Art Now Online

Art NOW Online is an innovative, distance learning course that centres on presentations by guest speakers including artists, art historians, critics, cultural theorists, curators and filmmakers. 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. Up to three 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 include winners and nominees for the Turner Prize, Sobey Award, Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts, representatives of Canada to the Venice Biennale and younger or emerging artists.
  • Wayne Baerwaldt – Director/Curator Illingworth Kerr Gallery
  • Rebecca Belmore – Canadian Representative to Venice Biennale
  • Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller – Venice Biennale prize-winners
  • Hannah Collins – Turner Prize Nominee (1993)
  • Jean-Pierre Gauthier – Sobey Award winner (2004)
  • David Hoffos – Sobey Award nominee (2002)
  • Brian Jungen – Sobey Award winner (2002)
  • Liz Magor – Governor General’s Award winner
  • Marc Mayer – Director of the National Gallery of Canada
  • John O’Brian – Brenda & David McLean Chair in Canadian Studies, UBC
  • Steven Pippin – Turner Prize Nominee (1999)
  • Richard Rhodes – editor of Canadian Art Magazine
  • A complete list of speakers is available here.
Course Requirements
Lectures, which are delivered to an on-campus audience, are recorded for registered students to view online, according to their own personal schedules. Students ‘attend’ lectures by watching the recorded presentations available online within a few days of the speaker’s on-campus presentation; there are also related readings including viewing artists’ websites, gallery websites, and articles from journals that can be accessed online; the course usually requires students to submit 2 short essays and to participate in 3 online class discussions, but this may vary, so be sure to follow this year’s syllabus, once it is posted. The course is pass/fail, and requires a 60% to pass. A sample syllabus from a previous year 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 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.
Art NOW Online is flexible; it is ideal for:
  • art students interested in the most up-to-date developments and conversations in the visual arts and who may be able to transfer this course to their current institution (check with current institution)
  • students in any discipline who want to expand their knowledge base and may be able to transfer this course to their current institution (check with current institution)
  • anyone interested in the contemporary visual arts: museum lovers, cultural workers, retirees
  • anyone who wants access to university-level discussion and learning, but who needs a flexible schedule
  • working artists interested in hearing about their colleagues from across the country
  • those considering returning to school but living outside the local area
Art 3261 Section AOL Art NOW Online (Open Studies Students)
Art 3262 Section AOL Art NOW Online (Open Studies Students)
Open Studies Student: A student who is not formally admitted to a program at the University but who is permitted to take one or more courses in a given semester. Courses taken as an Open Studies Student may count in a University program if a student later applies and is admitted to a program at the University (see University Calendar Glossary).
NOTE: Art NOW Online is available to University of Lethbridge students studying at the Calgary and Edmonton Campuses, and to Open Studies Students (non-University of Lethbridge students) only. University of Lethbridge students studying at the Lethbridge Campus must register in the appropriate on-campus course section via the Bridge.
How to Register
Art NOW is offered every Fall and Spring semester as an on-campus and online course. To determine which course section is right for you please see Guide to Course Sections. To register in ART 3261 Section AOL Art NOW Online or ART 3262 Section AOL Art NOW Online, see Registration Instructions for Art NOW Online.