Art NOW is an innovative, core course in the Department of Art, required for both Art Studio and Art History & Museum Studies majors. This course is built upon an extensive Visiting Speakers in the Arts Program, one of the largest and longest running such programs in the country.
Art NOW centres on presentations by guest speakers including artists, art historians, critics, cultural theorists, curators and filmmakers. Up to three different speakers per week, representing a wide range of contemporary practices, discuss their art, ideas, working methods, and issues in the visual arts. Through the diverse spectrum of lectures, students gain a broad exposure to a range of work including painting, sculpture, photography, performance, drawing, installation, video, sound art, public art, social practice, and collaborative practices.
Selected Previous Speakers
Previous speakers have included winners and nominees for the Turner Prize, the Sobey Award, the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts, representatives of Canada to the Venice Biennale, as well as younger or emerging artists.
- AA Bronson – formerly of General Idea
- Rebecca Belmore – Canadian Representative to Venice Biennale
- Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller – Venice Biennale prize-winners*
- James Carl – Sculptor, University of Guelph
- Louise Dompierre – Curator, Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art
- Jean-Pierre Gauthier – Sobey Award winner (2004)
- David Hoffos – Sobey Award nominee (2002)
- Brian Jungen – Sobey Award winner (2002)
- Olga Korper – Toronto Art Dealer, Olga Korper Gallery
- Liz Magor – Governor General’s Award winner
- Marc Mayer – Director of the National Gallery of Canada
- Steven Pippin – Turner Prize Nominee (1999)
- Richard Rhodes – editor of Canadian Art Magazine
- A complete list of speakers is available here
- Masterlist of Art Now and Architecture & Design Now Speakers (with Archive DVD listing)
- Current Art Now speakers (September 2014 onward) - Notice Board
- Current Architecture & Design Now speakers (September 2014 onward) - Notice Board
- Online Art Now speaker postings (January 2007 to April 2014)
- Online Architecture & Design Now postings (January 2007 to April 2014)