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Geoffrey  Carr

Geoffrey  Carr, PhD

Associate Professor, Art History

Visual Arts

Abbotsford campus, C1402e

Phone: 604-504-7441, Ext. 4384, Voice Mail 4384

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AH 100 History of Art and Culture in a Global Context

AH 204 Indigenous Art of the Northwest Coast

AH 270 Architecture and Nature 

AH 314 Arts in Context: Modernism 

AH 315 Arts in Context: Contemporary 

AH 401 Senior Seminar I 

FILM 110 Introduction to Cinema 1984                                                                                     

FILM 120 The History and Aesthetics of World Cinema


Dr. Geoffrey Carr is an Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of the Fraser Valley. His research examines the function of architecture and art in the contested spaces of colonial encounter. A persistent focus of Geoffrey’s writing concerns the largely overlooked architectural history of the Indian Residential School system in Canada, as well as the problems of preserving and commemorating these difficult places. In the offing, he will publish a book about the architectural designs of the residential schools. Geoffrey also is interested in issues related to memorialization, heritage preservation, state apology, and discourses of social reconciliation. In 2013 he co-curated the exhibition Witnesses: Art and Canada’s Residential Schools at UBC’s Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery. Currently Geoffrey is co-curating an upcoming exhibition at UFV of master carver Carey Newman's large-scale, multi-media work entitled Witness: Pieces of History, which will tour Canada for seven years as a testament to ongoing effects of the Indian Residential School era.

Geoffrey teaches courses in art, architecture, and film at UFV, UBC, and Emily Carr University, with a particular emphasis on the impacts of modernity in Europe and on Turtle Island. In each class, students learn not only about various creative media and historical events, but also they study a range of relevant critical theories that open new ways of thinking about the world. Geoffrey believes strongly in the value of academic training and brings a commitment to student success to every class.


  • PhD., University of British Columbia 
  • MA, University of Victoria

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