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Visual Arts

Art Community

Three residencies are offered through the Visual Arts program for graduates and professional artists: the Artist in Residency Program (AIR), Indigenous Artist in Residence Program (I-AIR) and the Van den Brink Residency.

Bird House - Caleb Speller

Image detail: 'Fecund' by Alysha Farling


Bird House - Caleb Speller

Ceramic: 'Bird House' by Caleb Speller

Artist in Residency (AIR) Program

Established in 2009, the Artist in Residency (AIR) program is a social/public art program that brings a professional artist to Camosun College for a 2-3 month residency. This residency program will provide the time and space for the artist to research new ideas and experiment with different techniques and means of production.
The Resident Artist will work with Camosun’s students and the general public in a cross-disciplinary activity that contributes to Camosun’s cultural life and that of the surrounding community. The Resident Artist’s project will highlight shared cultural/social concerns, connections between people and address thematic issues.

The artists in residence will be encouraged to explore our facilities and studios: printmaking, sculpture, photography, filmmaking, painting and ceramics. This exploration can open up fresh possibilities and directions for the artist. Through studio work, discussion groups and formal lectures the resident artist and the audience will investigate ideas and methods that can be applied to the continued creation of contemporary art.

AIR is currently sponsored by Camosun College Foundation. Camosun would like to thank Smeltzer/Saunders family and Island Blue for their generous sponsorship and support in past years.

For further information about the program contact Brenda Petays, Visual Arts Instructor, 250-370-3380.


Indigenous Artist in Residence (I-AIR) Program

Camosun College Visual Arts recognizes and supports diverse ways of learning, living and working. i-AIR residency is an experiential opportunity for Indigenous artists to grow their art practice and engage in community-based activities in a supportive environment. Artists will explore their strengths, skills and abilities and have time to discover and experiment with new work.

i-AIR residency art projects will be self-directed and may include objects, images, performance, stories, social engagement, concepts or collaborations. Projects will be realized within the residency period and presented as an exhibition in the gallery spaces at Camosun College.

Through an application process an Indigenous artist will be selected and invited to as an artist in residence for the winter term at Camosun. A project grant of $2500.00 will be awarded, a studio space on campus and access to the extensive Visual Arts facilities (as outlined within their proposal) for use during a 10-12 week residency.

Interested candidates are invited to learn more and ask questions by contacting Brenda Petays, Visual Arts Instructor, 250-370-3380.


Sarah Stein

Encaustic detail: Stringtheory by Aileen Penner

Van den Brink Residency

The Van den Brink Residency is awarded to a second year Visual Arts student (or a student who graduated within the past three years) who is strongly self-motivated, shows creativity and who fosters community spirit. The Visual Arts department provides studio space and a faculty advisor through an Independent Study course. The residency takes place annually in May & June and concludes at the end of June with an exhibition of the work.

Applications for Van den Brink Residency are considered through The Robert J. Van den Brink Visual Arts Residency Memorial Award. The application should be submitted by April 30 with an accepted/sponsored Independent Study proposal along with a Letter of Intent and a Portfolio.

For further information about the program contact Joseph Hoh, Visual Arts Instructor, 250-370-3456,


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