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.

 Zibi Proposal 1, Oil and acrylic on canvas, 12" x 16", 2017

Zibi Proposal 1, Oil and acrylic on canvas, 12" x 16", 2017

DAVID KAARSEMAKER (MFA '14), Solo Exhibition, PORTAGE at Galerie Montcalm, Gatineau

Galerie Montcalm, 25 Laurier St., Gatineau (Inside the Maison du Citoyen - across from the Museum of History)
October 11 - November 26
Vernissage: October 11, 7-9 pm


HANDMADE ASSEMBLY, with DEBORAH MARGO, Professor of Painting & Sculpture

A Handmade Assembly is a community event that brings together artists, curators, and others from the region and beyond to lead discussions, facilitate workshops, initiate projects, open exhibitions and share in a common thread, the handmade. A Handmade Assembly is organized collaboratively by the Owens Art Gallery and Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre with the support of the Fine Arts Department at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick.

Now in its seventh year, the Assembly is a response to the significant number of artists who have in recent years been using materials and processes that are laborious, often intimate, and usually associated with traditional craft methods. In the process, Sackville has become a centre for the appreciation of the handmade in contemporary culture and a venue for artists to discuss their practices and make new and necessary networks.

The Assembly interprets the ‘handmade’ in the widest terms, embracing interdisciplinarity and wide-ranging critical inquiry. Artists as diverse as David Hoffos, Karen Reimer, Jerry Ropson, Séripop, Ray Fenwick, Sandy Plotnikoff, Janet Morton, Yoko Homareda, Daniel Barrow, Graeme Patterson and others have participated. Curators, academics and writers including Mireille Eagan, John Murchie, Sarah Quinton, Jayne Wark, Janine Rogers and Danielle Hogan have also participated, offering their reflections on the handmade in contemporary practice at a wrap-up session on the last night of the proceedings. Another important component of the Assemblyis the Heart & Pocket Revue, a crafters market supported by artists and crafters from Sackville and around the region.

Deborah Margo: Born in Montreal, Deborah Margo lives in Ottawa. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University (Montreal) and a Master of Fine Arts from Temple University/Tyler School of Art (Philadelphia). She has also studied at the Haystack School of Crafts (Deer Isle, Maine) and Banff Centre (Banff, Alberta). She is a faculty member in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa where she teaches painting and sculpture. During the spring and summer months she works as a gardener. Margo's work combines different disciplines including sculpture, textiles, and ephemeral installations, questioning architectural, historical and environmental contexts of public and private spaces. Her working process is both conceptual and intuitive, based on research yet open to so-called accidents. Time, change, and touch are key preoccupations. Since 1984, Margo has exhibited in Canada, Mexico, and the United States, participating in solo and group projects. Current preoccupations include an outdoor sculpture and sound installation made with multi-media artist Annette Hegel. Following the flight paths of bumble bees, Apidictor Symphony is located in Fieldwork's meadow, in Maberly, Ontario. In addition, she is currently working on an new body of work entitled Making Colour. Its first iteration will be exhibited at the opening of the Ottawa Art Gallery's new building in December 2017.


TOMBÉES DANS LES INTERSTICES, Publication, Co-Authored by PENNY COUSINEAU-LEVINE, Professor of Theory

Tombées dans les interstices : Un regard actuel sur l’apport de quelques femmes artistes à l’Acadie contemporaine
Et table ronde avec la commissaire Elise Anne LaPlante et les auteures invitées Penny Cousineau-Levine et Nelly Dennene. 
Le vendredi 29 septembre à 17h, à la Galerie d'art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen
Cette publication a été rendue possible grâce au soutien financier du Conseil des arts du Nouveau-Brunswick, de la Galerie d’art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen et de l’Institut d’études acadiennes de l’Université de Moncton. 

Tombées dans les interstices : A contemporary look at the contribution of a few women artists to modern-day Acadie.
And a public discussion with the curator Elise Anne LaPlante and the authors Penny Cousineau-Levine and Nelly Dennene. 
Friday September 29th @ 5PM,
Galerie d'art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen
This publication was supported by the New Brunswick Arts Board, the Galerie d’art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen and the Institut d’études acadienne of the Université de Moncton.


A CRIMP IN THE FABRIC: Situating Painting Today, two-day Symposium on Painting taking place Vancouver, featuring JINNY YU, Professor of Painting

Painting has been an object of pleasure, debate and commerce for centuries. Recently it has been the subject of much critical writing, several major publications, provocative exhibitions, and international symposia. While painting in Vancouver has always been aware and informed, and a part of current debates nationally and globally, the symposium organizers feel that there is a real need now, from the position of Vancouver, for a platform and venue to reflect upon and contribute to the knowledge and wisdom of current international painting practices.

The symposium is an opportunity for artists, writers, curators, students, educators and thinkers to come together, and question the relevance and importance of painting today. It will be an opportunity to listen to and discuss issues arising from various and diverse artistic positions represented by panelists, in the context of the many concurrent painting exhibitions occurring throughout Vancouver.

Beginning with an evening lecture by the internationally prominent keynote speaker, Isabelle Graw, who will situate a particular set of questions regarding contemporary painting, on the following day there will be four panel discussions, each one dealing with a different question in painting and its praxis with opportunities for the audience to engage in question periods.

This symposium is a timely opportunity to stage a public and academically driven discussion on painting today. In addition to the exhibition Entangled: Two Views on Contemporary Canadian Painting at the Vancouver Art Gallery opening at the time of the symposium, a citywide set of exhibitions about painting will also take place in public and commercial galleries in the autumn of 2017.

In the Studio: Painting as Thinking; Painting as Conversation
Jessica Groome
Sandra Meigs
Jinny Yu
Alison Shields

In this conversation, painters think out loud about their creative processes and the relationship between thinking and making through studio work. By discussing the process of making in the studio the presenters will reflect on what the now commonly used phrase “thinking through making” means for them. In talking about the process of painting, the artists reflect on their approaches to materials, shifts in practice over time and painting as a means of engaging with personal, social and political ideas. Moderated by artist and educator Alison Shields, this discussion arises from her doctoral research, in which Shields traveled cross-Canada interviewing over 125 painters in their studios.

JINNY YU's ’s practice is an inquiry into the medium of painting as a means of trying to understand the world around us. Her work presented during the 56th Venice Biennale addresses important themes about migration, which resonate with larger political concerns globally. She will discuss how, in her studio practice, she challenges the materials and formats of painting. Yu works simultaneously to scrutinize conventions and to explore new possibilities within the medium, oscillating between the fields of the abstract painting and the object. Yu brings a different regional and international perspective on painting from the other panelists who all have strong ties to West Coast painting discourse. Born in Seoul, South Korea, Yu studied at Concordia University (BFA) and York University (MFA/MBA) and is an Associate Professor of Painting at the University of Ottawa.  Her work has been shown widely, including exhibitions in Canada, Germany, Japan, Italy, Portugal, South Korea, UK and USA.