Arts Buzz: May 2, 2016 | Work of Arts
Arts Buzz: May 2, 2016 | Work of Arts

Arts Buzz: May 2, 2016

Arts Buzz is a weekly roundup of Arts news and must-see events.

Arts Buzz has made the leap from the Faculty of Arts website to our WOA blog. We’re piloting this shift with the goal of providing additional content in a more blog-friendly format, which can engage not only our Faculty of Arts community, but the greater Edmonton Arts community. Any feedback is welcomed, and contact information is posted below.

treehouses project by jesse sherburne faculty of arts urban design

Art & Design project Impose saw three transitory treehouses installed in Churchill Square. Photos courtesy of Curious Arts.

The Prince and the King both show up in this week’s Art Buzz round-up, plus a whole lot of UAlberta Arts faculty, students and alumni are kickin’ butt and takin’ names in Edmonton’s Arts & Culture scene. We celebrate a number of their achievements and point you to some pretty interesting events in this edition of Arts Buzz. Enjoy!


› Brian Fauteux, assistant professor of popular music and media studies in the Faculty of Arts, shares his thoughts on Prince’s musical genius and cultural impact in this UAlberta article by Bridget Stirling: This is what it sounds like.

› Arts alumnus Jason Lee Norman (’06 BA) recently wrote a Twitter essay to drum up support for #yegwords – an initiative that gets local writers’ work on coffee sleeves around the city.

› As the world marked the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death last week, we remembered our own John Orrell (1934-2003), a professor of English at the University of Alberta for more than 35 years, and his extraordinary effort to reconstruct the Bard’s Globe Theatre.

› In case you missed it: Two UAlberta Arts grads and local fashion designers, Derek Jagodzinsky (’10 BDes) and Malorie Urbanovitch (’11 BA), were featured in this month’s edition of Avenue Magazine.


› A student collective, Threshold Art and Design, led by Art & Design alumnus, Edmonton-based artist and design instructor Jesse Sherburne (’08 MDes), has been recognized with a 2015 Edmonton Urban Design Award of Excellence and a 2016 National Urban Design Award in the Student Projects categories, for Impose– a public art treehouse project that was displayed in Churchill Square and Peter MacDonnell Memorial Park last year.

› English & Film Studies 4th year student Emily Hoven’s honours essay – ” ‘Answer in Chime’: Musical Tonality and Territoriality in the Poetry of D. C. Scott.” – will soon be a published article in the scholarly journal of Canadian Poetry.

Rhodes Scholar Billy ray belcourt poses with University of Alberta representatives.

Arts Acting Dean Lise Gotell and UAlberta Chancellor Ralph Young attended the honour ceremony for Rhodes scholar Billy Ray Belcourt.

› The Faculty of Arts had a huge presence at this year’s Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts Awards. Taking home awards were alumni April Dean (’08 BA) and Ben Gorodetsky (’13 BFA), former Writer-in-Residence Richard Van Camp, and Art & Design professor emerita Lyndal Osborne.

› Arts student Billy Ray Belcourt, the first-ever First Nations Rhodes Scholar from the U of A, is off to Oxford soon – so the Faculty of Arts organized a celebration in his honour last week.


› Arts grad Ben Gorodetsky (’13 BFA) with Rapid Fire Theatre/Dirt Buffet Cabaret will join the Edmonton Arts Council’s #YEGArts Mixer event for a panel discussion on reaching new audiences this Wednesday (May 5).

› The Kule Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS) is gearing up for its annual Around The World event – an experiment that engages a worldwide audience in an online dialogue to explore a global issue: this year it’s Libraries, Archives and Public Life.

› This Wednesday, May 4, the UAlberta’s European Union Centre of Excellence (EUCE) is hosting a public lecture on Renewable Energy in a Post COP21 World and the possibilities it creates for Alberta.


› Historian and Arts alumnus Stephen Mawdsley (’08 MA), now a professor at Cambridge university, tells the tale of Elvis’s impact on the 1950s polio vaccine campaign in this Guardian article: “A Jab for Elvis.”

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