Category Archives: UVic Faculty and Alumni

Exhibitions that draw from the work of University of Victoria faculty, students and alumni.

Transformation: A Retrospective

Duncan Regehr, Untitled I
Untitled I, Duncan Regehr, 2010

June 13 – August 24, 2012

Legacy Art Gallery Downtown

Curated by Nicholas Tuele

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Transformation: A Retrospective Catalogue

For the summer months the Legacy Art Gallery Downtown presents a full retrospective of Duncan Regehr’s “Transformation” body of work. Through a wide-ranging presentation of media the viewer will become acquainted with the artist’s working method: to develop a series of paintings, sculptures, drawings and writings that project and explore a common theme or philosophy. By delving into the collective subconscious and the psyche, Regehr produces images of an intense personal nature, which invites reciprocal identification by the viewer.

Poetry Reading and Curator’s Talk, Saturday July 14 at 1:30pm – 3:30pm.

Divergence: Insights into Studio Practices

Bill Zuk, Opal Ice
Bill Zuk, Opal Ice

February 29 – April 14, 2012

Legacy Art Gallery Downtown

From the studios of 19 University of Victoria art education instructors in the Faculty of Education comes a rich and diverse exhibition of images and objects that range through traditional and newer media. Working independently in their studios, these artist/educators collaborate and exchange ideas on a daily basis while working with students, engaging them in creative problem solving, and assisting in the preparation of work for exhibitions.

What they hold in common is a commitment to both the classroom and the studio as sites of research and dissemination. Teaching informs studio practice and studio informs teaching practice in the daily ebb and flow of professional life. This exhibition invites visitors to experience that dynamic interaction.

Connect the Blocks

January 24 – February 22, 2011

Legacy Art Gallery Downtown

Curated by Dr. Carolyn Butler-Palmer, William’s Legacy Chair and assistant History-in-Art Professor

Click here to view the official University of Victoria Fine Arts page on the project.

Connect the Blocks is an experimental exhibit, bringing together individual’s creativity with other members of the Victoria community. Visitors are encouraged to fill in a block with a self-portrait, words to live by, or whatever inspires them! The blocks will be connected to others on a moveable mosaic to create a community based exhibit. The finished product, along with twenty-four pieces of art chosen from the Michael Williams Legacy Collection, will then go to hang permanently in The Cool Aid Community Health Centre in downtown Victoria.

Graphic Radicals: The Art of World War 3

Final_Poster_Graphic_Radicals

August 11, 2010 – October 31, 2010

Legacy Art Gallery Downtown

Curated by Dr. Allan Antliff

Graphic Radicals was a themed presentation of the work of World War 3 Illustrated, a New York artist collective, from the 1980s to the present day. The art confronted issues such as anti-war protests, squatting in New York, the tragedies of 9-11, racism, prisons and anarchism through a variety of mediums including posters, graphic illustrations, paintings, banners and other media.

Visit the Graphic Radicals exhibition blog 

Teachers of Teachers: 30th Annual Art Education Faculty Exhibition

Bow Glacier, Bill Zuk

Bow Glacier, Bill Zuk

January 9 – March 17, 2010

Legacy Maltwood (at Mearns Centre – McPherson Library)

Curated by Dr William Zuk and Dr Robert Dalton

For the 30th consecutive year, the Art Education Faculty will display a rich and diverse collection of images at the McPherson Library Gallery at the University of Victoria.

The exhibit, with the largest group of contributors on record, will show the work from 22 studios of art educators who practice what they teach. The work comes from a range of backgrounds, from retired professors to masters students working as teaching assistants. On view will be themes capturing traditional and realistic perspectives to newer media explorations that are ephemeral and mystical.

Gathering: 25th Anniversary Masters and Doctoral Art Education

Dr. Margaret Travis, Untitled, scene of countryside
Dr. Margaret Travis, Untitled, scene of countryside

June 4 – September 25, 2009

Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery

Curated by Dr William Zuk and Dr Robert Dalton

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Gathering – Catalogue

Graduate Students and Faculty Honouring Dr. Margaret Travis with Gathering. Art Education celebrates 25 years of outstanding Graduate programs with an exhibition hosted by the Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery. The exhibition, Gathering, honours Dr. Margaret Travis and will show showcase artworks produced by its graduate students and faculty.

What began as a small group in the Art Education program became over 100 success stories. The exhibition also recognizes professors Geoff Hodder, George Steggles, John Cawood, Dr. Margaret Travis, Dr. Bill Zuk, Dr. Don Bergland, Dr. Robert Dalton and Dr. Mike Emme for their guidance and expertise.

MFA Visual Arts Exhibition

Allison Cake, Woodpile House
Allison Cake, Woodpile House

May 13 – August 16, 2009

Legacy Art Gallery Downtown

This summer the Legacy Art Gallery and Café brings a mixture of imaginative artworks from the studios of five young artists. Recently graduated MFA students Allison Cake, Katie Lyle , Shelly Penfold, Sara Robichaud and Ethan Wills share their top explorative pieces in their final thesis exhibition for the Fine Arts Masters program at UVic. The exhibit features a variety of works, from soapstone sculptures in the form of every day objects, to paintings of ghostly young women, to abstract wooden structures.

“Looking over these works, we see five artists committed in their disparate manners to a similar end: the creation of possible itineraries of the imagination. … A parallel universe, if you will, summoned forth from studio space.”
-Kitty Scott from Studio Space, UVic MFA 2009

Inverting the Lens

inverting lens

June 6 – July 30, 2009

Legacy Maltwood (at Mearns Centre – McPherson Library)

Curated by Robbyn Gordon Lanning

This exhibit features photography by the al Manaja’as, a Bedouin family of the Howeitat trib from Humayma, Jordan. In collaboration with UVic Graduate student, Robbyn Gordon Lanning, members of the al Manja’a family take images of their community, family and daily life. These images are key to investigating how the al Manaja’as see photography as a way of documenting their lives and experiences for themselves, their families, and for cultural outsiders.

As residents of Humayma, a region of great historical cultural exchange, members of the al Manaja’a family possess complex relationships with photography. The family has spent many years cultivating personal photographic albums comprised of images made by visiting cultural outsiders, and more recently, have participated as representatives of the Humayma community through photographic exhibits created for local museum spaces. These exhibits, co-currated by Robbyn Gordon Lanning, brought together Ms. Gordon and the al Manaja’a family together through their shared interest in photography. The relationship formed during this initial project acted as a catalyst inspiring their most recent collaborative research.

The photographs featured in this exhibition were created by members of the al Manaja’a family to describe their experiences of community, place, family, relationship and identity as seen through their own lenses.

Woven in Time

August 7 – September 29, 2008

Legacy Maltwood (at Mearns Centre – McPherson Library)

This exhibtion contains photographs by UVic student, Ashley Akins. The images document rural life in Peru’s Patakancha Valley, where textile weaving is an integral, but endangered concept.

After volunteering in Peru to brush up on her Spanish, Akins noted that the tourism in the country was both a blessing and a curse. Travellers scoop up their intricate, colourful products but in the haste to sell the work of their elders, younger people are not learning the skills to keep the traditional craft alive. In response to this she create the Mosqoy Foundation (which means “to dream” in the communities’ Indigenous language) which has a three-fold motto-to “educate, preserve and connect”. It accomplishes this through two main projects: the Proyecto Colibri (Project Hummingbird) and Banco de Jovenes (Youth Bank).

Under the former, Akins buys the woven products and sells them at three times the purchase price. One third of the proceeds is returned to the weavers, another third goes to projects chosen by the communities, and another third goes to the Youth Bank to fund 20 students annually to attend post-secondary studies in Cusco, the nearest city.

Copper Thunderbird: Invention, Inspiration and Transformation

Mary Kerr, illustration of a costume designed for Copper Thunderbird

Mary Kerr, illustration of a costume designed for Copper Thunderbird

July 9 to November 30, 2008
Legacy Art Gallery and Cafe

Copper Thunderbird: Invention, Inspiration and Transformation featured painted works spanning three decades as well as costumes, drawings, and photographs created by UVic professor Mary Kerr from “Copper Thunderbird,” a play about Norval Morrisseau.

Artists mediate realities and bridge worlds. The shaman lives in two or more inter-visible worlds and functions traditionally as the go-between to bring back what he sees to make art and transform the world. The stage artist has to bridge the stage world to the audience. We were looking for a stage environment that would be a container for Norval’s Shaman and artist consciousness and Marie Clement’s script. We needed a theatrical world in it’s own right and not an illustration of his paintings or a documentary of his life. I envisioned the stage design as representing the interior of Norval’s mind, where everything in the play, all the events, real and imaginary, were seen through the shifting shapes and colours of shamanistic consciousness.

Mary Kerr, Celebrated Canadian Stage Designer

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Art Education Faculty Exhibition

Art Education Faculty Exhibit2008

January 15 – February 14, 2008

Legacy Maltwood (at Mearns Centre – McPherson Library)

Curated by Dr Robert Dalton and Dr William Zuk

As teachers and artists, the Faculty’s art educators reveal their diverse artistic interests and identities. These are explored in drawings, paintings, collages, prints, ceramics, sculpture, and light displays. This annual exhibit steps out of the classroom into the studios of art education to look at the creative energy which fuels their teaching. Community voice and intergenerational learning as part of building a strong art based education.