September 2012

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Portrait of Glenn Howarth

It has been my pleasure to join the motivated and talented staff at UVAC this summer. Much is accomplished by our small and dedicated team. This fall we are proud to unveil two new exhibitions that celebrate UVic’s 50th anniversary: The Collections at 50 at the Legacy Art Gallery and Community of Communities at the Maltwood Prints & Drawing Gallery in the McPherson Library. The Collections at 50 is accompanied by a publication co-written by Martin Segger and Caroline Riedel that documents, for the first time, the history of how the collections were developed and how they have contributed to research and teaching activities at UVic over the decades.

There are several other projects central to our educational mandate that have benefited from the talents of our student interns. The first, now underway, is the digitization of the films created by Limner Group member Karl Spreitz. This endeavour will ensure that the 16 mm art and documentary films he created in the 1960s through to the 1980s are preserved and accessible for viewing and research. Another is a new website shedding light on the works displayed in the Cornett Building. Accessible through QR codes on the labels, the website will provide a thorough self-guided walking tour and help educate students and visitors about the Coast Salish artists and their culture. Our program of Art on Campus is ongoing; UVAC is responsible for the many hundreds of art works that are installed in various public locations around campus. These works not only provide inspiration and aesthetic enjoyment, they also speak to the rich culture and various academic interests that UVic supports.

Please join us in celebrating 50 years of UVic by visiting any of our venues to enjoy your collections!

Mary Jo Hughes


Portrait of Glenn Howarth

The Collections at 50: Building the University of Victoria Art Collections - Curator's Talk and Reception
October 17, 2012: 5-7pm

Join recently retired Martin Segger for a curator's talk exploring the University of Victoria Art Collections over the past five decades.


Book Launch - 'Reaching Upward and Onward: The University of Victoria 1963-2013'
Friday September 28, 2012: 5-7 pm

As part of the University of Victoria's 50th anniversary celebrations please join us on Friday September 28th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Dr. MacPherson will offer a brief talk entitled Reaching Outward and Upward: Reflections on Telling UVic's Story.

Maltwood Prints and Drawings Gallery, McPherson Library, lower level











William P. Westonr, Arbutus Shedding Bark

The Collections at 50: Building the University of Victoria Art Collections
August 29 to November 24, 2012
In conjunction with UVic's 50th anniversary this exhibition, guest curated by former director Martin Segger, celebrates more than five decades of art at the University of Victoria.

An exhibition catalogue will be available for purchase in October.

Watch the 50th anniversary events website for further event information:


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Jack Shadbolt, Hockey Owl

Honoris Causa: Artist Honorary Degree Recipients
November 28, 2012 to 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. With Honours 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.                             

UVic student protesters march down Douglas St. to protest fee increases, 18 October, 1965, University of Victoria Archives

The University of Victoria: A Community of Communities
August 22 to October 15, 2012
This exhibition features a selection of historic and contemporary photographs of life at UVic over the past 50 years. Taken from Ian MacPherson's book 'Reaching Outward and Upward: The University of Victoria 1963-2013, this exhibit promises a vibrant look at the people, places and events that make our campus unique.

Join us for the book launch on Friday, October 28 at 5:00pm as part of the kick off to the University's 50th anniversary celebrations. For more inform

Francis Dick, Kank’alahuk

Understanding Place in Culture: Serigraphs and the Transmission of Cultural Knowledge
October 18, 2012 - 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.


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