Orion Series presents Visiting Artist Curtis Santiago

The Orion
Lecture Series in Fine Arts

Through the generous support of the Orion Fund in Fine Arts, the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Victoria, is pleased to present:

Curtis Santiago

Multidisciplinary artist, musician

7:30 – 9:00 pm (PST) Wednesday, March 24 2021

 

Free & open to the public via Zoom

Presented by UVic’s Department of Visual Arts
For more information on this lecture please email: visualarts@uvic.ca 

A multidisciplinary approach 

Curtis Talwst Santiago (b. 1979, Edmonton, Alberta) studied as an apprentice of Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun. Santiago has exhibited internationally at venues such as The Drawing Center, New York, NY; The FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY; The New Museum, New York, NY; The Eli and Edythe Broad Museum at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI; the Institute of Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA; the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan, Canada; The Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miami, FL; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada; Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, The Rooms, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada and the SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA; among others.

Listen to this November 2020 interview on CBC Radio’s Q, or get a taste of his work in this short trailer from the CBC TV series In The Making.  

 

The artist was included in the inaugural 2019 Toronto Biennial of Art in Toronto, Canada, the SITE Santa Fe SITELines.2018 Biennial, Casa Tomada, in Santa Fe, NM, and was featured in the 2018 Biennale de Dakar in Dakar, Senegal. He is currently an active board member on the Board of Directors for the Drawing Center in New York and has been invited to be an artist in residence this September 2021 at Black Rock Senegal.

His work is in the permanent collection of the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY. Santiago considers himself decentralized and is currently living and working in Munich, Germany.

About the Orion Fund

Established through the generous gift of an anonymous donor, the Orion Fund in Fine Arts is designed to bring distinguished visitors from other parts of Canada—and the world—to the University of Victoria’s Faculty of Fine Arts, and to make their talents and achievements available to faculty, students, staff and the wider Greater Victoria community who might otherwise not be able to experience their work.

The Orion Fund also exists to encourage institutions outside Canada to invite regular faculty members from our Faculty of Fine Arts to be visiting  artists/scholars at their institutions; and to make it possible for Fine Arts faculty members to travel outside Canada to participate in the academic life of foreign institutions and establish connections and relationships with them in order to encourage and foster future exchanges.

Free and open to the public  |  Seating is limited (500 Zoom connections) |  Visit our online events calendar at www.uvic.ca/events

Zoom into our spring Fine Arts open house on March 9

Already enrolled in UVic’s Faculty of Fine Arts for the 2021/22 academic year? Still thinking about it? Either way, bring your questions to our free Fine Arts online open house, running 6-7pm Tuesday, March 9 via Zoom.

Register for the open house here. Registration closes two hours before the event.

School of Music student Lea Fetterman in February 2021 (photo: Dani Neira)

Your future in the arts

At the March 9 open house, you can talk frankly with faculty members from each of our departments, as well as co-op & career and our student advisor, to learn how our programs can help you achieve your creative future. 

From Art History & Visual Studies to Theatre, Visual Arts, Writing and our School of Music, we offer BC’s only dedicated fine arts faculty—which means you’ll be creating and learning in a like-minded community!

Whatever your creative path, UVic’s Fine Arts faculty offers a dynamic community where curiosity, experimentation and exploration are the cornerstones of the learning environment.

Our focus on dynamic, hands-on learning—anchored by state-of-the-art, purpose-built facilities—offers an extraordinary environment for artistic expression and the integration of research and education.

Fine Arts will help you develop the critical thinking and communications skills necessary to navigate and succeed in our rapidly changing and increasingly interconnected society. With us, you’ll make ideas come to life, develop and hone your abilities, all while collaborating with peers from various disciplines. 

Visual Arts student Rudra Manani’s “Get Your Om On” (2020, digital photograph)

Everything connects

As part of our open house, you can also sit in on the sample Zoom lecture “Everything connects: ways of thinking, the Internet and addressing climate change” presented by Art History & Visual Studies professor Victoria Wyatt from 6-7pm Thursday, March 11. An award-winning teacher, Wyatt will discuss how we can’t solve today’s complex problems—such as climate change—using the same way of thinking that allowed them to develop.

Instead, the global challenges we face require us to consider invisible interconnections and complicated relationships, and to understand how everything connects. As an interactive information web, the Internet encourages us to explore the relationships between ideas and to actively engage in navigating those connections.

Discover how the Internet may help our society shift to an “ecosystems” way of thinking emphasizing relationships and interconnections—and how vital this approach is when it comes to addressing the problems the world faces today. You’ll also explore the surprising ways that Fine Arts courses will help you use this type of thinking to benefit yourself, your career and your communities. 

This event will be held on Zoom. Registration closes two hours in advance.

AHVS professor Victoria Wyatt

Victoria Wyatt (UVic Photo Services)

Reading Break student wellness message

With the Winter 2021 Reading Break now upon us, the faculty and staff of Fine Arts offer this short message as a way to remind our students to pause, breathe and consider their own sense of wellness in a very stressful year. As School of Music professor Adam Con tells us all, “happy body, happy mind—happy mind, happy spirit”.

Students, please take some time to rest and recover this Reading Break.

Orion Series presents composer & performer Gayle Young

The Orion
Lecture Series in Fine Arts

Through the generous support of the Orion Fund in Fine Arts, the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Victoria, is pleased to present:

Gayle Young

Composer, performer, instrument designer
 

Wednesday-Friday, Feb 24-26
Three separate events (see below for details) 

 

All are free & open to the public via Zoom (link for each Zoom event below or via the School of Music events calendar

Presented by UVic’s School of Music

For more information on this lecture please email: music@uvic.ca 

A multitude of skills  

Gayle Young is a Canadian composer, performer, instrument designer, curator and author. Her music and sound installations include a wide variety of sound sources, from electronic and orchestral instruments, to found stone and wood.

In the late 1970s, Young developed notational systems and designed musical instruments to facilitate explorations in unusual tunings. She continues to combine her interests in tuning and soundscape by recording environmental noise of highways, railways, rivers and ocean shorelines through tuned tubing. 

Young has also authored the biography of Hugh Le Caine (1914-1977), the foremost Canadian inventor of electronic instruments. She has written extensively about sound exploration, bringing attention to the exploration and experience of sound, and edited Musicworks Magazine for many years.

Workshop on microtonality & tuning

A specialist in microtonality, tuning systems, sound art and instrument design, Young will be offering a free workshop from 10:30-11:20am on Wednesday, Feb. 24, focussing on her theoretical research into tunings systems and how this has impacted her work.

In 1978, Young played the first of many concerts featuring compositions for microtonal instruments she designed and built. Her Columbine is a 63-note percussion instrument using 23 pitches per octave in an expanded just intonation tuning system. Her Amaranth is a 24-stringed zither with moveable bridges that enable flexible tunings. Her Allium is a 9-stringed aluminum instrument. 

Lecture-recital

Young will present a free public lecture from 5-6:30pm on Thursday, Feb. 25.  In addition to discussing her varied career—involving concert composition for both acoustic and electronic forces, installation and sound art—she will present a selection of videos both of her work and featuring her playing her own instruments, while also providing commentary on her pieces. Questions will be open to the public. 

Composition masterclass 

Finally, from 1-3pm on Friday, Feb. 26Young will host a composition masterclass. Through composition lessons, she will offer constructive feedback on original compositions by our School of Music students. Young’s mentorship is informed by conceptual/musical considerations as well as pragmatic realities such as exciting the listener and performer’s imagination and curiosity.

About the Orion Fund

Established through the generous gift of an anonymous donor, the Orion Fund in Fine Arts is designed to bring distinguished visitors from other parts of Canada—and the world—to the University of Victoria’s Faculty of Fine Arts, and to make their talents and achievements available to faculty, students, staff and the wider Greater Victoria community who might otherwise not be able to experience their work. 

The Orion Fund also exists to encourage institutions outside Canada to invite regular faculty members from our Faculty of Fine Arts to be visiting  artists/scholars at their institutions; and to make it possible for Fine Arts faculty members to travel outside Canada to participate in the academic life of foreign institutions and establish connections and relationships with them in order to encourage and foster future exchanges.

Free and open to the public  |  Seating is limited (500 Zoom connections) |  Visit our online events calendar at www.uvic.ca/events

December 1 is Giving Tuesday

Are you ready to “add sprinkles” to the UVic experience on Giving Tuesday on December 1?

Giving Tuesday is a global celebration of philanthropy that inspires people to support their favourite causes in any way they can. At UVic, Giving Tuesday is where small acts of philanthropy add up to make a big difference to our campus, students and community—much like sprinkles being added to a cookie or cupcake.

UVic has been celebrating Giving Tuesday for a number of years now, with more than $250,000 raised overall—last year alone saw over 3,300 people in our campus and alumni community raise over $167,000! 

Just visit UVic’s Giving Tuesday page to help us reach this year’s goal—donations run from midnight November 30 to 11:59pm on December 1.

 

Fine Arts Student Community Impact Award

We are looking for 25 Giving Tuesday donors to the Community Impact Award—five for each of our five innovative Fine Arts departments. And thanks to a generous matching gift, if we reach this goal, we will unlock an additional $500 for the award!

We’re asking you to show what UVic means to you by donating or unlocking dollars (through participating in games and challenges) for the Giving Tuesday fund of your choice. This year, working with faculties and departments across campus, UVic has identified 20 Giving Tuesday Priority Funds that range from supporting health and wellness to COVID-19 research, social justice and community outreach programs. 

Anyone can take part through a variety of ways—through donating, playing the online games and engaging on social media—that will help us reach our fundraising and participation goals.

Theatre students brought live performance to an arts-starved Victoria this summer with Theatre SKAM’s portable play projects

 

How it works

🔍 PLAY: Campus Quest – RBC Temple of Generosity. To celebrate Giving Tuesday, world famous UVic Alumni, Dr. Phil Anthropist has announced they’ve hidden a treasure on campus and is challenging students to locate it. UVic students have just 24 hours to work together to unlock up to $5,500 in donations before the Temple of Generosity disappears forever! Uvic.ca/campusquest

BUY COFFEE: Pick up a java at Boardwalk café or Starbucks on campus between 8am & noon and UVic Food Services will donate $1 from drip or $2 from specialty to UVic’s Giving Tuesday funds. (Or simply add a $2 donation to your order!)

🤳 SHARE: #AddSprinklesUVic Using this hashtag on your social media posts will unlock $2 donation from the UVic Alumni Association.

⏱️ DONATE: There are over 20 funds to choose from. Any gift, big or small, will make a difference and help us reach our fundraising and participation goals.

💌 GIVING GRAMS: Spread sprinkles by sending a gift – a donation to the UVic fund of the recipient’s choice – along with a message of gratitude or positivity to a friend, colleague, or individual. Every Giving Gram sent will unlock funds from a sponsor to support the UVSS Food Bank & Free Store.

🔑  UNLOCK: Check out the 24-hr challenges to see how your gift can unlock up to $48k and double or triple your impact.

 

What the heck is “add sprinkles” anyway?

If you’ve ever wondered what “adding sprinkles” is all about, current Department of Theatre student Justin Little invites you to follow along as he makes delicious sprinkle cookies, all the while explaining the university budget and how donations—particularly donations made on Giving Tuesday—are so important to UVic.

Bottom line, it all comes down to you—our students have a long history of doing good work in the community, but we’d like to continue to support them through this new award.

Remember, any donations big or small made through UVic’s Giving Tuesday page will help us reach this year’s goal. You’ve only got one day to #AddSprinkles!

Zoom into our Fine Arts Open House

Thinking about enrolling in UVic’s Faculty of Fine Arts for the 2021 academic year? Bring your questions to our free Fine Arts online open house, happening at 5pm Thursday, Nov 12 via Zoom.

Register for the open house here. Registration closes two hours before the event.

Join representatives from each of our departments to learn how our programs can help you achieve your creative future.

From Art History & Visual Studies to Theatre, Visual Arts, Writing and our School of Music, we offer BC’s only dedicated fine arts faculty—which means you’ll be creating and learning in a like-minded community!

Whatever your creative path, UVic’s Fine Arts faculty offers a dynamic community where curiosity, experimentation and exploration are the cornerstones of the learning environment.

Our focus on dynamic, hands-on learning—anchored by state-of-the-art, purpose-built facilities—offers an extraordinary environment for artistic expression and the integration of research and education.

Here you’ll develop the critical thinking and communications skills necessary to navigate and succeed in our rapidly changing and increasingly interconnected society. With us, you’ll make ideas come to life, develop and hone your abilities, all while collaborating with peers from various disciplines.

Join us on Nov 12 to find out more!