Wondering how to connect your studies to the wider world of the arts? Interested in exploring creative career opportunities? Curious about professional life after graduation? Bring your questions when recent Fine Arts alumni offer the inside scoop in these moderated, informal, free lunch & learn sessions on a variety of topics.

Find out the steps these recent grads took to get where they are—and how they applied skills they already had—in this new Fine Arts Young Alumni Lunch & Learn webinar series.

“Inside the Gallery” with Jenelle Pasiechnik & McKaila Ferguson

What’s it like to work at a regional gallery? How do you make meaningful connections in the art world? How do you connect your studies to the wider art world?

Join two recent Art History & Visual Studies grads who are currently engaged with the arts & community galleries: Jenelle is the curator of contemporary art with the Campbell River Art Gallery and McKaila is the operations & development officer at the Penticton & District Community Arts Council.

12-1pm Friday, March 4: register here

Jenelle Pasiechnik

McKaila Ferguson

Are You Media Ready?” with Cormac O’Brien

Regardless of your artistic discipline, you need to be able to tell your story through words and pictures—but while many people have social media accounts, not everyone knows how to put it to use to leverage their creative careers. Is your content appropriate and relevant? Do you have current and accurate contact information online? If you’re putting yourself out there, what’s the media going to find?

Currently social media manager with Toronto’s Six Shooter Records, Cormac O’Brien is a multifaceted Department of Writing grad who has held all sorts of jobs across multiple arts industries—including musician, journalist, editor, podcast host/creator, content creator, artist manager and graphic designer!

12-1pm Friday, March 25: register here


“Finding Meaningful Work in the Arts” with Caroline Riedel

Everyone wants to find a relevant job after graduation, but what are the actual steps you’ll need to take to get there? How do you make connections and learn to network? How important can volunteering be to career development? What career assistance is available to you, both before and after graduation?

An experienced arts professional, Caroline Riedel is passionate about creating job opportunities help students mobilize classroom learning into rewarding professional experiences. with UVic’s she coaches students & alumni on career development, employment prep and work search transitions.

12-1pm Friday, April 8: register here

Note: these sessions are open to all students and recent alumni.