Alberta University of the Arts

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Alberta University of the Arts
Former names
    • Alberta College of Art
    • Alberta College of Art and Design
PresidentDr. Daniel Doz[1]
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students1,323[2] as of fall 2012
1407 14 Avenue NW
Calgary, Alberta
T2N 4R3

51°03′43″N 114°05′29″W / 51.06205°N 114.09143°W / 51.06205; -114.09143 (Alberta University of the Arts)Coordinates: 51°03′43″N 114°05′29″W / 51.06205°N 114.09143°W / 51.06205; -114.09143 (Alberta University of the Arts)
ColoursRed   White  
AffiliationsAICAD, ACCC, CCAA, Alberta Colleges Athletics Conference, Alberta Association of Colleges & Technical Institutes, CBIE, NASAD
Alberta University of the Arts is located in Calgary
Alberta University of the Arts
Location in Calgary

The Alberta University of the Arts (AUArts) is a public university of art and design located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.[3] The university's beginnings date back to the founding of the Provincial Institute of Technology and Art (PITA) in 1916. Beginning with evening and Saturday classes, day classes were offered starting in 1926 with Lars Haukaness appointed as the first Head of the Art Department.[4] In 1960, PITA was renamed the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) and the Art Department was renamed the Alberta College of Art (ACA).

In 1973, after eight years of planning and construction, the Alberta College of Art moved into a brand new purpose-built building designed by architectural firm Cohos, Delesalle and Evamy, on the edge of Calgary's North Hill, next to the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.[5][6]

The Alberta College of Art gained autonomy from SAIT in 1985, and in 1995 amended its name to become the Alberta College of Art and Design.[7]

On February 1, 2019, ACAD officially became the Alberta University of the Arts.[8]


As a college, the institution had the authority to grant certificates and diplomas. In 1995 the Alberta Government authorized granting the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts[7] and in 2000 gave authority to grant the Bachelor of Design degree.[7] The Master of Fine Arts in Craft Media was launched in 2015 with the inaugural class receiving their degrees in May 2017.

In March 2018, ACAD was named a university by the Minister of Advanced Education.[9] It is the only institution in the province to offer and confer university-level undergraduate and now, graduate degree programs in art, craft, and design.[9] On January 17, 2019, the Government of Alberta announced that ACAD was to become the Alberta University of the Arts (abbreviated as AUArts). The transition began on the same day while the name and university status became effective formally on February 1, 2019.[10]

AUArts' degree programs are housed within four administrative schools:

  • The School of Craft + Emerging Media (ceramics, fibre, glass, jewellery + metals, and media arts)
  • The School of Visual Arts (drawing, painting, print media, photography, and sculpture)
  • The School of Communication Design
  • The School of Critical + Creative Studies (non-studio academic courses)[11]

Library and galleries[edit]

AUArts' Luke Lindoe Library is named after alumnus, instructor, and founder of the Ceramics Department Luke Lindoe, and maintains a collection of over 25,000 art and design-related titles.[12] The university is also home to two professional galleries, the Illingworth Kerr Gallery (IKG) and the Marion Nicoll Gallery (MNG), and nine student-run gallery and pop-up spaces.[13]

The Alberta University of the Arts gallery was renamed after artist and teacher Illingworth Kerr when AUArts moved into its new home (current location) in 1973, expanding into a 9,500 square-foot facility.[14]

The MNG, named after artist and teacher Marion Nicoll, is based on a not-for-profit model and run by the AUArts Students' Association.[15] MNG manages three locations (in AUArts' Main Mall, the ACAD/Jubilee LRT station hallway, and in downtown Calgary's Arts Commons +15 walkway), and focuses on exhibiting student work.[13] AUArtSA also manages nine student exhibition spaces on campus.[16]

Lodgepole Center[edit]

Given its name by AUArts' Elder Council to reflect the supportive nature of the lodgepole, traditionally placed at the centre of the tipi to carry the weight of the covering, AUArts' indigenous resource centre, the Lodgepole Center, officially opened on campus in September 2016.[17] An all-inclusive space, the Lodgepole Center facilitates Elder advising and support, traditional ceremonies, and workshops, and is a quiet study, smudge, and gathering space.[17]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable professors[edit]



  • Henry Glyde, Lecturer Emeritus, 1987
  • Illingworth Kerr, Lecturer Emeritus, 1987
  • Dr. Stanford Perrott, Lecturer Emeritus, 1987
  • Walt Drohan, Lecturer Emeritus, 1991
  • George Mihalcheon, Lecturer Emeritus, 1991
  • Keith Thomson, Lecturer Emeritus, 1991
  • George Wood, Lecturer Emeritus, 1991
  • Royston Evans, Lecturer Emeritus, 1995
  • Dr. Verna Reid, Lecturer Emeritus, 1995
  • Kenneth Samuelson, Lecturer Emeritus, 1997
  • Gilbert Flodberg, Lecturer Emeritus, 1998
  • Albert Borch, Lecturer Emeritus, 1999
  • Katie Ohe, Lecturer Emeritus, 2001
  • Richard Halliday, Lecturer Emeritus, 2003
  • Pauline Butling, Lecturer Emeritus, 2004
  • Alexandra Haeseker, Lecturer Emeritus, 2004
  • Ronald Ponech, Lecturer Emeritus, 2006
  • Norman Faulkner, Lecturer Emeritus, 2008
  • Bill Macdonnell, Lecturer Emeritus, 2008
  • Katharine Dickerson, Lecturer Emeritus, 2010
  • Wendy Toogood, Lecturer Emeritus, 2010
  • Elaine Prodor, Lecturer Emeritus, 2011
  • Dan Gordon, Lecturer Emeritus, 2013
  • Jane Kidd, Lecturer Emeritus, 2013
  • Walter May, Lecturer Emeritus, 2013
  • Judith Anne Sterner, Lecturer Emeritus, 2013
  • Dennis Budgen, Professor Emeritus, 2014
  • Jim Ulrich, Professor Emeritus, 2014
  • Sarabeth Carnat, Professor Emeritus, 2014
  • Veran Gartley, Professor Emeritus, 2014
  • Alan Dunning, Professor Emeritus, 2014
  • Eugene Ouchi, Professor Emeritus, 2014
  • Larry Riedl, Professor Emeritus, 2014
  • Rik Zak, Professor Emeritus, 2014
  • Gary Olson, Professor Emeritus, 2015
  • Greg Payce, Professor Emeritus, 2015
  • Ken Webb, Professor Emeritus, 2015
  • Tim Zuck, Professor Emeritus, 2015
  • Blake Senini, Professor Emeritus, 2016
  • Gord Ferguson, Professor Emeritus, 2017
  • David Casey, Professor Emeritus, 2017
  • Katrina Chaytor, Professor Emeritus, 2017
  • Donald Kottmann, Professor Emeritus, 2018
  • Mireille Perron, Professor Emeritus, 2018
  • Dr. John Calvelli, Professor Emeritus, 2019
  • Dr. Jennifer Salahub, Professor Emeritus, 2019
  • Charles Lewton -Brain, Professor Emeritus, 2019
  • Jeff Lennard, Professor Emeritus, 2020
  • Bill Morton, Professor Emeritus, 2020
  • Laura Vickerson, Professor Emeritus, 2020

See also[edit]


  1. ^ President, Dr. Daniel Doz Archived 2013-07-08 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "ACAD Annual Report 2011-2012" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-02-16.
  3. ^ "ACAD University Status". Retrieved 2018-03-11.
  4. ^ Greenfield, Val (1985). "Introduction" in A Measure of Success: Graduates of the Alberta College of Art 1963-1984. Calgary: Art College of Art Gallery. p. 6.
  5. ^ Laviolette, Mary-Beth (2006). An Alberta Art Chronicle: adventures in recent and contemporary art. Canmore: Altitude Publishing. pp. 275. ISBN 9781551539409.
  6. ^ Laviolette, Mary-Beth (2001). 75 Years of Art: Alberta College of Art + Design 1926-2001. Calgary: Alberta College of Art + Design. p. 32. ISBN 1895086094.
  7. ^ a b c ACAD History Archived 2015-06-13 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "After 92 years, Alberta College of Arts and Design gets new name". January 17, 2019. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  9. ^ a b "The Alberta College of Art + Design is Now a University - Alberta University of the Arts". Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  10. ^ Government of Alberta (2019-01-17). "Announcing Alberta's newest university". Archived from the original on 2019-01-21. Retrieved 2019-01-23.
  11. ^ "ACAD's Four Schools".
  12. ^ Laviolette, Mary-Beth (2006). Alberta Art Chronicle: adventures in recent and contemporary art. Canmore: Altitude Publishing. pp. 55. ISBN 9781551539409.
  13. ^ a b "Galleries on campus | Alberta College of Art and Design". Retrieved 2017-11-06.
  14. ^ Laviolette, Mary-Beth (2006). Alberta Art Chronicle: adventures in recent and contemporary art. Canmore: Altitude Publishing. pp. 275. ISBN 9781551539409.
  15. ^ "Marion Nicoll Gallery".
  16. ^ "Student-Run Galleries".
  17. ^ a b "Lodgepole Center". Archived from the original on 2017-11-08.
  18. ^ "ACAD Faculty". Alberta College of Art and Design. Archived from the original on March 11, 2018. Retrieved March 10, 2018.

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