Art Now

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
Who is this course for?
This course is one-semester, 3 credit-hours per week and may be taken twice for credit as Art 3261 and Art 3262. It is a required course for Art majors, and is very popular with students in all disciplines. It requires no pre-requisites and is an ideal entry into both contemporary art study and university-level studies.
How to Register
Art NOW is offered every Fall and Spring semester as both an on-campus and online course. To determine which course section is right for you please see Guide to Course Sections.
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