Concordia Journal

Nearly 150 art aficionados gathered in the lobby of the Visual Arts Building and the VAV Gallery to participate in some live painting during the sixth annual Art Matters Festival. The March 7 event was coordinated by The Art Collective and coincided with a vernissage for the two paintings, including the one shown here, that were created onsite and raffled off later in the evening.

Photo by Sabrina Ratté - IITS Creative Media Services

Art matters all over town

A powerful wave of artistic energy is flowing through Concordia and out into the city these days, as the student-organized Art Matters festival offers up a dizzying array of events, shows and parties for all tastes. The festival, which runs until March 17, features more than 100 artists showing work at 20 venues, including several high-profile gallery spaces with a reputation for top-quality artwork. Even with this scope, about half of the artists who applied to show work in the festival were turned down by the 22 curators who worked on the shows at each venue. Only three of the...



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Big and beautiful

With about 18,000 students, 1,100 faculty and 200 staff, the Faculty of Arts and Science has as many people as Beloeil or Rivière-du-Loup. It’s larger than over half of Canada’s universities. Dean David Graham began his presentation to the Feb. 15 Board of Governors meeting with that observation, but his speech focused on quality. “As the Faculty’s pace of growth slows, our attention will increasingly turn to reinforcing our focus on high-quality research and teaching,” he said. “Our spectacular growth and faculty renewal in the past decade has set the stage for a new focus on institutional quality, requiring support,...




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