History of Art – the relationship between a society and its art
TRUE PASSION FOR ART
Dr. Serena Keshavjee – Assistant Professor
Associate professor and coordinator of UWinnipeg’s History of Art program, Dr. Serena Keshavjee is renowned for her contagious passion, which is reflected in her teaching. Keshavjee also has been instrumental in developing the Master of Arts in Cultural Studies: Curatorial Practices program.
“At UWinnipeg we are interested in delivering both the history and theory of art and the more practical side,” said Keshavjee. “We focus on experiential learning, teaching skills that can be added to a resumé.”
Proximity to the Winnipeg Art Gallery is a definite advantage and perk to the program.
“With the WAG across the street, we make good use of their collections, their expertise and exhibitions,” said Keshavjee. “Our students regularly gain valuable experience by volunteering at the WAG, and this spring they have been invited to blog about the current Olympus exhibition.”
CARVING HER OWN PATH
Sylvia Dueck – Student
Described as meticulous, Sylvia Dueck is a fourth-year honours student working towards an art history degree at UWinnipeg.
While taking the Curatorial Practices course, Dueck was able to envision the areas of gallery/ museum work she wants to pursue after graduation.
“Besides the theory aspect, the course allows hands-on experience in mounting an exhibition in conjunction with the Buhler Gallery at St. Boniface Hospital. This experience helped me gain practical skills related to the curatorial practices field, and gave me confidence in knowing that I am indeed on the right path.”
Dueck’s knowledge and keen interest has already paid off. She has been selected to work at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights as an Aboriginal Program Guide and interpretive tour leader.
CURATING ANCIENT TREASURES
Angeliki Bogiatji – Alumnus
Angeliki Bogiatji worked as an archaeologist in Greece before coming to UWinnipeg to take the art history-focused Master of Arts in Cultural Studies (Curatorial Practices). She chose this program to bridge into a career in the Canadian arts and culture sector.
“The UWinnipeg Cultural Studies MA is really strong in combining practical work in the museum field,” said Bogiatji. “The program is strong in cultural theory, too. I found it quite amazing to combine these two aspects. My particular case is visual culture and visual arts. Curating theory in cultural ways is very interesting for me.”
It is serendipitous that Bogiatji had the opportunity to curate the WAG exhibit that opens on April 26. The Olympus: The Greco-Roman Collections of Berlin brings to Winnipeg over 160 ancient Greek and Roman treasures.
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