Visual Arts

Student resources

Visual Arts Resource Room

Accessible to all Visual Arts students, staff and faculty, the Visual Arts Resource Room is your source for referencing historical art, artist retrospectives, and exhibition catalogues. Visual art and art history journals, how-to manuals, and other valuable print texts are available for loan.

The Visual Resources Room is also home to the department's physical slide collection. The collection consists of over 10,000 slides taken of historical and contemporary works of art, architecture, fashion, and design. They are intended for educational purposes only and cannot be published or used commercially. These slides are also accessible to students for projects and presentations. 

Access the Visual Resources Room by contacting the Visual Resources Technician, Jennifer Chew, or call 604-504-7441 local 4793.

UFV resources

The UFV Library Research Databases: Art, Art History and Design

The UFV Library Guides to Research: Art History , Visual Arts

External resources

Mother compiled by the School of Art and Design, University of Michigan

Art Canada Institute created by Massey College, University of Toronto

Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art database, created to broaden awareness of contemporary Canadian art and artists

San Gemini Preservation Studies

Employment and advocacy in the arts

The following sites post careers in the arts and culture sectors, as well as summer jobs for students. Be sure to also check municipal, provincial, and federal government websites for job postings.

Canadian Museums Association Job Board
Canada Summer Jobs
Canadian Heritage Information Network
Alliance for Arts and Culture
University of Leicester School of Museum Studies
Museum Jobs

Residencies and internships

Banff Centre

Advocacy and funding

The following sites provide advocacy and assistance to Canadian artists and cultural groups, including tax information, legal outreach, access to grant funding, and more.

Alliance for Arts and Culture 
Artists' Legal Outreach
BC Arts Council
Canada Council for the Arts
Art Dealers Association of Canada
BC Museums Association
Canadian Museums Association
Canada Arts Coalition
Cultural Human Resources Council


The Universities Art Association of Canada provides a national voice for its membership, composed of university and college faculty, independent scholars, and other art professionals in the fields of art, art history and visual culture. The UAAC Conference is organised annually.  

‌The College Art Association (located in New York) supports all practitioners and interpreters of visual art and culture, including artists and scholars, who join together to cultivate the ongoing understanding of art as a fundamental form of human expression. 

The Association of Art Historians (located in the UK) supports and promotes the study of art history. AAH is the national organisation for professional and independent art and design historians, researchers and students involved in education, museums and galleries, and freelance work. The AAH stages an international conference each year in the United Kingdom.

Art History Conferences Worldwide hosted by Conference Alerts, links to updated information on conferences held worldwide.

Local museums and galleries 

The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford
Chilliwack Visual Arts Association
Federation of Canadian Artists
Surrey Art Gallery
Vancouver Art Gallery
Preview: The Gallery Guide
PAARC: List of Artist Run Centres in BC
The Directory of Artist Run Centres and Collectives: Online database of Artist Run Centres and Collectives (ARCs) across Canada.


"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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