Arts Buzz is a weekly feature highlighting the Faculty of Arts and our fabulous community of creative and innovative alumni, students, faculty and staff. Our publishing schedule has been adjusted for the summer and will run every two weeks until September.
This week in Arts Buzz: the 11th Annual Hurtig Lecture is announced, BFA grad named artist-in-residence for the Kennedale Facility and we look back fondly on 2002 when the late Arthur Hiller spent the day with 75 acting and directing students.
› Tickets are now available for the 11th Annual Hurtig Lecture, with Samantha Nutt as the featured speaker. “Canada and the World: A New Perspective on the Oldest Problem – War”, will explore Canada’s role in global conflict. Tickets are available HERE.
› Pokémon Go, anyone? This fall, the Edmonton Public Library, in partnership with the Faculty of Arts, is offering a free 10-part online self-study virtual university course for adults and high school students who are interested in learning more about video games and their impact on society. Join History & Classics prof (and the MOOC Understanding Video Games co-creator) Sean Gouglas on Thursday, August 25 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the downtown Stanley Milner Library for an evening of interactive fun as he answers why you SHOULD play video games! Register HERE for the event.
› The Kule Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS) is pleased to announce the first Kule Connect Café – Researching the Digital Across Disciplines. Are you interested in researching the digital and getting to know others with similar interests across disciplines? Then join us for the inaugural (and informal!) Kule Connect Café, a casual networking event open to faculty members, post-docs and grad students to discover people with mutual research interests. RSVP now through the Google Form or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Date: Friday, September 9, at 12 p.m. Location: Arts Lounge, Convocation Hall (main floor).
› Mark your calendars and check out what Alumni Weekend 2016 has to offer! Registration is now open for the event of the year, set to run September 22-25, 2016. And don’t forget to join us for an afternoon of beautiful music, presented by our elite music students in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and University Symphony Orchestra, on Sunday, September 25 from 1 – 2:30 p.m. at Convocation Hall! This free event is open to all. See you there!
ARTS & CULTURE
› To kick off the 2016 International Fringe Festival, YouAlberta caught up with incoming BFA student Melanie Bahniuk as she embarked on her Fringe directorial debut in Seven Lost Minutes. Bahniuk offers five tips for newbie Fringers, including some insight into her own directorial style.
› Also making her debut, Arts alumna Savanna Harvey (’15 BA), who premièred her play, The Annotated Autobiography of Leone McGregor at the Fringe. As the only woman to graduate from the very first graduating class of the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry in 1925, Leone McGregor went on to become a psychoanalyst in Europe and an advocate for all women in medicine. Interesting tidbit: An early draft of Harvey’s play was submitted to the Faculty of Arts’ Leone McGregor Writing Competition, and while it wasn’t selected, she forged ahead anyway and the rest is Fringe history!
› We may be brushing up against September, but there is still time to put your feet up and enjoy a great book! Check out the latest entries in our alumni summer reading series, including The Ever After of Ashwin Rao by Padma Viswanathan (’89 BA), The Unfinished Child by Theresa Shea (’97 PhD) and Love at Last Sight by Thea Bowering (’07 MA).
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
› Congratulations to Kasie Campbell (’15 BFA), who has been named by the Edmonton Arts Council as the inaugural artist-in-residence for the City of Edmonton’s Kennedale Facility! Previously profiled in our Fine Arts blog, Curious Arts, Kasie is a rising star in the art world. She has won numerous awards for her sculpture, including the prestigious International Sculpture Center’s Outstanding Student Achievement Award in Contemporary Sculpture.
› Carly Greene (’12 BFA) and Jonathan Green (’16 MFA) have been named two of three Emerging Artists in Residence at SNAP – Society of Northern Alberta Print-Artists! Carly’s focus on sculpture is informed by an interest in memory, while Jonathan uses printmaking to explore history, humanity and nature. You may have even caught Jonathan’s recent exhibition at FAB Gallery this past June, titled Carving out a future with a flint and an axe. Be sure to check out their amazing work!
THIS & THAT
› Arthur Hiller – native Edmontonian, director (Love Story) and University of Alberta Honorary Degree recipient has passed away at the age of 92. In 2002, when Hiller received his Honorary DLitt, he spent the day with Jan Selman (then chair of the Department of Drama) and 75 acting and directing students. Read about the story of that amazing day HERE.
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