University of Manitoba - School of Art -

Liv Valmestad
Art/Research Librarian

Liv Valmestad
Architecture/Fine Arts Library


MLIS (Western Ontario)
MFA (Queen’s)
BFA (Saskatchewan)
Art Diploma (Ringebu Folkehøyskole)
ATCL Piano, Trinity, London



As an artist Liv Valmestad continual interest in Formalism and Abstract Modernism, is entrenched from her student days with Robert Christie and Otto Rodgers. Working from landscape, her latest works hover between “gridded” recognizable scenes to grid-like abstractions, where the visual language and the physicality of paint is even more prominent.

As an art historian, Valmestad has lectured at several universities and international conferences. Her area of focus is 19th century painting, particularly the beginnings of Norwegian Symbolist painting from 1880s to 1900s.

As a librarian, Valmestad provides reference and research to both the School of Art and the Faculty of Architecture. She is embedded in the courses and provides mobile reference to the ARTLab, Fitzgerald and the Art Barn. She has been President of ARLIS/NA Canada (art, architecture, art museum & design librarians) and held executive positions on ARLIS/NA.

Here ongoing research is her Q (a) R (t) Code project, where she has documented, geo-tagged, photographed and described the public sculpture on campus. The project was recently awarded a TLT Grant and has expanded to include more art work, permanent QR codes and video interviews with artists. It has been published by University of Chicago Press and she has been asked to workshop it in Germany for 2015.


Liv Valmestad Art

Liv Valmestad Art

Liv Valmestad