Poet and scholar Eric Schmaltz took full advantage of his time at Brock to explore the world of words and images. “In many ways, Brock is where I began to orient myself as a poet-scholar,” says Schmaltz (BA ’11, MA ’12), who celebrated the release of his debut book earlier this year. “Brock offered me the space, resources, and mentors to encourage both creative and academic experiences that have been formative for my profile.” Professors including Gregory Betts, Tim Conley, Adam Dickinson, and Linda Steers provided critical and creative spaces in their classrooms and demonstrated an openness towards engaging with art and literature. “These values, offered to me first at Brock, remain important to my academic work as a SSHRC-funded Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and as an emerging poet.” Schmaltz majored in English Language and Literature with a minor in the former Great Books & Liberal Studies (GLBS). His courses in GBLS were often cross-listed with courses in Visual Arts and Studies in Arts and Culture.
But the Niagara arts community outside of Brock was just as influential. “Of great importance to me was the time I spent with the visual arts community that exists in St. Catharines, independent of Brock––mainly, the Niagara Artists Centre (NAC),” says Schmatlz. “NAC is one of the most valuable centres in St. Catharines whose openness and community-driven mission adds essential character and cultural experience to the Niagara Region. I collaborated on a number of events and programs with the NAC, including literary readings, workshops, special events, and exhibitions.”
Read more on our blog at https://brocku.ca/blogs/humanities
Trompe-l'œil (French for "deceive the eye") is an art technique that uses realistic imagery to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects exist in three dimensions.
This was another piece I've been working on throughout the semester, finally finished it last night! Does it deceive the eye? 😝 #KristasCreations#acrylicpainting#trompeloeil#brockuniversity
Here are a couple of our winners from last weeks Exam Fit Challenge. They both won a $40 gift card to any recreation activity and Elijah won a bonus prize of winter mittens for completing all 5 challenges! #fitness#fit#brock#brockuniversity
Two Brock art exhibitions now on display are working to celebrate and amplify community voices.
Manifestos in a Room and Sauti za Afrika/African Voices/Voix Africaines were each created to engage with Northern Oracle, an exhibition by Heather Hart currently being featured at Rodman Hall Art Centre.
Through the exhibition, which includes an indoor rooftop installation, Hart asks visitors what they want to say to the world and advises them to should it from the rooftop.
Reflecting on Northern Oracle, 53 students in Visual Arts, Studies in Arts and Culture, and French came together to create their own statements, whether poetic, absurd or political. The expressions — in both English and French — were used to create Manifestos in a Room, on display in Rodman Hall’s Studio Gallery.
The exhibition includes a visual component as well as a three-minute audio track created by the students.
Over at Brock’s main campus, the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures (MLLC) is hosting Sauti za Afrika/African Voices/Voix Africaines, an exhibition meant to amplify the voices of the African diaspora in Niagara. Featuring 12 different languages, the exhibition combines modern writing with ancient traditions of communication.
The display features instruments and figurines used for communication, such as a conch shell, similar to the one used to call for revolution in Haiti, and miniature replicas of Burundi drums used by royalty to communicate with their people.
Department Chair and Associate Professor Jean Ntakirutimana worked with members of Niagara’s African diaspora and Sofifran (Solidarité des femmes et familles immigrantes francophones du Niagara) to collect people’s hopes, dreams and concerns to include in the display. Members have also loaned their personal objects for the exhibition.
The display is a precursor to an event by the same name coming up in February. Co-hosted by Sofifran, MLLC and Studies in Arts and Culture, the event will be held at Rodman Hall and will also engage with Northern Oracle.
"Information literacy" is gaining prominence lately, for obvious reasons. Maps are hotspots of information, so bring the potential for misinformation, too. This little book gives a good overview of how each map tells a particular story based on the choices of the creator.
Alternatively, you could take it as a how-to for presenting lies and propaganda. Either way, it's available for borrowing with your Brock card!
⚠️January 19th ⚠️ ANOTHER
MOVIE 🎥 .
Come out for “Foreign Vibez: Africa meets the Caribbean” TG edition 🌐‼️
📍All roads lead to Detour Music Hall located at 88 St. Paul Street St. Catharines📍
Bring your flags and rep your country👊🏾 As always everybody come out and turn it alllll the way up with us #TheTGWay 🤟🏾
.Music by: @bogga_k @djkingbizzy @dj.dimes @deeboy242 @anu.mak
What could be more delicious than the warm, soothing, melt-in-your mouth sweetness of our fudge brownie sundae. Sink your teeth into this classic Don Cherry dessert! @doncherryswelland #fudge#chocolate#desserttime
Earlier this month, Dr. Keri Cronin’s Visual Culture and the Human Body class held a showcase of their graphic medicine projects. Graphic medicine is a new form of graphic novel in which the author tells personal stories of illness or health.
Whether it be about physical or mental health, graphic medicine can be an innovative way to connect people with similar illnesses and allow readers (and authors) to begin to make peace with their ailment.
Graphic medicine is in the beginning stages of being integrated into the curriculum of med students in some teaching institutions to teach the importance of empathy to future medical professionals.
Swipe to see some examples of the amazing graphic medicine books created by professor Cronin’s VISA 3P52 class!
Caption and photos by @eringrayley
#brocku#brockuniversity#brockuvisualarts#graphicmedicine#visualculture#humanbodyandart @miwsfpa @kericronin
Just over a year ago, I presented my thesis. If you don’t know the story about this, here it goes 🤓
I spent MONTHS hanging out with rats. I would literally tell people I’m going to hangout with my “friends” 😂. A few months into my thesis and the hours of time I spent in the lab, my supervisor told me I should change my topic. I had to start completely over. After a few tears (ok, a lot), that’s what I did...
Still working with rats... And hours spent crying in the lab wondering how I would pass and how this was related to my life, I did it. Looking back at it now, I wouldn’t be where I am without it. It taught me that if I want something bad enough, you’ll put the work into it, and it WILL pay off, even if you’re struggling at the time. This is your reminder that your headlights are pointed in the right direction, even if you can’t see where they’re leading you.
But damn am I ever happy that year of anxiety is over 😅 So much has changed in a year. Did you enjoy your thesis? Or struggle through the entire thing like me?
Let's ring in the New Year in styles at MODRN Nightclub's Black and White NYE Party 2019
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My beautiful cousins lift and tint 😍 she has really short lashes but damn look at the difference a lift and tint can make!
Plus you can still apply mascara when you have a lift and tint ( just wait a couple days) so those who don't want the maintenance that comes with extensions or if you like to rub your eyes then a lift is perfect for you!