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After finishing high school in her home province of Saskatchewan, Kylie Fineday joined the workforce, but never gave up on her dream of becoming an artist. Coming to uLethbridge gave her that chance.
“The great thing about uLethbridge is the classes are small enough that everyone gets a lot of time with their professors, plus having my own studio space and access to the incredible art facilities has made me really enjoy pursuing studio art.”
Kylie says her uLethbridge experience has not only supported her artistic development, but has introduced her to ways of working in the arts outside of the studio. This past year she completed an internship with the University art gallery, where she was able to curate an exhibition including works from current students as well as artworks from the gallery’s collection.
“It’s been an amazing experience getting to see what is in the university art collection and learning about everything that goes into creating an exhibition.”
That experience helped Kylie land a summer job at the uLethbridge art gallery where she worked as a curatorial assistant, giving her even more valuable hands-on experience. Recently the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery received a bequest of more than 1,000 artworks from the estate of Dr. Margaret (Marmie) Perkins Hess, including works by international artists like Henri Matisse, renowned Canadians like Emily Carr and more than 400 pieces by Indigenous artists. Kylie helped assess the value of the collection (expected to be between $4 and $5 million), catalogued the new acquisitions and installed a portion of the exhibition showcasing the collection in the main gallery space.
“It's such an impressive gift, and I think it's great to see a lot of Indigenous representation within it alongside the big Canadian and international names. It's also been a great learning opportunity, and it’s really exciting to be involved with something so big for the University community.”