Renay Egami, MFA

(She, Her, Hers)

Associate Professor

Creative Studies, Visual Arts
Office: CCS 164
Phone: 250.807.9764

Graduate student supervisor

Research Summary

Contemporary Art Practices; Material Studies; Diaspora Research; Memorialization.

Courses & Teaching

Sculpture; Advanced Art Practices; MFA Graduate Colloquium.


Renay Egami is a visual artist whose art practice is diverse, conceptually grounded, and employs a wide variety of fabrication processes and materials that range from the impermanent to the enduring and in various combinations of sculpture, immersive installations, light projection, text and textiles. Her work engages migration and diaspora research including the immigrant experience and invisible labor, language, memorialization, social justice, and traditions relative to her Japanese heritage. This broad but interrelated constellation of ideas forms the matrix of her work.

Renay received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Fiber & Material Studies), Diploma from the Emily Carr University of Art & Design (Sculpture), and she is also an alumna of The Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in Maine. She has exhibited her work across Canada, in the US and Japan.

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MFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1998; Diploma, Emily Carr University of Art & Design, 1987.

Selected Grants & Awards

Renay is the recipient of several grants and scholarships including the Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, FCAR: Fonds pour la Formation de Chercheurs et l’Aide à la Recherche – Masters Research  Scholarship, Conseil Des Arts et Des Lettres du Québec-Artistic Practice Grant, The Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture Full Fellowship, NY and The Organization of American States – Academic Studies Program Fellowship, Washington DC.

Graduate Supervisions

Jorden Doody, MFA in Visual Arts: I Must Be Streaming, 2021

Scott Moore (co-supervision with Samuel Roy-Bois), MFA in Visual Arts, 2020 – to present

Huiyu Chen, MFA in Visual Arts, 2019 – to present

Cathy Stubington (co-supervision with Virginie Magnat), MFA IGS:  What the Moon Saw, 2013


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