A creative community

A creative community   Welcome to week two of The Connector, your weekly listing of news, resources, activities and other shareable content from the Faculty of Fine Arts, specifically compiled for distribution during the current health crisis.  One thing...

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The show can go on

The show can go on When the Phoenix Theatre’s season-ending production of The Children’s Hour closed on its March 12 opening night due to the rapidly spreading COVID-19 pandemic, it signalled the swift cancellation of all public programming in the Faculty...

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Fine Arts events cancelled in response to COVID-19

In response to the ongoing and global spread of the COVID-19 virus and the advice of the Provincial Health Officer, the University of Victoria is following provincial guidelines regarding large gatherings. These actions have been taken in consideration of the recent...

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The Children’s Hour looks at power of lies & culture of fear

MARCH 13 UPDATE: Following the advice of the Provincial Health Officer, gatherings of more than 250 people are now cancelled. As a result, this current production of The Children's Hour has been cancelled. Ticket holders will be contacted by the Phoenix box office....

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All-Steinway School celebrations continue

The School of Music’s 12th anniversary celebration as an all-Steinway school continues through March with a special series of concerts and events. UVic became Canada’s very first all-Steinway school in 2008 when we acquired 63 new Steinway pianos—and our students,...

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A flurry of Fine Arts at Belfry’s Spark Fest

Each year, our friends and colleagues at the Belfry Theatre present their SPARK Festival, which offers some of the best small theatrical touring productions in Canada, as well as workshops, staged readings and other events. Now in its 11th year, Fine Arts faculty,...

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Fine Arts shines at Ideafest

From issues in contemporary Indigenous arts to plastic waste, fake news and comic books about very serious topics, UVic’s annual Ideafest always offers one of the most fascinating weeks of the year! Running March 2-7 at locations both on- and off-campus, Ideafest 2020...

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Tiffany Tjosvold embraces art for everyone

When American actress Ali Stroker made history in 2019 by becoming the first wheelchair user to be nominated for—and win—a Tony Award, it was simply another indication that mixed-ability performance instructor Tiffany Tjosvold (BFA ’12, BEd ’14) was on the right...

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Explore UVic—and Fine Arts—on Feb 1

Know a high school student who's thinking about a future in Fine Arts? Don't miss Explore UVic on Saturday, February 1—your chance to find out more about our departments of Writing, Visual Arts, Theatre, Art History & Visual Studies and School of Music. Whether...

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Piano stars celebrate Steinway anniversary

Beginning January 19, the School of Music is celebrating its 12-year anniversary as an All-Steinway School with a series of concerts showcasing the Steinway concert grand pianos, as well as guest talks and unique Steinway experiences. Critically acclaimed pianist,...

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2019 in review: part two

From our amazing alumni and stellar students to new creative spaces, a $1 million-plus donation and the passing of a literary legend, here are the final five top Fine Arts stories of 2019. Active alumni It was a good year for Fine Arts alumni, with School of Music...

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2019 in review: part one

2019 was another exciting year in Fine Arts, with the spotlight turned on our faculty, students and alumni locally, provincially, nationally and internationally. Here are just a few of the top stories from the year that's gone by. Orontes Quartet completes their...

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Seasonal concerts a holiday highlight

As the semester winds up and temperatures begin to drop, it's only natural that thoughts turn to . . . holiday music. Nothing capture the season quite like a community concert, and the School of Music has a number of winter highlights coming up in the days ahead....

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Susan Lewis named new AVP of Academic Planning

Dr. Susan Lewis, Dean of Fine Arts, has been appointed UVic's new Associate Vice-President Academic Planning, effective January 1, 2020. "It has been a privilege to work with such a talented and dedicated group of instructors, faculty and staff, not to mention the...

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A passion for learning, curating and decolonizing

While a passion for Indigenous arts has been driving Melissa Granley’s studies in the Department of Art History & Visual Studies, it was her connection with the natural world that initially attracted her to UVic. “It’s kind of silly, but rabbits have always been...

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Phoenix produces Othello for first time in 53-year history

Conversations around race, misogyny and manipulation of the truth couldn't be more relevant in the recent political landscape. Department of Theatre professor Brian Richmond felt it was important to bring these conversations to the stage and explore parallels between...

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Lifelong supporter of liberal arts donates $1.6 million to UVic

The late Roger J. Bishop — local scholar, avid book collector and lifetime supporter of the arts, humanities and library at UVic —believed so strongly in the power of a liberal arts education and the importance of reference archives that he frequently shipped boxes of...

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Day in the life: Karla Stout

When it comes to dressing for success, Karla Stout knows how to get it right. As the head of wardrobe for the Department of Theatre and a volunteer rober since 1994, Stout has ensured thousands of graduating students look their best when they cross the stage at...

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Final week for Spotlight on Alumni show

With Deparment of Theatre alum Sam Mullins now in his final week of the annual Spotlight on Alumni showcase, he takes a bit of time to talk about the magic of storytelling in Weaksauce & Other Stories, which continues to Oct 19 at UVic's Phoenix Theatre. The show...

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REACH Awards honour 2 professors

Two Fine Arts professors were honoured at UVic's 2019 REACH Awards on October 10. The third annual awards celebrate UVic scholars for their extraordinary contributions in research and teaching, showcasing how recipients lead the way in dynamic learning and make a...

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Syrian guitar quartet completes UVic fellowship

When the Orontes Guitar Quartet were welcomed as Visiting Artists to UVic last November, it was a momentous occasion not only for the Syrian musicians themselves but also the international guitar community. Now, the Orontes are celebrating their time in Canada with a...

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“Master storyteller” Sam Mullins shares greatest hits

Theatre alum and two-time Canadian Comedy Award-winner Sam Mullins has made a career of sharing his own life experiences on stage . . . whether they be the angst-ridden and tender moments of a 16-year-old falling in love for the first time, some hilarious and...

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New agreement with Italy’s Morra Foundation

As a celebration of global contemporary art, the opening of the Venice Biennale in May 2019 provided the ideal backdrop for the formal signing of a three-year research agreement between UVic’s Faculty of Fine Arts and La Fondazione Morra, a major art centre in Naples....

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Visual Arts on view

There’s never been a better month to see the bold contemporary work emerging from our Visual Arts department, thanks to a number of local solo exhibits by professors and alumni. Professor Megan Dickie presents Blue Skies, her latest solo exhibit of new works. Recently...

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Free concert tackles Mysterious Barricades

Imagine a day when the barricades erected around the subjects of suicide and mental illness start to come down. Imagine a day when hundreds of Canada’s finest musicians across the country join together to offer music of healing and hope to those in jeopardy, and to...

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Welcome back & have a snack!

What better way to start the academic year with our annual Fine Arts Welcome (Back) Party? All new & returning Fine Arts students are invited to enjoy free pizza, salads, drinks & cookies from 4 - 6pm Thursday, Sept 12, in the Fine Arts courtyard—please, be...

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