January 2013

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Mary Jo Hughes

It is the New Year and we continue to celebrate UVic’s 50th Anniversary with the current exhibition, Honoris Causa: Artist Honorary Degree Recipients, at the Legacy Art Gallery. Drawn primarily from our vast collections, we highlight the 27 Canadian artists who have earned honorary doctorates from UVic. While each artist has contributed through visual arts, most have also gained further acclaim for myriad contributions to society as a whole.

Please join me on Sunday, January 27 at 2 pm for a reception to celebrate the artists, their contributions, and our collection. As part of the event, Robert Bateman will present a public lecture at 3 pm. Bateman, who received his honorary degree in 2003, will speak about the relationship between his art practice and his passion for environmentalism.

More of our collection can be enjoyed in the many public locations on campus with curated exhibitions allowing further insight featured in the Maltwood Prints and Drawing Gallery in the McPherson Library. On until January 28, Understanding Place in Culture analyses prints from our First Nations serigraph collection with a focus on representations of place, positioning the artists as the ethnographic authorities on their cultural expressions and knowledge. Later on in the month we will feature a segment of our Chinese collection in collaboration with UVic Archives and the Victoria Symphony celebrating the history of Victoria’s Chinatown.

Behind the scenes, the University of Victoria Art Collections (UVAC) is a hub of activity with seven UVic students working on various projects including: cataloguing, photographing and researching new acquisitions; packing art for storage; matting and framing; assisting with installing exhibitions; standardizing our database; and designing our public relations material. We benefit greatly from the work of the students; they make it possible for our small staff to meet the challenges of caring for and exhibiting our 27,000-object collection. However, our relationship is reciprocal. Each student has the opportunity for experiential learning as they receive professional training and hands-on experience in specialized museum standards and practice.  Their tenure at UVAC situates them well for further studies and work in a number of culture and heritage fields.

I look forward to you stopping by to appreciate the fruits of their work.

Mary Jo Hughes


Portrait of Glenn HowarthRobert Bateman, Driftnet, 1993

Honoris Causa: Artist Honorary Degree Recipients
Sunday, January 27, 2013 from 2 to 4 pm

A Celebratory Event for the Exhibition Honoris Causa: Artist Honorary Degree Recipients and a talk on art and environmentalism with Dr. Robert Bateman.

Famed west coast artist Robert Bateman will be giving a special free talk at the downtown Legacy Art Gallery. Bateman will be speaking in connection with his participation in Legacy's current Honoris Causa exhibit. "One of the things we're trying to emphasize with this exhibit is that these people are artists, and their work is fantastic, but most of them were also given honourary degrees for their broader contribution to the community," says curator Mary Jo Hughes.The painting of a porpoise trapped in a gill net, on loan from the artist for the exhibition, is a good example of how Bateman's work exemplifies his personal concerns for the environment.

Robert Bateman's talk will begin at 3pm.

Light refreshments will be served. Please call 250.721.6562 for further information.

50th Anniversary Deans' Lecture Series

What's New in Fine Arts? - The Biography of the Elizabeth Yeed Duer Collection
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 from 7 to 8:30 pm

Carolyn Butler-Palmer holds the Williams Legacy Chair in Modern and Contemporary Arts of the Pacific Northwest in Art History at the University of Victoria. Professor Butler-Palmer has recently been a scholar in residence at the Georgia O’Keeffe Research Center and was awarded a University of Pittsburgh Mellon Fellowship. Her current program of research focuses on cross-cultural relations as they pertain to the idea of the Pacific Northwest. She is currently working on a book: Cosmographic Cosmopolitanism: The Life and Aesthetics of David Neel. In addition, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in modern and contemporary arts of Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska.

What's New in Graduate Studies? - Confidence Clinic by Colleen Clement
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 from 7 to 8:30 pm

Colleen Clement, PhD Candidate, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, UVic.

What's New in Law? - 100 Years of Advocating for Justice: Litigating the Calder Case
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 from 7 to 8:30 pm

Harmar Foster, QC, Faculty of Law, UVic.

What's New in Education? - Education: there is an app for that
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 from 7 to 8:30 pm

Tim Pelton, PhD, and Leslie Francis-Pelton, PhD, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, UVic.

These lectures are all held at the Legacy Art Gallery, 630 Yates Street. Admission is free, but please call 250.472.4747 to register so we can guarantee you a seat. Registration will open on December 12th.





Hockey Owel

Jack Shadbolt, Hockey Owl

Honoris Causa: Artist Honorary Degree Recipients
Continuing until March 9, 2013
Honorary degrees are granted by the University of Victoria to individuals who have demonstrated distinguished and extraordinary achievements. Over its 50-year history UVic has bestowed honours to many artists who have contributed not only to the field of visual arts but also to the community at large. Honoris Causa is an exhibition featuring works by many of these artists who are represented in the University of Victoria Art Collections including E.J. Hughes, Carole Sabiston, Robert Davidson, Jack Shadbolt, Bill Reid, Ted Harrison, Pat Martin Bates and Susan Point, among many others. Celebrating UVic’s 50th Anniversary this exhibition recognized not only the work but the broad social impact that these creative individuals have had.


Francis Dick, Kank’alahuk

Understanding Place in Culture: Serigraphs and the Transmission of Cultural Knowledge
Continuing until January 28, 2013
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.















Robert Amos, Untitled (Chinatown)

Harmonious Interest: A Celebration of Victoria's Chinese Heritage
February 1 to May 13, 2013
Harmonious Interest draws on the archival and artistic holdings of the university with a selection of material from the Consolidated Chinese Benevolent Association. This association, founded in 1884, is a key community anchor and advocate for the Chinese in Victoria. Other important social, religious and cultural organizations such as the Chinese Freemasons Association (1876), the Tam Kung Temple of the Yen Wo Society (1911) and the Chinese Public School (1899) are represented in photographic collages by artist Robert Amos. The important work of Dr. David Lai (Geography, UVic), known for his role in the revitalization of the buildings of China town and the Gates of Harmonious Interest, as well as other scholarly studies on Chinese communities in British Columbia are also referenced. As a whole, this exhibition is intended to show the role of some of these key organizations in community building and advocacy for Chinese people in Canada.


The University of Victoria's Legacy Art Gallery would be proud to host your next reception or meeting. Located in a historic building in the heart of downtown Victoria, the gallery offers an upscale and affordable space for social gatherings in its Main Gallery and small meetings in the Legacy Classroom. Let the magic of art leave an enduring impression with your guests.

Our gallery staff would be pleased to meet with you for an initial consultation to assist in tailoring your event and meeting your goals and budget. For more information, including availability and rental rates, please visit our website or contact us at 250-721-6562

Please consider the Legacy Art Gallery for your holiday office party, reception, or family gathering.

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