Tessa Hawkins

B.A Honours (UVic)
M.A. (University of Alberta)


Areas of research:

  • Print media during the Victorian era


How have your History in Art studies helped you since you graduated?
I went on to complete a Master of Arts degree in Art History at the University of Alberta. I've gained invaluable skills from both degrees and independently curated my own art exhibits at prominent non-profit galleries. It has allowed me to present original research at national conferences, overcoming my fear of public speaking and meeting diverse people across Canada.


Brief Biography
I'm a West-coaster by birth, and a Library Technician thanks to my first diploma. I moved to Victoria the first time after deciding that I adore art history and wanted to get away from the mainland. I was inspired (and encouraged) during my studies at UVic to enter the Honours course and participate in the annual symposium, speaking in front of more people than I had ever imagined I would. I worked as a work-study student in the Fine Arts slide library, updating the collections from slides to digitized images. Inspired by the enthusiasm of the professors, I accepted an offer from the University of Alberta and moved to the harsh winters to complete my Master of Arts degree. While completing my thesis I worked as a graduate teaching assistant and research assistant. I won scholarships from the Ministry of Education and Graduate Student Association and presented original research at the University of Toronto's annual art history symposium while attending the U of A. I volunteered as Graduate Student Association department representative to learn about policies of the university and to have my voice heard. Along with my fellow MA grad students, we formed the Art and Design Graduate Student Association. I volunteered as chair of the curatorial committee and led a team of volunteers during the curating/installation of "Unstable Natures" at Latitude 53 in March 2012. My passion for curating was ignited, and I was fortunate to work at the Society for Northern Alberta Print-artists in the summer of 2012. My task was to curate two exhibits independently using works from the archives. I successfully executed the shows and took the initiative to run a silent auction fundraiser as well. After my defense, I left the cold winters behind as soon as possible and came back to Victoria! I'm filling up my time as an Educational Resource Assistant! at Camosun College/Social Media Coordinator for Awake Cereals! I balance life out with volunteering at the RBCM, yoga, and walking my adorable black lab. Life is pretty good - I don't have any complaints, and will never regret taking Art History!

Thesis link: http://hdl.handle.net/10402/era.31647

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