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Shelley Stefan

Shelley Stefan

Associate Professor, Painting & Drawing

Visual Arts

Abbotsford campus, C1018

Phone: 604-504-7441, Ext. 4441, Voice Mail 4441

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VA101 Figure Drawing

VA113 Introduction to Drawing

VA115 Introduction to Studio: Material Practices

VA221 Drawing II

VA222 Figure Painting 

VA223 Painting I

VA224 Painting II

VA321 Painting/Drawing III

VA322 Painting/Drawing IV

VA390 Community Arts Practices

VA402 Senior Studio I

VA421 Directed Study: Painting and Drawing
VA421 Directed Study: Painting and Drawing
GD216 Drawing and Illustration II
ARTS380 Practicum/Internship II


Shelley Stefan received her BFA in 1996 from the University of Notre Dame, in South Bend, Indiana, with an academic concentration in Painting and Drawing.  After years of living, working, and exhibiting as a practicing artist in the United States, she studied for her Masters at MECA (Maine College of Art) in Portland, Maine, and succeeded in 2006 with a concentration in Studio Art and an enhanced focus on critical theory.  Stefan’s graduate research involved the use of heraldic imagery, effigial design, and the depiction of armour to talk about human issues such as belonging, (in)security, and protagonism, and to engage  both social critique and new forms of understanding regarding sub-culturally liminal space. Her text entitled “Lesbian Family Heraldry: An Achievement of Arms” was published in 2006 by Moth Press.  Related and subsequent bodies of work including “The Lesbian Effigies”(2006) and “B is for Butch”(2010) exhibit Stefan’s LGBTQ conceptual track, as well as her technical experience in the media of oil, ink, and acrylic painting, graphite, charcoal, and ink drawing, lost-wax bronze sculpture, and monoprinting.  Since the mid-90’s, Stefan’s practice has been rooted in an investigation of queer selfhood, making art and ideas that examine, redefine, and/or revel in notions of taboo, identity, gender, body, sexuality, and power.  Shelley Stefan has published, lectured and exhibited her artwork in Canada, the United States, Italy, and China.


2006  MFA, Maine College of Art

1996  BFA, University of Notre Dame

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"My time spent in the in the Visual Arts Dept. at UFV was the most exciting and rewarding educational experience of my life. The program was engaging, challenging, and most importantly inspiring".

  • – Eduardo Dioses
  •    BFA Alumni
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