‌Past News & Events —

Past News & Events in 2012 and earlier


The Visual Arts, and the Graphic and Digital Design departments at UFV organized in 2013/2014 the thirs biannual Poster Competition, pARTicipate. The theme of this year's competition was entitled, "Recognition, Healing, Reconciliation" and coincided with the national event held in the fall of 2013 in Vancouver by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), whose mandate was to "engage the Canadian public and provide education about the history of the residential schools system, the experiences of former students and their families, and the ongoing legacies of the institutions within communities." On September 18, 2013, UFV held events regarding the Indian Residential School Day of Learning. All posters submitted by the students to this edition of pARTicipate were powerful, creative and inspirational - well done and thank you to those who submitted.

2013 winner, Angelito Jimenez's poster entitled,
Awareness of the impact of Indian Residential
School System and the need of
Recognition, Healing and Reconciliation.


Special congratulations go to the winners!


FIRST PLACE: Angelito Jimenez

SECOND PLACE: Clark Giesbrecht

THIRD PLACE -EX AEQUO: Sultankazy Jumataev and Kenichi Kajiyma

JURORS' RECOGNITION: Rochelle Burt and Julie Epp

SPECIAL MENTION: Giovanni Brauer, Amy Hall and Adele Renaud







 12 Hour UFV BFA Multidisciplinary Creative Marathon!

The Reach Gallery, Friday Oct 2 

‌‌‌View Art Marathon Schedule

UFV’s BFA disciplines (Art History, Creative Writing, Fashion Design, Graphic and Digital Design, Media and Communication Studies, Theatre, and Visual Arts) form an inspiring, dynamic, and creative collective at UFV. This imaginative showcase will entertain and engage you with interactive workshops, performances, readings, presentations, film screenings and more, including a wide range of creative and critical work representing students, faculty and alumni of UFV’s BFA programs.


Kick off and Opening Reception: Friday, September 25                 7:00pm–9:00pm 
Help us kick off our cultural extravaganza! Our opening reception will celebrate the artists participating in the 2015 Fraser Valley Biennale, and will include a mini art market. Enjoy delicious refreshments and take in teaser performances from some of our talent creatiValley presenters! Several members of VA are in the Fraser Valley Biennale, including faculty members and number of UFV BFA alumni. 

12 Hour UFV BFA Multidisciplinary Creative Marathon! Friday Oct 2  10:00am–10:00pm 
UFV’s BFA disciplines (Art History, Creative Writing, Fashion Design, Graphic and Digital Design, Media and Communication Studies, Theatre, and Visual Arts) form an inspiring, dynamic, and creative collective at UFV. This imaginative showcase will entertain and engage you with interactive workshops, performances, readings, presentations, film screenings and more, including a wide range of creative and critical work representing students, faculty and alumni of UFV’s BFA programs.

Art Battle Abbotsford 
Who doesn’t love a little healthy competition? Come and watch regional artists square off in this painting battle. Participants create superb paintings while spectators get to watch, talk, judge, vote and buy! *Admission: Students & Emerge members $10, Early bird $15, Door admission $20. Cash bar. 

View All Events in the creatiValley Guide

32388 Verterans Way, Abbotsford  604.864.8087   The Reach.ca                                                    
All Events are Free To The Public Unless Otherwise Indicated

Tom Konyves & Carolyn Marie Souaid: Poetry Readings


A‌rtist Chris Woods is UFV's Top 40 Alumni, 2015

"He is well known for his photo-realist style and visual commentary on consumer culture. His art captures the essence of pop culture in the late 20th century and the new millennium. He blends the consumer milieu of convenience stores and fast food restaurants with the profound and sacred of religious artistic traditions, creating his own unique take on hyper-realism. He often uses his close friends as models."‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌

“I am amazed to see how UFV has evolved and grown, especially in the visual arts area,” he says. “UFV was a crucible for me.It was my art history instructor, Rory Wallace, who encouraged me to submit an application for Artropolis 90, my first show. And I learned a lot in the studio courses I took.”-Chris Woods

-written by Anne Russell, July 13, 2015. Read more at UFV Today     


In recognition of the role of UFV and instructor Rory Wallace in his early studies, Woods donated his 1994 piece "The Realm of Convenience 2" to the UFV Permanent Art Collection. This large oil painting is on display in the Visual Arts Building C, Abbotsford Campus.

Job Posting: Curatorial Assistant, Visual & Digital Arts at the Banff Centre

Are you a highly-motivated professional with strong knowledge of, and passion for Contemporary Art?  Do you have an aptitude for project organization and an eye for detail?  Visual + Digital Arts at The Banff Centre is looking for a Curatorial Assistant to meet the diverse needs of the Walter Phillips Gallery (WPG) programs, the Banff International Curatorial Institute, and related projects. The successful candidate will also assist in the development and implementation of outreach initiatives and public education to business, creative communities, and the general public.

 Application Deadline July 16, 2015

Visit Careers At The Banff Centre for more application information

Job Posting: Gallery Assistant, Walter Philips Gallery

Do you have visitor services skills and a passion for contemporary art? The Walter Phillips Gallery is looking for a part-time Gallery Assistant to provide security for the Gallery, act as an interpreter for Gallery exhibitions, care for the artworks in the exhibition, be responsible for the maintenance of the public area and perform various other administrative duties. 

Applications for this position will be accepted until a suitable candidate has been found.

Vist Careers At The Banff Centre for more application information

 ‌‌The Visual Art Department would like to congratulate David Seymour!

A huge congratulations to David Seymour who was the student speaker at convocation this year, representing the class of 2015 and graduating with a Bachelor of Arts. In addition to this, David was also presented with the Dean’s Medal for the Faculty of Humanities. 


 Calling performers of all ages and disciplines to participate in creatiValley! 

“We are currently seeking dozens of performers to participate in an exciting new arts festival, creatiValley, scheduled September 25 to October 4, 2015 at The Reach Gallery Museum. For this new nine day celebration of culture in the Fraser Valley, we are excited to offer plenty of coveted performance opportunities to cultural presenters from across diverse artistic disciplines,” says Laura Schneider, Acting Director and Curator of The Reach.  ‌

The organizing committee is looking for individuals and groups of performing artists who will bring a lively vibe to this festival. If you have a history of public performance in the Fraser Valley and are eager to share your talents with a broad and enthusiastic audience, please source your application and submit through www.thereach.ca. Performances are limited to one hour in length.

creatiValley is coordinated by a group of community partners, including the Abbotsford Arts Council, MSA Museum Society, University of the Fraser Valley, the Fraser Valley chapter of the Professional Writers Association of Canada and The Reach. The festival will kick off with an opening party on Friday, September 25 during national Culture Days weekend, and contiue throughout the entire week with vibrant, home-grown programming that appeals to diverse tastes and interests. There will be an art market, a suite of artistic morning talks, over 20 performances, a visual art exhibition as part of the 2015 Fraser Valley Biennale, an historic exhibition about India during the Great War, a 12 hour art marathon organized by faculty and students from the University of the Fraser Valley and an entire day of youth and children’s programming.


Calling for Artists and Future Committee Members for ART WAC

The Contemporary Arts Chilli/WACK is a new initiative for downtown Chilliwack. In collaboration with the Chilliwack Arts Council will be introducing its concept via a pilot project at the Community Central park. During July 11 we would like to introduce to the community the potential of up and coming artists of the University of the Fraser Valley, Emily Carr University and UBC. The Contemporary Arts Chilli/Wack is looking for works in Art Installation and Performance Art, Film and Animation and other works of visual arts that you may have available to present to the public for July 11.

Looking forwards to the new young creatives.

Deadline: Sunday, June 21, 2015 - 12:00pm

For more details contact:

Louisa de Vette    lp_devette@hotmail.com    604-798-0988

The Reach Gallery and Museum New Program Launch: EMERGE ‌

Join us for the re-launch of the Young Contemporaries program Saturday, May 30th at 7pm at The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford.

Exciting times are ahead for the Young Contemporaries program, which will be re-launched under the name Emerge! This restructured program will provide a new space for Emerge artists to exhibit nearly year round, afford greater access to professional development opportunities and offer members valuable experience in the arts and culture sector. 

The launch will coincide with the debut of Art on Demand 1.1, a rotating, café-style exhibition featuring the work of Kendra Schellenberg, Nastasha Mol and Angelica Born from May 30- July 5, 2015 

Admission is FREE‌
Open to members and the public
Location: The Reach Gallery Museum, 32388 Veterans Way, Abbotsford

Visit the thereach.ca/events-programs for more details

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: 2015 BC Creative Achievement Awards  ‌‌

The Carter Wosk BC Creative Achievement Awards for Applied Art and Design celebrate British Columbians who through their ‌creativity contribute to the cultural ‌and economic fabric of the Province. The awards recognize individuals whose work has a practical function. Artists and designers who work in jewelry, glass, wood, fibre, clay and metal or in such areas, but not limited to, textiles, furniture, weaving, ceramics, fashion and industrial design are eligible. 

Both established and emerging artist and designers are invited to apply. Up to three awards will be presented annually. The awards are named in honour of two distinguished British Columbians: cultural philanthropist Dr. Yosef Wosk whose generosity makes these awards possible and ECUIAD professor emeritus Sam Carte

Up to three recipients will be awarded $2,500 each at a presentation and exhibition event to be held in the Fall of 2015. The recipients will be granted the use of the British Columbia Creative Achievement Award seal to signify their creative excellence.

For Submission Guidlines and More Information visit http://www.bcachievement.com

Deadline: June 30, 2015

CICan Announces its 2015 Art Showcase Winners Congratulations Tessa Dumanski!

Tessa Dumanski is a 2015 UFV BFA graduate who has been awarded the regional prize for British Columbia by the Colleges and Institutes (CICan) Art Committee for a dress she designed, "Sitting Pretty".

 “Antique furniture design and vintage colour palettes inspired the fabric of this dress. I silkscreened the image of the vintage chair and hand painted them individually with watered down pigments. The chartreuse scarf also displays the chair imagery but has been silkscreened with discharge paste to give subtle detail.” -Tessa Dumanski

This year, CICan’s Art Committee received over 100 submissions from college and institute students from all over the country. After much thought, the committee awarded three top prizes, six regional prizes, and one President’s Choice prize selected by CICan President and CEO Denise Amyot celebrating an indigenous artist.


The winners will see their artwork permanently showcased at CICan’s national office in Ottawa’s beautiful Château Laurier. A virtual gallery is also available on the CICan website.

photo credit: http://www.collegesinstitutes.ca

VA115 Project #3  Winter 2015

The Book as Art - Altered Book Project in UFV Library to May 13, 2015

‌‌‌‌Instructor:  Brenda Fredrick 

The space of a book is intimate and public at the same time; it mediates between private reflection and broad communication….enclosure and exposure…exterior gestures and internal journeys…books work as statements that stand on their own, they are realized and objectified embodiments of the intimate authority each artist claims . . .[1]

                                                                                                Johanna Drucker
 Primary process made visible . . .[2]

                                                                                                Jeanne Randolf

• This project is designed to integrate and synthesize all aspects of the course into a perceptually cohesive  experience - it is a space of incubation and reflection, exploring both the possibilities of content and the found and altered book as a physical object that stands on it’s own as a work of art.


Selected Bookworks by:

Stephanie Wills, Shenandoah Heggie,    Amanda Radford, Kaylee Stamm,                   Colin Hofmann, Gavin Cox, Elianna Marier, Katherine Searle


[1] Drucker, Johanna. “Intimate Authority.” The Book As Art, Artists Books from the National Museum of Women in Arts  Krystyna WassermanPrinceton Architectural Press  2006  pg.73 

[2] Randolph, Jeanne “The Amenable Object”  1982 Psychoanalysis & Synchronized Swimming YYZ Books 1991 p.32

‌Job Posting: Summer Event & Project Assistant

Canada Summer Jobs Program

The Abbotsford Arts Council is seeking a university student with an interest in business administration, non-profit administration, or event management to work as a full-time, temporary Summer Event and Project Assistant for a 14-week contract position starting May 11, 2015 as part of the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) Program. The successful candidate will assist with the administration, marketing and logistics of Abbotsford Arts Council (AAC) local summer cultural events and projects including the Envision Financial Coffee House Concert and Concert in the Park Series, 2015 Canada Day activities, the Anonymous Art Show Fundraiser, the Mill Lake Cruise-in Fundraiser, and other projects. Activities will also include local event planning for Culture Days 2015, a nation-wide initiative devoted to providing Canadians with opportunities to participate in, and appreciate, all forms of arts and culture.

Please visit abbotsfordartscouncil.org for a full job description and details on how to apply. Applications will be accepted by email until Tuesday, April 28, 2015. No phone calls or visits, please. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Art On Campus is Featured in The Cascade

Bamboo graffiti: Visual arts students plant public artwork

"Visual arts students have decorated their way across campus with 22 exhibits of sculptural graffiti projects. The sculpture students worked under instructor Melanie Jones to execute exhibits using bamboo as a way of learning about planning public art." Written by Nadine Moedt, April 8, 2015

‌‌‌Click to Read More about Art on Campus at TheCascade.com

photos by Megan Lambert (The Cascade)


 The Cascade Feature Article: Lens of Empowerment films part of discourse on self-identity, acceptance at UFV 

"On Friday, March 27, the opening reception for the Tel i’tsel Kwe’lo (I am here) exhibit was held in the S’eliymetaxwtexw gallery in B136, where visual art by students enrolled in the Lens of Empowerment program was showcased. The exhibit focuses on media that explores multiculturalism, identity, and women’s citizenship. Visual art such as mixed media pieces and paintings, also the work of UFV students, was displayed during the reception, followed by a screening of student-made films." Written by Martin Castro, April 1, 2015

Read more about Lens of Empowerment at The Cascade.com

Fraser Valley Biennale Info Sessions ‌

Are you interested in applying to the 2015 Fraser Valley Biennale? Join organizers Chris Friesen (Abbotsford Arts Council) and Laura Schneider (The Reach Gallery Museum) for a brief info session to learn more about this year’s event and submission process.
What we’ll cover:
· Dates and venues for the 2015 Biennale
· Changes to the event including the exciting new curatorial approach
· How to develop a strong submission

Application Form and Submission Guidlines: Fraser Valley Biennale Application Form
The deadline is fast approaching (April 17) and we want your applications! Everyone is welcome to these events. Admission is free.

More information at the thereach.ca

Sunday April 12, 2:00 pm 
Kariton Art Gallery & Boutique
2387 Ware Street
Abbotsford, BC  V2S 3C6
Monday April 13, 7:00 pm
Langley Events Centre 
7888 200th Langley, BC
Board Room B. 5th floor

Art on Campus April 1-9, 2015

From Apr 1-9, Sculpture II students will be installing public artworks all across campus. They have worked all semester to design, propose and build these site-specific pieces for installation during the last week of term. All the works must include the use of Bamboo and represent a diverse range of ideas and material concerns in Sculpture-making. Look for the blue maps around campus for directions to artwork that is off the main pathways. There are 22 artworks in total and each is identified with the artist’s name. ‌‌‌‌‌Download Art On Campus Map

 Read More from The Cascade: Bamboo graffiti: Visual Arts Students Plant Public Artwork

Decolonize Me: Empowering Indigenous Women through Visual Arts ‌‌Panel Discussion ‌‌‌

April 11, 1-3 pm

There are currently over a 1,000 Indigenous Women and Girls murdered and/or missing across Canada. Without a national inquiry it is difficult to understand this "disturbing phenomenon" let alone identify what is causing and/or contributing to this devastating tragedy. This panel of presenters will explore the ways in which colonization has contributed to the levels of violence Indigenous women experience as well as explore ways in which Indigenous women are empowering ourselves by decolonizing and reclaiming our roles and identities.

Download Decolonize Me Poster

Panel Moderator: Dr. Wenona Victor, Indigenous Studies, UFV

Panel Presenters: 
Dr. Michelle LaFlamme - Indigenous Women in Performing Arts
Dr. Geoffrey Carr - Indigenous Women in Visual Arts
Theresa Warbus and Lauren Krenz - LENS of Empowerment - Video
Carrielynn Victor - Indigenous Women in Art

Decolonize Me, Talk and Tour April 4, 1-3 pm

The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford

Decolonize Me features six contemporary Aboriginal artists whose works challenge, interrogate and reveal Canada's long history of colonization in daring and innovative ways. Join curator Heather Igloliorte and artist Jordan Bennett for a discussion of their individual practices and a tour of the exhibition.

Admission is Free

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:‌

More information at the 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).

Connect on Facebook with Tel’itsel Kwe'lo- I Am From Here 

‌‌‌‌‌Click Lens of Empowerment Poster

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  

Click to Enlarge Silent Auction Poster

‌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
Follow us on Twitter at @PipeJournalUFV



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. 


Painting and drawing instructor, Shelley Stefan, had a productive 2013. She was involved in several exhibitions, community outreach events and more looking at diversity and interculturalism throughout the lower mainland. Stefan is keeping the momentum going in 2014 with, About Face, a group exhibition put on by the North Vancouver Community Arts Council that includes portraiture works. Two self portraits of Stefan's are exhibited from January 31, 2014 to March 01, 2014 at Cityscape Community Art Space, 335 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver.





Instructor Shelley Stefan takes on diversity once more! A two part dialogue happening Saturday, November 9th from 10am to 4pm and Saturday, November 16th from 12pm to 3pm, UFV Instructor Shelley Stefan will participate as an artist, along with fellow artist Diane Moran, creating works of art to be showcased during the second session that lead into a discussion on the theme of interculturalism.

Participants have a chance to create their own work of art in any medium. For more information, visit the Vancouver Observer blog post

Watch the video of the event here



UFV Visual Arts instructor Shelley Stefan will be exhibiting and performing at CBC Vancouver Studio on June 7, June 8, 2013. The event, entitled AFI:10 Roots of Change, focuses on the importance of Art for Social Change. Stefan will be doing a live painting performance entitled "Self-Empathy <--> World-Empathy" and exhibiting the video "B is for Butch" from New York City, 2010. For more information, visit artforimpact.com

Davida Kidd — Who Needs Art When You Have a View Like This
Abbotsford B121
February 1, 2013    4:00 pm
Davida Kidd’s latest body of work features an array of images that engage in biting double entendres.
It was inspired by a billboard Kidd read when driving across the Cambie Street Bridge that exclaimed “Who Needs Art When You Have a View Like This!” In keeping with Kidd’s practice of constructing sets and staging subjects, she creates large-scale photographic images that use digital collage to combine multiple objects, images, and views.
Davida Kidd’s practice addresses themes of the blurred line between illusion and reality. She cultivates the ambiguous moments at which subjects become invented by the viewer.
Born in Edmonton, Davida Kidd received her BFA and MVA in Print Media from the University of Alberta, where she specialized in Print Media, Photography, Digital Imaging and Installation. Kidd is currently an instructor in the UFV Visual Arts department. She was awarded the prestigious Grand Prix at the 2003 International Print Triennial in Poland and recently received a major project grant from the Canada Council of the Arts.

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