Visual Arts

Explore stories, images and archival materials from SFU's past

  • Browse a selection of archival photographs capturing artists and exhibitions during SFU's its first decade.

  • During the first 10 years of the Centre for Communication and the Arts, painting, photography, calligraphy, and silkscreening were taught at SFU.

  • Before the Simon Fraser Gallery was established, resident Jim Felter resourcefully turned this lack of dedicated space into an opportunity to transform the campus itself into a gallery.

  • SFU resident artist, Joel Smith, discusses teaching visual art at the Haney Correctional Institute in 1971.

  • In 1970, SFU hosted its first exhibition of work by Inuit artists. Referred to as "Eskimo" art at the time, Curator-Director Jim Felter built the university's collection of Inuit graphics from the early days of the SFU Gallery. By 1972, the university had acquired one of the largest collections of Inuit art outside of Ottawa.