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Visiting Artist Mentorship Program

The Visiting Artist Mentorship Program provides senior undergraduate and graduate students in the Visual Arts program in FCCS with mentorship from a mid- to senior-career visiting artist. This program fills a much needed gap by creating a visiting artist environment where teaching, direction, critique, lessons, and career advice can flourish over several days. 

Visiting artists are brought in for a period of three to five days with time dedicated to activities that include, classroom visits, artist residency, and one-on-one critiques. These activities complement the academic experience of students in their Visual Arts programs and connect aspiring artists with accomplished Canadian artists. Visual Arts students who work alongside these visiting artist-mentors are encouraged to think outside their university experience into the art world beyond.

2017 Mentorship Program

Geoffrey_FarmerGeoffrey Farmer is the first visiting artist mentor for 2017. Geoffrey Farmer will spend time on campus working with BFA students and giving a public talk. 

Artist Talk

Wednesday, Feb. 1, 8:15pm | Mary Irwin Theatre 9RCA, 421 Cawston Ave)

Geoffrey Farmer lives and works in Vancouver. He is the official Canadian representative for the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017.


The first visiting artist mentor was Siksika performance artist, painter, and educator, Adrian Stimson, in November, 2014. He gave a visiting artist presentation, critiques for fourth year students, and worked on one-on-one consults with several students. 



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The second mentoring artist was Cheryl L’Hirondelle, a Metis interdisciplinary artist who came in February of 2015. She spent the first week, reading break at the University, working in close consultation with artists and technicians at the Centre for Indigenous Media Arts, a site managed by FCCS at UBC's Okanagan campus. The next week, she gave talks and mentored with several third- and fourth-year Visual Arts students. 



The third mentoring artist was acclaimed painter and educator Landon Mackenzie, who came to Kelowna to open a major retrospective of her career at the Kelowna Art Gallery featuring her works on paper. Landon met with a select group of students at Studio 111 (a space at the RCA currently used by the Department of Creative Studies for various projects), offering critiques and assisting students in understanding their role as artists in the world.




Upcoming visiting artists include Christian Nicolay, an interdisciplinary artist and UBC Okanagan alumnus, who will visit in February, and Jerry Evans, a renowned printmaker, who will also visit in February.

In conjunction with the Visiting Artist Mentorship Fund, students who meet relevant criteria can apply to receive a year end award.

UBC Okanagan Visual Arts Award

A $1,000 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 a student who has 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.

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 Ashok Mathur, Head of Creative Studies at or Sarah Campbell, Development Officer, Development and Alumni Engagement, at 

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