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Visiting Artists 2014-15

David Khang - Feb. 23, 2015

David KhangThe Faculty of Creative and Critical studies is pleased to announce a lecture by visual artist David Khang on Monday, Feb. 23rd from 12-1:15 in CCS 227. 

David Khang - Artist Statement

"I play with languages - visual, written, and spoken. By following language across times and cultures, I seek out moments of miscegenation and mistranslation. These slippages become generative opportunities in my art practice where re-inscription of alternate voices, writings, and imaginations become possible.
In recent works, prosthetics and live animals become the building blocks of a language performed. This language - neither written nor spoken, or perhaps at once both - is a response to conditions of beauty and violence, both linguistic and corporeal. It also becomes a means to search for alternative voices more resonant and resilient than rational, articulate speech. 
Imbedded within my work is my body -- a body that is marked by gender and race. These signifiers become points of engagement with critical discourses around cultural capital, traditional knowledge / authenticity projected onto (native informant) bodies, and mutable readings of bodies in transition and translation."
* Great care is taken during the performances so that any live animal used is treated with the utmost respect. 

Raymond Boisjoly - Jan. 19, 2015

Raymond BoisjolyThe Faculty of Creative and Critical studies is pleased to announce a lecture by visual artist Raymond Boisjoly on Monday, Jan. 19th from 12-1:15 in CCS 222. 

Raymond Boisjoly works with photographic and video images, text and objects. His practice can be understood as a platform where syntax and pictorial surfaces meet to become a mean of addressing issues of Indigeneity, language as a cultural practice, and experiential aspects of materiality. His idiomatic use of words and found images deploys a potential for disrupting common understanding of the everyday. His work with text is, as he states, "conceived as an articulation of the provisional means through which time and place coincide as related to migration or displacement.” 

Raymond Boisjoly (born in Langley, British Columbia, 1981) is a Vancouver based artist of Haida and Quebecois descent. He has participated in exhibitions at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, The Vancouver Art Gallery, Western Bridge and numerous artist-run centres. Boisjoly also participated in the exhibitions SITElines 2014: Unsettled Landscapes, SITE Santa Fe and L'avenir (looking forward), La Biennale de Montréal. Carleton University Art Gallery recently presented his new works in a solo exhibition titled Interlocutions.


Althea Thauberger - Sept. 22, 2014



Artist Althea Thauberger will speak as a guest lecturer at UBC on Monday September 22 at a free public event. The talk starts at 7pm in room ART 103, UBC’s Okanagan campus, Kelowna.

Althea Thauberger is an artist based in Vancouver, Canada. Her internationally produced and exhibited work typically involves research and critical reflections of the social histories of her production sites and an extended co-creative process with crew members and the subjects who are represented. The resulting photography, film/video and performance projects often invoke provocative reflections of social, political, institutional, and aesthetic power relations. Her work has recently been presented at the Audain Gallery, SFU, Vancouver; The Power Plant, Toronto; the 7th Liverpool Biennial.

Image: Preuzmimo Benčić , production still
photo credit: Milica Czerny Urban



Visiting Artists 2013-2014

Adam Kuby - Visiting Artist, Mar. 3, 2014

Adam Kuby image

Artist Adam Kuby will speak as a guest lecturer at UBC on Monday March 3 at a free public event. The talk starts at 12 noon in Room CCS227, Creative and Critical Studies Building, UBC’s Okanagan campus, Kelowna.

"My work engages the built and natural worlds to foster a sense of connectedness in our increasingly fractured environments. Every site offers the chance to explore how human & nonhuman ecologies can better coexist through parallel layers of meaning & purpose. Environmental forces both inspire and play a role in my art, fueled from work experiences in landscape architecture, urban forestry and zoo habitat design.

I focused on landscape architecture and environmental studies as an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania, and received a Masters in Fine Art in sculpture from the University of North Carolina."

~ Adam Kurby

View more of Kurby's work on his web site:

Elizabeth McIntosh - Visiting Artist, Feb. 25, 2014

Elizabeth McIntosh

Artist Elizabeth McIntosh will speak as a guest lecturer at UBC on Tuesday, February 25th at a free public event. The talk starts at 12 noon in Room CCS223, Creative and Critical Studies Building, UBC’s Okanagan campus, Kelowna

The work of Elizabeth McIntosh reveals itself through the multiplicity of visual interpretations and understandings, shying away from aesthetic resolution. McIntosh’s position is in that sense rather bold, as she operates in an unguarded manner, with a subjective process that becomes an invitation to the direct appreciation of the perceptual experience. Reflecting on the painter’s role, she renegotiates limiting categories such as abstraction and figuration, to convincingly propose sophisticated, intriguing and intangible pictorial worlds.

Elizabeth McIntosh received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours from York University in Toronto, and her Masters of Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art in London, UK. McIntosh is represented by Diaz Contemporary in Toronto. Recent solo exhibitions include Pink Nude, Diaz Contemporary (2012), Three Oranges at Exercise in Vancouver (2011), Violet’s Hair at the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver (2010-2011), A Good Play at Diaz Contemporary in Toronto (2010), and Cut Out at Goodwater in Toronto (2009). In 2013 she was the recipient of the prestigious VIVA Award in Vancouver. Elizabeth McIntosh lives in Vancouver where she is an Associate Professor at Emily Carr University.

Sarah Burwash - Visiting Artist, Feb. 24, 2014

Sarah Burwash The Far Woods

Sarah Burwash,UBC Okanagan Alumna (BFA ’09), will do an illustrated public talk on Monday, February 24that 12 noon in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies building in Studio (CCS) 222. Her presentation will be followed by a book launch and author signing of The Far Woods, published by Conundrum Press, 2013.

Widely recognized and admired for her extraordinary talent in narrative drawing, watercolor, and illustrational drawing, she is also active in video, animation, ‘zines and artist book works. Her recent book The Far Woodswas influenced by her artist residency locations, travels in the wilderness, and stories from remote areas and rural communities.

Sarah Burwash grew up in Rossland, BC, completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at UBC Okanagan in 2009, and now lives in Nova Scotia. Over the past five years she has compiled an extensive history of solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the US, and abroad. She has participated in numerous artist residencies across Canada and in the US, and has just completed a six-week thematic residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts.

Damian Moppett - Visiting Artist, Feb. 6, 2014

Damian Moppett

Multi-media artist Damian Moppett will speak as a guest lecturer at UBC on Thursday, February 6 at a free public event. His talk starts at 12 noon in Room CCS222, Creative and Critical Studies Building, UBC’s Okanagan campus, Kelowna

Through fascinating transformational processes involving photography, sculpture, drawing, video and painting, Moppett

examines notions of origin, authorship and value. His work often finds its origin in modern art history, and articulates itself around a much smaller and humbler event of life in the studio. Moppett's practice is a maze of references and historical reconstitutions, mostly defined by a layered approach that brings the viewer on a journey through the real and the analogous.

Moppett lives and works in Vancouver. Recent solo exhibitions include The Bells, Simon Fraser University Gallery, Burnaby (2014); Salute, Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver (2013); Vancouver Art Gallery Off¬site, Vancouver (2012).


James Luna

James Luna – Visiting Artist- Residency February 25 – March 1, 2013

Internationally renowned performance and installation artist James Luna (Puyukitchum/Luiseno) will be one of the Visiting Artist in 2013 sponsored by the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies. Luna will spend one week on UBC’s Okanagan campus From February 25 to March 1st working with students and giving a performative lecture to the public.

With over 30 years of exhibition and performance experience Luna has given voice to Native American cultural issues, pursued innovative and versatile media within his disciplines, and charted waters for other artists to follow. His powerful works transform gallery spaces into battlefields, where the audience is confronted with the nature of cultural identity, the tensions generated by cultural isolation, and the dangers of cultural misinterpretations, all from an Indigenous perspective.

Performative Lecture
Thursday, Feb. 28th, 7pm University Theatre

“Using fearless self-disclosure, he peels off the scab nicely to confront presumptions held by Indians and non-Indians alike about you.”

Pooyukitchchum/Ipai native James Luna is a powerful force in performance art today. With his upcoming performative lecture Phantasmagoria audiences will experience 30 years of artistic work through his social/political commentary and his personal push to develop and expand his own work and perspectives on performance.

Don’t be fooled by the notion that he is a nice Indian “Story teller” as his stories are both humorous and painful. They are much more than stories about Indian people but delve deeper into the the strife, misconceptions and comodification of ethnicity in America. Luna deals with the realities of race from an insider point of view.

For more information, contact or call 250-807-9648

Marlene Creates - Visiting Artist - Residency March 5-24, 2013

Visual artist and community-based artist and theorist, Marlene Creates, is one of the Visiting Artists for 2012-13 sponsored by the Faculty of Creative an Critical Studies. Her interests include photography, relational aesthetics, ecology, poetry, and place. Her current artistic venture is paying close attention to one particular place — six acres of boreal forest she inhabits in Portugal Cove, Newfoundland & Labrador. Marlene Creates will be working on a community art project, giving a master class in place-based art as well as giving a public lecture during her stay from March 5 to 24.

Master Class
Marlene Creates will facilitate two site-specific community art master classes focusing on the idea of place as a site of honour and acknowledgment. The classes will be held at the Woodhaven Nature Conservancy.

  • Saturday, March 9th, 1-5pm (registration closed)
  • Saturday, March 16, 1-5pm - to register, email Lori Mairs

Public Lecture
From Landworks to Words in the Land, Thursday, March 14, 7pm, Kelowna Art Gallery, 1315 Water Street

Special Event
There will be a special event held at the Woodhaven Nature Conservancy on Friday, March 22 (time TBA), in conjunction with the Regional District of the Central Okanagan - more details to come.

For more information, contact or call 250-807-9648

Marlene Creates

2011 - 2012

Guy Cools

Guy Cools

Artist In Residence

Guy Cools

February 27 - March 23, 2012

You are invited to a receptionGuy Cools:
Monday, March 5, 2012
12:00 noon - 2:00 pm
Arts Atrium

Workshops and Public Lectures:

3 & 4 Mar (Sat, Sun) 12 – 3:30 @ UNC 200 Repeating Distances: Movement Workshop

7 Mar (Wed) 7-9pm Artist Talk: The bi-temporal body @ UBCO ADM 026

15 Mar (Thurs) 7-9pm Artist Talk: The Mythic Body @ Kelowna Art Gallery

2, 3 & 4 April (Mon, Tues, Wed) - 8:00 pm@ The Kelowna Community Theatre.

Guy Cools, the FCCS Artist in Residence is now in Kelowna and will be visiting our performance classes and giving a workshop (with Lin Snelling, Assistant Professor in the Drama Programme at the University of Alberta) and two public lectures in the course of his stay. He will also be collaborating with Ame Henderson in the creation of a public performance with students in Creative Studies, which will be presented at the Kelowna Community Theatre April 2, 3 & 4 at 8PM.

For more information, and to register for workshops, contact:
Irma Ronkkonen - Department of Creative Studies
T: 250-807-9648, E:

Guy Cools- 1964, Antwerp (BE)
After having trained as a dramaturge, Guy Cools became involved with the new developments in dance in Flanders from the 1980’s, initially as a dance critic and from 1990 onwards as theatre and dance director of Arts Centre Vooruit in Ghent. As vice-president of the Dance Council he contributed to the cultural policy towards dance of the Flemish Community. He curated dance events in Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, Venice and Montréal.
In 2002, he left Vooruit to dedicate himself fulltime to production dramaturgy with amongst others Koen Augustijnen – Lisi Esteras (Les Ballets C. de la B.), Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (B), Anabel Schellekens (B), Lia Haraki (Cyprus), Danièle Desnoyers (Montréal), Akram Khan (London), Christopher House (Toronto Dance Theatre). From April 1st, 2010, he is the house dramaturge for Danshuis Station Zuid, Tilbug, the Netherlands and since October 1st, 2011, associate lector at the Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten.
With Lin Snelling and Ginelle Chagnon he developed a series of workshops to support the creative process of artists, choreographers in particular. He regularly gives lectures and publishes in Belgium, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Holland, Greece and Cyprus.

Ame Henderson poster
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Cheryl L'Hirondelle poster
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Cynthia Karalla

Ken Gregory poster
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Visiting Artists 2011-12
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Past Visiting Artists

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