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2020 UGFA Distinguished Professor Award for Excellence in Teaching

We are pleased to announce that Amanda Boetzkes, Art History Professor, School of Fine Art and Music, has been awarded the 2020 UGFA Distinguished Professor Award for Excellence in Teaching in the College of Arts.  Congratulations Amanda and thanks for all the hard work you do in both the undergradate and graduate program.

Art History Speaker Series

The School of Fine Art and Music is pleased to announce the 2020-21 Art History Speaker Series, Terra Insum: On the Ground of Art, Knowledge and Politics

Six Gryphon Singers singing on stage.

Gryphon Singers Choir Awarded Second Place in National Choir Competition

The University of Guelph’s Gryphon Singers placed second in the National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs in the Collegiate Choir division. The Gryphon Singers competed against McGill’s Schulick Singers who won first place, and Western University who placed third.

The competition was open to all amateur choirs across Canada and featured a highly competitive pool of applicants.

To listen to their award-winning performance, click here.

Picture of Gryphon Singers singing in front of an audience.

Gryphon Singers Choir Selected as Finalists in National Choir Competition

The Gryphon Singers Choir have been selected as 2019 finalists in the National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs (Collegiate Choirs division). 

The competition was open coast-to-coast to include all Canadian amateur choirs and showcased a highly competitive pool of applicants.

To listen to the Gryphon Singers Choir submission, click here.

RBC Emerging Artists Project Donation

The School of Fine Art and Music and Guelph Arts Council thank the generous support and donation from the RBC Emerging Artists Project to the Guelph Emerging Artist Mentorship Project. The project supports emerging artists in the critical transition from the academic to professional life. In the first three rounds of the project, 27 emerging musicians, visual artists, and cultural managers were paired with Guelph artist mentors.

USA Field School: Art Cities - Las Vegas and Los Angeles

For three weeks in May - June 2019, the University of Guelph is offering USA Field School classes in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. 

Explore the visual and built environments of two cities whose distinct geographical circumstances and histories have shaped urban development and, in turn, fundamentally informed the art and artistic representation of each. Learn through first-hand encounters with researchers, artists, and cultural figures at various sites, museums and galleries.

Alexandra Hartstone (MA Candidate) published in CMA

Congratulations to Alexandra Hartstone for the publication of her essay, "Framing Narratives and the Curatorial through Other Media: the 2018 São Paulo Biennial" in the latest issue of CMA (The Comparative Media Arts) Journal. Well done, Alexandra!

Emma Nishimura wins Queen Sonja Print Award

Her Majesty The Queen presented the Queen Sonja Print Award 2018 to the Canadian artist Emma Nishimura.  

Emma is a printmaking instructor in the School of Fine Art and Music.