Message from the Director
After another busy year at the School of Creative Arts, I have wonderful news of progress and change to report! First and foremost, activity at our future downtown campus is well underway. In the Armouries, asbestos abatement is complete and the lead paint has been removed; the original brick has been beautifully restored. Demolition of the former Tunnel Bar-B-Q restaurant – a much-loved institution here in Windsor – is underway this week and we expect to see the demolition completed in June. I’ve had the opportunity to meet with alumni from both our Visual Arts and Music programmes in order to provide updates on our downtown plans, and it’s truly wonderful to see the excitement building as our move gets closer.
On the Music side of SoCA, I would like to announce that our newest faculty member, Dr. Bruce Kotowich (DMA) joins the School in July 2015 as our new Director of Choirs. Many of you know how instrumental Prof. Householder’s choral direction has been – and continues to be long after his official retirement – and we are thrilled that Dr. Kotowich has agreed to take up Richard’s legacy and make it his own. Our Visual Arts faculty were kept busy this year with an external review (mandated by the province to occur every 7 years) and with implementing many of the program changes we have been developing since 2012. We welcomed extraordinary artists and musicians again this year: Jeff Nelsen (of the Canadian Brass), photographer Suzy Lake, and social practice artists Conflict Kitchen are just some of the guests SoCA hosted this year. We also celebrated the CD release of our own Dr. Nick Papador.
Many of our former and graduating students are being recognized for their incredible work. Two former VABE students, Chelsea Alexander and Shannon Hawke, graduated this year with their Master of Architecture from the University of Detroit Mercy and they each received the AIA Henry Adams’ Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in the Study of Architecture. We also have 3 recipients of SSHRC grants this year: Meghan Chamberlain (BMus 2014), who will begin graduate work in Musicology at the University of Toronto this fall, and Sarah Van Sloten and Luke Maddaford (both current MFA students) all received this extremely competitive award. Finally, Marlyse Bergstra (BMT 2015) and Chantelle Boismier (BFA 2015) have been awarded the prestigious Board of Governors medal for their stellar work here. Chantelle Boismier also received the President's Medal! Congratulations to all of you!
Happy summer everyone, and I hope to see you next year!
Dr. Karen Engle
Director, School of Creative Arts
University of Windsor