The Role Of Art In Unsettled Times
by Virgil Hammock
Virgil Hammock was an instructor at the University of Alberta Department of Fine arts in 1967. He moved onto being Assistant Professor of Art, also acting as Director of University of Alberta Art Gallery and Museum. He was Associate Professor of Art at the University of Manitoba from 1970−75 while being in charge of the University Gallery 1.1.1 as Director of Exhibitions. He then moved to Sackville, New Brunswick as Professor of Fine Arts and Head of the Department of Fine Arts at Mount Allison University where he taught until 2004. While acting as Director of the University Owens Art Gallery , he was nominated Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts in 2005. He was a member of New Brunswick Arts Board (1996−2002) and of New Brunswick Foundation for the Arts in 1999.
Professor Hammock has been fully involved in art criticism and is the author and co author of several art books and artist monographs. He published numerous articles in Canadian and international journals art magazines and was member of the editorial board of Vie des Art, Artfocus and Artsatlantic. A member of AICA Canada, the Canadian Section of the International Association of Art Critics, he has been a member of its board since 1975 and was twice elected its President and also Vice-President of AICA International board between 1987 and 90.
Professor Hammock is currently Adjunct Curator at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton, New Brunswick. He curated for the gallery: Art Treasures of New Brunswick ( 2013) and Stephen Paints a Picture (2014), was a co-curator on Off The Grid (2014) and also worked on the exhibition, Tom Forrestall: A Car for All Seasons (2015). He is, since 1973, the Atlantic provinces correspondent for Vie des Arts where he publishes regularly.