the position, but he is also the first person reappointed for a second year.


Spring 2014

MFAOpen Space’s spring symposium on public art

Current Audain professor Jackson 2Bears participated in Open Space’s spring symposium on public art, alongside professor emeritus Mowry Baden. And Visual Arts staffer Chris Lindsay had a solo show this spring, all of which you can read about here.

MFASandra Meigs‘ new series

The Toronto exhibit of Sandra Meigs‘ new series of paintings The Basement Panoramas got a great full-page review in the Toronto Star, which called it “perhaps the most potent work of Meigs’ career.”

MFADeluge Contemporary Art

Visual Arts chair Daniel Laskarin opened his fourth exhibition at downtown’s Deluge Contemporary Art from January to March 2014.

MFAGovernor General’s Awards

Former Visual Arts student Kim Adams was announced as one of the winners of the 2014 Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts.

MFARequiem for a Glacier

Visual Arts professor Paul Walde’s video and sound installation Requiem for a Glacier opened at Nelson’s Oxygen Arts Centre in January and also received a review in Canadian Art magazine.

MFAMFA candidates host graduation exhibit

The MFA exhibit, titled In Your Eyes,will feature work by six graduating MFA candidates: Megan Dyck, Ethan Lester, Neil McClelland, Kaitlynn McQueston, Carley Smith and Jeroen Witvliet. “It’s really like six solo exhibitions,” says Walde. “Six people are taking over the entire facility, and some take up three or four rooms. The amount of work they produce is staggering; you’ll only be seeing a fraction of what they’ve produced in the past two years.”

badenMowry Baden wins prestigious Guggenheim fellowship

Well-known contemporary artist and sculptor Mowry Baden, a professor emeritus with the Department of Visual Arts, can now add one of North America’s most prestigious awards to his long list of honours. Baden is one of only two Canadians receiving a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship and is among a diverse group of 178 scholars, artists, and scientists selected from a field of almost 3,000 applicants.

badenVisual Arts Undergrads SPLIT!

Undergraduates in the Department of Visual Arts are similar to students in any department at the University of Victoria: they come here to learn, to think, to research and to incubate their ideas. But what makes Visual Arts students different is that they also come here to create—and that creative difference is showcased in the annual Bachelor of Fine Arts graduating exhibit, this year titled Split.

Fall 2013

blinkVisual Arts grad wins $50K art prize

Visual Arts alumna Erin Shirreff has won the Art Gallery of Ontario’s prestigious $50,000 Aimia Photography Prize (formerly known as the Grange Prize). In addition to the cash prize, Shirreff will receive a six-to-eight week fully funded residency across Canada, to commence in early 2014.

blinkSandra Meigs exhibit attracts attention

In addition to receiving a nice amount of local coverage, the November Open Space exhibit The Basement Panoramas by painting professor Sandra Meigs was reviewed by Canadian Art magazine’s John Luna. “Meigs’s basement is a metacognitive space, a set of generative coordinates in which—as in Matisse’s clock face without hands—the explicit depiction of action (past-present-future) is withheld,” writes Luna.

Meigs was also covered the Focus magazine and the Times Colonist, as well as Kate Cino’s ArtOpenings website.

blinkFaculty exhibit a Paradox

The Visual Arts faculty exhibit Paradox opened at Legacy Art Galleries Downtown in October, making it the first current faculty exhibit in 35 years.

Visual Arts grad doesn’t need a permanent home

Visual Arts graduate Kelly Dunning has earned praise as one of “21 Location-Independent Women” by for her work as a travel writer with her own blog, Global Goose. Dunning, who graduated with a BFA in 2008, is typical of many of our graduates who combine their academic training with their own creative passions to carve out a place in life.

Visiting Artists visit artists

The Visiting Artist program in the Department of Visual Arts had a busy fall, bringing in guests as noted artists  Ian Johnston, Stan Denniston, alumna Marla Hlady, Adad Hannah, Saul Ostrow and Garry Neill Kennedy.

blinkAnne Heeney guest exhibit

Visual Arts alumnaAnne Heeney presented her exhibit Three Cornered World, a collection of narrative paintings and abstracts, at the Audain Gallery in October.

Read more about it here.

Laskarin in Europe

Visual Arts chair Daniel Laskarin participated in the International Triennial of Extended Media 2013 in Belgrade, Serbia, in September.

Youds in Saskatoon

Visual Arts professor Robert Youds had a pair of exhibits in Saskatoon this fall—his own late-day lightat the 330g gallery, and as part of the group show ReWilding Modernity at the Mendel Art Gallery.

blinkJackson 2Bears named Audain professor

UVic alumnus Jackson 2Bears was named the 2013/14 Audain Professor of Contemporary Arts of the Pacific Northwest in September, making him the first UVic grad—and the first local artist—to be appointed to the position. 2Bears also participated in the Toronto exhibit Ghost Dance: Activism. Resistance. Art. this fall.

blinkWalde curates Fictive Realities

Busy Visual Arts professor Paul Walde curated the exhibit Fictive Realities at the Richmond Art Gallery this fall. The exhibit presented new work by artists—including Writing professor Lee Henderson and Visual Arts instructors Doug Jarvis and Peter Morin— working in such technologies as interactive digital projection, artware, video mediated sculptural installation, as well as good old fashioned storytelling,

Requiem for a Glacier a world hit

blinkVisual Arts professor Paul Walde’s July performance of Requiem for a Glacier made international news after its two-day installation on the Farnham Glacier in the Kootenays. Accompanied by an orchestra and crew of nearly 100 people, Walde filmed the performance—intended for an audience of one, the glacier itself—which was then prepared for gallery presentation.

Summer 2013

blinkChris Lindsay Solo Show

Recent Visual Arts MFA grad Chris Lindsay opened his first post-graduation solo show "change" at Deluge Contemporary. Read all about Lindsay's installation and how it has been conceived and constructed as a sort of laboratory/maquette for the expansion of our insight in this Times Colonist article.


blinkVisual Arts in Canadian Art

Check out the Department of Visual Arts in Canadian Art magazine's school listings. Looks great!


Spring 2013

C.D. Howe Scholarship for Art & Design

blinkVisual Arts BFA student Bronwyn McMillin was honoured with the C.D. Howe Scholarship for Art & Design. Awarded by the Royal Canadian Academy of Art, this $5,000 award recognizes excellence and provides opportunities for graduating undergraduates to pursue further formal study in a discipline represented by the RCA membership.


blinkFaculty Exhibit

It's rare that the Visual Arts faculty mount a group exhibit, but their exhibit Now Art! during Congress 2013 in June received good media attention. Listen to this CBC All Points West podcast featuring Sandra Meigs and Paul Walde and read about the exhibit this Times Colonist article.


blinkCrystal Przybill Ynveils Public Art

Fine Arts alum Crystal Przybill unveils her new City of Victoria 150th anniversary public art pieces, as noted in the local Times Colonist.


Franke James Earns Harper's ire

Fine Arts alum & environmentally aware artist Franke James has come under scrutiny of the Harper government, due to her criticism of Canada's oil & gas industry.


blinkMowry Baden Debuts New Work

Visual Arts professor emeritus Mowry Baden debuts four new works and offers two pieces from his archive in "Califanada [cal i fan’ ada]" at Toronto's Diaz Contemporary in June.


blinkAnnual MFA Exhibit

The annual Visual Arts MFA show offers four exhibits in one: don't miss the work of imminent Masters of Fine Arts graduates Hilary Knutson, Chris Lindsay, Yang Liu, and Paola Savasta.


blinkAnnual BFA Exhibit

Graduating undergrad Willie Seo was featured in this Times Colonist article about the BFA Visual Arts graduating exhibit. Seo is seen with his life-size human sculpture, made out of layered newspaper. The BFA exhibit was also featured in this segment on Shaw TV and you can read what faculty curator Sandra Meigs had to say about the show in this article.


Nicholas Galanin Wins Again

Congratulations to Nicholas Galanin, 2012 Audain Professor for the Visual Arts department, who has won an unrestricted $25,000 Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship—less than three months after winning a $50,000 unrestricted Rasmusin Fellowship.


Sandra Meigs Curates Alumni Exhibit

Visual Arts professor Sandra Meigs curates an exhibit by three Visual Arts alumni—Stephanie Aitken, Katie Lyle & Shelley Penfold. "Drama of Perception" ran throughout March & April at Deluge Contemporary.


Paola Savasta Solo Show

Visual Arts MFA student Paola Savasta exhibited at Xchanges Gallery this spring. Her show, "The Heir", ran through March.


Rebecca Belmore wins Governor-General's Award

Former Visual Arts department Audain professor Rebecca Belmore wins the 2013 Governor-General's Award for Visual & Media Arts. The Globe & Mail noted that Belmore was recognized for “advancing the discussion of political identity in Canadian art” through her efforts to find what she calls “beauty in difficult places.”


blinkVisual Arts at IdeaFest

If you missed the IdeaFest Creativity panel with Jennifer Stillwell (Visual Arts), Victoria Wyatt (History in Art), Lee Henderson (Writing), George Tzanetakis and Jonathan Goldman (Music).


Jamie Cassels Undergraduate Research Awards

Fine Arts has 10 students in the annual spring Jamie Cassels Undergraduate Research Awards, including Visual Arts students Bronwyn McMillin and Willie Seo.


Robert Chaplin's Tiny Book

The Oak Bay News talks to Visual Arts alum Robert Chaplin about his World Record-holding tiny book, Teeny Ted from Turnip Town. Chaplin was back at UVic this spring to participate in the Alumni Week celebrations.


UVic Visual Arts Undergrads Recieve Awards

Bronwyn McMillin was awarded the C.D. Howe Scholarship for Art and Design, administered by the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.

The Visual Arts Achievement Award of $500 each (funded by the office of the VP Academic and Provost, Dr. Reeta Tremblay) was awarded to Carson Wronko, Emma Palm, and WonSeok Seo


Winter 2012

Visiting Artist Program

The spring's Visiting Artist program was busy this year, with appearances by the likes of Blue Republic and Mowry Baden. Baden is one of Victoria's most acclaimed, and often controversial, artists. A Governor-General's Award winning-artist, this Professor Emeritus also helped shape our Visual Arts department into the well-respected school it is today.


Robyn Kruger at RBCM

Recent Visual Arts grad Robyn Kruger was featured in the Royal BC Museum's "Two Worlds: Indigenous Media & Performance Festival" this spring.


Laura Dutton Saskatoon Exhibit

Visual Arts instructor Laura Dutton's new exhibit, "Quietly at the Window," ran in early 2013 at Saskatoon's Paved Arts. This series of free-standing (sculptural) photographic prints extends the artist's investigation into light, both as the elemental material of photographic process and as a subject matter.


Robert Youds Toronto Exhibit

Visual Arts professor Robert Youds opened his latest exhibit "handmade ultramarine mantra" at Toronto's Diaz Contemporary in January 2013.


blinkTodd Lambeth Marijuana Exhibit

The Times Colonist featured Visual Arts sessional instructor Todd Lambeth's exhibit "Home Grown", which featured 11 works about marijuana culture.


New Audain Professor Announced

Nicholas Galanin, the 2012 Audain Professor in Contemporary Arts of the Pacific Northwest, wins a $50,000 US fellowship grant.


Katie Lyle among RBC winners

Visual Arts alum Katie Lyle wins honourable mention and $15,000 in 14th annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition. And instructor Thomas Chisholm was also shortlisted for the second year in a row.


blinkVikky Alexander at National Gallery

Photography instructor Vikky Alexander participates in the Toronto edition of Nuit Blanche, and has a set of her photographs displayed at the National Gallery of Canada.


Jennifer Stillwell in Winnipeg Now

New video and drawing professor Jennifer Stillwell is represented in the Winnipeg Now exhibit at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.


Megan Dickie exhibit

Busy instructor Megan Dickie takes her kinetic sculpture to an exhibit in Nelson.


Two exhibits for Tara Nicholson

Instructor and busy local photographer Tara Nicholson has exhibits at both Deluge Gallery and the Slide Room Gallery.


Jason Bourque shoots a movie

Visual Arts alum Jason Bourque returns to campus to film a sci-fi action movie.


Jackson 2Bears goes high tech

Visual Arts alum and Fine Arts interdisciplinary PhD Jackson 2Bears is now teaching for the Technology and Society minor program.


Autumn Visiting Artists announced

The fall lineup for the long-running Visiting Artists program is now up.


Summer 2012

Robert Chaplin earns a Guiness

Visual Arts alum Robert Chaplin is now in the Guiness Book of World Records for creating the smallest book in the world.


Vikky Alexander in the news

Photography professor Vikky Alexander is profiled in Vancouver online arts mag Here and Elsewhere.


Spring 2012

A pair of alumni exhibits

Visual Arts alumni Rick Leong and Emilio Portal both have exhibits on view in Victoria.


July 2012

blinkVisual Arts grad Melanie Jewell

Recent Visual Arts grad Melanie Jewell has been announced as one of the winners of the 2012 Canadian Aboriginal Writing & Arts Challenge.


June 2012

blinkRBC Canadian Painting

Visual Arts grad Thomas Chisholm named as one of 15 finalists in the RBC Canadian Painting Competition. This is Chisholm's second nomination in as many years.


blinkAlumna Crystal Przybille

Visual Arts alumna Crystal Przybille has won the national competition to create a series of public art sculptures to celebrate Victoria's 150th anniversary.


blinkCanadian collage exhibition

Two Visual Arts professors—Vikky Alexander and Lynda Gammon—are among 30 artists included in the Canadian collage exhibition, Cut and Paste, at Vancouver's Equinox Project Space.


May 2012

blinkRick Leong and Emilio Portal

Visual Arts alum Rick Leong and Emilio Portal both launch exhibits in Victoria. Leong's The Phenomenology of Dusk is on view at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, and Portal's islands is at Open Space.


blinkVikky Alexande

Photography prof Vikky Alexander gets a nice profile in online Vancouver arts mag, Here and Elsewhere.



MFA Thesis Exhibition takes over the Visual Arts building.


April 2012


The annual BFA exhibit is on now in the Visual Arts building. BLINK offers work by more than 40 emerging artists.


February 2012

Megan Dickie Throws It Down

Limited-term Visual Arts professor and ongoing sessional instructor Megan Dickie has a pair of new shows: she's part of the AGGV group exhibit Throw Down and has her own exhibit Get the Gleamer at Calgary's Stride Gallery.

Daniel Barrow Brings Art to Life

The ongoing Visiting Artist series continues to bring top talent to UVic. Most recently, we've had an appearance by famed Montreal-based manual animator and $50,000 Sobey Art Award-winning artist Daniel Barrow.


November 2011

 Paul Walde

The Department of Visual Arts has announced that London, Ontario, visual artist Paul Walde has been named as the newest associate professor. “The Department is excited to have Paul join our ranks,” says Visual Arts chair Daniel Laskarin. “His expertise and enthusiasm will complement and augment the range of learning available to our students, and his creative work will be a welcome addition to the discourse of the visual arts at UVic and beyond.”


Franke James

Artist, writer, environmentalist and recent thorn in Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s side, Franke James, was profiled in the Autumn 2011 issue of the alumni mag, The Torch. One of the first two graduates of UVic’s MFA program way back in 1981, James has made something of a name for herself since 2007 with her unique fusion of artistic and environmental concerns as seen on her website, My Green Conscience—but, most recently, as a result of the Federal government blacklisting a planned European art tour blasting the ongoing Canadian tar sands development.


October 2011

Robert Youds

Robert Youds, professor of painting in Visual Arts and a leading practitioner of light-based art, recently had an exhibit of new sculptures and paintins called Turn On Your Electric on view at Toronto’s Diaz Contemporary gallery. Youds also participated in an exhibit at Winchester Contemporary alongside iconic Visual Arts professor emeritus Mowry Baden.

Daniel Laskarin

The work of Visual Arts chair Daniel Laskarin has made it into the pages of Sculpture magazine. The current issue features Rachel Rosenfield Lafo’s review of Laskarin’s 10-year survey exhibit, Agnostic Objects (things persist), which was on view at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria earlier this year.


August 2011

maegan rose mehler

Visual Arts grad maegan rose mehler has won the BC regional prize in BMO Financial Group’s national 1st Art! Invitational Student Art Competition. Only the second UVic student to win in the competition’s seven-year history, mehler's 36 x 36 oil-on-canvas portrait Josh turned out to be just the piece to mesmerize the judges. With 250 entrants across the country and 38 in BC alone, mehler is one of 12 regional winners to pick up a $2,500 prize. mehler credits her instructors and mentors in our acclaimed Visual Arts department for her success—specifically Daniel Laskarin, Robert Youds, d. bradley muir and Sandra Meigs. "I asked a lot of questions and was a real pain in the butt, that’s for sure—but I wouldn’t have even applied for this competition if it wasn’t for them,” she says.


May 2011

Rebecca Belmore

Noted aboriginal artist Rebecca Belmore was the obvious choice to become the Visual Arts department's inaugural Audain Professor in Contemporary Art Practice of the Pacific Northwest. “She’s a First Nations artist of substantial repute, a person with a strong international reputation who had represented Canada at the Venice Bienale, and one who could give our students the benefit of her skills and experience,” explains department chair Daniel Laskarin. With her her enviable 25-year international legacy of multi-disciplinary art, the Vancouver-based Belmore talks about the challenges and successes of her UVic teaching gig. “I was trying to share with [students] my process as an artist—which is kind of spontaneous, and involves more short-term planning than long-term," she says.


Everett Wong

Fourth-year Visual Arts major Everett Wong designs the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award. Read about what inspired the artist to create his limited-edition serigraph print here.


April 2011

John G. Boehme

Adjunct Visual Arts faculty member John G. Boehme is heading off to the Venice Biennale in June.


March 2011

Martineau, Meigs and Youds

Three Visual Arts faculty members were represented in the National Gallery of Canada’s 2010 Canadian Biennial exhibit, It Is What It Is: Luanne Martineau, Sandra Meigs and Robert Youds.


Mowry Baden

Iconic UVic Visual Arts professor emeritus Mowry Baden was profiled in the Winter 2010/2011 issue of Canadian Art magazine, as part of their second annual “Art School Special” issue. The The same issue also recognizes the Visual Arts department as offering “Innovative Options” in the realm of Digital Art education “boasting an impressive inventory of high-tech studio equipment” and noting such graduates as Althea Thauberger and Jackson 2bears.


Lynda Gammon

Associate Visual Arts professor Lynda Gammon is one of three Canadian artists participating in Silent as Glue, the new contemporary exhibit at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.


Sandra Meigs

Visual Arts professor Sandra Meigs was recently profiled in the summer 2010 issue of Canadian Art magazine. The article, “Eminent Victorian”, was written by former Globe and Mail art critic Sarah Milroy and included four glossy images of Meigs’ work, noting that she “is known for her eclectic influences—country-and-western hurtin’ songs, movies, children’s television, opera—but the art-historical backstory is also dense, with Meigs surveying painting’s history with characteristic eccentricity.”



Previous Graduation BFA & MFA Shows:


Megan Anderson (2005)
Ilze Bebris (2006)
Dan Bernyk (2009)
Dickson Bou (2009)
Nathan Bomford (2006)
Steven Brekelmans (2012)
Leigh Bridges (2005)
Allison Cake (2009)
Heather Carey (2012)
Laura Dutton (2010)
Peter Gazendam (2007)
Marcia Huyer (2006)
Robert Hengeveld (2005)
Patrick Howlett (2006)
Kelly Jazvac (2006)
Devon Knowles (2007)
Jessica Karuhanga (2012)
Hilary Knutson (2013)
Todd Lambeth (2007)
Christopher Lindsay (2013)
Yang Liu (2013)
Katie Lyle (2009)
Melissa Mcgrath (2006)
Mike Mclean (2007)
Dong-Kyoon Nam (2012)
Mark Neufeld (2005)
Sasha Opeiko (2012)
Bronwen Payerle (2006)
Shelley Penfold (2009)
Megan Press (2010)
Sarah Robichaud (2009)
Inga Romer (2006)
Paola Savasta (2013)
Anne J. Steves (2012)
Kika Thorne (2006)
Matt Trehan (2012)
Yi-Fan Wang (2006)

Laura Anderson

Sarah Smith

kyra kelpin

Jamie Reid

Levi Gogolinski 2011

William Workman 2012