The Ring

Brian Hendricks: a life lived well in the classroom and through the screen

Wed, 2014-09-17 12:20

Longtime and much-loved instructor, filmmaker and writer Brian Hendricks passed away on August 11 at the age of 57.
An alumnus of UVic’s Creative Writing program (he won the Petch Prize on his 1979 graduation), Brian taught at UVic as a Continuing Sessional from 1992 to 2011 in the Department of Writing and in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies.

Day in the life: Kirk McNally

Thu, 2014-06-05 15:17

McNally. Credit: UVic Photo Services
McNally. Credit: UVic Photo Services

Theatre grad already in good company

Wed, 2014-06-04 17:13

Johnson in the Theatre SKAM office.
Johnson in the Theatre SKAM office. Behind him are interns Colette Habel and Chase Hiebert—also UVic theatre students.

Few students would be proud of being called a scam artist, but theatre grad Max Johnson is—just note the alternate spelling. Johnson, who has been working for local professional theatrical company Theatre SKAM since 2011 (associates are charmingly dubbed “SKAM artists”), is graduating this June with a double major in writing and theatre. And the practical experience he learned at Phoenix Theatre has made him a valued member of SKAM’s team.

Writing MFA wins emerging writer award

Wed, 2014-05-28 16:36

Erin Frances Fisher, graduating this month with an MFA in Writing, was announced on May 27 as the winner of the 20th annual Writers’ Trust RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. Her $5,000-winning short story, “Girl,” was selected from a field of 133 blind submissions and described by jurors “as vast and satisfying as a great novel . . . [she] is a writer you will see again.” (Also in the top-three finalists: former writing student Leah Jane Essau.)

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.