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Gerard Curtis

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​Gerard Curtis, BFA, BA (University of Calgary), PhD(University of Essex)

Phone: (709) 639-2511

Email: gcurtis@grenfell.mun.ca

Office:  FA310

Professor  - Visual Arts

Profile

Dr. Gerard Curtis is Professor of Visual Culture and Art History in the Department of Visual Arts at the Grenfell Campus of Memorial University.  Gerard has published a number of articles and book reviews on 19th and 20th century art, literary culture and maritime art, and a book on word/image studies (Visual Words, Ashgate/Routledge). He is currently engaged in a funded book-length study on issues in maritime and environmental art, and is researching the impact of censorship on art -- while also working on creative arts projects that conflate visual culture and visual arts practice. His studio-art interests are in traditional and inter-media/time-based work, video, film, duratrans images, performance art and a long-term project called The Fragmentary Museum; he has been an artist/writer in residence in Dawson City (Yukon) and has exhibited work in both the UK and in Canada. He has also developed a highly successful twelve-week overseas immersion study program in England for Visual Arts students that is offered at Memorial's Harlow Campus in the UK. Along with this he is a union and environmental activist, and he has presented a number of workshops for the NL Federation of Labour and the Canadian Labour Congress on creative activism.  In 2009 he was awarded the Memorial University President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching.

 

Interests

  • The cult of the author in the 19th- and 20th- centuries
  • Maritime and environmental art
  • Drawing history
  • Art and the post-modern sublime
  • First Nations art
  • Curricula and teaching methodologies at the university level
  • Creative arts projects which conflate art history and visual arts practice
  • The impact of censorship on art and pornography

His studio art interests are in traditional and inter-media/time-based work, including video, performance art, and a long-term project called the Fragmentary Museum.

His teaching interests are in transformational, cooperative, and alternative teaching/mentoring approaches (on which he has presented papers at a number of international conferences).​

Current Research and Projects

He has also developed a highly successful twelve-week overseas immersion study program at Memorial's Harlow Campus in England, offered every second year at Grenfell for Visual Arts students, using a hybrid of art history, visual and material culture, and studio components.

Recent Awards

In 2009 he was awarded the Memorial University President's Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Recent Publications

He is the author of Visual Words: Art and the Material Book in Victorian England (Ashgate), and a series of articles and book reviews -- and he has given a large number of public lectures on the importance of visual culture, understanding contemporary art, architectural issues, along with workshops on alternative pedagogical practices including transformational, cooperative, and alternative teaching/mentoring approaches (on which he has presented papers at a number of international conferences). 

 

Chair, Visual Arts Program

Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland
20 University Drive, Corner Brook, NL
A2H 5G4, Canada

Office: FA 411
Phone: (709) 639-2511
Email: gcurtis@grenfell.mun.ca