Get to know the Director of the School of Art, Dr. Edward Jurkowski
Dr. Edward Jurkowski was recently appointed as Director of the School of Art (SOA), from January 1, 2023 to December 31, 2027. Also serving as the Dean of the Desautels Faculty of Music and as a tenured professor in the faculty, he is a highly esteemed leader whose 25 years of experience will lead the SOA into the future. We chatted with Dr. Jurkowski about what has inspired him as a student and professor, what he hopes for the future, and what he enjoys in his free time.
What excites you about working at the UM?
The opportunity to work with incredibly creative and engaged faculty, who are committed to bringing the highest quality educational experience for our students.
What do you hope to achieve in your new role?
Four things I could offer include: to increase the visibility of the School of Art on campus; to continue to build relationships with the local art community; to look for opportunities to support the SOA students and faculty with their various activities; and to expand our graduate offerings.
What’s one piece of advice you have for students?
Your time at UM is an incredibly exciting time. Take advantage of as many opportunities as you can while you are here – not just on campus but also with the rich cultural environment that Winnipeg has to offer.
What was your favourite subject when you were in school?
In high school I was very interested in the sciences – particularly biology and chemistry. I still consider myself a bit of a science geek.
Where is your Happy Place and why?
I really enjoy the solitude of walking through our local parks and forests – I live adjacent to the Bois-des-Esprits forest.
What’s something that readers would be surprised to learn about you?
I have been hard-pressed to find someone who can exceed my trivia knowledge about Star Trek.
What person or event has shaped you as a person or in your career?
I have been fortunate to have had some fantastic mentors while an undergraduate and graduate student. As an administrator, I have also been extremely privileged to have had excellent advisors who have shaped the way I think about leadership to this day.
What do you like to do in your down time?
I like cross-country skiing in the winter and biking during the spring, summer and fall.
What is on your Netflix binge list?
Technically not on Netflix, but I have been enjoying Shrinking and am looking forward to the new season of Ted Lasso.
What do you like to read?
Mostly non-fiction these days – largely 20th-century history and biographies.
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