Visiting Artists

The Visual Arts program brings in a diverse variety of visiting artists for campus talks and public gallery presentations that includes visual artists, filmmakers, sculptors, painters, playwrights, essayists, interactive and digital media artists.

Each artist presents a talk to students in the BFA program and the public, as well as offering critiques to students in the 4th year of the Visual Arts Program.

2018-2019 Visiting Artist Series

The Faculty of Creative and Critical studies is pleased to announce the following visiting artist lectures for the 2018-19 academic year

Each lecture will be held at 2:00pm, at the UBC Okanagan campus in UNC 106.

Derya Akay

Derya Akay – Monday, Sept. 17, 2018

Derya Akay was born in Istanbul in 1988 and currently lives and works in Vancouver. He holds a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver. Derya Akay approaches everyday objects, materials and experiences as rich sites of knowledge and meaning. The production of ceramic tableware, food, flowers and textiles in his practice provides a ground for research and the acquisition of new skills and creative tools. These materials, along with other found and borrowed elements, are frequently reworked by Akay into immersive, sensory environments, which encourage warm social encounters.


Brenda Draney

Brenda Draney – Monday, Oct. 15, 2018

Brenda Draney is Cree from Sawridge First Nation, Treaty 8, with a strong connection to Slave Lake. Draney’s work is collected and shown across Canada including the National Gallery of Canada, the Embassy of Canada Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Alberta, the Sobey Collection, and the Shorefast Foundation.

Draney’s work visually represents the moment when vulnerability is exposed, while encouraging the viewer to reject the notion to dominate the void where horror, poignancy, or powerful moments exist. Draney encourages her viewer to face this void head on, but as an empath. She provides enough tools for the viewer to place their own narrative within her typical imaginary spaces.


Cedric Bomford – Monday, Nov. 5, 2018

Cedric Bomford was born in 1975. He received an MFA from Malmö Konsthögskolan in Sweden and a BFA from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, Canada.

Cedric Bomford’s work often focuses on the power dynamics established by constructed spaces and takes the form of large-scale rambling ad hoc architectural installations. The projects follow a methodology he calls “thinking through building” in which construction takes on an emergent quality rather than an illustrative one. Concurrent to this installation work is a rigorous photographic practice that operates at times in parallel with and at others tangentially to the installation works.


Tsema Igharas – Monday, Feb. 4, 2019

Tsema Igharas is an interdisciplinary artist and a member of the Tahltan First Nation. She uses Potlatch methodology to create conceptual artwork and teachings influenced by her mentorship in Northwest Coast Formline Design at K’saan (2005/06), her studies in visual culture and time in the mountains.

She has a Bachelor’s degree from Emily Carr University of Art and Design (2011) and graduated from the Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design program at OCADu showing her thesis work, LAND|MINE that connects materials to mine sites and bodies to the land. She is currently a contributing member and representative for ReMatriate Collective.


Mia Feuer – Monday, Mar. 4, 2019

Mia Feuer is an interdisciplinary sculptor born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She received her MFA from the Department of Sculpture + Extended Media at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her work has been exhibited widely across North America, including solo exhibitions at The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC, The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Locust Projects, Miami FL and The Esker Foundation, Calgary. Most recently Mia’s work was included in the first ever female only exhibition at The Saatchi Collection, London, UK. She is a mother, creator and Assistant Professor of Sculpture at California College of the Arts. She lives in Oakland, California.


Ian Johnston – Monday, Mar. 11, 2019

Ian Johnston is an artist based in Nelson, BC. Born in Moose Factory, Ontario and grew up in Ottawa. Johnston studied architecture at Algonquin College, and Carleton University in Ottawa and with the University of Toronto at Paris. Prior to opening his Nelson studio in 1996, Johnston spent five years working at the Bauhaus Academy in post Berlin Wall East Germany. His art practice can be described as a ‘journey’ of bodies of work that began with a focus on consumerism and the physical waste stream. His current work Fine Line has switched attention from consumer culture to the obsessive-compulsive behavior that appear to epitomize it. Johnston has participated in residencies and shown his work in public galleries and museums in Canada, Asia, Europe and the United States.


Past Visiting Artists

Patrik Andersson, Associate Professor in Critical + Cultural Studies. He teaches contemporary art and ideas which are informed by his freelance activities as an art critic and curator with interests ranging from conceptual art to design disciplines.

Colleen Heslin, explores medium crossovers between painting, sculpture, fibers and photography.

Liz Magor, one of Canada’s most important contemporary sculptors.

Myfanwy MacLeod, who’s work is trademarked by her wry sense of humour, and her layered referencing of consumer and popular culture..

Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes, artist, filmmaker, writer, and designer who explores the resonance of genetic cultural memory through the mystical and the mundane.

Carol Sawyer, a visual artist and singer who works with photography, installation, video, performance, and improvised music.

Brian Jungen, a significant Canadian sculptor and multidisciplinary artist who simultaneously explore traditional and contemporary approaches to art making.

Christian Nicolay, his diverse body of work employs a wide range of media and techniques including drawing, painting, sculpture, video, sound, performance and installation.

Paul Wong, a media-maestro making art for site-specific spaces and screens of all sizes.

James Nizam, who’s art practice investigates photography within an expanded field of operations that consider the relationship between performance, sculpture, and architecture.

Jennifer Stillwell who primarily works with sculpture and installation.

David Kang, who’s work plays with languages – visual, written, and spoken to seek out moments of miscegenation and mistranslation

Althea Thauberger, who’s film/video and performance projects often invoke provocative reflections of social, political, institutional, and aesthetic power relations.

Adam Kuby, who’s work engages the built and natural worlds to foster a sense of connectedness in our increasingly fractured environments.

Raymond Boisjoly works with photographic and video images, text and objects.

Elizabeth McIntosh’s work reveals itself through the multiplicity of visual interpretations and understandings, shying away from aesthetic resolution.

Sarah  Burwash, who works in narrative drawing, watercolor, and illustrational drawing, she is also active in video, animation, ‘zines and artist book works.

Damian Moppett, multi-media artist using photography, sculpture, drawing, video and painting.