SASI Receives Arty Award from Abbotsford Arts Council

Several UFV alumni, students, and faculty were among the winners when the Abbotsford Arts Council held its 16th annual Arty Awards event on Sept 26. People connected to UFV “took home” awards for five of the nine during the virtual live ceremony.

The Arty Awards are an annual celebration of the creative and performing arts talent of Abbotsford, recognizing winners in nine categories: Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Media Arts, Literary Arts, Lifestyle, Arts Advocate, Emerging Artists Youth Achievement, and Lifetime Achievement.

The award for the Literary Arts Arty went to Co-curators Sharanjit Sandhra & Dr. Satwinder Kaur Bains of UFV’s South Asian Studies Institute (SASI) for their work on the We Are Hockey catalogue, part of the We are Hockey exhibit.

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Rajnish Dhawan is an associate professor of English and SASI’s Advisory Committee member won the Performing Arts Arty Award recognition for his many years of engagement with the local comedy, arts and performing arts communities. Chantelle Trainor-Matties won this year’s Media Arts Arty Award for her graphic design work. Isabella Dagnino was the winner of the Visual Arts Arty Award in recognition of her photographic work. She is a fourth-year Bachelor of Fine Arts student at UFV who is also working on a minor in art history.

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