Art & Artists in Exhibition: Vancouver 1890 - 1950
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University of British Columbia

1908 - current

The University of British Columbia was founded in Vancouver in 1908, although the Fairview Campus did not open until 1915 at the corner of 12th and Oak in Vancouver. The premises were soon outgrown, and a new campus was planned at Point Grey. A student march and protest rally in 1925 helped "push" the opening in 1925.

The university was mostly business oriented, and it wasn't until B.C. Binning founded the fine arts department in 1955 that art become an integral part of the courses and activities on campus.

In 1948 the Alma Mater Society founded a collection of artwork that now includes a significant amount of work by B.C. Artists. See exhibition catalogue listing.


      University of British Columbia 1948 - 1988
      No ISBN, 64 pages, illustrated in colour and b&w
      Includes history of the collection, artist biographies


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