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University of Victoria Legacy Art Galleries

Closure

Please note: The Legacy Art Gallery Dowtown will be Closed from:

December 21, 2014 to January 1, 2015

Reopening January 2, 2015

Closed January 14-16 for installation

Legacy Downtown

Perpetual Salish: Contemporary Coast Salish Art from the Salish Weave Collection

August 15, 2014 to January 10, 2015

Curated by lessLIE

Legacy Art Gallery Downtown

630 Yates Street

In this exhibition the theme of perpetuation unifies the work of five contemporary Coast Salish artists who live and work in this region. The word perpetuation is meant to suggest a continuum of ideas and processes, which come from distinctive traditions that have existed over millennia. Perpetuation also infers some of the challenges that contemporary Coast Salish artists continue to face in the contexts of colonialism and assimilation as well as the dominance of other Indigenous traditions, which were often favoured by the art world, in both commercial and educational contexts. It is only in the last three decades that Coast Salish art has become more readily recognized by a wider audience as distinct from other Northwest Coast traditions.

Watch a video on the exhibition here

This exhibition presents a wide range of art forms and ideas, and visitors will gain a better understanding of the cultural and stylistic elements that unify and inspire these contemporary artists in their own artistic practices. Artists featured are Maynard Johnny Jr., lessLIE, John Marston, Susan Point and Dylan Thomas.

Image: wHOLE w(((h)))orl(((d))), lessLIE

Salish Reflection: Coast Salish Art and Artists on Campus

August 15, 2014 to January 10, 2015

Curated in collaboration by Caroline Riedel, Justine Auben Drummond & Dr. Andrea Walsh

Legacy Art Gallery Downtown

630 Yates Street | Small Gallery

This exhibition honours Coast Salish artists Chris Paul, Maynard Johnny Jr., and knitters May Sam and the Olsen family (Adam, Joni, and their mother Sylvia) who were part of the University of Victoria's Artist in Residence Program through the Department of Anthropology between 2011 and 2013. During their 3 month residency they taught students about their own artistic practices as well as aspects of Coast Salish history and contemporary culture. The exhibit illustrates the teaching methodology and experience of students and artists in collaboration along with examples of the artists' work.

The Artist in Residence Program is facilitated by Dr. Andrea Walsh, who teaches the Anthropology of Art, and the program is supported by donors George and Christiane Smyth.

Image: Conservation, Chris Paul

Campus

Requiem

The Arts of World War I

November 7, 2014 to March 2, 2015

Curated by Marcus Milwright (Department of Art History and Visual Studies)

Legacy Maltwood (at the Mearns Centre McPherson Library)

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This exhibition marks the centenary of the start of of the "Great War" with a cross cultural focus on the visual and material culture of World War I. The exhibition includes books, prints, and personal objects drawn from the Legacy Art Galleries, the UVic Libraries (Special Collections and Archives), and private collections in Victoria. These objects present visual manifestations of the war in the theatres of conflict in Europe and the Middle East as well as the production and consumption of art and literature in Canada between 1914 and 1918. Visitors will also see unique examples of European and Middle Eastern "trench art", a term which refers to objects made by soldiers in times of conflict as well as those made of spent artillery shells and other military equipment by civilian artisans after the cessation of hostilities. Another central part of the exhibit is the so-called "J.M. Diary." The curator is inviting the public to solve the mystery of who illustrated this fascinating first-hand visual account.

Help solve the History Mystery!

History mystery of Great War diary. View the diary here


Image: On the March, Sketchbook page signed "J.M." 1917-1918
University of Victoria Archives

Natural | Supernatural

Natural | Supernatural

Nuu-chah-nulth Serigraph Prints from the University of Victoria's Permanent Collection

June 16, 2014 to May 31, 2015

Curated by Allison Grey Noble and Caroline Riedel

First Peoples House

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This exhibition of serigraph prints by artists Patrick Amos, Joe David, Ron Hamilton (Chuuchkamalthnii), Tim Paul, Art Thompson (Tsa-Qwass-Upp), and Glen Webster visually articulates knowledges of histories and stories that are important to the people of the Nuu-chah-nulth nations. These prints are from the university's permanent collection and originate from the print making studio of Vincent Rickard, who worked with these artists in the 1980s and 1990s. Rickard and donors George and Christiane Smyth have given the university nearly 3,000 contemporary Northwest Coast prints, making UVic's collection the most comprehensive in Canada.

Image: Supernatural, Joe David (Nuu-chah-nulth)

Upcoming

The Gleamer

IN SESSION – ONE

January 17 to March 28, 2015

Curated by Mary Jo Hughes

Legacy Art Gallery Downtown

630 Yates Street

Megan Dickie | Laura Dutton | d. bradley muir | Tara Nicholson


This is the first part of an on-going series of exhibitions over the next few years featuring the artists who work as Sessional Instructors in the UVic Visual Arts department. This exhibition looks at the recent practice of four artists who work with photography, video, and digital media arts. In Session - One celebrates the significance and power of photo-based art in an age where social media and advertising threaten to inundate and numb us with visual overload. These artists also investigate themes including the relationship between the photographic image and its physicality as an object, light as a material presence, and the time/space/memory relationship of digital media arts.

Opening Reception Saturday, Janurary 17, 2-4pm

Please note that the Legacy Gallery Downtown will wil closed January 14-16th for Installation.

Image: Megan Dickie The Gleamer, 2012

History Mystery

Little Grey Home In The Wet

Help solve the History Mystery!

History mystery of Great War diary. View the diary here

A two-volume leather diary of the First World War is missing the name of its soldier diarist and the University of Victoria is hoping history buffs or family members will help solve the mystery.
J.M.'s World War I sketchbooks, signed simply "J.M." and housed within UVic Special Collections and University Archives for more than three decades, contain approximately 130 sketches and drawings ranging from caricatures to sombre images of trench art, by a British soldier based in France and Belgium in 1917 and 1918.

"It's a history mystery worthy of its own exhibition," says Dr. Marcus Milwright of UVic's Department of Art History & Visual Studies. He is the curator of the Arts of World War I exhibit which opened Nov. 7 at UVic and says he knew right away there was one item in the collections he "just had to use. But there's only one problem: I have no idea who it actually belonged to."

UVic has no record of where the diary came from, only that it was purchased from a private seller. UVic Libraries has been trying for some time to solve this mystery as well and is hoping the war's centennial will spark new leads. Milwright's theory is it was sold by a family member, possibly through an estate sale following the death of J.M.'s daughter.

"The dedication says, 'To my daughter, Adele'," adds Milwright. The images "look to me like book illustrations, so it's probable J.M. was a trained painter or illustrator."

If anyone knows anything about J.M., Adele M. or the diary, please contact Milwright at mmilwrig@uvic.ca.

Image: Little Grey Home In The Wet, Volume 1, J.M. Sketchbooks, 1917-1918
University of Victoria Archives

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The Gleamer

IN SESSION – ONE | Opening Reception

Saturday, Janurary 17, 2-4pm

Legacy Art Gallery Downtown

630 Yates Street

Megan Dickie | Laura Dutton | d. bradley muir | Tara Nicholson

Free & open to the public | Light food & refreshments


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