The University of Alberta is located at the heart of the city of Edmonton, with transit access to anywhere in the city. If you are planning on booking a room in our recommended hotel, Campus Towers, you will be right across the street from the University of Alberta Fine Arts Building (FAB), University Station, and the bus depot. The LRT, or Light Rail Transit, is the name of the subway system. University Station is right on campus. The LRT will take you across the river to downtown Edmonton in 10 minutes. This will bring you to Latitude 53 (2 blocks north and one east of Corona Station), where you can attend the opening reception for Unstable Natures; and to the Art Gallery of Alberta (above Churchill Station). Southbound, the LRT will take you to Southgate Mall, a newly renovated shopping centre, in 15 minutes. Whyte (or 82) Avenue, a popular eating, shopping, cultural, and entertainment area, is southeast of campus and may be reached on foot or by an easy 5 minute bus ride from the University bus depot. There are also several buses that will take you to West Edmonton Mall in about 30 minutes to 50 minutes, depending on the time of day.

Tickets for the LRT and bus system are integrated and can be purchased at all train stations or at the convenience store 1 min east of Campus Towers (or most any convenience store). Edmonton Transit System individual, adult fare is $3, day passes are $8.55, and ten packs are $22.80.

Restaurants and nightlife can be accessed on Whyte Avenue as well as a couple of blocks east of campus on 109th Street. Of the several restaurants, coffee shops and pubs in the surrounding area we especially recommend Transcend Coffee, Kyoto Sushi, The Sugar Bowl (great beer selection and good Western-type food – breakfast, lunch and dinner), Phởbulous (Vietnamese) – all of these are located about 5-10 minutes, walking distance, east of Campus Towers on 109 Street. At the base of the hotel there is an excellent (but small) Korean restaurant, an Earl’s, a Booster Juice, and a coffee/soup and sandwich café. Lastly, there is a convenience store about 1 min east and a grocery store within 10 minutes south of the hotel.

Though the campus area is very safe — there are lots of people around all the time — there are campus peace officers and student volunteers who are available to escort you anywhere around campus you need if you feel unsafe. The transit system is also very safe.

It is hard to tell what the weather here will be like in mid-March — it could be quite cold, or nice and mild. Check last year’s weather statistics.  It is a good idea to bring lots of layers and some warm outerwear in case it is on the cool side.

For further information:

Edmonton Transit System

Campus Safewalk

Campus Protective Services

Edmonton Tourism Center

Places to stay:

Campus Towers Hotel (recommended for convenience, approx. $180 per night)

Metterra Hotel (located on Whyte Ave, rates start at $140)

For the budget conscious check out the HI Hostel which is also close to campus, with rates starting at about $30/night in a shared room.



Kayla Cady,  Marywood University (Pennsylvania)

Alexandra Emberley, University of Alberta

Anna Gaby-Trotz, University of Alberta

Megan Hahn, University of Alberta

Megan Hildebrant, University of South Florida

Patricia Huijnen, Emily Carr University of Art and Design

Patricia Huijnen, Jawbreaker, wax, glass, metal, paint, 16” x 20” x 30”, 2011

Annie King, University of Alberta

Galia Kwetny, Emily Carr University of Art and Design

Nathalie Lavoie, Emily Carr University of Art and Design

Nathalie Lavoie, Strata Series, digital c-print, 24” x 30”, 2010

Colin Lyons, University of Alberta

Faye Mullen,  University of Toronto

Sam Pettengill, University of Massachusetts

Kimberley Thomas, Memphis College of Art

Alma Visscher, University of Alberta

Sam Walrod, University of Alberta

Sam Walrod, Roadkill Series, 12" x 12", 2011

The University of Alberta’s Art and Design Graduate Student Association is proud to present Dr. Laura U. Marks as the keynote speaker for the first annual art history graduate symposium, Instability in Visual and Material Culture. After earning her M.A. in 1994 and Ph. D. in 1996 – both in Visual and Cultural Studies from the University of Rochester – Dr. Marks has devoted much of her research to the study of new media arts, particularly film and computer-based works. A prolific academic, she has written over 130 publications including her latest book, Enfoldment and Infinity: An Islamic Genealogy of New Media Art (MIT Press, 2010). In addition, she has delivered nearly 120 lectures and has curated over 40 screenings of media art.  Dr. Marks is currently a Full Professor and Dena Wosk University Professor in Art and Culture Studies at Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts.

In her keynote address, Dr. Marks will discuss the question of individuation in light of her theory of enfolding-unfolding aesthetics. This theory explores the ways in which images both emerge from (unfold) and return to (enfold) the universe. Her research aligns with the theme of instability as she asserts that images are in a constant state of flux, continually undergoing the processes of unfolding or enfolding. She will compare contemporary genetic artworks and 17th-century carpets from the Caucasus–both algorithmic works that respond to new information to reach results not prefigured in the algorithm’s initial state.


Please note that the CFP deadlines have been extended until the first week of January.  Paper proposals for Instability in Visual and Material Culture are due on January 5, 2012.  Artwork submissions for Unstable Natures are now due on January 2, 2012.  Here is an updated pdf of the ADGSA call for proposals for downloading.

The ADGSA has officially released our call for proposals for the graduate student symposium, Instability in Visual and Material Culture and the corresponding exhibition, Unstable Natures. Here is a pdf of the call for proposals (updated) available for downloading. Please note that all submissions are due by December 19th 2011 January 2, 2012 for artwork and January 5, 2012 for papers.

We also have  a new Facebook fan page that you can follow here.  We look forward to reviewing your submission materials.

Welcome to the new Art & Design Graduate Student Association page!

This site will host all our information about the group and our exciting upcoming activities including the ADGSA Symposium and Exhibition.

The Art and Design Graduate Student Association is intended as a platform for the graduate students of the University of Alberta Department of Art and Design to organize student-run activities. These activities will supplement the formal learning that takes place in our respective graduate programs in the form of educational events. The group is also intended to foster a more developed sense of community and a collaborative environment for graduate students the department.


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