The School Of Fine Art Students Association, better known as SOFA or SOFA SA, seeks to enrich student life and advocate on behalf of the University of Manitoba's School of Art student body.
2017-2018 SOFA SA Council
Kelsey Smith is a student at the School of Art curently in her honours year. As Co-President of SOFA SA, she is working to provide more opportunities for School of Art students to learn from or participate in before graduation that are related to their practice. This would include workshops and events that will best fit students' needs and interests. Her duties also makes her a place for students to voice their concerns and interests. Her duties also make her a place for students to voice their concerns and interests for what they would like to gain during here as a student. Feel free to contact her with any questions or with anything you would like to see from SOFA!
As a student, Kelsey is majoring in studio art with her main medium being oil painting. She also works in performance art, photography and text. Her interests in art include dark comedy and film. The photographer Juno Calypso In Calypso's work, she plays with both film and dark comedy. For Kelsey, cinema is a great place to look for ideas to approach studio art. She suggests Anomalisa. Anomalisa is interesting to Kelsey for its intense attention to deail and symbolism, and the wierd but good way that it makes the audience uncomfortable
Professionally, Kelsey works with the Dalnavert Museum as Collections Assistant, interns with aceartinc., and assists conserver Jane Dalley-Froggat with local historic artifacts.
My name is Maya Martinez-Alper, I'm a 4th year Art History student, the SoFA Treasurer for the School of Art 2017-18 school year, and an active member of the UMSAN-RSM. As treasurer I will manage the students association's finances and would love to receive any and all feedback from any Fine Arts student who wants a say in how SoFA can better serve students. I am interested in the intersections between art and politics which are present in various art practices like agitprop, decolonial and various punk aesthetics.
My name is Lisa Isakov, I'm attending my second year at School of Art, holding the position of Social Programmer this academic year. As the Social Programmer I'm hoping to create events that will bring our small community of School of Art closer, make it a safe and affirming community where students feel comfortable with sharing their work and ideas with the creatives artists of SoA.
I'm interested in Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, and Abstract. Among my favorite artists are Vincent Van Gogh, Joan Mitchell, and Heather Day. My favorite piece is by Joan Mitchell, titled Ici from 1992
Outside of University I'm passionate about travelling and hiking, writing, and photography.
Secretary and Performance Art Rep
Indigenous Student's Rep
My name is Annie Beach. I am attending my third year at the School of Art as your Indigenous Student Representative. As your Indigenous Student Representative, I intend to be active in all year round activities put on by SOFASA while maintaining a positive and active relationship between the School of Art and its Indigenous students and subject matter. In addition to this position, I am the University of Manitoba Aboriginal Student Association’s Fine Arts Representative, and I plan on creating a strong connection between the School of Art and other Indigenous students on campus. And as the Provincial Executive Aboriginal Student Commissioner for Canadian Federation of Students, I will have a relationship with Indigenous students across the province and country. My current work focuses on personal identity through ancestry and overdone conventional ideas of Indigenous classification, varying from paintings to collage and cut paper. I also have experience with public, community murals throughout the city. My favourite art movement is Dadaism en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dada due to its unconventional and unpredictable work and its association with the radical left. My favourite piece is Hannah Höch’s Cut with the Dada Kitchen Knife through the Last Weimar Beer-Belly Cultural Epoch in Germany . I look forward to being your Indigenous Student Representative this year!
Video and International Student's Rep
Hello! This is Luis M. but you can call me however you want. I am currently at my last year at the School of Art, trying to do something significant with the school before I leave, as a Video Representative of SOFA SA. I know most people have concerns in one way or another about many things and I know sometimes its hard to express this concerns to another person, so please think of me as a friend which you could talk about individual issues or general problems that would bother you. I am not limited to just "video", as I enjoy many things in life, specially if they are art related, any kind of motion arts!!My goal is to be a pretty good animator, and I believe studying at the School of Art is the first step to this goal, after graduation I would go to the Animation Program at Sheridan in Toronto. I am an international student, I was born in Peru and been in Canada for 5 years aprox. I love any kind of animation, but of course Japanese animation takes a special place in my heart. A few of my favorite animators are: Hideaki Anno, Hiroyuki Imaishi, Bahi JD, Yutaka Nakamura (aka Yutapon) and way more. About shows Honey and Clover, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Mushishi, One piece and Hunter x Hunter are the ones I always recommend. My favorite current animation studios are Studio Trigger, Production I.G., Bones, Madhouse, Ghibli, J.C. Staff and A-1 PIctures. I also play League of Legends (D5) and own a PS4.
I have done some volunteer illustration work for The Manitoban (UofM newspaper) but mostly for The Uniter (UofW newspaper) and a few commissions now and then. Right now I am mostly focused in improving my drawing skills.
Some places you could reach me are at my instagram @luviless and the University e-mail above.
Jondell Coombs here, 3rd year School of Art Student, and the Drawing Representative for SoFA, if you have comments or questions related to drawing or digital art I can help you with that.
I have an appreciation for good craftsmanship and uniqueness to art so artworks that showcase the time, work, or effort artists put in their craft, its like reading about someones life, their art tells a lot about themselves. Some Artists of interest or big inspirations for me are digital artist such as: Koki known for his unique style and fan works from video games and artist: Shinji Kimura background artist known for his detailed stunning landscapes done for the movie Tekkonkinkreet a surreal movie, those two artists should give you a gist of what I'm into art wise. But because of that you can see I don't necessarily lean towards conceptual art so much just because lack of not enough investment , I have an appreciation for it and I enjoy it like the movie Cat Soup a very abstract short film about two cats and their adventures together. But with the things I'm interested in and the stuff I make you can say I'm more leaning towards the opposite of conceptual art, almost like some sort of renegade but hey that doesn't stop me from helping you out art wise so if you got anything I could help you with you can shoot me an email me and if you don't want to you could message me on twitter, that's a quick way for a response from me but either one works.
Hanna Reimer is currently a second year student at the School of Art and serves as the Printmaking Representative. Apart from printmaking, she is keenly interested in oil painting, sculpture, ceramics, film, and photography. Over the summer, Hanna has been volunteering at Art City while also organizing a zine with her friends. This year, she hopes to become more involved with the student body and encourage an atmosphere of camaraderie and collaboration. As the printmaking rep, she will communicate any concerns or questions students have to SOFASA and advocate for the student body’s best interest. Past influences in Hanna’s art have been artist Kiki Smith and writer Kurt Vonnegut because she appreciates their scrutinizing but affectionate attention to the human condition, in both physicality and behaviour. Hanna considers herself a collector rather than a hoarder and always holds on to scraps of paper or string to save for later projects. It’s because of this that Arts Junction is her safe haven. She attributes this habit to both of her grandmothers, who frequently show up in some form or another in her work.
Cheridan Wazny is a student completing her last year in the School of Art’s Art History program. As the Art History Representative, she is working to create a community for Art History majors, as well as ensuring that their voices are heard and that their concerns are voiced with validity to the council. Her interests in University revolve around Canadian Art History. She loves Impressionism and her favourite artists are Maurice Galbraith Cullen, Kent Monkman, and Wanda Koop. Outside of University Cheridan is a passionate Cosplayer, primarily creating characters from video games such as Skyrim and League of Legends. She enjoys creating prop weapons, costumes, and armor, collaborating with other local cosplayers and photographers, and attending conventions. Cosplay aside, she enjoys ultimate frisbee, Dungeons and Dragons, videogames, and tending to her collection of plants.