Since 1985, The Gallery has served communities in the Fraser Valley by featuring a stimulating variety of exhibitions by regional, national and international artists. Over the years, UFV and the Visual Arts Department have remained committed to exhibition practices founded on principles of intellectual and artistic freedom, cultural sensitivity, social diversity, and collaborative relations with Indigenous peoples.
In October 2014, The Gallery was renamed S'eliyemetaxwtexw Art Gallery (pronounced S-uh-lee-uh-mut-out-ook). This new name not only acknowledges that the Gallery sits on the unceded territory of the Stó:lō Nation but also confirms the Department of Visual Arts’ ongoing commitment to building and maintaining lasting relationships with our Indigenous neighbours (see more on renaming below).
Guided by a 2010 pledge to protect artistic freedom--Canadian Association of University Teachers Policy on Academic Freedom and Artistic Expression--The Gallery routinely exhibits work that addresses social issues and contemporary critical concerns. Preference is given to innovative and challenging exhibitions related to program and pedagogical activities of the Visual Arts Department. A valuable learning resource, The Gallery supports and encourages student exhibitions, teaching the complexities of showing art and visual culture.
All exhibitions in The Gallery and in Visual Arts dedicated locations must be approved by The Gallery Advisory Committee. See below are a series of documents that will assist with applying for exhibitions and events in The Gallery.
More about the Gallery name:
The Stó:lō people living between Hope and Fort Langley speak Upriver Halq'eméylem, a Salishan dialect closely related to Downriver and Island Halq'eméylem. At present, the Stó:lō and other partners are working diligently to preserve Halq'eméylem for future generations. Laura Wee Lay Laq and her fluent speaking elder, Siyamiyateliyot, developed the new gallery name from Upper Halq words meaning “a place that holds dreams or visions.” Visitors to the S'eliyemetaxwtexw Art Gallery can learn to say the Gallery’s new name by listening to the voice of elder Siyamityateliyot, who has provided a pronunciation that can be heard at the Gallery’s entrance.
Lens of Empowerment
Tel i’tsel Kwe’lo I Am From Here
Mar 27 – April 9
Opening Reception: Friday, March 27 at 3 pm
Community-based screening, documentary video shorts, Gathering Place, Chilliwack campus, April 2, 2015 at 2 pm.
A collective exhibition by student artists in the Lens of Empowerment Project and Community Arts Practice with Visual Arts Instructor Stephanie Gould, Tel i’tsel Kwe’lo (I Am From Here) explores identity, land, place and citizenship through women’s stories, lived experiences, intergenerational and intercultural points of view. Through a situated lens, diverse voices and representations all their own, these student artists confront hidden histories, suppressed voices, and representations of Indigenous people in film, art and media.
Featuring video shorts by Joanne Combes, Mario De Santis, Sarah Gabor-Martinez, Jessica Janik, Lauren Krenz, Kelly Oberholzer, Ramona Valenzuela, Theresa Warbus, as well as work by Visual Art students Rishma Johal, Carling Jackson, Samantha Merritt, Amber Oliver and Felix Zhang (Graphic Design).
Lens of Empowerment: women’s citizenship and identity in Stó:lō territory is a pivotal project of the Visual Arts Department, Indigenous Affairs and Indigenous Studies at UFV.
Student work in this exhibition, and community-based screenings, was produced during courses in video production (VA 160 and VA 161) as well as a community arts practice (VA 390) taught by Stephanie Gould (Visual Arts Department). During the fall and winter terms, these students also studied Indigenous Arts: Stories and Protocols (IPK 277) or Stó:lō History (HIST 103) with Dr. Wenona Victor (Indigenous Studies), Introduction to Storytelling (THEA 250) with Dr. Michelle LaFlamme (English Department) or Indigenous Art of the Northwest Coast (AH 204) with Dr. Geoffrey Carr (Visual Arts Department).
S’ELIYEMETAXWTEXW ART GALLERY
University of the Fraser Valley | 33844 King Road, Abbotsford Campus, B 136
Gallery Hrs: Mon – Fri, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM