On October 19 and 20, UBC Okanagan was filled with students and alumni attending various activities around campus as the university hosted their very first Homecoming. This Homecoming was an opportunity for UBC Okanagan faculties and departments to showcase their works as well as to connect our alumni with current students.
The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies held a Visual Arts Alumni Exhibition at the FINA Gallery on campus. They chose to exhibit new art works by four alumni from BFA and MFA programs: Carin Covin, Christian Nicolay, Dylan Ranney, and Heather Leier. Each alumni’s work was diverse in style and presentation, from painting, prints, paper knitting to video.
“We decided to look at people so we can have a variety of different kind of medium and we also like the idea of a few people who still live in the local area…to show that people are practicing artists after they're finished,” said Shauna Oddleifson, Communications and Marketing Coordinator for CCS, “Dylan Ranney, who did the painting, runs an art collective in downtown Kelowna where other alumni artists have studio space there.”
Aside from the various art style, each alumnus also explored different aspects of human and society through their works.
“My friend introduced me to the poetry of Bronwen Wallace. She was [a] Canadian poet…and she was the feminist poet. She reminded me of the politics of everyday, which is an interesting aspect [in] looking at women back then, their involvement with working at home and their repetitive nature of tasks at home. So I chose knitting as a way to exemplify that,” Carin Covin, one of the alumni artists explained her inspiration behind the knitted paper art piece.
Even though this Homecoming exhibition was for the Faculty of Creative & Critical Studies, every year the gallery hosts at least one exhibition that showcases alumni’s works. The faculty looks forward for more opportunities to connect with a lot more alumni in the future.