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BFA Grad Wins Distinguished Alumni Award for Arts and Culture

Shima Iuchi, BFA, 2003

Shima Iuchi, BFA, 2003

On Friday, it was my pleasure to attend TRU’s Distinguished Alumni Awards–to represent Arts and to help celebrate the accomplishments of one of our own: Shima Iuchi (BFA, 2003). A combination of Open Learning and On Campus instruction gave her the freedom to excel as both a student and an artist.

Since moving to Canada in 1998 from Japan, Shima has exhibited her interdisciplinary works in solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the US, Greece, Japan, and China. This work has been recognized by a first place prize in the International College Art Competition, Beyond Borders; and by grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and the BC Arts Council. Her notable series of related works, Transient’s Voice, was inspired by transient Orca whales, which travel year-round between California and Alaska. For her most recent creation, Shima worked with Dr. Paul Spong, who researches Orcas on Canada’s West Coast. She incorporates video, animation, and sound into large-scale installations involving Orca vocalizations and their behaviour, relating the natural phenomena to human transient experiences and the notion of place.

Shima’s interest in interdisciplinary art practice began early–and it was my privilege to work with her and watch her create the extraordinary Illuminations of Kamloops, a work installed in the Kamloops Art Gallery as part of a culminating community exhibition for our first Small Cities Community-University Research Alliance.

As many of you may know, she has worked at the Banff Centre, the University of Lethbridge as a Fine Arts Technician, and she is currently a Lab Faculty Member in Visual Arts at TRU. Shima received the Arts and Culture Award, and was joined by her grandmother, Hideko Iuchi, and aunt, Chizu Motooka, on stage for the official presentation.ShimaFamily


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