Jean-René Leblanc

Dr Jean-Rene Leblanc

Pronouns: He/Him


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Office: +1 (403) 220-5235


Office: Art BuildingAB714

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Educational Background

Doctor of Philosophy Fine Art, Université du Québec Montréal, 2006

M.F.A. Multimedia, University of Windsor, 1996

B.F.A. Studio Arts, Concordia University, 1993


Jean-René Leblanc is Associate professor of digital arts in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Calgary (since 2006). He has served on a number of Faculty of Arts Standing Committees and was the Head of the Department of Art (2009-12) and the GPD in the Department of Art and Art History (2018-2021). In the community, he was president of the board of Emmedia Gallery and Production Society in Calgary for nine years, and has served as an adjudicator for SSHRC (research creation grants), Canada Council for the Arts, Québec Research Council (research creation grants), The Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) and the Calgary public art program.

He was born in Montréal in 1967, and attended Concordia University, which he left in 1993 with a Bachelor in Studio Arts. In 1996, he graduated from the University of Windsor Ontario with a Master of Fine Art in Multimedia and Photography and in 2006, completed a PhD in study and practice of art from the Université du Québec à Montréal. His artworks have been presented in exhibitions in Canada, the United States of America, Europe, Australia and Asia.


Areas of Research

Research Creation, AR, VR, Photography

As a visual artist engaged with cultural issues, critical theory and digital media, I often use a variety of media to best express the concepts with which I am working.

My creative research emphasizes an Interdisciplinary Digital Artistic approach using photographic media as a point of departure for critical thought and problem solving.

My work explores the relationship between digital technology and culture with an emphasis on technologies of interfacing, issues of play, masculinity and the body.


Course number Course title Semester
ART 235 LAB 01 B01 Intro Photog & Digital Imaging 2021
ART 33201 LAB 01 B01 Topics in Photography 2021
ART 338 LAB 01 B01 Film Photography 2020
ART 51340 TUT 02 T02 Directed Study 2020


Gasoline Station AR

University of Calgary digital arts associate professor Jean-René Leblanc, is commencing a 3-year research and visual art project that will investigate the role of petroleum culture in imagination. This research-creation study uses notions of gas stations and road trips as a jumping-off point, but does not aim for a historic or literal re-creation. It takes abandoned gas stations as rich points of departure and as sites for digital storytelling fuelled by past and present memory and experience, as well as future-focused imaginings.