Tag Archives: Women


January 6 – April 6, 2024

Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St.
Lekwungen territory

The exhibition Latent emerges from conversations between artist Lynda Gammon and curator Carolyn Butler Palmer over the past several years about how artists who identify as women are often overlooked, ignored and sidestepped. At the Legacy Art Galleries, over the past decade the majority of solo exhibitions have featured the work of women artists and this exhibition furthers a desire to bring forward their work by honouring the many women who remain hidden in the University of Victoria’s Art Collection and the mechanisms that conceal them from view: the vault, accessioning, and the catalogue.

Artist bio: Lynda Gammon
See all events: Latent events & programs

Image: 12-minute meditation on untitled (serigraph), Elza Mayhew, n.d., Lynda Gammon, 2023. 

Margaret Peterson: A Search In Rhythm

Portrait of Margaret Peterson by Curtis Lantinga, 1984SMALLApril 11 – August 18, 2014

Legacy Art Gallery Downtown

Discover more about Margaret Peterson by visiting the project website, click here.

Watch a short video about Margaret Peterson featuring Patricia Bovey | Robert Amos | Nick Tuele | Anne Mayhew | by Justine Drummond, click here.

This special curatorial project was developed in partnership with the University of Victoria Legacy Art Galleries and UVic’s Special Collections and University Archives with funding support from the BC Arts Council. The project allowed for a co-op intern to select and develop a project to present new interpretations and scholarship utilizing primary research material and original works of art held at the university. Under the mentorship of the Legacy Art Gallery Director, Curator of Collections, and the University Archivist, the student created an exhibition and public program that highlights a major Canadian artist and furthers an important initiative of the University of Victoria, namely the building of the local artists’ archival holdings. This exhibition is one of the first of a series working with the artists’ archives at the University of Victoria.


This is Beautiful

September 1 – October 1, 2005

Legacy Maltwood (at Mearns Centre – McPherson Library)

This was a multimedia installation of photographs by Amanda Koster, and documentary footage by filmmaker Sarah Tittlebaum. This exhibition was in conjunction with the Community Eating Disorder and Related Issues Counselling (CEDRIC) Centre.

This exhibition showcased the innate beauty of all women, regardless of age, race, ability or size. Amanda Koster is a documentary photographer based out of Seattle that photographed women from Vancouver Island for the project.

Eva Campbell: Black Being/Body and Beyond

July 6 – July 26, 2005

Legacy Maltwood (at Mearns Centre – McPherson Library)

Curated by Astri Wright, Professor in the Department of Art History, UVic

A thirteen year retrospective of Eva Campbell’s work in oil, watercolour and drawing, depicting the female figure, most often of African descent. Campbell’s themes include the exploration of gendered and racial stereotypes. Her paintings portray scenes from her life in Canada, Ghana and the Caribbean.

Under Wraps: Redressing History

March 23 – April 29, 2004

Legacy Maltwood (at Mearns Centre – McPherson Library)

An exhibit featuring textile works by Joanna Rogers that explore the unwritten histories of women. Under Wraps incorporates historical patterns of both men and women’s garments.

Rogers says,

“In Under Wraps, clothes are used to represent history; and quilting patterns represent the whole of women in history. The stitch becomes the symbol for the written word.”

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.

Phyllis Serota’s Studio Group Exhibition

March 4 – April 6, 2000

Legacy Maltwood (at Mearns Centre – McPherson Library)

A result of three years of work and tutelege by Serota and the seven other women in her group. The group’s philosophy is simply to support and challenge each other to explore all aspects of painting.

About the Artists: The artists participating are Phyllis Serota, Heather Atkinson, Virginia Chauvin, Susan Corner, Elizabeth Macdonald, Simone Pattingale, Moyra Stewart and Betsy Tumasonis.

Honour the Women: Portraits by Manon Elder

Ann Mortifee (portrait), Manon Elder, 1999

Ann Mortifee (portrait), Manon Elder, 1999

February 29 – March 12, 2000

Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery

Features portraits of outstanding B.C. women by Oak Bay artist Manon Elder. Coincides with International Women’s Week, March 5 to 11. The woman were chosen four years prior to the opening of the show and were painted in their homes or workspaces to get a sense of their individuality.

The shortlisted women are: Nelly Auersperg, doctor and medical researcher; Jeannette Armstrong, writer; Rosemary Brown, human rights advocate; Rose Charlie, lawyer; Shush Datt, television producer; (the late) Dorothy Lam, philanthropist; Silken Laumann, Olympic rowing medalist; Ann Mortify, singer; Wendy McDonald, businesswoman; and P.K. Page, poet and artist.

Visible Knowledge: Women’s World in Art

January 24 – February 18, 2000

Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery

Curated by Lucia Sanroman

An exhibition in conjunction with UVic’s Women’s Studies Department presenting works by faculty and students. A celebration of the 20th anniversary of Women’s Studies at the University.

The exhibit presents pieces that embody the personal and professional growth, changes and challenges of these alumni as a result of being part of Women’s Studies. This is a multi-media exhibit featuring works in soapstone, ceramics, traditional and abstract painting and drawing to reflect the variety of experiences of the artists. The artists were chosen because their work represents different approaches to art making as a way of developing a personal, fundamentally female way of understanding, of creating knowledge, and ultimately of affecting reality.

Unity of Movement: An Exhibition of Three Modern Artists

Katherine Maltwood, Untitled
Katherine Maltwood, Untitled

April 15 – June 11, 1999

Maltwood Art Museum

The Unity of Movement online catalogue is available here. It features information about Carr, Pavelic, and Maltwood, images of their works, and a curator’s statement.

To learn more about Myfanwy Spencer Pavelic, visit an online catalogue of her work here.

Unity of Movement displays a selection of landscape works of Greater Victoria on Vancouver Island by West Coast artists Emily Carr, Katharine Maltwood and Myfanwy Spencer Pavelic. These images from the collection of the Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery illustrate a number of major stylistic developments from the 1930s to the present.

The works collectively illustrate modern ideas of how form, shape, line and colour can be used to create works that convey personally expressive or spiritually transcendental qualities. Some of the major art movements such as Post-Impressionism, Fauvism, Symbolism, and Abstract Expressionism are evident in the works of these artists. Each artist expanded her artistic knowledge with inspiration from the landscape of the Canadian West Coast. Together, the works of these three modern women artists, demonstrate informed methods of artistic expressions which have contributed to the history of modern West Coast art.

First Nations Women Artists

January 30 – February 21, 1997

Maltwood Art Gallery

Twenty five prints from the University of Victoria’s Northwest Coast print collection.

Artists displayed are: Colleen Cutschall, Connie Dickens, Frances Dick, Freda Diesing, Ramona Gus, Shirley Hall, Janice Halliwell, Roxana Leask, Susan Point, Rose Spahan, Susan Sparrow, Val Stickings, and Jody Wilson.