Catherine Richards, professor, performance of Shroud/Chrysallis, OAG, Ottawa, On

Performance: Shroud/Chrysalis I
Saturday, May 26, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Saturday, July 7, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

This free participatory performance is available every Saturday from May 26 to July 14, from 1 PM to 4 PM.

Location: Stonecroft Project Space.

Shroud/Chrysalis I explores our immersion in electromagnetic fields, the stuff of new technologies and ourselves. To participate, you are invited to be wrapped in copper taffeta, an electro-magnetic fabric that will shield and disengage you from cell phones, radio, television and other signals. For most of us it is the first time we have been truly disconnected. 

Catherine Richards’ visual and media work points to the after-effects of technology. She has received several awards, including the Canada Council for the Arts’ Media Arts Prize. She is featured in key publications such as Art & Science Now, and discussed by significant theorists including Dyson, Hayes, and Tuer. Richards has exhibited nationally and internationally, including at ZKM Germany and the Biennale of Sydney.

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Cara Tierney, MFA '12, Fin Xuan BFA '20, performance work at the OAG re-opening, Ottawa 

APRIL 27 & 28
50 Mackenzie King Bridge, Ottawa

For the OAG's opening weekend, artist, educator and activist Cara Tierney performed in collaboration with Fin Xuan, artist, activist and BFA student, a work on gender interrogation implicit in symbols and systems within institutions. Tierney was instrumental in the OAG's new policy on gender-neutral facilities, while Xuan petitioned and was successful in making these changes to the University of Ottawa Visual Arts Department.

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Jennifer Anne Norman, MFA '11, Solo Exhibition, forest for the trees, Karsh-Masson Gallery, Ottawa

April 26 to July 4, 2018
Vernissage: Thursday, April 26, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Artist talk: Sunday, May 6, 2:00 pm

Catalogue excerpt

Jennifer Anne Norman’s graphite and mixed-media drawings depict the assemblages she creates by repurposing post-consumer waste to repair and redress fragile tree branches. Norman carefully wraps the knotted limbs of broken branches with pieces of local debris, a tender gesture that invites us to consider our responsibility towards the natural world.

-Isabelle Lynch


Jinny Yu, Professor of painting, exhibition that the problem is not a problem for me is part of the problem, Art Mûr, Berlin

Gillian King,  Ghosts of the Schrebergärten , 2017, Cold Wax Medium, Oil, Raw Pigments, Various Plant Materials (including Acorns, Sumac Berries, Oak Leaves, Onion Skins, Tansy Flower, Madder Root, and Wildflowers) on Canvas, 8x4ft

Gillian King, Ghosts of the Schrebergärten, 2017, Cold Wax Medium, Oil, Raw Pigments, Various Plant Materials (including Acorns, Sumac Berries, Oak Leaves, Onion Skins, Tansy Flower, Madder Root, and Wildflowers) on Canvas, 8x4ft

Gillian King, MFA '16, solo exhibition, Ghosts at PDA Projects, April 13th

Opening Vernissage: Friday, April 13th 2018, 7:00pm – 11:00pm
Exhibition Dates: April 13 – April 28th, 2018
Venue Address: 5 Fairmont Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 1X4 Host Venue: General Assembly

Ghosts are traces of the past seen in present forms. They exist between decay and renewal.

The forthcoming exhibition, ‘Ghosts’, is a new series of paintings made with extracted pigments from decaying plants and flowers. King continues to work with materials like beeswax and earth sediments, and has now incorporated plant pigments that are extracted through steam dyeing methods. ‘Ghosts’ is an invitation to consider the topography of painted surfaces and our relationship to landscapes today.

These traces of pigmentation are not the only ghosts in Gillian King’s work. The paintings are evidence of her body moving through time. Beginning outdoors, she gathers raw materials; earth sediments, plants, and flowers. In the studio, she uses her hands to work with the materials in order to gain an intimate understanding of them and her function within local ecosystems.

Meaning becoming-with, sympoiesis is a central idea in ‘Ghosts’. Donna Haraway elaborates on the concept of sympoiesis in Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene. Sympoiesis challenges the human-centric framing of the Anthropocene; a new destructive environmental period thought to be caused by human impact on the natural environment. Haraway’s alternative interpretation is the Chthulucene. Derived from the greek word chthon, meaning “earth”, Chthulucene considers all things that dwell in or under the earth. The focus is on how everything is codependent- Bacteria, plants, flowers, beeswax, King and her canvases are connected. Like Haraway, King is interested in deviating from the idea that our relationships to the environment is without hope. Rather, Gillian King’s gestures are traces that consider sympoiesis, or how to make-with nature’s ecosystems.

Sam Loewen in his workspace

Sam Loewen in his workspace


The University of Ottawa Visual Arts Department has spaces dedicated for MFA use. The renovated private studios inside the 205 wing are where Graduate students settle in during their first year in the program. Each studio is private with a shared ceiling for full ventilation of the entire space. The wing, only accessible by security code, includes a communal sink, mini-fridge and lounge. In Second Year students move into other, more private, areas of the building as they begin to make their thesis works.

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with Sara Rooney, Studio Professor.
Galerie R3, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
3351, boul. des Forges, Trois-Rivières (QC) G9A 5H7
8 – 27 mars 2018
Vernissage : mardi 13 mars, 17h
Conférence : mardi le 13 mars, 15h30
Heures d'ouvertures : du lundi au vendredi, de 10h à 17h

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Emma Carney,  Thirsty Business , Oil on Canvas, 60x72", 2018

Emma Carney, Thirsty Business, Oil on Canvas, 60x72", 2018

Emma Carney, First Year MFA Candidate, and Heidi Conrod, MFA '16, Group Exhibition, FOUNTAIN OF DESIRE, Sussex Contemporary

Opening Friday March 2nd
The Sussex Contemporary
531 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario


PENNY cousineau-Levine, Professor of Theory, publishes essay on Kent Monkman and the Masquerade in AMERICANA E-JOURNAL OF AMERICAN STUDIES IN HUNGARY

Penny Cousineau-Levine is an art writer and theoretician with a particular interest in photography and performance art. Her 2003 book Faking Death: Canadian Art Photography and the Canadian Imagination was the first in-depth examination of Canadian photography and identity, and was short-listed for the Raymond Klibansky Prize for Best English Language Book in the Humanities. Her writing has also appeared in AfterimageArts CanadaParachute and other art journals, and in numerous exhibition catalogues. She is currently working on a book on the strategy of masquerade in contemporary art. She has taught at Montreal’s Concordia University and is currently the Graduate Program Director in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa.

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Julia Davis,  Undercurrent , 2017, Still image, 4K Video, stereo sound, 11:00 minutes endless loop

Julia Davis, Undercurrent, 2017, Still image, 4K Video, stereo sound, 11:00 minutes endless loop

CELINA JEFFERY, professor, curator of these waters have stories to tell, GLYNN VIVIAN ART GALLERY, SWANSEA, UK, 19 JAN – 11 MAR 2018

These Waters Have Stories To Tell, is a multi-faceted mediation of how art experiences nature, and specifically, how it embodies oceanic waters. The works in the exhibitions are often subtle, meditative and contemplative – they convey waters that open up, to be read and discovered like stories.

Artists Shiraz Bayjoo, Julia Davis and Sylvia Safdie present cartographies that are situated and relational – on the shorelines of Tasmania, Cyprus, Mauritius and Swansea amongst them – waters that have at times been polluted, gendered, and colonized. Yet, they are equally interested in traversing their mappings to invite the viewer to bear witness to how oceans, their micro-organisms, climates, and animals are affected by our actions. These are waters that continually alter their routes.

Artists Jaanika Peerna, Alexander Duncan and artist-science collaborators Christian Sardet and The Macronauts, ask us to look again – to be attentive of the material aqueous world in which we live. They focus upon oceanic bodies and beings as both phenomenon and habitats, and encourage us to witness the two interacting and generating force. They invite us to explore how oceanic waters can be embodied in individuals and species throughout time – how water transits and transmits its own stories.

Oceanic waters entangle us through time and place; ‘we’ exist in relation to these waters. These waters are alive and in trouble. Our watery world is a shared one, and these artworks ask us to be responsive to this mutual and intimate relationship. 


JINNY YU, PROFESSOR, Not even silence gets us out of the circle, exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art Artspace Purl, Daegu, South Korea, January 16 - 26, 2018

Pierre Richardson,  Planck Lengths Personified by the Unruly Order (Tap Dancing on Utopia) , 2017

Pierre Richardson, Planck Lengths Personified by the Unruly Order (Tap Dancing on Utopia), 2017

MFA open house highlights

Thank you to everyone who came out to our 2017 MFA Open House! For those who couldn't attend, here are some of the highlights. 

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Department of Visual Arts, University of Ottawa
Tuesday, December 19,  6 to 8 p.m.
600 Cumberland St. (Corner of Laurier East)

Join us to learn about our MFA program, meet our professors and MFA students, and view graduate student work.  

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Département d’arts visuels, Université d'Ottawa
Mardi 19 décembre de 18h à 20h
600, rue Cumberland (coin Laurier Est)

Joignez-vous à nous pour en apprendre davantage sur notre programme de MAV, et rencontrer nos professeurs et nos étudiants de Maîtrise. Vous aurez également l’occasion de voir le travail de nos étudiants.

Lindsey Wilson

Lindsey Wilson

Lindsey Wilson

Lindsey Wilson

LINDSEY WILSON, MFA '17, in Working Space, Group Exhibition in Gallery 115

[working space] is an exhibition developed as part of a Curating for Contemporary Art course at uOttawa.

The featured art is produced by Jessica Hoflick, Tiffany April, Sharon VanStarkenburg, Lindsey Wilson and Cara Tierney.

Tierney will hold a performance-discussion on December 4th at 6PM and a panel will be directed by Adam Barbu and Sam Loewen on December 5th, 12:30-1:30PM.

[working space] focuses on how the process of curating exposes the connections between theory and practice, art history and visual art, with special attention to the ways in which the identity and perceptions of the artist, art historian, and viewer/participant intersect, coalesce, and sometimes diverge within the gallery space.

This exhibition is curated by Brianna Baele, Laura Baril, Veronica Keith, Lauren Lussier, Alexander Muise, Christa Nemnom, Palwasha Qazi and Ginny Stovel.


SHARON VANSTARKENBURG, 2nd Year MFA Candidate, in Working Space, Group Exhibition Gallery 115

2nd Year MFA Candidate Sharon VanStarkenburg's interactive sculptural installation shown in the BFA-curated exhibition Working Space currently on in Gallery 115. 

Colin Muir Dorward,  T   alking About What To Do Tonight   ,  2013, watercolour on paper, 76 x 55 cm, 2017

Colin Muir Dorward, Talking About What To Do Tonight, 2013, watercolour on paper, 76 x 55 cm, 2017

LONGEVITY: 2017 Additions to the City of Ottawa Art Collection, City Hall

November 16, 2017 to January 7, 2018
Vernissage: Thursday, November 16, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Congratulations to Colin Muir Dorward (MFA '13), Natasha Doyon (MFA '13), Andrew Morrow (MFA '09), Guillermo Trejo (MFA '12), Gillian King (MFA '16), Sarah Fuller (MFA '17), Zoltan Veevaete (MFA '18), Laura Taler (MFA '11), David Kaarsemaker (MFA '14), Kelsey McGruer (BFA '16), Jinny Yu (Professor) and Justin Wonnacott (Professor) for being included in 2017's acquisitions to the City of Ottawa's Art Collection. 

Photo by Justin Wonnacott of Annie Thibault working in the biology lab at Carleton University

Photo by Justin Wonnacott of Annie Thibault working in the biology lab at Carleton University

ANNIE THIBAULT (MFA '16) Artist Talk, Carleton University Art Gallery

La chambre des cultures: Annie Thibault, Emily Falvey and Myron Smith in conversation
Tuesday, 21 November, 7:00 p.m.

Where and how do art and biology intersect? Join us for a cross-disciplinary conversation featuring Gatineau-based artist Annie Thibault, Montreal-based art historian Emily Falvey and Carleton biology professor Myron Smith, moderated by Heather Anderson. 

Using the laboratory as a site for artistic research and experimentation this past year, Annie Thibault was artist in residence in a pilot project co-hosted by CUAG and the Department of Biology at Carleton University.

This event is organized in conjunction with Annie Thibault's current exhibition, La chambre des cultures, foraging in time and space.

ADMISSION is free and everyone is welcome! CUAG is an accessible space, with barrier-free washrooms and elevator.