The Ring

Designing for the future

Thu, 2016-02-04 14:07

McMonagle
McMonagle

Theatre MFA student Graham McMonagle dresses for theatrical success

While the majority of Department of Theatre graduate students are working professionals looking to further their academic credentials, Graham McMonagle is truly exceptional. A professional dancer for 20 years and the co-founder of Victoria’s Canadian Pacific Ballet company, which operated locally from 2007 to 2014, McMonagle lacked any pre-existing bachelor’s degree—which means he had to be granted “exceptional entry” status by both Graduate Studies and Senate.


What can fish see?

Thu, 2016-02-04 13:49

Tom Iwanicki (left), Cliff Haman and John Taylor study fish.
Tom Iwanicki (left), Cliff Haman and John Taylor study fish in UVic’s Outdoor Aquatic Unit.

Artists and biologists collaborate on flatfish camouflage response study

The gap between the molecular basis of fish vision and the colour calibrations of a large-format printer may seem as wide as the space between the biology and visual arts departments, but a recent collaborative project brought the two much closer together.


Only taste can tell

Wed, 2016-01-06 14:19

Let's Talk About Love
Let's Talk About Love

Popular culture steps into the spotlight with 2016 Southam Lecturer

When it comes to writing about popular culture, Carl Wilson’s heart will always go on. That’s partly because, as a music critic for Slate and Billboard magazines, Wilson is deeply passionate about the impact music can have on everyone’s lives; but it’s also because his book about CélineDion struck a chord that rivaled the power of love. 


Thai exchange proves all the world's a stage

Wed, 2015-11-04 15:09

Mathison
Mathison

The best way to gauge the impact of your work is always to test it in the field. For Fine Arts undergrad Clare Mathison, that meant getting out of UVic’s Phoenix Theatre and onto the world stage—in Thailand. 


Visual arts award includes solo exhibition at Art Gallery of Ontario

Thu, 2015-10-29 11:02

Meigs. Photo: Nik West

Seven months after being named one of eight recipients of the Governor General’s Awards for Visual and Media Arts, Department of Visual Arts professor Sandra Meigs has been announced as the winner of the $50,000 Gershon Iskowitz Prize at the AGO for 2015. In addition to the cash award, the prize comes with a solo exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario and a further $10,000 towards a publication on Meigs’ work.


Study of Syrian artifacts offer different viewpoints on a troubled region

Thu, 2015-10-01 15:53

Milwright in Special Collections with shards and manuscripts. Credit: John Thre
Milwright in Special Collections with shards and manuscripts. Credit: John Threlfall

Protecting and learning from Middle Eastern antiquities

When news broke in August that Syrian archaeologist Khaleed al-Asaad had been killed by ISIS for trying to protect his country’s cultural legacy from destruction and looting, it sent a chill through the heart of Art History and Visual Studies professor Marcus Milwright. An archaeologist and professor of Islamic art and architecture, Milwright has worked extensively in Syria—including the ancient city of Palmyra, the UNESCO World Heritage Site for which Khaleed al-Asaad was the head of antiquities.


David Godfrey

Wed, 2015-09-09 13:23

L–R: Farley Mowat and Dave Godfrey at UVic in 1982. Photo: UVic Archives
L–R: Farley Mowat and Dave Godfrey at UVic in 1982. Photo: UVic Archives

An award-winning author, a publishing visionary, a pioneer in on-campus computing and an early writing department chair—David Godfrey was all this and so much more. The Department of Writing is saddened to announce the passing of this former professor at the age of 77.


Eugene Dowling

Wed, 2015-09-09 13:19

Dowling. Photo: UVic Archives
Dowling. Photo: UVic Archives

The Faculty of Fine Arts mourns the passing of inspirational teacher and invaluable colleague, School of Music professor Eugene Dowling. Following a 2013 diagnosis of prostate cancer, Dowling passed away at his home on June 30 with his family and close friends at hand.


A credit course that boosts school spirit? Try Vikes Band!

Tue, 2015-06-30 09:42

Raising spirits in the stands. Photo: Armando Tura
Raising spirits in the stands. Photo: Armando Tura

Love sports? Play an instrument? With the brand-new Vikes Band course, you can now combine both—for credit!

A new initiative between the School of Music and Vikes Athletics, Vikes Band (MUS 189) is a new for-credit course that will rehearse and perform at Vikes Varsity events and special events on campus. If you played in your high school band or just play for fun, you can still put those skills to use to play game-day music—even if you aren’t a music major.


Designing Prague: Theatre professor, students participate in Prague Quadrennial

Thu, 2015-06-04 13:13

The Turn of the Screw set at the Belfry
The Turn of the Screw set at the Belfry

When it comes to stage design, the Prague Quadrennial is as good as it gets—and this year, a pair of Department of Theatre alumni will help represent Canada. “It’s the Venice Biennalie of stage design,” says theatre professor Allan Stichbury. “It’s the top in terms of recognizing stage design in the world.”