Gwendolyn Donaldson

B.A Honours (UVic)


Areas of research:

  • Photography
  • First Nations Tourism Development
  • Aboriginal Art of the Pacific Northwest


How have your History in Art studies helped you since you graduated?
My degree in History in Art lead me to travel extensively through South East Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. Art History teaches a very unique way of thinking about the world. I learned to think critically, research effectively and have a heightened awareness and attention to detail. Art History also taught me to think outside the box, and look at problems from all angles in order to develop comprehensive and innovative solutions to them. My Art History degree, while not always being related to my career choices and opportunities, helped shape my worldview and gave me a unique skill set that I have brought to a number of different positions.

Brief Biography
After much deliberation, I decided not to pursue post graduate studies immediately after my BA (I may go back in the future) . Since graduating I have worked as a professional photographer in the Great Bear Rain Forest. This position lead to me take an active stance against the development of the Northern Gateway Pipeline.

After leaving my position as a photographer, I went on to work for a medical consulting company in Vancouver. In this capacity, I worked with the Heart and Stroke Foundation to co-ordinate the BC-Public Access to Defibrillation (BC-PAD) Program. While this job was not directly related to my degree in Art History, many of the skills that I learned in the History in Art program were relevant to my job and initially helped me secure the position.

Currently, I am employed by the Ka:'yu:'k't'h'/Che:k:tles7et'h' First Nation. I work in the community of Kyuquot on the west coast of Vancouver Island. I am part of a team that is organizing the existing tourism-related businesses and developing new opportunities that will create a strong and financially secure future for the Nation.

My History in Art degree has played a role in my ability to secure and excel in diverse and challenging positions in a number of different companies. I am grateful for the education and opportunities that I received in the History in Art Department at UVic.


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