Fine Arts at IdeaFest 2015

Back for its fourth year, UVic’s IdeaFest is celebrating ideas that can change everything. Organized by the Office of the Vice President Research, IdeaFest runs March 2 to 7 at various venues across campus and offers over 50 panels, workshops, exhibits, lectures and...

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A Day in the Life: Iona Hubner

If proof of a rich life is the cultural treasures by which you surround yourself, then Iona Hubner is wealthy beyond measure. As the Visual Resources Curator for the recently renamed Department of Art History & Visual Studies, Hubner has been immersed in the vast...

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Visual Impetus returns

How do arts and visual culture affect surrounding location and communities? That's the question being asked at the 18th annual Visual Impetus Symposium. Organized by the graduate students of the Department of Art History & Visual Studies, this annual conference...

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Top 10 Fine Arts stories for 2014

2014 sees the end of another busy year here at the Faculty of Fine Arts, where there was always something afoot. Five departments and hundreds of annual concerts, theatrical productions, readings, exhibits and lectures by visiting artists, academics and professionals...

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Five for Fine Arts in Long Service Awards

The annual Long Service Awards were once again held in October, and Fine Arts was well-represented among the faculty and employees being honoured for 25 years or more at UVic. This year, congratulations go out to five Long Service Recognition recipients in Fine Arts....

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History mystery central to First World War exhibit

It’s a history mystery worthy of its own exhibition. When Art History and Visual Studies professor Marcus Milwright began planning his upcoming exhibit The Arts of World War I, he knew there was one item in the university library that he just had to use: a beautiful...

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A September full of events

Now that  university classes are back in session (at least some BC students have returned to school), Fine Arts is also back in action with a full slate of September events. Here's a chronological list of what's coming up in the next few weeks—be sure to check back in...

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Last week for Heaven

If you haven't been to Heaven yet, you've still got time. No need to bother St. Peter, however—simply pop into the Legacy Art Gallery Downtown for the final week of the  exhibit Windows Into Heaven: Religious Icons from the Permanent Collection. Running through to...

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“History in Art” soon to be history

Change is afoot in the Department of History in Art . . . a name change, to be precise. Starting next year, HIA will become the Department of Art History and Visual Studies. “[The name] History in Art is unique—there is no other department in the world with that...

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Four on the Floor

New faces will soon be seen in the faculty boardroom, as four departmental mainstays step into fresh administrative roles for three-year terms. Three new Chairs have been announced: Allana Lindgren in Theatre; David Leach in Writing; and Paul Walde in Visual Arts. Not...

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Rotating and protecting UVic’s art collection

With 2,200 works of art currently on display—out of more than 19,000 pieces in the university’s overall art collection—UVic has more art on view in public, non-museum spaces than at any other university in Canada. Managing the collection responsibly through the Legacy...

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Art on the horizon

With classes ending and the semester wrapping up, it's a good time to pause and take a breather—and what better time to check out some art? There's a fresh batch of exhibits coming up this and next month, all of which showcase the work of both UVic artists and art...

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Recent Fine Arts media roundup

Whatever the season, our Fine Arts faculty always seem to be in the media. The only trick is keeping up with it all! Kicking off 2014, History in Art's Victoria Wyatt was announced as a contributor to the influential Edge blog. For those not familiar with Edge, it's...

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Getting medieval

It's not a time machine per se, but it just might be the next best thing when it comes to art history. The 34th annual Canadian Conference of Medieval Art Historians runs March 7 and 8 right here at UVic, and features a fascinating lineup of speakers and presentations...

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Jamie Kemp wins teaching award

Jamie Kemp is back in the news again. The busy History in Art and Medieval Studies PhD candidate was named one of three recipients of UVic’s Andy Farquharson Teaching Excellence Award for Graduate Students on February 6. Not that this is surprising for the 2012 TEDx...

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Fine Arts at IdeaFest

Want to change the world? All you need is the right idea. UVic's third annual IdeaFest is back and ready to expand your mind with fascinating ideas from fascinating people. Running March 3 to 8 at various venues across campus, IdeaFest offers over 50 ideas worth...

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Adasla performance on February 22

Now that the exhibit Adasla: The Movement of Hands is open at the Legacy Downtown and the Big Button Blanket has had its inaugural dance at the opening ceremonies of UVic's annual Diversity Research Forum at First People's House, the focus now shifts to the next...

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Going for the gold . . . in art?

Who says you're never too old to compete in the Olympics? Just ask John Copley—he was 73 when he won a Silver Medal in the 1948 London Olympics. A septugenarian shotputter, perhaps? A sailor still in his prime? Nope—Copley won Silver for art in the "Mixed Paintings,...

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Upcoming events

As always, there's plenty going on in the Fine Arts faculty. Here's a quick roundup of what's coming up in the next couple of weeks: Open Word: Reading and Ideas with Gillian Jerome The founder of Canadian Women in the Literary Arts and celebrated co-creator of Hope...

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Media roundup for early January

2014 started off fast and furious for Fine Arts, with a flurry of media coverage coming out of the new year's gate. Wrapping up 2013, History in Art's Eva Baboula was interviewed by Vancouver's Jewish Independent newspaper for this late December article. She was...

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Who’s in the news

Wow, it's been a busy month for Fine Arts in the news. Not only did we already run this media roundup earlier in November, as well as a post about the fantastic reviews the latest Phoenix show has been getting, but there's also been a flurry of new media activity well...

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Fall events in Fine Arts: November

It's another busy month for Fine Arts events, with a pair of exclusive gallery exhibitions, as well as a full lineup of readings, concerts, visiting artists, the first Phoenix Theatre mainstage production of the 2013-14 season and a special gala literary celebration...

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Canada’s first course in Jewish Art

What kind of visual art, objects and buildings are associated with Jewish culture? How and when did synagogues appear? What does art tell us about the daily life of the Jews? How was Judaism in turn received, reflected or rejected in the other artistic traditions of...

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October events in Fine Arts

Okay, where did September go? Somehow the first month of the school year zoomed by faster than a speeding bunny pursued by a campus groundskeeper. Ah well, on to October, which has its own busy schedule of events ready to go. • First up is the Lafayette String...

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Departmental updates

Another year, another round of changes to our departments. Here's a quick guide to what's going on behind the scenes in Fine Arts. The Department of Theatre has a guest lighting designer this year—Paphavee (Poe) Limkul from Bangkok, Thailand. Limkul is the first...

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Fine Arts events: September

While the semester has only just begun, we're already looking at a pretty full agenda of Fine Arts events for the fall. Below you'll find the September lineup, but be sure to check what's happening in October, November and December as well. • The first Visiting Artist...

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New student positions at Legacy Gallery

Looking to gain professional experience in an art gallery while you study? UVic's Legacy Art Gallery is seeking workstudy students to act as Curatorial Assistants for the 2013-14 academic year. Four exciting positions are open for students interested in exhibitions,...

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Electrifying electives

Looking for some fascinating electives this year? Fine Arts and History in Art have got you covered with this outstanding selection of courses guaranteed to widen your knowledge of the world around you. From studying photography and different periods of visual art to...

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Summer art tours at UVic

It's hard to think of a better way to spend a summer afternoon than taking a tour of UVic's art collection. Whether exploring the vast amount of art on campus or checking out downtown's Legacy Art Gallery, the general public is welcome to see what we've got on...

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Curating achievement

Some students start in Fine Arts, while others find their way here. Slide History in Art Honours student Regan Shrumm into the latter category. After starting in the English department, Shrumm found her way to our side of the Ring Road when she signed up for Melissa...

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Summer hours for Arts Place

A quick update on summer hours for Arts Place: there aren't any. Yep, due to the slow traffic in Fine Arts this summer, Arts Place will not be open in July and August. It will reopen again for regular hours on Wednesday, September 4 . . . just in time to get us all...

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Fine Arts @ the edge of Congress 2013

Unrivaled in scope and impact, the annual Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities—known simply as “Congress”—is now (amazingly) in its 82nd year. This flagship event is much more than Canada’s largest gathering of scholars across disciplines. Organized by the...

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