Visiting Artist Mentorship Program
The Visiting Artist Mentorship Program provides senior undergraduate students in the Visual Arts program in FCCS with mentorship from a mid- to senior-career visiting artist. This program augments an already exciting university journey by creating a context where teaching, direction, critique, conversation, and career advice can flourish over several months.
Students are paired with an established artist who will, through in-person meetings and remote exchanges, guide them in the production of their final BFA studio project. Visual Arts students who work alongside these visiting artist-mentors are encouraged to think outside their university experience into the art world beyond.
2018 Visiting Artist Mentor
This year’s Visiting Artist Mentorship program invited BFA students to apply to work with three of the Visiting Artists that visited our campus and spent time with the senior students in the program. The awards were given to BFA students:
- Peter Navratil, to work with mentor Cedric Bomford
- Carmen Winter, to work with mentor, Derya Akay
- Evan Berg to work with mentor Paul Wong.
The awardees will be corresponding with their respective mentors over the academic year to discuss their studio work and receive feedback and critiques on the work they are producing.
Amanda Strong (Vancouver) has been invited as the Visiting Artist Mentor for 2018. She will be at UBC Okanagan from March 12th – 15th, 2018. During her stay, Amanda will be giving an artist talk as part of the Visiting Artists Lecture Series, conducting a number of studio visits, joining a few BFA classes, as well as initiating a creative project to which 4th year BFA Visual Arts students will be invited to contribute.
Alexandre David was on campus from November 27th to December 1st, 2017 as the first Visiting Artist Mentor for the 2017-18 academic year. He worked collaboratively with Assistant Professor, Samuel Roy-Bois on an installation in the Research Studio for Spaces and Things, with BFA students contributing to the realization of the project. The Installation, which stems from the notion of public platform, was casually used by students and faculty for meetings for one month.
During his visit, Alexandre David gave an artist talk as part of the FCCS Visiting Artist Series.
Geoffrey Farmer was the visiting artist mentor for 2017. Geoffrey Farmer will spend time on campus working with BFA students and giving a public talk.
Geoffrey Farmer lives and works in Vancouver. Geoffrey Farmer creates installation-based artworks using combinations of a broad range of elements including: drawing, photography, video, sculpture, performance, and found materials.He was the official Canadian representative for the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017.
Christian Nicolay, an interdisciplinary artist and UBC Okanagan alumnus, visited the campus in February 2016, offering an artists talk to BFA students and visiting the 4th year students studio to give critiques of their work.
His diverse body of work employs a wide range of media and techniques including drawing, painting, sculpture, video, sound, performance and installation – to create works that explore themes of paradox, politics, social activity, cultural identity and the origins of things. Nicolay has several ongoing long-term projects that unite his day-to-day experiences with his practice challenging notions of factuality and fiction.
Support the Program
The Visiting Artist Mentorship Program is made possible through the generous support of June Nicolay.
FCCS and the Department of Creative Studies is actively seeking community support to build this mentorship program. Founded by members of the community who saw the need for a mentorship program, our ideal goal is to grow this fund so that we can increase the numbers of mentors and the duration of their visits to maximize value for our students. For information on how to contribute to the fund, please contact Stephen Foster, Head of Creative Studies at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sarah Campbell, Development Officer, Development and Alumni Engagement, at email@example.com
UBC Okanagan Visual Arts Award
In conjunction with the Visiting Artist Mentorship Fund, students who meet relevant criteria can apply to receive a year end award.
A $2,000 award is offered to a third or fourth-year student in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus. Preference is given to students who have participated, engaged and sought mentorship from a faculty-invited visiting artist, and whose final project/body of work reflects academic excellence.
Students are invited to submit a letter of interest and the award is made on the recommendation of the Faculty in consultation with the Head of Creative Studies.