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.

2022-2023 Visiting Artist Series

Our 2022/23 Visiting Artist Series will be held in-person on campus on Tuesdays at 2pm in the University Theater, ADM 026. See below for dates and information about the artists.


Julian Yi-Zhong Hou

Tuesday, September 13 | JULIAN YI-ZHONG HOU 

Julian Yi-Zhong Hou (b. 1980) is a multidisciplinary artist that currently resides in Vernon, on the unceded land of the Syilx peoples of the Okanagan Nation. His work centres around contemporary mystical themes including consciousness, divination, and symbology. Recent e-flux You Can’t Trust Music; San Antonio Artpace; Music Gallery, Toronto; Zalucky Contemporary, Toronto; Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; Artspeak, Vancouver; SFU Audain gallery, Vancouver; 8-eleven, Toronto; and the Vancouver Art Gallery. He recently completed Crossroads (2021), a stained-glass public artwork in Burnaby, B.C. Hou holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art and Culture Studies from Simon Fraser University and a Masters in Architecture from the University of British Columbia. He has held residencies at Triangle, Marseille; Western Front and 221A Vancouver, and in 2017 won the City of Vancouver’s Mayor’s Award for Emerging Visual Artist. He was long-listed for the Sobey Award in 2021. He helps to organize the collaborative record label and project space Second Spring.  

Hannah Rickards

Tuesday, September 20 | HANNAH RICKARDS 

Hannah Rickards’ interdisciplinary practice explores the non-linear dynamic between site, gesture, staging and recording, integrating the language of performance, film, drawing and installation. Rickards has held solo exhibitions at The Polygon Gallery, Modern Art Oxford, the Fogo Island Gallery, Artspeak, The Whitechapel Gallery and The Showroom Gallery, London. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; the Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton; ICA, London and Witte de With, Rotterdam, and in the Hayward Gallery’s touring exhibition, ‘Listening’. She received the Max Mara Art Prize for Women in 2008 and in 2015 was awarded the Phillip Leverhulme Prize in Visual and Performing Arts. From 2007 to 2018 Hannah was a lecturer in the 4D Pathway of the BA Fine Art course at Central Saint Martins, London; she lives and works in Coldstream, on the traditional unceded territory of the Syilx (Okanagan) Peoples. 

Christine Sandoval

Tuesday, November 15 | CHRISTINE SANDOVAL

Christine Howard Sandoval is an interdisciplinary artist who lives and works in the unceded territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and Musqueam First Nations and is an Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Praxis in the Audain Faculty of Art at Emily Carr University (Vancouver, BC). She is an enrolled member of the Chalon Nation in Bakersfield, CA. Howard Sandoval’s work has exhibited nationally and internationally including: The Museum of Contemporary Art, University of São Paulo (Brazil), The Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver, BC), Oregon Contemporary (Portland, OR), The Museum of Capitalism (Oakland, CA), Designtransfer, Universität der Künste Berlin (Berlin, Germany), El Museo Del Barrio (New York, NY), and Socrates Sculpture Park (Queens, NY), ICA San Diego (2021) and Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College (2019). 

Past Visiting Artists

Amy Fung, Divya Mehra, Kim Ngugen, Asian Brain Trust was founded in 2014 by Amy Fung (Scorpio), Divya Mehra (Scorpio), and Kim Nguyen (Cancer) as an arts research collective. Together they have lectured and presented in international conferences on the topics of race, power, violence, and performance in contemporary visual arts.

RYAN! Elizabeth Feddersen specializes in creating interactive murals, site-specific installations, and immersive public artworks that invite audience engagement.

Ericka Walker’s print works and site-specific murals subvert the propagandistic function of nostalgia in contemporary culture, disputing the civilizing influence and assumed moral authority of nation building in North America.

Diane Borsato (BFA York University, MFA Concordia University, MA Performance Studies, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University) was awarded the Victor Martyn-Lynch Staunton Award from the Canada Council for the Arts, and was twice nominated for the Sobey Art Award.

Lisa Myers (Beausoleil First Nation, born in Oakville, ON, Canada; lives in Port Severn and Toronto, ON, Canada) is an independent curator and artist with a keen interest in interdisciplinary collaboration.

Natalie Ball, “I make art as proposals of refusal to complicate an easily affirmed and consumed narrative and identity without absolutes.”

Nicholas Galanin, who’s work offers perspective rooted in connection to land and an intentionally broad engagement with contemporary culture.

Hellen Reed and Hannah Jickling, who’s collaborative projects take shape as public installations, social situations, and events that circulate as photographs, videos, printed matter, and artists’ multiples.

Krista Belle Stewart, who 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.

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.