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2021 Student Community Impact Award winners

2021 Student Community Impact Award winners

The Faculty of Fine Arts is proud to announce the three recipients of our inaugural Fine Arts Student Community Impact Awards, presented as part of the annual Greater Victoria Regional Arts Awards on Oct 1 at a live event held at Sidney’s Winspear Centre. Each...

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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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New accordion scholarship offers keys to the future

New accordion scholarship offers keys to the future

Visit any music academy in Eastern Europe, Russia or China and you’ll find numerous programs created specifically to study the accordion. Not so in North America, where it still doesn’t get the respect it deserves as a symphonic instrument­. At UVic, however, that...

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Violin donation offers 250-year-old gift

Violin donation offers 250-year-old gift

Some gifts transcend time, as current School of Music undergraduate Iryna Peleshchyshyn discovered when she received the gift of a treasured 18th century violin to play during her degree program. The French violin—crafted in 1748 and valued at nearly $35,000—was...

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New photo lab develops student skills

New photo lab develops student skills

Thanks to cell phones, we live in an era where everyone has a camera in their pocket—but that doesn’t necessarily mean everyone is a photographer. “I keep having this conversation with students as photography evolves and becomes more ubiquitous,” says Laura Dutton, an...

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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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Making positive change with Student Life Grants

Making positive change with Student Life Grants

When Black fourth-year School of Music saxophone major Baylie Adams wanted to make a community impact during February 2021's Black History Month, she looked to her own instrument for inspiration. “We were only hearing about Black composers in terms of jazz music, so I...

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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 curator Fahmida Suleman

Orion Series presents curator Fahmida Suleman

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: Dr. Fahmida Suleman "Islamic Art & the Museum: A Curatorial Odyssey" 4:00 - 5:30 pm (PST)...

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Phoenix Theatre livestreams Problem Child

Phoenix Theatre livestreams Problem Child

Phoenix Theatre is excited to be presenting their only public mainstage production of the 20/21 academic year: George F. Walker's Problem Child, running at 8pm March 24-27 via their new broadcast-quality livestream. Tickets $15...

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Orion Series presents Visiting Artist Curtis Santiago

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...

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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 Gary Farmer

Orion Series presents Gary Farmer

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: Gary Farmer Actor, filmmaker, musician, publisher, activist "My Life as a Baby Clown" 12:30 -...

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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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Theatre class assignment: mask movement

Theatre class assignment: mask movement

While audiences only know theatre school from what's on the stage, far more goes on behind the scenes—even during COVID times—than most people ever see. Consider this full-face mask scene, created for an assignment in the fourth-year movement class in our Theatre...

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Orion Series presents scholar Heather Igloliorte

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,...

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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 artistic director Ravi Jain

Orion Series presents artistic director Ravi Jain

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: Ravi Jain Artistic director, Why Not Theatre "Asking Why Not? Challenging Assumptions and...

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Orion Series presents artist & scholar Diane Roberts

Orion Series presents artist & scholar Diane Roberts

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:Diane Roberts Artist practitioner & researcher   "The Arrivals Legacy Project: Weaving...

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Orion Series presents scenographer Rachel Hann

Orion Series presents scenographer Rachel Hann

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:Dr. Rachel Hann Cultural scenographer   "For Atmospherics: Designing Feeling in an Era of...

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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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Orion Series presents art historian Ruba Kana’an

Orion Series presents art historian Ruba Kana’an

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:Ruba Kana'an Assistant Professor of Islamic Art & Architecture "What can Islamic Law teach us...

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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 alumna curator Charo Neville

Orion Series presents alumna curator Charo Neville

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:Charo Neville Visiting curator   7:30 - 9:00 pm (PST) Wednesday, February 24, 2021    Free...

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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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Orion Series presents alumna artist Kelly Jazvac

Orion Series presents alumna artist Kelly Jazvac

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:Kelly Jazvac Visiting alumni artist   7:30 - 9:00 pm (PST) Wednesday, February 10, 2021   ...

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Orion Series presents artist Manuel Mathieu

Orion Series presents artist Manuel Mathieu

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:Manuel Mathieu  Visiting Artist   7:30 - 9:00 pm (PST) Wednesday, January 27, 2021  Free...

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Orion Series presents writer Semi Chella

Orion Series presents writer Semi Chella

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:Semi Chellas  TV writer, show-runner & film director    2:30 - 4:00 pm (PST) Monday,...

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A new & different academic year

A new & different academic year

A new (and different) school year Welcome to issue 13 of the Fine Arts Connector and the start of a new academic year—one that we can definitely say will be unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. With only about 3,500 students on campus and the majority of classes...

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Chelsea Kutyn sings for life

Chelsea Kutyn sings for life

When graduating School of Music soprano Chelsea Kutyn decided to film a rehearsal for her graduation recital this spring, she had no idea that it would soon lead to national press coverage as a result of a life-threatening health risk. As the campus started to shut...

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