Arts Buzz: June 19, 2017 | Work of Arts
Arts Buzz: June 19, 2017 | Work of Arts

Arts Buzz: June 19, 2017

A weekly roundup of Arts news and must-see events

This week in Arts Buzz: we celebrate our new grads, the summer festivals begin and we say farewell to a passionate alum.    

Please note, Arts Buzz has moved to a bi-weekly format for the summer. Look for our next Arts Buzz on July 4. 


› “<Immune Nations>”, a Canadian-led, interdisciplinary art exhibition consisting of seven major projects has opened at the UNAIDS headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Art & Design professors Natalie Loveless and Sean Caulfield discuss this exhibition with Curious Arts in Understanding Global Vaccination Through Art

Injection Simulator by Kaisu Koski (Immune Nations)


› Don’t miss The Works, Edmonton’s art and design festival, which begins Thursday, June 22 and will feature many Arts alum, as well as current students. June 22 – July 4 from 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Full program and list of participants here.  

› The Edmonton Chamber Music Society’s Summer Solstice Music Festival runs June 22 – 25 and features the Attacca Quartet. Their centrepiece concert will take place at Convocation Hall on Friday, June 23 at 7:30 p.m. Ticket information and details: 


› Wednesday, June 21 is National Aboriginal Day. The Art Gallery of Alberta will be offering free admission all day long, two special exhibition tours with professor Tanya Harnett (Art & Design/Native Studies), a beading workshop and a film screening of Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance


› Each year, UAlberta Alumni Awards recognize outstanding alumni who have made exceptional contributions to the community. In 2017,  we are proud to announce that seven Arts alumni are being recognized for their outstanding achievements. Read the full list here. Recipients will receive their awards at a formal ceremony on Monday, September 25 at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, as part of Alumni Weekend

› The Faculty of Arts 2017 Convocation took place on June 14, and it was a fantastic, celebratory day filled with family, friends, a few drops of rain and a lot of love. Check out this Facebook photo album from both the morning and afternoon ceremonies, as well as convocation reception at the Timms Centre for the Arts. More UAlberta convocation photos here.

› In the weeks leading up to convocation, we shared the academic journeys of four of our outstanding graduates, including: polyglot and budding global citizen Paige RossMatana Skoye, self-described intersectional feminist and Indigenous ally; Aidan Ware, a technical theatre innovator; and entrepreneurial and academic powerhouse Joe Momoh.   

Matana Skoye


› Ruth Kelly (’78 BA) – passionate Albertan, business, philanthropic and community leader, passed away on June 14, 2017 at the age of 60. Read more about the astonishing career of Ruth Kelly in this UAlberta News story.   

Ruth Kelly received an honorary doctor of laws degree from the University of Alberta in 2016. (Photo by Richard Siemens)

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