Category Archives: Maltwood AMG

Exhibitions displayed at the Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery, located at The Thatch from 1964 to 1977 and at UVic’s University Centre from 1978 to 2010.

China and Beyond: The Legacy of a Culture

September 3 – December 24, 2002

Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery

Curated by Kathlyn Liscomb, Professor in the Department of History in Art

Exhibition of the impact of Chinese culture on other parts of the world, featuring art objects from the Vancouver Museum, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, the Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery, and private collections in British Columbia. The range of materials is diverse and this exhibit will include sculpture, ceramics, paintings, wood-block printed books and other objects made in China, East Asia, Southeast Asia, Egypt, and Europe.

This exhibit was funded by the Community-University Research Alliance and also shown at the Vancouver Museum.

Madhubani Folk Art from India

July 8 – August 9, 2002

Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery

Madhubani painting, also known as Mithila painting, has its origins in the Madubani district of Bihar, northern India. This was traditionally a woman’s ritual art composed of geometrical forms and magico-religious symbols, which were handed down through generations from mother to daughter. Originally painted on mud and dung plastered walls and floors to invoke the blessings of the goddess, or inscribed on bridal chamber walls to endow newly wedded couples with fertility. Madhubani painting today has retained many of its traditional elements, but has also undergone a transformation.

This exhibit is divided into three sections: The first part reveals the skillful and intricate line drawing of the Kayasth tradition. The second shows the colourful work of the Brahmin school, which specializes in depicting scenes from Hindu mythology, and specifically images of the beloved goddesses Kali, Durga, and Gauri. The third group, the Dusadh or Tattoo school, not only derives inspiration from ancient tattoo motifs, but also from Dusadh mythology and rural life.

UVic’s Visual Arts Department Alumni Show (BFAs 1963-1993)

April 2 – June 13, 2002

Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery

Curated by Pat George and Phyllis Serota

Exhibition of UVic Visual Arts alumni. Thirty years’ worth of Visual Arts BFA graduates have been invited to participate in this exhibit, the first of its kind at UVic. Over sixty artists’ pieces will be included in the exhibit. The works chosen will reflect the diversity of the artists’ interests and artistic explorations in painting, drawing, sculpture and other mixed media work.

House of Mirrors

February 18 – March 12, 2002

Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery

Directed by Ita Margalit

Installation of 26 mirrors onto which artists have portrayed the impact of media, diet, fashion and cosmetic surgery on their lives. The House of Mirrors refers to those fun house mirrors that distort your image. This is meant to play on the images that the media bombards us with.

Most of the mirrors in this exhibit are done collaborate by women and girls and are very personal. Because you see yourself in these artworks you get drawn into the experience the artists are communicating.

Seats For Sale – Art For Show: The Meaning Behind Film Festival Posters

January 31 – February 12, 2002

Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery

Curated by Jimi Galvao

Seats For Sale – Art For Show: The Meaning Behind Film Festival Posters is a special exhibition project conceived by The Victoria Film Museum Society and is scheduled to open in conjunction with The Victoria Independent Film and Video Festival. The exhibit features a collection of posters from different film festivals around the world.

The word “poster” is a familiar term in contemporary global society. Posters are important communication tools, from political outcry to commercial advertising. Posters also decorate our bedroom walls. They clutter up traffic light posts. They are sold and collected. They have a rich and extensive artistic history. The poster is a complex medium that wears many faces. The film festival, similarly, has a rich history. It is a significant cultural and artistic event that is celebrated around the world year after year.

The Legacy of Blue

November 19, 2001 – January 25, 2002

Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery

This multi-media exhibit, presented in conjunction with the Canadian Society for Asian Arts, will feature pieces from a variety of cultures and time periods. Selected items from the Maltwood collection will augment the CSAA’s travelling exhibition, coming together to celebrate the historical and cultural significance of the colour that changed the world. The exhibit will include everything from ancient Egyptian artifacts to contemporary textiles and fashion design, and will highlight materials including cobalt, turquoise, lapis lazuli and indigo.

Visual Transition

August 23 – November 8, 2001

Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery

An exhibition of 12 Mexican artists who are living in B.C; comprised of a collection of ceramics, paintings, textiles, photographs and sculptures. This collection of works is flavoured with traditional Mexican artistic influence, flowing with a theme of brilliant colours, movement and culture, but at the same time tainted with solitude.

The Art of the Ainu

July 14 – August 16, 2001

Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery

An exhibition featuring art and craft works of the Ainu people of Japan and will include a selection of musical instruments, textiles and jewellery. The Ainu culture is believed to be one of the oldest and perhaps the original culture group living on the islands before people began migrating there from China and Korea. Over the past century the Ainu have struggled vehemently to resist assimilation into Japanese society and to maintain their own culture and traditions.

Twelve Ainu artists have recently come to Canada to participate in this year’s Tribal Journey project with the Kwaguilth and Esquimalt Nations. Together they are carving two 50-foot traditional canoes. The canoe carving represents the restoration of Aniu culture as well as a keeping with the tradition and the strengthening of an identity.

Roderick Haig-Brown: A Legacy

May 24 – July 6, 2001

Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery

Curated by Pat George

An exhibit featuring the life and times of inspirational and visionary thinker, Roderick Haig-Brown (1908-1976). On display will be first edition copies of his books, items from his prized fly-fishing tackle collection, and information and artifacts from the Haig-Brown House in Campbell River, designated as a historic site in 1990.

Vapourz: Third Annual Urban Art Exhibition

May 7 – May 18, 2001

Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery

The third of its kind, this exhibit was put together by first bringing 12 graffiti artists to the University Centre courtyard, giving them spray paint, canvases, and pizza and having them create right then and there what would hang in the gallery. This process was open to the public for viewing and the canvases were sold off in a silent auction after the fact.

Let me speak for all of my fellow grafilthy brothers and sisters when I say that we want to communicate and compromise. Give us a chance … challenge us … open your eyes and see where the energy lies … harness it. And remember the laws of physics … energy cannot be destroyed.

-Spear, BC Crew graffiti artists, 2001