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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... 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 rolls... Read more


Three sculptures of a person splashed with white paint.

Figuratively Speaking: A Journey Through Movement

January 21, 2022

Vancouver Island University’s the View Gallery is excited to present an exhibition of painting and sculpture reflecting the themes of both figural work and movement. Through the intriguing work of four accomplished and varied artists, human movement is portrayed on a number of levels, from both internal and external perspectives. The exhibition, curated by Pam Vickars, will run until... Read more


Mother Tree, Red Cedar and Acrylic artwork

The View Gallery Presents Rande Cook

October 6, 2021

When a Tree Falls, Are We Listening?WHERE: VIU’s The View GalleryWHEN: October 14 – November 27, 2021 – Artist talk and reception October 21, 6-8 pmThe View Gallery is thrilled to present an exhibition of new works from Kwakwaka’wakw multimedia artist Rande Cook. The exhibition will run from Thursday, October 14 to November 27, 2021, with an opening reception and artist talk to be held on October... Read more


VIU Student Art Exhibit Explores Questions about Diversity and Common Experiences

March 3, 2020

The View Gallery hosts student drawing exhibition, which runs March 5 to April 9.The View Gallery’s latest exhibit, Puzzle: An Exhibition of Student Drawings, asks questions about who we are, how we got here and how we express ourselves.The exhibit focuses on routes   ̶  how we get to our destination or travel through life; and roots  ̶ where we come from and some of the... Read more


Rebecca Hanelt, left, and Chantelle Calitz, VIU Graphic Design students, showcase their environmentally sustainable packaging redesigns during the art exhibit Unwrapped at The View Gallery.

Exhibit Showcases Sustainable Alternatives to wasteful Product Packaging

November 19, 2019

VIU Graphic Design students display consumer-conscious packaging during Unwrapped at The View Gallery, on until December 1.Is product packaging nothing but beautiful garbage?It’s a question Nancy Pagé, a Vancouver Island University (VIU) Graphic Design Professor, posed to her third-year Package Studio students. Then she issued a challenge – redesign an existing product’s packaging so it is... Read more


Alum of the Month: Denise Tierney, Gem Chang-Kue and Nan Goodship

January 3, 2019

Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Visual Art program is the catalyst for a new, all-alumni, collaborative exhibit taking place at the University’s on-campus art gallery, The View Gallery. Denise Tierney (graduated in 2017), Gem Chang-Kue (graduated in 2013) and Nan Goodship (graduated in 2012), who are all now working full-time as artists, met through VIU – Gem befriending both Denise and Nan... Read more


VIU Visual Arts Students Make a Statement at The View Gallery

March 6, 2018

Annual student-curated exhibit runs March 8 – April 6 What is the role of art in society and in what ways does it impact people? Vancouver Island University (VIU) Visual Arts students are showcasing their answers to these questions in Make a Statement, the third-annual student-curated spring show at The View Gallery. For some, this annual exhibit is the first opportunity to connect what they... Read more