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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Dreamy reviews for Phoenix’s Dream

Media coverage of Phoenix's new production of A Midsummer Night's Dream has been brisk, with both previews and reviews praising director and Department of Theatre professor Fran Gebhard's 1970s revamp of Shakespeare's much-loved romantic comedy fantasy. Gebhard talks...

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Shakespeare goes punk

Fran Gebhard, Department of Theatre professor and director of the new Phoenix production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, remembers New York City in 1978: the Ramones were rocking CBGB’s nightclub in Greenwich Village and the flower-power generation was on its way out,...

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Education, Bangkok-style

From November 3 to 9, UVic will be celebrating International Education Week. Showcasing the significant contribution international education makes to our social, economic, and cultural well-being, IEW also supports Canada’s ongoing efforts to engage on the...

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The colour of love

We all know the colour of money and the colour of jealousy, but leave it to acclaimed Department of Theatre design professor Mary Kerr to bring us the colour of love. Kerr's new play, Bella: The Colour of Love, debuts at the Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts'...

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Alumni find love at the Phoenix

Most people come to UVic in pursuit of education. Two Phoenix alumni, however, found love and a life together in theatre “It feels like coming full circle," says alumna Kaitlin Williams (BFA'09). Ten years ago, Williams met Mack Gordon (BFA '08) when they were two...

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Five for Fine Arts in GG list

When it comes to the really big awards, we always hope there will be at least one name on the list associated with our faculty—or, if we're really lucky, sometimes even two. Colour us amazed then that this year's list of the English-language finalists in the Governor...

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India field school spotlights intergenerational theatre

University of Victoria - India Intergenerational Theatre for Development Field School from Matthew Gusul on Vimeo. The buildings may have been repaired, but two key segments of the population in the southeastern coastal region of India are still struggling to overcome...

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Diversity highlighted in alumni concert

It may seem unusual to pair a classical violist with a folk band in concert, but the two acts  performing in the School of Music’s inaugural Emerging Artists Alumni Series concert have a lot in common. Nothing short of eclectic, these artists are skilled on multiple...

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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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Funny writing secrets revealed

There’s nothing funny about being a writer—although a good writer can make anything seem funny. Just ask Mark Leiren-Young. An award-winning author, journalist, playwright, screenwriter and University of Victoria alumnus, Leiren-Young will be focusing on humour...

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Fringe Festival—or Phoenix Festival?

It seems with each passing year, more and more Phoenix Theatre students and alumni are showing up in the annual Victoria Fringe Festival—and this year's no different. For those who want to bat for the home team, here's a quick list to those Phoenixers who are acting,...

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What is The F Word?

Let's say right off the top that The F Word is not what you think. Not only is the "F" in question actually "friend", but The F Word itself is a new movie starring Daniel Radcliffe—yep, he of Harry Potter fame. But the Fine Arts connection? The F Word is actually the...

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Blackstone on the wing

Much like the birds she loves to photograph, Dean of Fine Arts Dr. Sarah Blackstone has flown the nest, thanks to her new appointment as Acting Associate Vice-President Academic Planning. Effective August 15, Dean Blackstone will be stepping up to fill the shoes of...

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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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Theatre grad already in good company

It’s safe to say few students would be proud of being called a scam artist, but Department of Theatre graduate Max Johnson’s pride comes from the spelling. Johnson, who has been working for local professional theatrical company Theatre SKAM since 2011 (whose...

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Summer plans (part two)

What else is on the horizon for Fine Arts faculty members? Department of Writing professor Lee Henderson has his sophomore novel, The Road Narrows As You Go, coming out this fall . . . which he's, uh, still putting the finishing touches to this summer. But it has...

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Summer plans (part one)

Who doesn't like summer? Classes are finished, the fall semester is still far enough away to not worry about and we've all got some time to put towards our own creative practices. What's on deck for some of our faculty this summer? Let's find out. Outgoing Associate...

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More Writing prizes & nominations

There's never a slow season, it seems, when it comes to honouring faculty, students and alumni of the Writing department. Newly minted Writing MFA Erin Frances Fisher was announced as the winner of the 20th annual $5,000 Writers' Trust RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for...

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Phoenix alumni nominated for Jessies

The nominations for Vancouver's 32nd annual Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards are out, and there are once again a number of Phoenix Theatre alumni on the list! The Jessies  are divided into three categories: Large Theatre, Small Theatre, and Theatre for Young...

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Fine Arts in the 2014 M Awards

While their printed format may have changed, the local Monday Magazine is still running their annual M Awards honouring what they describe as "Greater Victoria's best and brightest in the arts and entertainment field." Fine Arts faculty, students, staff and alumni...

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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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Phoenix’s Unity (1918) “a visual poem”

Here's a tip if you're planning on seeing Unity (1918) at the Phoenix Theatre this week: book fast! Given the outstanding reviews the show has been receiving, tickets won't last long—and the show closes after two final performances on Saturday, March 22. Click here...

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Unity (1918) is history in the making

Kevin Kerr is coming full circle. Back in 2002, the noted playwright received the Governor General’s Literary Award for Unity (1918); now a professor in the Department of Writing, Kerr is directing his first show for Phoenix Theatre this month—and it’s Unity (1918), a...

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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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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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Meet Michael Whitfield, 2014’s Distinguished Alumni

It’s hard to think of a more deserving person to be named Distinguished Alumni than Michael Whitfield. Not only is Whitfield (BA, 1967) a veteran lighting designer with an enviable career illuminating professional stages across North America, but he literally got in...

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Jennifer Wise wins playwriting competition

Congratulations to Department of Theatre associate professor Jennifer Wise for winning The Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition for her 2013 play The Girl Rabbi of the Golden West. Based on a true story, Wise's Girl Rabbi explores the experience of Ray Frank, a...

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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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Phoenix wins Critics Choice Awards—again

Phoenix Theatre picked up a pair of wins in the 13th annual local Critic's Choice Spotlight Awards. Celebrating excellence in local theatre, Phoenix is no stranger to the Spotlights—they've frequently won in the past—and this year is no exception, with current...

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High praise for new Phoenix play

Judging from the reviews rolling in, the latest production from Phoenix Theatre is proving the adage than an oldie can absolutely be a goodie. First mounted way back in 1942, Thornton Wilder's The Skin of Our Teeth won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama—as did his better...

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