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 14, 2014 to January 9, 2015

Curated by lessLIE

Legacy Art Gallery Downtown

630 Yates Street | Small Gallery

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 2, 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.


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
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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!

Resouces & Projects

Margaret Peterson A Search In Rhythm

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

Watch a short video about Margaret Peterson featuring Patricia Bovey | Robert Amos | Nick Tuele | Anne Mayhew | by Justine Drummond, click here.

This special curatorial project was developed in partnership with the University of Victoria Legacy Art Galleries and UVic's Special Collections and University Archives with funding support from the BC Arts Council. The project allowed for a co-op intern to select and develop a project to present new interpretations and scholarship utilizing primary research material and original works of art held at the university. Under the mentorship of the Legacy Art Gallery Director, Curator of Collections, and the University Archivist, the student created an exhibition and public program that highlights a major Canadian artist and furthers an important initiative of the University of Victoria, namely the building of the local artists' archival holdings. This exhibition is one of the first of a series working with the artists' archives at the University of Victoria.

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Karl Spreitz GlacierOnline Resources

A large number of online exhibits, catalgoues, inventories, and additional resources are available online from UVic. A full list is available here.

To learn more about over 500 of our past exhibitions, click here.

Karl Spreitz GlacierKarl Spreitz and Collaborators Archival Film Collection

The Karl Spreitz Film Collection at the University of Victoria consists of more than 100 reels of 16mm film in various stages of production. Many of these films were produced by Spreitz in collaboration with other artists and friends such as Colin Browne, Vicky Husband, Anne Mayhew, Michael Morris and Herbert Siebner and are both personal and documentary in nature. Covering a period of more than three decades, the content of the films describe the working process of local artists, historic events, and political and environmental issues. The collection is of tremendous historic value both in terms of film production in British Columbia, subject matter, and as a partial record of Spreitz’s career.

Image: Spreitz location scouting for BC Film Commission in Stewart, BC.

KankulanukwUnderstanding Place in Culture

Museums and other educational institutions are often seen as sites of privileged knowledge production, spaces that have often excluded minority perspectives and realities. This exhibition presents a selection of prints from the George and Christiane Smyth and Vincent Rickard Northwest Coast Print collection that focus on representations of place and Indigenous knowledge production. The perspectives represented by these artists challenge the hegemonic practices of institutions, such as museums, by positioning the artists as the ethnographic authorities on their cultural expressions and knowledge.

Image: Kankulanukw Francis Dick, 1989

ButterfliesSalish Reflections

As part of the renovations completed in the Fall of 2011, and with the generosity of George and Christiane Smyth, the Cornett Building has become an established centre for Coast Salish art. By displaying 26 artworks created by six Coast Salish artists, the University of Victoria and the Faculty of Social Sciences hopes to honour the history, customs, and culture of the Coast Salish, while inspiring student, faculty, and the greater community. This installation has been named Salish Reflections for two reasons. Firstly, lessLIE's piece Reflections has been used to decorate all exterior doors of Cornett, so it seemed fit to incorporate this important work even further. Secondly, the aim of the installation is to become more familiar with and reflect upon the Coast Salish art of our region. This website was created to be a destination for those wishing to learn more about Coast Salish peoples and their art.

Image: Symphony of Butterflies, Susan Point, 2005

Bay ParkVictoria Modern

This series of exhibitions and publication projects explores the relationships, personalities and projects contributing to the development of a regional modernist aesthetic in the post-war Victoria urban landscape (1939–2013). It celebrates and coincides with celebrating the 150th anniversary of the founding of the City of Victoria (2012) and 50th anniversary of the founding of the University of Victoria at its Gordon Head Campus.

Image: Bay Parkade Entry, Hubert Norbury, 1960


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.