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Grace  Tsurumaru

Grace  Tsurumaru

Associate Professor, Photography

Visual Arts

Abbotsford campus, C1062

Phone: 604-504-7441, Ext. 4405, Voice Mail 4405

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Role

VA 284 Darkroom Photography

VA 384 Large-Format Photography

VA 404 Senior Studio II

Biography

Grace Tsurumaru has been an instructor in the Visual Arts Department at the University of the Fraser Valley since 1995. Whilst she was initially responsible for developing the Photography Programme at UFV, her instructional areas have also included Film Studies and Senior Studio. She is one of the principle organizers of the annual Grad Exhibition and this year is assisting with the Creative & Performing Arts Festival. In 2013, Grace helped establish the annual BFA Award for student excellence in the program, and her past responsibilities have also included overseeing the S’eliyemetaxwtexw Art Gallery at the University. Outside of her teaching curriculum, her professional development has taken her overseas to various continents where she has endeavoured to apply her photographic skills documenting diverse cultures. The intrinsic relationship between travel and education has afforded her the opportunity to photograph a number of UNESCO World Heritage sites including most recently, Petra and Wadi Rum in Jordan.

Education

1996    MFA, Concordia University

1993    Fine Arts Diploma, Emily Carr College of Art & Design

1989    Fine Arts Diploma, Kwantlen College

1986    Associate Diploma, Royal Conservatory of Music, Teaching

1985    Fellowship Diploma, Trinity College of Music London

1984    Licentiate Diploma, Trinity College of Music London

1984    Associateship, Performer’s Diploma, Royal Conservatory of Toronto

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The studio based, theory and art historical courses provided an interdisciplinary approach to education. These courses merge technical education, conceptual knowledge, creative problem solving skills, and critical understanding of the arts within an intimate learning environment.

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