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Honoris Causa: Artist Honorary Degree Recipients

Jack Shadbolt, Hockey Owl
Jack Shadbolt, Hockey Owl

November 28, 2012 – March 9, 2013

Legacy Art Gallery Downtown

Curated by Mary Jo Hughes

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.

Click here to view the UVic 50th Anniversary page.

The Collection at 50: Building the University of Victoria Art Collections

William Percival Weston, Arbutus Shedding Bark
William Percival Weston, Arbutus Shedding Bark

August 29 – November 24, 2012

Legacy Art Gallery Downtown

Curated by Professor Martin Segger and Caroline Riedel

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.

The three founding components that underpin today’s University of Victoria Art Collection mark the stages in the institutional establishment of he University itself. The formal development of the Victoria College Art Collection was prompted by the amalgamation of the Victoria Normal School of Victoria College at the Lansdowne campus in 196. The commissioning of public art to enhance new buildings essentially began with construction on the Gordon Head Campus in 1961. The death of Katherine Emma Maltwood in 1961, just two years before issue of the University of Victoria’s letter patent, prompted her husband John to act on her wishes quickly and the Maltwood Art Gallery at Royal Oak passed into the hands of the University in 1964. Each initiative was to determine in its own way the future development of the University’s now 27,000 item art collection.  – Martin Segger (Director and Curator 1973-2011)

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.

K’ulut’a and the Professor: The Friendship of Henry Hunt and Peter Smart

Sea Otter Feast Bowl, Henry Hunt, painted red cedar, c. 1970s

Sea Otter Feast Bowl, Henry Hunt, painted red cedar, c. 1970s

October 8 – November 26, 2011

Legacy Small Gallery

Curated by Kevin Neary

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K’ulut’a and the Professor Catalogue

K’ulut’a and the Professor celebrates the art and legacy of famed Kwakiutl artist Henry Hunt (K’ulut’a was his name in Kwak’wala, the native language of the Kwakiutl people). Henry Hunt’s influential style and personality can be detected in thousands of artworks produced by himself and his many students and by their students in turn.

Henry Hunt did not divide life into compartments; he enjoyed the company of people from all walks of life. He formed a particularly strong friendship with Professor Peter Smart, a friendship that ultimately resulted in the donation of a most significant collection of Henry Hunt’s art to the University of Victoria Art Collections (UVAC) in 2003. The entire collection donated by Peter Smart is included in the current exhibit, supplemented by additional examples of Henry Hunt’s art from UVAC and by some of Peter Smart’s own carvings.

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.

Rocks and Shadows: Exploring the works of Judith Foster

Judith Foster
Judith Foster

August 26 – October 25, 2009 | Legacy Art Gallery Downtown

October 16 – November 15, 2009 | Legacy Maltwood (at Mearns Centre – McPherson Library)

Curated by Julia Hulbert, Caitlin Cuthbert, Sarah Delaney, and Cindy Vance

Engage with the creative processes of renowned printmaker Judith Foster and discover the methods and techniques behind this precise art form. The exhibit showcases a playful sampling from different points in her career, from New York mezzotints to Okanagan woodcuts.

Judith Foster (1930-2000) was an American born printmaker who documented her creative processes through meticulous record keeping. These archives, on display, including process materials, personal notations and progress prints provide a window into the methods and techniques that Foster engaged with to create such powerful works of art.

Please note that the exhibit has be extended and expanded and will briefly show in two locations in mid-October. After October 26, 2009 the entire exhibit will be on display in the McPherson Library Gallery at the University of Victoria.

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

A Walk Through The City: Experiencing Victoria as a Flâneur

Noah Becker, Untitled, (1991), oil on canvas

Noah Becker, Untitled, (1991), oil on canvas

March 4 – March 29, 2009

Legacy Art Gallery Downtown

Curated by Dr. Carolyn Butler Palmer, Williams Legacy Chair in Modern and Contemporary Arts of the Pacific Northwest.

The expression flâneur was coined by critic Charles Baudelaire in nineteenth-century Paris, a time of rapid growth both economically and industrially. The original definition, before developing into a more contemporary and inclusive version, was of an observer of Paris who lives immersed in the city while remaining a detached observer. Because of the developments in the city, flâneurs felt it necessary to properly experience these new visual stimuli. In doing so, the concept of the flâneur assisted in ushering in the age of modernism.

Michael Williams, the donor of many pieces in this collection, was a driving force in the revitalization of downtown Victoria. A business man, developer and heritage conservator, Williams is an excellent example of flâneur, someone who enjoyed experiencing the beauty of the city in which he lived.

The artworks are divided into four themes: Moving Through City Space, Anonymity, People Watching, and Ephemeral Features.

Sea and Swirl: Works by Sandra Wiles

March 1 – March 31, 2003

Legacy Maltwood (at Mearns Centre – McPherson Library)

This was an exhibition in conjunction with Community Week and the University of Victoria’s 100th anniversary. This exhibition featured acrylic paintings and studies by Sanda Wiles, a UVic Alumna.

Nature shows a quiet but powerful play between perfection and irregularities… My work plays with this tension, this syncopation between the anticipated and the unexpected.

-Sandra Wiles, 2003