University of Lethbridge
Small and mighty are accurate descriptors for the University of Lethbridge (U of L) department of art. The department has constructed
itself into a strong entity for the arts community both provincially and
Accommodating the needs of students is of noticeable
importance to the department, students can choose from a selection of
eight different undergraduate degrees, including combined and post-diploma
degrees in the visual arts. The department's three disciplines of
concentration are painting, sculpture and photo arts.
Though specialization choices may seem limited,
students can take various electives or major in a multidisciplinary
practice so that they can immerse themselves in other areas including
installation art, video, printmaking, performance art and drawing.
Highly trained faculty and well-resourced facilities
assist student engagement in preparation for a challenging professional
artist practice. Three public galleries exist within the U of L: the Main
Gallery (that exhibits pieces from the permanent collection), the Helen
Christou and Trianon Galleries.
With more than 13,000 holdings in its collection, the
university has one of the largest university art collections in Canada. To
those unfamiliar with the U of L, it may come as a great surprise that it
holds pieces by such celebrated artists as Warhol, Lichenstein, Matisse
and Picassothe acquisitions are one of the school's most impressive
A substantial selection of Inuit Art and pieces by
renowned Canadian artists such as Emily Carr, A. Y. Jackson, and Janet
Cardiff are also in the collection. Pivotal movements and artists are
represented through prints, paintings, sculptures and installations,
estimated at $34 million.
Student experiences at the department of art are
enriched by other means as well. In order to maintain interface and create
discussions with different audiences, the department and its students organize
frequent performances and exhibitions. In addition, the Gushul Studio and
Cottage for Visual and Literary Artists, an historic building administered
by the University, opened its doors in 1988 as a location for short-term
residencies in an intimate space.
Geoffrey Spalding, curator of the University of
Lethbridge, discusses the school's collection and art galleries on student
learning. Listen Now
With its earned reputation, the department of art
continues to draw outstanding professors, students, visiting artists and