The Ring

Stepping into the intercultural spotlight

Tue, 2016-05-31 14:50


Most students wait until after graduation to start making their mark on the world, but Jasleen Powar already has something to sing about. Soon to graduate with a BFA in theatre, 24-year-old Powar has been making waves as Vancouver rapper Horsepowar, thanks to a trio of independent album releases, gigs at high-profile music festivals, and the kind of media attention most emerging artists only dream about.

Youth Poet Laureate Ann-Bernice Thomas speaks her mind

Fri, 2016-04-08 16:36


Ann-Bernice Thomas doesn’t hesitate when asked the most surprising aspect of being named the City of Victoria’s 2016 Youth Poet Laureate. “All the attention,” she says with a quick laugh. “Considering I didn't really hear anything about last year's poet, it's been really surprising . . . but nice.”

A second-year double-major in theatre and writing, Thomas was announced as the new Youth Poet Laureate in January and quickly received a flurry of attention from nearly all of Victoria’s media outlets. Her one-year term, jointly funded by the City of Victoria and the Greater Victoria Public Library, ends on December 31, for which she will receive a $1,750 honorarium and $1,000 in special project funding.

Raising awareness with class and art

Wed, 2016-04-06 12:33

Cook, with visual arts students and the pole. Photo: uvic photo services
Cook, with visual arts students and the pole he’s dedicating to missing and murdered Indigenous women.

One of the best things about an annual guest teaching position is the diversity it offers students. Now in its sixth year in the visual arts department, the Audain Professorship of Contemporary Art Practice of the Pacific Northwest has benefited from a variety of approaches and practices by previous professors—including the likes of Governor General’s Award-winner Rebecca Belmore. But Rande Cook has one unique aspect not shared by his forerunners: he is the first Audain professor to represent a Vancouver Island nation.

Designing for the future

Thu, 2016-02-04 15:07


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 14:49

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 15:19

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 16:09


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 12:02

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 16:53

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 14:23

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.