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Top-10 Fine Arts stories of 2021

Top-10 Fine Arts stories of 2021

As we wind down a(nother) year of unprecedented firsts, it is with gratitude and awe that we look back on the student accomplishments, faculty successes, new appointments and visiting scholars who made 2021 memorable. Read on to see some of the things that kept our...

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Alumni activity this fall

Alumni activity this fall

Looking for a good example of the interdisciplinary impact of Fine Arts alumni on the local arts scene? Consider the recent CRD Arts Champion Summit held in December, which included presentations by a wide range of our alumni including Mercedes...

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Media & faculty activity this fall

Media & faculty activity this fall

There’s been no shortage of faculty activity beyond our departments this fall, with a wide range of professors and instructors appearing in the media, participating in festivals and exhibitions, or lending their expertise to workshops and symposia. Art History &...

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ONC Artist-in-Residence call for grad student applications

ONC Artist-in-Residence call for grad student applications

Call for Proposals  UVic's Faculty of Fine Arts and Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) are calling for graduate student applications for the 2022 ONC Artist-in-Residence program.  Note: the application period closes on December 17, 2021. s The Artist-in-Residence will ignite...

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Hot new electives for Winter ’22

Hot new electives for Winter ’22

Students, do you need a fascinating elective for Winter 2022? Fine Arts has you covered, no matter what your faculty or area of study. While we're offering dozens of electives, we're highlighting these four as they're open to all students across campus.The Ongoing Art...

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Orion Series presents playwright Marcia Johnson

Orion Series presents playwright Marcia Johnson

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: Marcia Johnson "Turning Anger Into Theatre" 12:45 - 1:30 pm (PST) Friday, Nov 26, 2021 Chief Dan...

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Fine Arts online open house Nov 17

Fine Arts online open house Nov 17

Do you know someone ready to pursue a creative future? All are welcome to bring questions and inspiration to our free Fine Arts online open house, happening 6:30-7:30pm Wed, Nov 17 via Zoom. Register here. Note: registration closes two hours before the event. About...

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Visiting Southam Lecturer: Andrew Nikiforuk

Visiting Southam Lecturer: Andrew Nikiforuk

“I believe in getting into hot water: it keeps you clean.” —GK Chesterton  As an author, journalist and contributing editor for The Tyee, Andrew Nikiforuk has written about the use—and abuse—of natural resources and wild landscapes in Canada for more than 30...

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Jenessa Joy Klukas harnesses the power of the pen

Jenessa Joy Klukas harnesses the power of the pen

When it comes to wrapping up a writing degree with a flourish, it’s hard to beat Jenessa Joy Klukas. Not only did Klukas finish the final year of her studies interning at the independent media outlet The Tyee as part of the Journalists for Human Rights’ Indigenous...

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Join us for a discussion on sustainability & the arts

Join us for a discussion on sustainability & the arts

The climate crisis is one of the most urgent problems of our time, and the arts can play a vital role in helping people better understand its impact. Discover how scholars and researchers in UVic’s Faculty of Fine Arts are responding to today’s defining issues with...

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Thinking globally, reporting locally

Thinking globally, reporting locally

On October 31, world leaders will gather in Glasgow for COP26—the most important climate change summit to date. But how can Canadian journalists make those global negotiations relevant to their local audiences? Thinking Globally, Reporting Locally: A Conversation on...

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Orion Lecture: The Day The World Stops Shopping

Orion Lecture: The Day The World Stops Shopping

We can’t stop shopping. And yet we must. This is the consumer dilemma that noted author J.B. MacKinnon is addressing in this special Department of Writing Orion Lecture. Join us at 2:30pm Tuesday, Oct 19, as MacKinnon speaks to Writing students and the general public....

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Climate-crisis sparks new journalism position

Climate-crisis sparks new journalism position

Wildfires, droughts, floods, extreme storms: we are living in a time when climate change should be the biggest story of our time—yet, as the recent federal election proved, all too often it doesn’t even make the headlines. As the new Wayne Crookes Professor in...

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Student jobs now open!

Student jobs now open!

Looking for on-campus work that won't conflict with your studies? Check out UVic's workstudy program: with 58 student jobs now posted in Fine Arts alone, each of our departments (and some associated units) are offering paid positions that will benefit your academic...

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Beadwork as resistance

Beadwork as resistance

When it comes to beadwork, a design is created bead by bead, row by row: it’s much the same in writing, where poems and stories are created word by word, line by line. But for award-winning poet, memoirist and University of Victoria writing professor Gregory...

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Banting Fellow & Vanier Scholar named in Fine Arts

Banting Fellow & Vanier Scholar named in Fine Arts

Fine Arts researchers and creative practitioners Taylor Brook and Troy Sebastian are among UVic's recipients of the prestigious Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships and Vanier Canada Graduate Scholars, "Congratulations to Taylor and Troy," says Acting Dean Allana...

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Poetry & motion: Writing alumni Billeh Nickerson

Poetry & motion: Writing alumni Billeh Nickerson

There’s a delightful irony in the fact that the most memorable part of Joe Biden’s inauguration as the oldest president in US history was the reading by the youngest poet to ever appear at such a ceremony. Arguably the highlight of the event, 23-year-old Amanda...

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Theatre alum Justin Lee explores cultural hybrids

Theatre alum Justin Lee explores cultural hybrids

If the COVID era has shown us anything, it’s that the future of theatre continues to be written. When the pandemic forced the shuttering of performance venues, stages around the world suddenly realized they would have to adapt to survive. Enter the age of mainstage...

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Writing MFA Kim Harvey wins GG Award for Drama

Writing MFA Kim Harvey wins GG Award for Drama

On June 1, Syilx & Tsilhqot’in playwright & director Kim Senklip Harvey became the first Indigenous woman to win the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama for her play Kamloopa: An Indigenous Matriarch Story (Talon Books)—less than a week after receiving...

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Congratulations to spring 2021 grads!

Congratulations to spring 2021 grads!

Congratulations, Class of 2021—you made it! You are now one of over 9000 Fine Arts alumni worldwide who studied at UVic—and have the distinction of graduating during the most difficult year in our history. "As part of an esteemed group of artists and creative...

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New $1000 student award launched

New $1000 student award launched

New community impact award Are you a current or graduating UVic Fine Arts undergraduate who's been involved with some community-engaged creative activity in Greater Victoria between Jan 1/20 & May 31/21? If so, you could qualify for $1,000 via our new Community...

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Orion Series presents Drew Hayden Taylor

Orion Series presents Drew Hayden Taylor

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: Drew Hayden Taylor Playwright, novelist, filmmaker, journalist "Canoeing Down the River of...

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Orion Series presents director & writer Soheil Parsa

Orion Series presents director & writer Soheil Parsa

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: Soheil Parsa Artistic director, Modern Times Stage Company "Transcending Cultural and Political...

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Zoom into our spring Fine Arts open house on March 9

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...

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Orion Series presents poet Louise Halfe

Orion Series presents poet Louise Halfe

The Orion Lecture Series in Fine ArtsThrough the generous support of the Orion Fund in Fine Arts, the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Victoria, is pleased to present:Louise Bernice Halfe Parliamentary Poet Laureate   3:30 - 5:00 pm (PST) Wednesday, February 24,...

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Reading Break student wellness message

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...

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Orion Series presents poet Canisia Lubrin

Orion Series presents poet Canisia Lubrin

The Orion Lecture Series in Fine ArtsThrough the generous support of the Orion Fund in Fine Arts, the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Victoria, is pleased to present:Canisia Lubrin Poet, short fiction author   2:30 - 4:00 pm (PST) Monday, February 22, 2021  Free...

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$1.875M gift supports environmental and climate journalism

$1.875M gift supports environmental and climate journalism

The threat of climate change is the most perilous of our time—especially at the beginning of this new decade, which has been frequently identified as the most crucial for preventing catastrophic consequences. Now, one concerned individual is personally addressing that...

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