Celebrating 50 years of great theatre

This fall, UVic’s Department of Theatre will celebrate 50 years of creating great theatre—and great artists. Along they way, the Phoenix has also created some incredible moments on their stages. Generations of students (literally, they have several...

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Cedric Bomford wins $15,000 Canada Council award

Congratulations go out to Visual Arts professor Cedric Bomford, who was announced on July 12 as the visual arts winner of the $15,000 Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award. Presented annually by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Awards are...

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Summer in the city

While our classrooms and studios may be quiet this summer, that doesn’t mean our Fine Arts faculty, students and alumni are lazing in the summer haze. While many spend their time researching or working on creative projects, summer is traditionally a busy time in...

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Dr Susan Lewis becomes the new Dean of Fine Arts

We are proud to announce that Dr. Susan Lewis has been selected as the new Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts for a five-year term beginning July 1, 2016. She will be the ninth Dean since Fine Arts became a faculty in 1969, and has already been serving as Acting Dean...

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School of Music announces new brass scholarship

The sound of studying just got a little sweet for first-year UVic School of Music students, thanks to a new brass scholarship from Yamaha Canada Music. Beginning in the fall of 2016, and continuing for the next three years, the Joan Watson Memorial Scholarship will...

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Regan Shrumm wins Lieutenant Governor’s Silver Medal

While much of the convocation spotlight naturally falls on our undergraduates, we’re pleased to see recent Art History & Visual Studies alumna Regan Shrumm step back into the spotlight on June 15 as the recipient of UVic’s 2015 Lieutenant Governor’s Silver...

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Connor Gaston’s The Devout sweeps Leo Awards

Hearty congratulations go out to the Fine Arts alumni team behind the locally shot 2015 feature film The Devout—including writer/director Connor Gaston and producers Daniel Hogg and Amanda Verhagen—which won seven major awards out of 14 nominations at the annual Leo...

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Gareth Gaudin’s Perogy Cat gets a book—and theme song

With puffy white features and a lovable personality, the Perogy Cat is an iconic local comic character whose popularity has inspired art projects worldwide. Now the plump feline ventures onto the high seas in The Perogy Cat, a hardcover kids’ book illustrated and...

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Visual Arts alumna Jody DeSchutter creates a fresh perspective

Jody DeSchutter working on her Centennial Square panels in fall 2015 DeSchutter comparing fabric swatches before painting the patterns onto her mural panel (photo: Leya Anderson) DeSchutter shows off her in-process panel, with the fabric patterns and stylized tree...

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Faculty comings and goings

A number of longtime faculty members are retiring this year, including Theatre’s Allan Stichbury (design), Visual Arts‘ Vikky Alexander (photography) and Writing’s Lynne Van Luven (creative nonfiction), as well as the School of Music’s Louis Ranger (trumpet) and...

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Bill Gaston receives the 2016 Craigdarroch Award

For 38 years, Bill Gaston’s award-winning prose has exemplified the relentless curiosity, deep human empathy, acute moral vision and commitment to exploring new creative frontiers that are at the heart of artistic excellence. Now, the veteran Department of Writing...

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A busy spring for Writing

It’s been a busy spring for the Writing department, with a wide variety of faculty and alumni in the spotlight for award nominations and new book releases. Poetry professor and Governor General’s Award-winning poet Tim Lilburn has released The Names...

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MFA exhibit offers mix of practices

Always looking for a new way to present work, the Department of Visual Arts has changed the format of their annual exhibition by graduating students of their MFA program. Rather than presenting one large exhibit featuring all the graduating MFA students, this...

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Annual BFA show reveals “Iterations” of contemporary art

If you think organizing an art show is simply about hanging paintings on a wall, think again. As the annual Bachelor of Fine Arts graduating exhibit in the Department of Visual Arts reveals, there’s as much innovation as inspiration behind a well-planned exhibition....

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Audain Professor Rande Cook raises awareness with class and art

One of the best things about an annual guest teaching position is the diversity it offers students. Now in its sixth year in the visual arts department, the Audain Professorship of Contemporary Art Practice of the Pacific Northwest has benefited from a variety of...

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Technology promotes dynamic learning

Call it learning 360. When Writing professor Maureen Bradley teaches digital media for storytellers, her venue is a departure from the typical university lecture hall: no podium, desk seating or front of the classroom. Instead, tables with roller-wheel chairs line the...

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Four from Visual Arts shortlisted for Philip B. Lind art prize

When Vancouver’s Presentation House Gallery announced the eight nominees for their inaugural Philip B. Lind Emerging Artist Prize in March, the Visual Arts department was proud to have connections to half the nominees. Among the artists nominated for this new...

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2016 Youth Poet Laureate Ann-Bernice Thomas speaks her mind

Ann-Bernice Thomas doesn’t even hesitate when asked the most surprising aspect of being named the City of Victoria’s 2016 Youth Poet Laureate. “All the attention,” she says with a quick laugh. “Considering I didn’t really hear anything about last...

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Graduating Visual Arts MFAs present a Solo Series

Always looking for a new way to present work, the Department of Visual Arts has changed the format of their annual exhibition by graduating students of their MFA program. Rather than presenting one large exhibit featuring all the graduating MFA students, this...

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“Summer and Smoke” is a show of firsts and lasts

Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke, the final Phoenix Theatre production for the 2015/2016 season, is definitely a production of firsts and lasts for director and MFA candidate Alan Brodie and set designer and Theatre professor Allan Stichbury. While it marks...

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Astri Wright curates International Women’s Day exhibit

When it comes to community engagement, it’s hard to beat an art show where more than 70 local artists contribute work for an exhibition proposed, organized, curated and displayed by a team of Art History & Visual Studies faculty and alumni. Women Hold up Half the...

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Carl Wilson’s Tears

If you’re the kind of person who cries at movies, take heart—you’re not alone. Whether the tears are of joy, sadness, or cathartic relief, Carl Wilson says crying in response to culture is commonplace. This year’s Harvey Stevenson Southam Lecturer in Journalism and...

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Fine Arts in the spotlight at Ideafest

As millennia of human progress and innovation has proven, ideas can change everything. And ideas once again take centre-stage on campus with Ideafest, UVic’s annual research festival. Running from March 7-12, Ideafest celebrates some of the brightest minds and...

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Off the stage and into the world

The best way to gauge the impact of your work is always to test it in the field. For Fine Arts undergrad Clare Mathison, that meant getting out of UVic’s Phoenix Theatre and onto the world stage . . . in Thailand. Mathison was only the third student to participate in...

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Graham McMonagle has designs on the future

While the majority of Department of Theatre graduate students are working professionals looking to further their academic credentials, Graham McMonagle is truly exceptional. A professional dancer for 20 years and the co-founder of Victoria’s Canadian Pacific Ballet...

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What can fish see?

The gap between the molecular basis of fish vision and the colour calibrations of a large-format printer may seem as wide as the space between UVic’s Biology and Visual Arts departments, but a recent collaborative project brought the two much closer together. It...

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Joan MacLeod’s work goes from headlines to centre-stage

When it comes to researching a new play, internationally celebrated playwright and Department of Writing professor Joan MacLeod often takes inspiration from the headlines. From the murder of Victoria teenager Reena Virk to issues facing new immigrants and the...

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Fine Arts a big part of Victoria Film Festival

If it’s February, it must be time for the Victoria Film Festival! This year, in addition to the usual lineup of great feature and short films running February 5-14—including a number by Fine Arts faculty and alumni—the VFF is offering special free attendance for...

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Visual Impetus XIX

For 19 years now, graduate students of the Art History & Visual Studies department have been planning, organizing and mounting their own annual symposium to showcase the kind of dynamic research they’ve been undertaking. And they’re back again this...

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