2014 has been a great year for Arts stories. On Work of Arts this year, we had the pleasure of profiling many inspiring Arts researchers and alumni, whose work transforms lives and communities around the world. We were also proud to share the words and voices of current Arts students — future leaders who will undoubtedly leave their own mark on the world once they leave the Faculty of Arts.
In this handy “year in review” post, we recap the 14 most popular stories (in no particular order) from Work of Arts in 2014. As you (re)read the stories, we hope you feel a sense of pride at what our community has achieved this past year. The diversity and impact of work in the Faculty of Arts is truly amazing, and we look forward to sharing more stories about our talented and passionate students, alumni and faculty in 2015!
1. U of A grad pours art and soul into award-winning sculpture
Tiffany Adair (`14 BFA) won the 2014 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award from the International Sculpting Centre. Adair was the first ever UAlberta student, and one of very few undergrads worldwide, to receive this award.
2. Feminist philosopher brings theory to life
Cressida Heyes is a full professor in the departments of Philosophy and Political Science, and the Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Gender and Sexuality. She focuses on the politics and philosophy of the body, and the politics and philosophy of health and illness, especially as it relates to gender and sexuality.
3. Entrepreneur finds success with an authentic taste of Italy
Justin Lussier (’06 BA, Political Science) isn’t your typical tourist. When he travelled to Italy the summer before his final term of university, he didn’t just bring back memories and souvenirs — he came back with an idea that became the rapidly growing Famoso pizzeria chain.
4. Student Voices: Privilege and Language
Student blogger Shayne Golosky-Johnston discusses privilege and language, and the importance of inclusive language in battling casual racism and other forms of injustice.
5. Bringing the work of Arts to life
The Faculty of Arts brought a unique line-up of entertainment to the Tuck Shop Tent during this year’s Alumni Weekend festivities. That weekend we presented an eclectic showcase of musicians, performers, writers and researchers, which included alumna Carly Greene’s (’12 BFA) “Meteorite Makers Space” and the Work of Arts showcase.
6. An advocate for urban living
Ian O’Donnell (`01 BA) lives and breathes downtown revitalization, and was actively involved in the downtown arena project.
7. Transforming the city with art
Toscha Turner (’02 BA/BMus, ’08 MA) uses the arts to get Edmontonians to look up at the urban landscape around them, and brings visual art, music and performance to underused public spaces.
8. Girlhood in popular culture
Women’s & Gender Studies researcher Cristina Stasia studies the depiction of girls and female action heroes in popular culture and how that impacts the formation of girls’ identities. She was recognized with two teaching awards in 2014 and was named one of the 2014 Top 40 Under 40 by Avenue Edmonton magazine.
9. Student Voices: My top study spots at UAlberta
Fourth year student Ashton Mucha lists her favourite places to study on campus — from the Harry Potter Room to locations with easy access to coffee.
10. Storytelling and visual media
Maggie McCaw (`08 BA Honours) is a visual researcher, responsible for finding appropriate images and footage for producers to use in documentaries, TV shows and similar visual media. Earlier this year she lent her talents to CBC’s current affair show George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, helping to research and put together visual material to showcase the work of the show’s guests.
11. Families in flux
UAlberta sociologist Lisa Strohschein studies the impact of home and family dynamics on people’s health and wellbeing.
12. At the forefront of a new field of study
English professor Imre Szeman and the Petrocultures research team explore the habits, beliefs, knowledge, practices and institutions involved with oil and energy to determine how we can build a sustainable energy future.
13. Student Voices: 21st Century theatre in the internet age
BFA student Jessy Ardern discusses the changing state of live theatre in a digital world, and the risks theatre needs to take in order to adapt and survive.
14. Visual storytelling
Jimmy Jeong (`01 BA, Philosophy) uses his camera to tell stories, photographing everyone from famous writers (like Philip Roth and Salman Rushdie) and celebrities (like Michael Jackson’s brother, Jermaine) to professional athletes (like hockey’s Sheldon Souray and baseball phenomenon Bryce Harper).