Fine Arts Research & Creative Initiatives

Our faculty, staff and students are continuously engaged in a vast number of research and creative initiatives on a local, national and global scale.

Teaching Profiles

Dr. Devon Smither | 2023 Excellence in Teaching Award

Devon Smither

Known for being a risk-taker in the classroom, Dr. Devon Smither encourages her students to do the same. It has garnered her a reputation as an innovative and empowering educator as well as the University of Lethbridge’s 2023 Excellence in Teaching Award.

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Leanne Elias | Board of Governors Teaching Chair

Leanne Elias

An inspiring educator who finds ways to challenge her students while complementing their knowledge, new media professor Leanne Elias is the recipient of the Board of Governors Teaching Chair.

Research Profile

Mary Kavanagh | Board of Governors Research Chair, Tier I

uLethbridge Professor Mary Kavanagh examines atomic legacies


Aligning with the 75th Anniversary of the birth of the atomic age, University of Lethbridge Professor Mary Kavanagh explores the Bomb and its legacies in a series of art exhibitions presented across Canada and the US: the multi-faceted Daughters of Uranium and Trinity3, a two-channel video work extracted from the larger project. The exhibitions reach across the nuclear Anthropocene to build connections between nuclear technologies and their lived effects, the nuclear site and irradiated bodies, nuclear fallout, waste, and material evidence.

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Research Chairs

Research Chairs are prestigious academic distinctions bestowed upon faculty members recognized by their peers as having distinguished and renowned records of research or other scholarly or creative activity. Meet the Research Chairs who are in the Faculty of Fine Arts.

Monique Giroux 2020
Dr. Monique Giroux

Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Music, Culture, and Politics

Mary Kavanagh
Mary Kavanagh

Tier I Board of Governors Research Chair in Fine Arts

Shining Music Graduate Jaimee Jarvie builds Multiple Sclerosis community through song

When Faculty of Fine Arts graduate Jaimee Jarvie (BMus '13, MMus '24) was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, her path to understand and accept her new reality led her to graduate studies at …

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Working together to support Blackfoot Ways of Knowing, Learning and Being

The web is an integral part of our digital lives and, like all media, website design and development is a reflection of cultural values. This reflection influences what we see on a website and …

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AuraWave technology project a first of its kind for Fine Arts

From an idea that started at a dining room table to a tangible project being discussed in corporate boardrooms, University of Lethbridge music professor Dr. Arlan Schultz is making his research a reality.

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