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Call for Submissions: 3rd Fraser Valley Regional Biennale, 2015 ‌‌‌‌‌‌

The Reach Gallery Museum, Abbotsford Arts Council, and the Mission Arts Council are pleased to announce a call for visual artists living in the Fraser Valley to submit artwork to the 3rd Fraser Valley Regional Biennale. The Biennale will consist of exceptional works of art produced by regional artists over the past two years. This dynamic series of exhibitions will be presented at participating regional arts organizations in the Fraser Valley region from June to September, 2015.

Artists living in the Fraser Valley from Hope to Langley are encouraged to submit up to three works of art in any medium which represent excellence in their practice. The exhibition will be adjudicated by arts professionals from each of the presenting organizations.

Submisison Deadline: April 17, 2015

Application Form and Submission Guidlines: Fraser Valley Biennale Application Form

More information at at thereach.ca

Opening Reception and Screening: The students in the Lens of Empowerment Project invite you to attend the exhibit Tel i’tsel Kwe’lo – I Am From Here on the Abbotsford campus of the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV).
Opening Reception: Friday March 27th 2015
3:00 pm S'eliyemetaxwtexw Art Gallery, B136
4:00 pm Screening, B101

Chilliwack Education Park campus
Thursday, April 2nd 2015
2:00 pm Screening, Gathering Hall, Building A

Exhibition will be open Weekdays 9:00 – 5:00 in B136
March 27- April 9, 2015
Through video, photo and other artistic mediums, the students explore women’s identity and citizenship in Stó:lō Territory.
We look forward to having you join us Friday, March 27th for our opening ceremony, light refreshments, exhibit (B136) and video screening (B101).

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Lens of Empowerment

Tel i’tsel Kwe’lo   I Am From Here ‌‌‌

Mar 27 – April 9

Opening Reception:  Friday, March 27 at 3 pm

Community-based screening, documentary video shorts, Gathering Place, Chilliwack campus, April 2, 2015 at 2 pm.

A collective exhibition by student artists in the Lens of Empowerment Project and Community Arts Practice with Visual Arts Instructor Stephanie Gould, Tel i’tsel Kwe’lo (I Am From Here) explores identity, land, place and citizenship through women’s stories, lived experiences, intergenerational and intercultural points of view.  Through a situated lens, diverse voices and representations all their own, these student artists confront hidden histories, suppressed voices, and representations of Indigenous people in film, art and media.

Featuring video shorts by Joanne Combes, Mario De Santis, Sarah Gabor-Martinez, Jessica Janik, Lauren Krenz, Kelly Oberholzer, Ramona Valenzuela, Theresa Warbus, as well as work by Visual Art students Rishma Johal,  Carling Jackson, Samantha Merritt, Amber Oliver and Felix Zhang (Graphic Design).

Lens of Empowerment: women’s citizenship and identity in Stó:lō territory is a pivotal project of the Visual Arts Department, Indigenous Affairs and Indigenous Studies at UFV.

Student work in this exhibition, and community-based screenings, was produced during courses in video production (VA 160 and VA 161) as well as a community arts practice (VA 390) taught by Stephanie Gould (Visual Arts Department).  During the fall and winter terms, these students also studied Indigenous Arts: Stories and Protocols (IPK 277) or Stó:lō History (HIST 103) with Dr. Wenona Victor (Indigenous Studies),  Introduction to Storytelling (THEA 250) with Dr. Michelle LaFlamme (English Department) or Indigenous Art of the Northwest Coast (AH 204) with Dr. Geoffrey Carr (Visual Arts Department).

Artists' Discussion Panel: The Reach Gallery Museum

Buy One, Get None: Conformity, Consumerism and the Collective Voice 

Saturday March 14, 2015    3pm-5pm

The Re‌ach Gallery Museum Abbotsford and the Young Contemporaries invites the general public to a discussion with the artists featured in Buy One, Get None.

Click The Reach Artists' Discussion Panel for more information or Visit thereach.ca

Artist Talk: Texture and Text in Acrylic with Radiance Dream

Kariton Art Gallery

The Abbotsford Arts Council is hosting a free public artist talk and demonstration featuring local student artist Radiance Dream on March 21, 2015, from 12pm to 1:30pm at the Kariton Art Gallery (2387 Ware Street, Abbotsford).

Visit Abbotsford Arts Concil.com for More Information

The Reach Gallery Museum

Buy One, Get None: Conformity, Consumerism and the Collective Voice

Opening Reception March 5th, 7:00 pm. On view from March 5-19th 

Curated by David Seymour and featuring works by some of UFV's Visual Art students and Alumni

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‌‌‌Silent Auction

Currently on at the S'eliyemetaxwtexw Art Gallery

Feb 23-27

The Silent Auction is an event dedicated to the development and support of the Visual Arts at UFV. Proceeds go to the production of the BFA Grad Show and for VA scholarships. The event is open to the public for five days and provides a rare opportunity to acquire artworks that are affordable. The process is fun and sometimes competitive, so please visit the space and support the artists who have donated their time and inspiring artworks. Winners will be contacted on March 2nd or sooner. Everyone is welcome!

3384 King Road, Abbotsford Campus, B 136

Gallery Hours: Mon – Fri, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM  

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‌BERLIN Spring 2015,  4 Seats Left!

Join Art History and Visual Arts for enlightening and inspiring art lovers' paradise. One of the world's most culturally diverse, influential and visited cites, Berlin's universities, research facilities, theatres, museums, galleries, festivals and architecture are internationally renowned.
  • From Checkpoint Charlie & Nefertiti to the Ishtar Gate and Berlin Wall
  • From Alter of Zeus & Brandenburg Gate to Kathe Kollwitz
  • Airfare
  • Accommodations (including breakfast) located in Mitte, the cultural and historic heart of Berlin
  • Transit
  • Entrace Fees to: Contemporary, Alternative and National Galleries-Monumental Museums-Architectural and Historic Sites, including the Potsdamer Plaz Sony Centre, Daniel Libeskind's Jewish Museum, Peter Eisenman's Holocaust Memorial, Kaiser Wilhelm Church, a memorial Peace and Reconciliation

Please Contact Vicki Bolan for details and deposit deadline: vicky.bolan@ufv.ca

Call for Artists:
2015 University Student Show - Open Call
Kariton Art Gallery - March 7 - 31, 2015
Application Deadline: February 18, 2015

The Abbotsford Arts Council is pleased to announce that a call for art for a university student exhibition showcasing the artistic talent of Lower Mainland/Fraser Valley students. The show will be held from March 7, 2015 to March 31, 2015 at the Kariton Art Gallery. This is the first open call exhibition the Abbotsford Arts Council has held for university students of the Lower Mainland at the Kariton Art Gallery.

Submissions of all mediums including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, woodcarving, pottery and more will be accepted from Lower Mainland artists who are currently enrolled in higher education or have been enrolled within the last 12 months.

The deadline for applications is 5:00PM February 18, 2015. Applications are available for download by clicking the Abbotsford Arts Council Application Form button below or at the Kariton Art Gallery (2387 Ware Street, Abbotsford). Go to abbotsfordartscouncil.com for more details

Calling for Teaching Exellence Award Nominations
Once again UFV will provide an award to an individual in recognition of teaching excellence.  Those eligible for nomination include all UFV faculty and lab instructors who have completed two years of instruction, or sessional instructors who have completed the equivalent time.

Deadline Friday, February 6, 2015

PIPE: UFV's Visual Arts Journal is proudly accepting submissions for its first publication.
PIPE is a student-run academic journal currently seeking art history essays and visual artworks.

Are you interested in getting published?

Have you produced a remarkable piece of art, or written an outstanding art history essay?  If so, then consider submitting your work to PIPE, UFV's student-run journal for visual arts and art history, featuring artwork and research essays from students and alumni.
Click link for more submission details
Email submissions to: pipe@ufv.ca
Questions? Email us at pipe@ufv.ca
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Stefan engaging the university students of Sichuan Normal University in Chengdu, China.

UFV's Associate Professor, Shelley Stefan, has embarked on an international teaching exchange with the Sichuan Normal University in Chengdu, China. Stefan is delivering a Painting class to 25 Chinese students from the SNU Fine Arts College. Her course is entitled "Smart Art: Lessons in Contemporary Painting" and it is one half of a 2 part series, making up an exciting exchange, the first of its kind between the Fine Arts College of Sichuan Normal University and the Visual Arts Department of the University of the Fraser Valley.

Beginning on June 2 through to June 13, 2014, Associate Professor, Tang Jianhui, will lead a two-week Chinese painting intensive course as part of this exchange program between UFV and SNU. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn a form of painting filled with rich tradition and technique will be offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am to 1pm, in room C1043 in Abbotsford. Please contact Vicki Bolan, vicki.bolan@ufv.ca for more details. Pre-requisites for this course is the completion of VA223.

Safe travels home, Shelley! Read about Stefan's experience in the UFV Today blog post.



The UFV Visual Arts department proudly announces 2014 BFA Grad, Nastasha Mol, has been awarded the Associate Vice President Academic Award at this year's Student Research Day. The prize, worth $150, is given to Mol in recognition of the extensive research she completed for her work, Learned Compassion, currently featured in the BFA Grad Exhibition, Some Assembly Required. 

Mol and other winners will be honoured at the annual awards banquet. Congratulations Nastasha!


The pARTicipate project received a number of impressive submissions for the 2013/14 call, which focused on the ideas of recognition, healing and reconciliation concerning the Indian residential school systems, informed by the national event held in the fall of 2013 by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). See the First Prize winner's poster on the project's webpage. Congratulations to all those whose posters were recognized for their work!


The 2014 BFA Grads would like to thank you, UFV, for taking part in this year's extremely successful BFA Silent Auction. There was record turn out and the grads were able to raise over $3000 in 5 days. All funds generated go towards the BFA Grad exhibition and visual arts scholarships.

So thank you, UFV. We couldn't have done it without you!


Sunday, March 09 from 1-4pm.

Visit the Kariton Art Gallery between 1pm and 4pm for the Opening Reception of INCEPTIONS, the 2014 UFV Visual Arts Diploma grad show. Featuring the works the following artists:

Ashley Bulthuis
Julie Epp
Michelle Auton
Tasha Hinterbrandner
Jessica Koplar
Lisa Edwards
Kaitlyn Ross

This event is free to the public


February 24, 2014 - February 28, 2014.

The Gallery, Room B136‌

The Silent Auction is an exciting event dedicated to the development and support of the Visual Arts at UFV. Proceeds go to the production of the BFA Grad Show and for VA scholarships. The event is open to the public for five days only and provides a rare opportunity to acquire artworks that are affordable. This year the BFA Grad Silent Auction raised an astounding $3000. Thank you to everyone who came out to support the grads by biding on quality art works. 

Location: VA Gallery, B 136, Abbotsford Campus Hours: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM. Mon – Thurs. Friday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

ATTENTION! The BFA Grads of 2014 need your help!

Please donate to their online funding campaign, and help them reach their goal. All funds raised go to the 2014 Grad exhibition, Some Assembly Required

Visit http://www.gofundme.com/ufvbfa to give today

The 3rd Annual pARTicipate Poster Competition is announced!

Design a poster to create awareness of the impact of residential school systems and the need for recongnition, healing and reconciliation,

Submit entries by January 31, 2014.

For more info, email Vicki Bolan: vicki.bolan@ufv.ca or visit: blogs.ufv.ca/graphicdesign






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