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A cyanotype print with a hand, small shells and a seashell.

VIU’s View Gallery presents bailey macabre exhibit in collaboration with the Nanaimo Arts Council

January 23, 2024

The exhibit is on display at VIU’s View Gallery until February 16. Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) View Gallery is honoured to host ᐹᑭᒋᐦᒉᐤ" pâkicihew (she has swollen hands), an installation by Nanaimo-based artist bailey macabre, organized by the Nanaimo Arts Council and curated by Amber R. Morrison. A closing reception and artist talk is on February 15 from 5 to 7 pm at the gallery. The... Read more


Mixed media painting of a red, white and dark blue boat with a trailer in front of it on the shoreline.

VIU’s View Gallery hosts an exhibit featuring Nanaimo and mid-Island artists

October 10, 2023

The opening reception for OCTAD exhibit is Thursday, October 12 from 5 to 7 pm. Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) View Gallery is excited to host OCTAD, Art and Community, an exhibit featuring exciting new artwork from eight Nanaimo and mid-Island-based artists.  The exhibit runs from October 12 to December 8. An opening reception takes place Thursday, October 12, from 5 to 7 pm. Everyone is... Read more


A canoe sits on a stand with drawings hanging on the gallery wall's behind it.

VIU’s View Gallery presents an exhibition featuring faculty artists

September 20, 2023

The exhibit reception is on Thursday, September 21 from 5 to 7 pm.  Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) View Gallery is excited to host F23N14, its VIU faculty exhibition.   The exhibit runs until October 6, with a reception on Thursday, September 21 from 5 to 7 pm. Many of VIU’s faculty artists will be present and everyone is welcome. Works in painting, drawing, printmaking, collage, sculpture... Read more


Poster with three images that says Taryn Walker, Echoes From a Time Not Yet Here February 16 to April 7

VIU’s View Gallery presents Taryn Walker, Echoes From a Time Not Yet Here

February 7, 2023

The exhibit runs from February 16 to April 7. Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) View Gallery is honoured to host an exhibition by Indigenous artist Taryn Walker from February 16 to April 7. With their exhibition Echoes From a Time Not Yet Here, Walker will bring their engaged imagination, compassion and sensitive touch to the drawings preserved in wax, large-scale wall drawings, and the video... Read more


An ape made of white plaster and clay holds a cell phone, which it stares at intensely

VIU’s View Gallery presents the 2023 Student Art Salon

January 6, 2023

Exhibit runs Tuesday, January 10 to February 9. Is the weather getting you down? Do you need some colour and pop, some enchantment and pizzazz to brighten up the January-February blahs? Swing by Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) View Gallery anytime between Tuesday and Friday from 10 am to 4 pm from January 10 to February 9 to check out our 2023 Student Art Salon!  The View Gallery is excited... Read more


Nathan Pham and Kiara White hold their redesigned product packaging.

Graphic design students address sustainability by rethinking product packaging

November 16, 2022

What: Unwrapped: A package design exhibit where less is more When: November 22 to December 1, 2022 Where: VIU’s View Gallery (Building 330), Nanaimo campus Product packaging is a major contributor to global waste and designers can make an environmental impact by choosing more sustainable options. Third-year graphic design students at Vancouver Island University (VIU) were challenged to select... Read more


Blossoms Dressing by Cindy Stelmackowich consisting of metal splits with wax, pigment, bandages and linen.

View Gallery presents Cindy Stelmackowich – Trenched

September 7, 2022

The exhibit runs from September 15 to November 11. Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) View Gallery is excited to welcome Ottawa-based sculptor Cindy Stelmackowich to present new works in her exhibition Trenched. The projects explore notions of care and violence as each relates to the history of medical advancement and war. Trenched runs from September 15 to November 11, with an opening... Read more


A common loon swimming in a lake with a chick riding on its back.

VIU’s View Gallery presents Photo Salon 2022 hosted by Harbour City Photography Club

June 16, 2022

Exhibit that features some of the Island’s best photography runs from June 18 to 26. After a two-year hiatus, the Nanaimo Harbour City Photography Club’s annual photo salon is once again on display at Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) View Gallery. The exhibit, Photo Salon 2022, features some of the Island’s best photography.    Early in the spring, photographers were invited to submit... Read more


Interior of the View Gallery with paintings hung on the wall and a wooden human body art piece on the floor.

VIU’s The View Gallery Presents Escape Artists

April 22, 2022

Bachelor of Arts Major in Studio Art graduating student exhibition runs from April 20 to May 13. After a year of taking studio art classes online, the 11 students in this year’s graduating student exhibition Escape Artists hit the ground running last September – challenging themselves in the final year of their Vancouver Island University (VIU) undergraduate degree. The result is the diverse... Read more


Jim Holyoak's artistic rendering of trees in black and white.

VIU’s View Gallery presents Jim Holyoak: Arborescence

February 10, 2022

The exhibition runs from February 17 to April 9 with a virtual opening reception on February 17. Working primarily in drawing, Jim Holyoak creates all-immersive environments that envelope the gallery walls in lush and, at times, decrepit ecosystems of forest, jungle and glade. Working from field sketches, memory, fantastical dreamscapes and myth, he renders his research on a massive scale on... Read more