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.
2019-2020 Visiting Artist Series
The Faculty of Creative and Critical studies is pleased to announce the following visiting artist lectures for the 2019-20 academic year.
Each lecture will be held at 2:00pm, at the UBC Okanagan campus in UNC 106.
Monday, September 30 | Natalie Ball
“I make art as proposals of refusal to complicate an easily affirmed and consumed narrative and identity without absolutes.”
Natalie Ball was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. She has a Bachelor’s degree with a double major in Ethnic Studies and Art from the University of Oregon. She furthered her education in New Zealand at Massey University where she attained her Master’s degree, focusing on Indigenous contemporary art. Ball then relocated to her ancestral homelands to raise her three children. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, including: Vancouver Art Gallery, BC; Te Manawa Museum, NZ; Half Gallery, NY; Portland Art Museum, OR; Museum of Contemporary Native Art (MoCNA), NM; Seattle Art Museum, WA; and SculptureCenter, NY. Natalie attained her M.F.A. degree in Painting & Printmaking at Yale School of Art in 2018.
Monday, November 18 | Nicholas Galanin
Tlingit/Unangax̂/ Multi-Disciplinary Artist
Nicholas Galanin’s work offers perspective rooted in connection to land and an intentionally broad engagement with contemporary culture. For over a decade, Galanin has been embedding incisive observation into his work, investigating and expanding intersections of culture and concept in form, image and sound. Galanin’s works embody critical thought. They are vessels of knowledge, culture and technology – inherently political, generous, unflinching, and poetic.
Galanin apprenticed with master carvers and jewelers, earned his BFA at London Guildhall University in Jewelry Design, and his MFA in Indigenous Visual Arts at Massey University in New Zealand, he lives and works with his family in Sitka, Alaska.
Monday, February 24 | Hellen Reed and Hannah Jickling
Helen Reed and Hannah Jickling have been collaborating since 2007 and are currently based in Vancouver, Canada, on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. Their projects take shape as public installations, social situations, and events that circulate as photographs, videos, printed matter, and artists’ multiples. They are currently fascinated with the contact high intrinsic to collaborative research, especially in their recent projects with children. In Fall 2017 they released Multiple Elementary, a book that explores the elementary school classroom as a site of invention and reception of contemporary art practices, published by YYZBOOKS. Their platform for research and production, Big Rock Candy Mountain, is ongoing in Vancouver and supported by Other Sights for Artists’ Projects. Reed and Jickling are recipients of the 2016 Ian Wallace Award for Teaching Excellence (ECUAD), the 2017 Mayor’s Arts Award for Emerging Public Art (City of Vancouver) and the 2018 VIVA Award (Shadbolt Foundation). In 2018, they were longlisted for the Sobey Art Award.
Monday, March 9 | Krista Belle Stewart
Krista Belle Stewart is an artist and member of the Syilx Nation. Stewart works with video, land, performance, photography, textiles, and sound, drawing out personal and political narratives inherent in archival materials while questioning their articulation in institutional histories. Her works have recently been shown at the Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson; Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin; Gallery 44, Toronto; Artspace, Peterborough; SFU Teck Gallery, Vancouver; Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Montreal; Musee d’Art Contemporain, Montreal; Independent Studio and Curatorial Program, New York; Plug In ICA, Winnipeg; and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin. Stewart holds an MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College, New York. She is currently an artist in resident at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien through an awarded residency via the Sobey Art Foundation.
Past Visiting Artists
Derya Akay, who approaches everyday objects, materials and experiences as rich sites of knowledge and meaning.
Brenda Draney, who’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.
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.
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.
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.
Ian Johnston’s current work Fine Line has switched attention from consumer culture to the obsessive-compulsive behavior that appear to epitomize it.
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.