The Ring

BFA exhibit an incubator for future artistic success

Thu, 2014-04-10 10:42

While the MFA show may be the higher profile exhibit on view from the Department of Visual Arts this spring, the BFA exhibit is definitely the larger of the two. Featuring work by 36 graduating BFA students, the annual exhibit—this year titled Split, and running from April 17–26—will feature a tremendous amount of painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, video and media art spread throughout the Visual Arts building.

Rotating and protecting UVic’s art collection

Thu, 2014-04-10 09:41

Curator Caroline Riedel, Dr. Erin Campbell and student Holly Cecil.
Legacy curator Caroline Riedel, History in Art Professor Dr. Erin Campbell and History in Art student Holly Cecil.

With 2,200 works of art currently on display—out of more than 20,000 pieces in the university’s overall art collection—UVic has more art on view in public, non-museum spaces than at any other university in Canada. Managing the collection responsibly through the Legacy Art Galleries’ Art on Campus program has also meant that a number of pieces previously on display in public spaces have been deemed to be at risk—and are in the process of being replaced with thematically similar works.

A feast for your brain, as well as your eyes

Tue, 2014-04-08 15:32

Kaitlynn McQueston, Utility Box (2013)
Kaitlynn McQueston, Utility Box (2013)

When it comes to advanced academic work, few would expect to spend five minutes examining a graduate student’s work in biochemistry, neuroscience or mechanical engineering and really “get it.” Yet people occasionally turn away from the work of Visual Arts MFA students simply because they don’t immediately understand or appreciate it.  

Just ask Paul Walde. A professor of painting and media practices in the Department of Visual Arts, Walde is the graduate advisor for UVic’s 11 Visual Arts MFA students. He’s also a busy intermedia artist on the leading edge of contemporary practice, so he knows well of what he speaks.

Unity (1918) is history in the making

Thu, 2014-03-06 15:36

Kerr. Photo: Adrienne Holierhoek
Kerr. Photo: Adrienne Holierhoek

Kevin Kerr is coming full circle. Back in 2002, the noted playwright received the Governor General’s Literary Award for Unity (1918). Now a professor in the Department of Writing, Kerr is directing his first show for the Phoenix Theatre this month—and it’s Unity (1918), a play that is regularly studied in first-year theatre classes. More significantly, it’s the first time he’s ever directed it.

The blanket arrives, as invitation and metaphor

Thu, 2014-02-06 12:09

Raising the world's biggest button blanket. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Raising the world's biggest button blanket. Photo: UVic Photo Services

It’s said that many hands make for light work, but it was more a case of many hands making the art work when it came to the creation and raising of the world’s largest button blanket. Witnessed by a standing-room-only crowd at First Peoples House, the Big Button Blanket received its inaugural performance during the opening ceremonies of the Provost’s Diversity Research Forum on January 29.

Film production class makes for reel-life learning

Mon, 2014-01-27 16:59

Bradley and UVic digital media technician Daniel Hogg. PHOTO: Nik West
Bradley and UVic digital media technician Daniel Hogg. PHOTO: Nik West
UVic film production class takes experiential learning to a whole new level

The tools writing professor Maureen Bradley uses with her students may not immediately leap to mind when most people think about research at the University of Victoria. But for Bradley, lights and cameras are very much the focus of the action when it comes to film production.

Game on for Rally Song

Thu, 2013-12-19 11:13

Vikes men's soccer "blue and gold" fans.
“Let’s go Vikes, let’s go!” UVic Vikes men's soccer "blue and gold" fans. PHOTO: A. Tura

Thanks to 18 submissions from across campus—including entries by students, faculty and administration alike—the School of Music / Vikes Nation Rally Song contest has definitely been a hit. Entries ran the gamut from rap and rock to cheers and chants, and have been narrowed to a top-three list of finalists.

Athletic Teams and Olympic Dreams

Thu, 2013-12-19 11:11

Heroes or chokers, rich or poor, pro or amateur, there’s nothing simple about how we see athletes. “We even demand all of them to be role models, as though athleticism is itself imbued with some noble purpose,” says noted sports writer and veteran journalist Tom Hawthorn.
Hawthorn is the 2014 Southam Lecturer for the Department of Writing and will discuss our love/hate relationship with athletes in a free public lecture at 7pm Wednesday, January 29, in UVic’s HSD A240.

The sound of silence

Fri, 2013-11-01 14:48

Foundational Art

Fri, 2013-11-01 11:46


Busy Visual Arts faculty member Sandra Meigs is not only participating in the current faculty exhibit Paradox at UVic's Legacy Art Galleries Downtown, she also has her own solo exhibition of new large-scale works, The Basement Panoramas, running at Open Space through to December 14.