Vancouver IslandUniversity




Rande Cook

When a Tree Falls, Are We Listening?

Rande Cook makes artwork that is rooted in the land. It reflects the deep relationship he has to his home community in Alert Bay and to the traditional territories that his people have occupied for thousands of years. With the rapid disappearance of the last old growth stands of cedar, fir and spruce on the Pacific Coast, he has started to question the use of this valuable and increasingly rare material in his own art practice. In addition he has begun to raise his voice, to bring awareness to unsustainable logging practices that are still going on here on Vancouver Island and the Mainland BC Coast. Works produced in various media ask us to think about our own relationship to the land and to the commodity driven-culture that consumes it.



Works in painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, mixed media and installation make up an exhibition that has a lot to feast your eyes upon. Come and join us for this celebration of creative output from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.


End Marks

An exhibition of works from graduating students from the Visual Art Program at VIU.

E. J. Hughes Award, Lucas Murdoch

Visual Art Program Progressions Student Awards 2021

An exhibition of award winning works from the Visual Art Program Progressions 2021.

Alex Waite, My Sadness, watercolour

Progressions Student Exhibition 2021 

After a challenging year of remote learning our students in the Department of Visual Art have offered up some of their best work that expertly reflects their creativity. Works from across a spectrum of media reflect practices that have been shaped by  experiences of isolation, resourcefulness and resilience.

Khay Rahsidi Womack, ARTS 121


100-400 Level Classes

It is with great excitement that we share these two exhibitions of recent art works from students in the Visual Arts Program at VIU. Since March of last year the Gallery has been closed to the public, and all classes in the department have been delivered in a hybrid online format.