A new partnership between UBC Okanagan and Vernon’s Caetani Cultural Centre will help make artistic dreams come true for two student-artists.

“The Caetani Cultural Centre is a long-established community arts organization with a stellar reputation for hosting prominent artists and creative writers,” said Bryce Traister, dean of UBCO’s Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies.

Operating in a historic home in Vernon, the centre offers residencies as part of its mandate. It was the vision of Sveva Caetani, who lived in the home most of her life, when she bequeathed her house and grounds to the City of Vernon for use as an arts and cultural facility. Artists are welcome to apply for a residency, which can be for two weeks to three months at a time, and pay a fee that covers their living expenses.

Being able to do a residency is a dream and a goal for most artists, said Janelle Hardy, artist-in-residence program co-ordinator at the Caetani Cultural Centre.

Having uninterrupted time and space to live and create is an experience that can foster and accelerate artistic process and creation, she said.

To have a residency funded by the new UBCO-Caetani partnership removes financial challenges that a number of artists face working full-time on their art career, said Traister.

“FCCS is delighted to partner with the Caetani Cultural Centre to provide our best student-artists an opportunity to have professional studio experience early in their young careers,” Traister said. “We are thrilled to be getting into the community and extending UBC’s engagement with the North Okanagan arts community.”

Carmen Winther and Mirjana Borovickic, both Bachelor of Fine Arts students, were nominated by the visual arts faculty for the residency.

“These two students have demonstrated potential and developed professional-quality work over the years working towards their degree, and show commitment to their art practice,” said Myron Campbell, co-ordinator of fourth-year programming.

“Community outreach is part of the work they do, so it is fitting to have them be part of this program.”

During the residency, the students will be required to offer presentations about their work and art practice for the local Okanagan community as well as participate in the studio and show their final projects.

“We just love hosting artists for their residencies and art shows,î said Hardy. “They bring such creative energy to the Caetani House and they get the chance to focus exclusively on their art. All of us at the house and in the Vernon community benefit from their enthusiasm, skills and joy.”

Borovickic will be the artist in residence for July, and Winther will follow for the month of August.

Borovickic’s work will be on display at the house in a solo pop-up art exhibit on Monday, July 29, with a public reception that evening from 7 to 9 p.m. Her work will also be on display Tuesday, July 30 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A reception to celebrate Winther’s work takes place on Aug. 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. Visitors will be able to view her work on Aug. 29 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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