It has been a great month in the Department with news of our students' outstanding success in various competitions and participation in various events.
- Samantha Chang was recently awarded a Faculty of Arts & Science Doctoral Excellence Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to an academically excellent student who has a talent for research and knowledge mobilization and has demonstrated leadership potential within and beyond the academic community.
- Liron Efrat and Brittany Myburgh recently presented at the 26th International Symposium on Electronic Art. This year's symposium addresses pressing contemporary issues and presents practice-based approaches to explore the theme “Why Sentience?” In their paper, "Machinic Sense & Sensibility: Immediations // Seeing is Sensing: Three Strategies for Multisensory Experience in Mixed Reality Art," Liron and Brittany outline three strategies used by Mixed Reality (MR) artists to produce experiences that challenge vision as a single sense modality.
- Elizabeth Mattison was recipient of the first Haboldt Mutters Prize, awarded for the best original contribution on European art prior to 1950. Elizabeth's paper will be published in a future issue of Simiolus, an English-language journal devoted to the history of Dutch and Flemish art of the fifteenth to seventeenth centuries.
- We are pleased to report that Elizabeth Mattison also received a 2020 HNA Fellowship Award for the final archival research needed to complete her study of wills in Liège for the final chapter of her dissertation.
- Ariella Minden, along with her colleagues at KHI, is organizing a conference titled "Failure: Understanding Art as Process, 1150-1750" (November 5–6, 2020). This conference proposes to bring failure into focus as a crucial component of artistic production. Details on the conference can be found on its website and the conference program can be downloaded here.
For our graduate students to have won such prestigious awards and be involved in such reputable events is a huge achievement and speaks to the research excellence in the department. Please join us in congratulating our students on their achievements -- we can't wait to see what they do next!