College of Arts Profs Earn Accolades

August 31, 2009 - Campus Bulletin

Prof. Ric Knowles, School of English and Theatre Studies, has won a prestigious honour from the
Association for Theatre in Higher Education. Knowles, a theatre professor, writer and editor, received the Achievement Award for Excellence in Editing: Sustained Achievement. He accepted the award during a conference in New York City this month.

The award honours both individual achievements in editing books, special issues, etc. and sustained achievement in editing over an extended period.

“I am very proud of this,” said Knowles. “Canadian theatre scholarship is often ignored outside Canada, especially in the United States. To have my work in and about Canada recognized by a large international organization is important for all of us who work in the field.”

Knowles teaches courses at U of G in Canadian theatre and drama. He is the editor or co-editor of 10 books, including Modern Drama: Defining the Field and The Masks of Judith Thompson. As an author, he has produced numerous volumes including Shakespeare and Canada and co-authored the recent Remembering Women Murdered by Men: Memorial Sites in Canada. He has been an editor of Canadian Theatre Review since 1996.

School of Fine Art and Music (SOFAM) professors Will Gorlitz and John Kissick are featured in the fall issue of Border Crossings, a well-known Canadian arts magazine. The latest issue, which was featured this weekend in the Globe and Mail, is devoted to painters and painting.

It includes a cover-story interview with Gorlitz, who teaches drawing and painting. Gorlitz, a U of G faculty member since 2001, has exhibited his artwork nationally and internationally in public and commercial galleries for more than 30 years. His work has also been featured in numerous periodicals, books and catalogue publications.

It also features an essay by Kissick, SOFAM director, on the dissatisfactions of post-modernism. Kissick, who joined U of G in 2003, is a well-known contemporary painter and writer. Among other things, he is the author of the art history text, Art, Context and Criticism.

Border Crossings is a Winnipeg-based publication founded some 27 years ago by Robert Enright, a University research professor in art criticism. One of Canada's best-known cultural journalists, Enright is now the magazine's senior contributing editor and spends winter semesters teaching in U of G’s MFA program.

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