Carolyn MacHardy

Carolyn MacHardy

Carolyn MacHardy
Associate Professor, Art History
Art History & Visual Culture Coordinator
Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
The University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus
CCS 172, 1148 Research Road
Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7

T 250.807.9797


Courses 2015 - 2016
ARTH 203 001   Global Contemporary Art
ARTH 316 001   History of 20th Century Art
ARTH 321 001    Art in Canada 1970 to the Present
ARTH 460F 001   Selected Topics - Outsider Art


Researcher of the Month November 2014

As an art historian, I spend a lot of time looking at art and thinking about it. Sometimes I have my camera with me, sometimes I don’t.

In academe we teach courses in our area of specialization; thus I teach courses in Canadian and Modern Art History, Global Contemporary Art History, and Disability Studies and Art History.

However this doesn't mean that I only look at art within these parameters: I look at all art and visual culture, from Romanesque sculpture to contemporary works by Latin American artists, and on a recent trip to London, at the Islamic Collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum. What matters to me is bringing a critical eye to bear on art history and visual culture, engaging contemporary theoretical models to extend understanding of this thing we call ‘art’.

For me, teaching and research are intertwined: teaching is, in many ways, modeling for students how they can further develop their interests in their various fields of study. It all starts with looking, and a healthy dose of curiosity is a tremendous help.

My current research interests revolve around mapping early visual representations of the Okanagan Valley, and in investigating the role of the tourist-artist in documenting the changing city space of Paris around 1900.

Last reviewed shim7/27/2015 11:26:44 AM


Banksy Vs Robbo, London


Barry Flannagan, Hare

Barry Flannagan, Hare

St. Martin's Church, York

St. Martin's CHurch York

Doris Salcedo, Shibboleth

Doris Salcedo Shibboleth

photography by Carolyn MacHardy