University of Victoria Legacy Art Galleries


Maxwell Bates Circus People Epiphany: Highlights from the Legacy Permanent Collection

May 1 to August 9, 2014

Legacy Art Gallery Downtown

630 Yates Street

Curated by Mary Jo Hughes.

An epiphany in its broadest sense is the experience of sudden realization or insight. Through an epiphany, our world broadens and new understandings and ideas are unlocked. Indeed, this widening of perspective remains the ultimate goal for most artists. The experience of epiphany is what the exhibition aims to engender in viewers through highlights from the extensive permanent collection held by the University of Victoria's Legacy Art Galleries. It is intended that each piece will offer a unique insight or a fresh experience that was not entirely expected. Artists in the exhibition include, Robert Davidson, Emily Carr, Norval Morrisseau, Lawren Harris, Frederick Varley, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Myfannwy Pavelic, Robert Rauschenberg, and Jack Shadbolt, among others.

Image: Circus People, 1969 Maxwell Bates

Virgin Hodegetria Windows Into Heaven: Religious Icons from the Permanent Collection

April 23 to August 9, 2014

Legacy Art Gallery Downtown

630 Yates Street | Small 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)

Image: Icon of the Virgin Hodegetria, 18th century (Gift of Dr. Bruce and Mrs. Dorothy Brown)

Margaret Peterson: A Search In Rhythm

April 11 to August 18, 2014

Curated by Justine Auben Drummond, BC Arts Council Co-op Student Placement

Legacy Maltwood (at the Mearns Centre – McPherson Library)

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A Search In Rhythm features the artworks and personal papers of the groundbreaking mid-20th century abstract painter, Margaret Peterson (1903-1997). Peterson had a big vision: to search for the spiritual realm, in rhythm with the artistic aims of Indigenous peoples across the world. Peterson's main medium was egg tempera on plywood panels—striking in size, colour, and form. By showcasing Peterson's possessions, photographs, and writing about her work alongside the works themselves, her vision and search is more fully realized. This is the first in an upcoming series of exhibitions presenting the University of Victoria's Artist Archives and Legacy Art Galleries joint holdings which demonstrates the rich research potential of this recently acquired material.

Discover more about Margaret Peterson by visiting the project website, click here.

Image: Portrait of Margaret Peterson by Curtis Lantinga, 1984 | © 2014 Curtis Lantinga

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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)



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.

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

Money, Sovereignty and Power

Money, Sovereignty and Power: The Paper Currency of Revolutionary Ukraine, 1917-1920

August 22 to November 3, 2014

Curated by Professor Bohdan Kordan (Director, Prairie Centre for the Study of Ukrainian Heritage, St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan) and with the support of the Department of Slavic Studies.

Legacy Maltwood (at the Mearns Centre – McPherson Library)

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In the wake of the Great War, from the detritus of imperial collapse there emerged a new political order of nation-states. Amongst the newly established entities there appeared an independent, sovereign Ukraine. From the outset, Ukraine was the object of invasion and its survival was in doubt. Nevertheless, in the search for legitimacy, extraordinary efforts were made to affirm the state's sovereign, national character. This was to be accomplished by consciously connecting with Ukraine's historical past both to invoke precedence and encourage a narrative of political continuity. The symbols introduced in the currency of Ukraine during this revolutionary period were examples of this process. The exhibit "Money, Sovereignty and Power: The Paper Currency of Revolutionary Ukraine" documents this process, describing the use of symbols in the currency produced by various successive governments during the period of the Ukrainian Revolution.

Reception Meet guest curator Dr. Bohdan S. Kordan | Friday, September 5th, 2:30 pm | McPherson Library, University of Victoria | Room 027


The Arts of World War I

November 7, 2014 to March 2, 2015

Curated by Marcus Milwright and Allan Antliff (Department of History in Art)

Legacy Maltwood (at the Mearns Centre – McPherson Library)

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To mark the centenary of the commencement of the war, this exhibition focuses on the visual and material culture of World War I. The approach taken will be cross-cultural, considering the 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. The exhibition will present books, prints, and objects dating to the period of the "Great War" drawn from the Legacy Art Galleries, the McPherson Library (Special Collections and Archives), and private collections in Victoria. The display will also feature examples of "trench art" from Europe and the Middle East. This term is employed to describe objects made by soldiers in times of conflict as well as those fashioned out of spent artillery shells and other military equipment by civilian artisans after the cessation of hostilities. A series of lectures will be arranged to coincide with the display. These will be given by UVic faculty and post-doctoral researchers.

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



8th Annual Integrate Arts Festival

Friday, August 15 & Saturday, August 16, 2014

The 8th Annual Integrate Arts Festival is coming August 2014 and aims to expand its scope to include more artists, more galleries, more venues!

A map will guide the public to a variety of exhibitions and events at participating galleries, publicly accessible studios, and various sites throughout the city. You can access the map using the Integrate brochure (found at participating locations), as well as the standard and mobile website views on your smartphone. A bus is provided on the opening evening of the festival to circulate participants throughout the Victoria area, and family-friendly bike tours will be provided by volunteers on the second day for optimal enjoyment of the festival and this great city!



Friday, September 5th, 2:30 pm

McPherson Library, University of Victoria | Room 027

Meet guest curator Dr. Bohdan S. Kordan | Money, Sovereignty and Power: The Paper Currency of Revolutionary Ukraine, 1917-1920.

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School Tours

Perpetual Salish School Tours

Contemporary Coast Salish Art from the Salish Weave Collection

From October, 2014 - December, 2014

1 hour tour with hands-on art for Grade 4 students

This elementary school program provides a cross-curricular exploration of contemporary Coast Salish artwork from the extensive Salish Weave Collection loaned to the University of Victoria's Legacy Art Gallery by George and Christiane Smyth. Meeting the grade four Prescribed Learning Outcomes for Social Studies, this program will allow students to examine and discuss the history and unique cultural characteristics of this extraordinary art which has evolved through hundreds of generations of Salish First Peoples.

- Curated by Coast Salish artist lessLIE.

What: One hour guided tour, including a hands-on art project, for Grade Four students With follow up package for teachers to take back to the classroom

When: Wednesday a.m., Thursday p.m. or Friday a.m. | Oct. 1st through Dec. 5th 2014 Program starts at 9:30 am Wed & Fri, 1:30 on Thurs & lasts for approximately 1 hour

Where: UVic Legacy Art Gallery Downtown | 630 Yates Street at Broad

Cost: Free!

Booking Contact:

Katie Hughes | | 250.721.6562 | Wed – Sat | 9:30-4


thumbnail of Lynne van LuvenLegacy Art Gallery Downtown | 630 Yates Street

Wed - Sat | 10 am - 4 pm
The Legacy Downtown is the University of Victoria's primary gallery space.


thumbnail of Lynne van LuvenLegacy Maltwood at the Mearns Centre - McPherson Library
Located on the lower level of the McPherson library, adjacent to Archives and Special Collections.