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

Orion Series presents scholar Heather Igloliorte

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:

Heather Igloliorte

Research Chair, Circumpolar Indigenous Arts

7:30 – 9:00 pm (PST) Wednesday, March 10 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 

Advancing Indigenous knowledge 

Dr. Heather Igloliorte (Inuk, Nunatsiavut) holds the Tier 1 University Research Chair in Circumpolar Indigenous Arts and is an associate professor in the Department of Art History at Concordia. She also serves as the special advisor to the provost on advancing Indigenous knowledges, and in this role contributes to the efforts of the university’s Indigenous Directions Leadership Group. Her teaching and research interests center on Inuit and other Native North American visual and material culture, circumpolar art studies, performance and media art, the global exhibition of Indigenous arts and culture, and issues of colonization, sovereignty, resistance and resurgence. 

Indigenous futures

Heather is the principal investigator of the $2.5M, seven-year SSHRC Partnership Grant “Inuit Futures in Arts Leadership: The Pilimmaksarniq/ Pijariuqsarniq Project” (2018-2025), ​which aims to empower circumpolar Indigenous peoples to become leaders in the arts through training and mentorship. With Professor Jason Edward Lewis, Heather also Co-Directs the Indigenous Futures Cluster (IIF) in the Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology. Through Milieux, Igloliorte works with collaborators and students to explore how Indigenous people are imagining the future of their families and communities. 

Heather has been a curator for 14 years, ​and currently has three exhibitions touring nationally and internationally; she is also the lead guest curator of the inaugural exhibition of INUA, the new Inuit Art Centre at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Heather publishes frequently: she has co-edited special issues of journals PUBLIC 54: Indigenous Art: New Media and the Digital (2016) and RACAR: Continuities Between Eras: Indigenous Arts (2017), and her essay “Curating Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit: Inuit Knowledge in the Qallunaat Art Museum,” ​was awarded the 2017 Distinguished Article of the Year from Art Journal

Igloliorte currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Indigenous Circle for the Winnipeg Art Gallery, working on the development of the new national Inuit Art Centre; is the President of the Board of Directors of the Inuit Art Foundation; and serves on the Board of Directors for North America’s largest Indigenous art historical association, the Native North American Art Studies Association, the Faculty Council of the Otsego Institute for Native American Art History at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York, and the Nunavut Film Development Corporation, among others. Heather has previsously  served as an executive member of the board of directors for the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective and as the president of Ottawa’s artist-run-centre Gallery 101, in addition to other advisories, juries and councils. 

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)

Orion Series presents art historian Ruba Kana’an

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:

Ruba Kana’an

Assistant Professor of Islamic Art & Architecture

“What can Islamic Law teach us
about Islamic art and architecture
?”

Q&A facilitated by AHVS PhD candidate Zahra Kazani

4:00 – 5:30 pm (PST)
Thursday, February 25, 2021 

 

Free & open to the public via Zoom

Presented by UVic’s Department of Art History & Visual Studies

Co-sponsored by UVic’s Faculty of Law and the Middle East & Islamic Studies Consortium of BC

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

 

Exploring the intersections between art, artists, art production & law

A noted historian of Islamic art, Dr. Ruba Kana’an is an assistant professor of Islamic art and architecture at the University of Toronto Mississauga and was the 2018-2019 Barakat Senior Fellow in Islamic Art, University of Oxford.

Dr. Kana’an’s primary research focuses on the Intersections between art, artists, art production and law in historical and contemporary contexts. She uses archival, textual and field-based research in her work, and has conducted research in Jordan, Palestine, Turkey, Yemen, Oman, East Africa, Egypt and Syria. In theoretical terms, her research engages with Bruno Latour’s object-networks and Henri Lefebvre’s production of space, among other frameworks. Her publications address questions about the formation and meanings of mosque architecture, metalwork and civic space in pre-modern Muslim societies.

Spanning worlds

Dr. Kana’an’s professional experience spans the worlds of academia, architectural practice, museums and community-based art education. Before joining the Department of Visual Studies at UTM, she taught various aspects of Islamic art and architecture at the graduate and undergraduate levels in both the UK and Canada. In 2007, she pioneered the online teaching of Islamic art at Oxford University by developing and teaching Oxford’s first accredited online course in Islamic Art and Architecture.

Between 2011 and 2017, she worked at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, was a founding member of the AKM’s leadership team and worked closely with the museum’s Islamic art collection in the areas of museum management, research, education for all levels of learners, scholarly programs, publications and community engagement and programming.

“I am passionate about teaching and learning,” she says, “and believe that the arts provides students opportunities to explore many different world views and think critically about contemporary and historical questions concerning the diverse and changing contexts in which art is produced, consumed and imagined.”

 

Blacas ewer, made in Mosul in 1232. Brass inlaid with silver. British Museum: 1866, 1229.61

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

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 alumna curator Charo Neville

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:

Charo Neville

Visiting curator

 

7:30 – 9:00 pm (PST)
Wednesday, February 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 curatorial approach

Charo Neville is curator at the Kamloops Art Gallery, where she has developed a program of contemporary, historical and touring exhibitions along with publications since 2011. An undergrad alumna of UVic’s Art History & Visual Studies department, she graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Critical Curatorial Studies from the University of British Columbia in 2006. Neville has held positions as Curatorial Assistant at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Associate Director at Catriona Jeffries Gallery and Interim Curator/Director at Artspeak. Neville also served on the board of directors at the Western Front (2006-2010).

“Art—visual art in particular—has this amazing capacity to take the world and translate it in through metaphor and through experience that make you see the world differently,” she says.

Neville has also facilitated public art projects throughout Kamloops, including Luminocity, which she initiated in 2014. In addition to developing publications for the Kamloops Art Gallery since 2011, Neville has contributed to magazines including Fillip, Yishu, West Coast Line and Blackflash, and participated on visual art juries—including the 2013 Sobey Art Award.

 

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