Visual Arts

The program provides a period of intensive conceptual and technical development for those students wishing to pursue a professional career in advanced contemporary art. The M.F.A. degree is also the standard qualifying degree for teaching visual arts at the post-secondary level. The M.F.A. program is dedicated to helping students understand both the making and theorizing of the art object against the background of the diverse intellectual environment of a major university. Students in the program may work in any area of contemporary art production including painting, drawing, printmaking, performance, three-dimensional and installation work, photography, digital, multimedia, or in any interdisciplinary form.

 

Faculty Members

Name Research Interests
Adriasola Munoz, Ignacio Alberto investigates responses by artists and intellectuals to the crisis of aesthetic and political representation triggered by the failed protests against the US-Japan Security Treaty of 1960, and in particular their reliance on depictions of the sexual and geographical margins in their articulation of an aesthetics of political disaffection.
Claxton, Dana film, video, photography, single- and multi-channel video installation, and performance art
Frei Njootli, Jeneen Indigenous sovereignty; decolonization; Production, dissemination and embodiment of images
Gu, Xiong Fine Art. Transcultural identity and hybridity. Through the critical angle of visual art, my work encompasses other elements such as sociology, geography, economics, politics, literature; and finally, the dynamics of globalisation, local culture and individual identity shifts. These shifts do not merely constitute a simple amalgamation of two original subjects, but instead, seek to create an entirely new space., Installation, painting, drawing, photography, contemporary art theory
James, Gareth histories of iconoclasm in which the social divisions and inequities that mark and delimit artistic practice are registered most emphatically
Mansoor, Jaleh Cultural Industries; Modernism; Twentieth Century European Art; Formalism; Marxist Feminism; Marxism and Critical Theory
Monteyne, Joseph Arts and Technologies; Renaissance/early modern art and print culture
Orell, Julia History of Chinese Art; Landscape painting of the Song and Yuan dynasties; Construction of place, site, region, and empire in painting and other visual media; Art and the production of knowledge; Cultural and historical geography; History of cartography
Pina, Manuel Images
Roy, Marina Intersection between materials, history, language, and ideology
Salgirli, Saygin architecture of fourteenth-century Bursa, the first Ottoman capital
Shelton, Anthony Mexican and Andean visual culture, critical museology, development of folk art, aesthetics
Silver, Erin Artist or Author Social Identity; Artistic and Literary Marginality; Artistic and Literary Movements, Schools and Styles; Social Movements; Canadian contemporary art; Queer art; Feminist art histories; Activism and visual culture; Performance studies; Movement culture
Smith, Tai Arts and Technologies; Economical Contexts; Modern and Contemporary Art and Design; media theory; Politics of Media and Mediation; Gender; Textiles
Soussloff, Catherine Art, Art History, European Art, Performance Art, Performance Studies, Art Theory, Aesthetics, Philosophy of art, historiography and theory of European art
Thauberger, Althea Photographic history/theory; Media philosophy; Biopolitics and institutional critique/reform; Settler decolonization, and site-based art and activism
Watson, Donald Scott Contemporary Canadian art, art issues and art theory
Zeigler, Barbara Visual Art (Print Media, Printmaking, Drawing, Installation Art, Video, and Collaborative/Public Art), Environmental Politics, Animal Studies, BC Salmon Populations