Sacred art, sacred teachings

It has been a busy couple of years for Rande Cook. Beyond his duties as chief of Vancouver Island’s ’Namgis Nation and his commitments as an in-demand contemporary artist with an international practice, Cook just completed two back-to-back terms as the Audain...

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Concert pays tribute to Maureen Forrester

The UVic Orchestra honours the extraordinary Canadian mezzo-soprano Maureen Forrester in a concert on October 27 in UVic's Farquhar Auditorium. Often described as one of the world's leading contraltos, Forrester was an artist who not only achieved great acclaim but...

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Tim Lilburn becomes first Canadian to receive international award

Distinguished poet and respected Department of Writing professor Tim Lilburn has become the first Canadian to receive the European Medal of Poetry and Art. Commonly referred to as the “Homer Medal,” Lilburn was presented with the 2017 prize by visiting Beijing poet...

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Phoenix alumni are making history

Each fall, Phoenix Theatre's Spotlight on Alumni offers the chance for returning alumni to share their experiences with both audiences and current students alike. This year's spotlight features a pair of performers who are currently living their dreams, every day, as...

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French Connections concert unites community

Music and food have a way of bringing people together — colleagues, friends, communities — and the Faculty Chamber Music concert and dinner on October 14 is no exception. Faculty and alumni will join on stage with some special guests for a 50th anniversary celebratory...

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Annual LSQ health forum gets brainy

Staying informed is an important part of staying healthy — a fact the Lafayette String Quartet well knows. For the past 12 years, these artists-in-residence and School of Music professors have hosted their annual free Health Awareness Forum, with topics ranging from...

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Remembering Erich Schwandt

Whether they realize it or not, generations of graduating UVic students have been touched by the music of Dr. Erich Schwandt. Professor Emeritus of Musicology in the School of Music, Dr. Schwandt passed away in Victoria on August 2. A native of California, he attended...

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Busy fall for Visual Arts faculty

It's a busy season for our Visual Arts professors, a number of whom have exhibits of new work on view, both locally, nationally and internationally. Visual Arts professor and alumnus Robert Youds presents City Cut Flowers, a solo exhibit of new works, until Sept 30 at...

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Doc screening features Canadian theatre & TV legends

The Department of Theatre is dipping into the world of film for a special screening of Robin & Mark & Richard III. Better still, the filmmakers — Canadian theatrical legends themselves — will be on hand for an exclusive session only for Fine Arts students and...

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Sandra Meigs joins Canada’s academic elite

Contemporary artist and newly retired Visual Arts professor Sandra Meigs has been named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC)—Canada’s highest academic honour. The title has been bestowed on only 2,000 Canadians in the 134-year history of the RSC, and has just...

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New Student Welcome — and welcome back!

If you're new to Fine Arts, we'd just like to offer you a big welcome — as well as a hearty "welcome back" to all our returning students! We/re happy to have you join our vibrant student community here in Fine Arts. But we appreciate that first year can be a difficult...

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Art History alumni fuel Integrate Arts Festival

It's not often you find an off-campus arts event that's almost exclusively organized by Fine Arts alumni and students, but that's exactly what you'll find when you peak behind the curtain at 2017's Integrate Arts Festival. Originally dubbed the Off-The-Grid Art Crawl,...

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Your guide to Fine Arts Fringers

No question, the annual Fringe Fest is one of Victoria's best-loved festivals of any kind. Now in its 31st year, the Victoria Fringe Festival offers 330 performances of 58 shows by 350 artists in nearly a dozen venues around town — as well as a number of free...

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A summer of Visual Arts

It's been a busy summer for Visual Arts faculty, students and alumni — thanks to a number of new projects, installations and exhibits happening locally, nationally and internationally. Here's a quick roundup: Professor Daniel Laskarin unveiled a new sculpture at...

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Legacy Art Galleries does the Wright thing

2017 marks the 150th anniversary of celebrated US architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth. It is also the year UVic will return seven Wright-designed stained glass windows to their original setting in Buffalo, New York. UVic acquired the windows only five years after the...

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Swimming into the past

Despite unseasonably cold winds and unusually choppy waves, intermedia artist Paul Walde dove into the waters of Algonquin Park’s Canoe Lake on July 8 and, after months of preparation, completed the first stage of The Tom Thomson Centennial Swim.   Occurring on...

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Canadian comedy star & Phoenix alum Chris Wilson joins Air Farce

Looking for a fun —and funny — way to celebrate Canada 150? Spend July 1 with Department of Theatre alumnus Chris Wilson on CBC TV’s Air Farce Canada 150 special. Wilson, best known as one-half of the multiple award-winning comedy duo Peter N’ Chris, is one of two new...

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Experiences of migrant youth explored in new play

How can theatre activate the experiences of migrant youth, while at the same time providing a window into the experiences they face while assimilating into a new culture, new society and new city? Questions like this are at the heart of a new Applied Theatre...

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Visual Arts student keeps sex safe . . . and cute

Third year Visual Arts student Cassidy Luteijn is making the news as one of the finalists for a Canada 150 condom wrapper design contest. Her uniquely “Canadian” imagery includes a hippy beaver and a moose draped in underwear. As she explains in this interview in the...

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Two artists, one lake, 100 years apart

On July 8, 1917, iconic Canadian painter Tom Thomson drowned in Algonquin Park's Canoe Lake. Now, on the 100th anniversary of Thomson’s death, intermedia artist and Visual Arts chair Paul Walde will swim the length of Canoe Lake — accompanied by a synchronized swim...

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Maestro Timothy Vernon becomes Honorary Doctor of Music

When this year's group of graduating Fine Arts students cross the stage of UVic's Farquhar Auditorium on June 13, they'll find themselves in the presence of a true master — or maestro — as Timothy Vernon will also be receiving an Honorary Doctor of Music (DMus) on the...

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Graduating Visual Arts project a bold step forward

It sounds like a riddle: what has six legs, was built for camping and can walk on its own? The answer, however, is no joke — it’s actually the incredibly complex final project of Visual Arts BFA graduate Xiao Xue. Aptly titled “Something to Ponder On: A Walking...

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Music research leads to REACH Award

She has helped uncover the forgotten works of suppressed composers and played alongside the likes of the National Orchestra of Taiwan and the Moody Blues. Now, the research and creative practice of School of Music flute professor and music scholar Suzanne Snizek is...

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Applied Theatre offers hope to many

Most people likely see theatre as a form of entertainment, but for anyone working with global refugees and internally displaced persons, theatre can also offer a sense of hope and community. Consider the global impact of the work of UVic applied theatre PhD student...

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UNO Fest thick with Fine Arts talent

From the underground to the mainstream, Intrepid Theatre’s annual UNO Fest is a hotbed of contemporary solo theatre and performance. Originally launched by Theatre alumna Janet Munsil in the basement of Victoria’s Bedford Hotel in 1997, UNO Fest is celebrating 20...

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2017 MFA show is Pending Approval

Looking for the very best in emerging contemporary art practice? Don’t miss the annual MFA exhibition at UVic’s Department of Visual Arts. Ironically titled Pending Approval, this year’s MFA exhibit features work by five graduating artists: Evan Locke, Heather Koning,...

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Composer uses major award to explore global migration

Internationally recognized composer and School of Music Associate Professor Dániel Péter Biró can now add one of North America’s most prestigious awards to his list of honours — the Guggenheim Fellowship. And he’ll be using the one-year award worth $50,000 US to...

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Visual Arts BFA show is both an exhibit and course

The end of the academic year also means the start of the annual Visual Arts BFA show—which, for the current crop of graduating students, means Another Year. The BFA grad show is always one of the highlights of the year here in Fine Arts, and the current exhibition is...

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Event in Victoria’s queer history inspires new play & course

A new play written by Department of Theatre professor Jennifer Wise and performed by Theatre students celebrates a little-known event in Victoria’s gay history. Wise's A Queer Trial tells the real-life story of John Butt, an openly gay Victoria man who, in 1860, was...

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“Our women have always carved”

The newest exhibit at UVic's Legacy Gallery Downtown seeks to correct gendered colonial myths with works by Ellen Neel, a woman carver of the Northwest Coast. Ellen Newman Neel (Kwagiulth, Kwickwasutaineuk and 'Namgis) is often described as the first Northwest Coast...

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