Since 1985, the art gallery has served communities in the Fraser Valley by featuring a stimulating variety of exhibitions by regional, national and international artists. Over the years, UFV and the Visual Arts Department have remained committed to exhibition practices founded on principles of intellectual and artistic freedom, cultural sensitivity, social diversity, and collaborative relations with Indigenous peoples.
In October 2014, The UFV Visual Arts Gallery was renamed S'eliyemetaxwtexw Art Gallery. This new name not only acknowledges that the gallery sits on the unceded territory of the Stó:lō Nation but also confirms the Department of Visual Arts’ ongoing commitment to building and maintaining lasting relationships with our Indigenous neighbours (see more on renaming below).
Guided by a 2010 pledge to protect artistic freedom—the Canadian Association of University Teachers Policy on Academic Freedom and Artistic Expression—The S'eliyemetaxwtexw Art Gallery routinely exhibits work that addresses social issues and contemporary critical concerns. Preference is given to innovative and challenging exhibitions related to program and pedagogical activities of the Visual Arts Department. A valuable learning resource, The S'eliyemetaxwtexw Gallery supports and encourages student exhibitions, teaching the complexities of showing art and visual culture.
About the name S'eliyemetaxwtexw:
The Stó:lō people living between Hope and Fort Langley speak Upriver Halq'eméylem, a Salishan dialect closely related to Downriver and Island Halq'eméylem. At present, the Stó:lō and other partners are working diligently to preserve Halq'eméylem for future generations. Laura Wee Lay Laq and her fluent speaking elder, Siyamiyateliyot, developed the new gallery name from Upper Halq words meaning “a place that holds dreams or visions.” Visitors to the S'eliyemetaxwtexw Art Gallery can learn to say the gallery’s new name by listening to the voice of elder Siyamityateliyot, who has provided a pronunciation that can be heard at the gallery entrance or by clicking on the audio player below:
Hours: Generally open 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. M-F
Bldg B RM 136 University of the Fraser Valley 33844 King Road Abbotsford, BC V2S 7M8
Admission is free.
All exhibitions in The S'eliyemetaxwtexw Gallery and in Visual Arts dedicated locations must be approved by The Gallery Advisory Committee. See the documents below for information on applying for exhibitions and events in The S'eliyemetaxwtexw Gallery.