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BFA exhibit an incubator for future artistic success

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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

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Curator Caroline Riedel, Dr. Erin Campbell and 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

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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.


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Unity (1918) is history in the making

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.

Setting the stage for a Picnic

On Feb. 1 the Department of Theatre opened its doors to a record crowd of high school students at the annual “I Want To Be in Theatre!” open house. Over 80 attendees were treated to a rehearsal scene of the Phoenix Theatre’s upcoming production of Picnic (Feb. 13-22), introduced by director Peter McGuire and his cast and crew. McGuire speaks at a free pre-show lecture on Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. about the play and the joy of working with students.

Game on for Rally Song

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

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.