Student stories

Making an impact at Winchester Galleries

Anahita Ranjbar

Winchester Galleries

This summer at Winchester Galleries, University of Victoria art history and visual studies student Anahita Ranjbar (centre) is applying her academic knowledge to the professional art market. As a gallerist, the co-operative education (co-op) student is responsible for curating, documenting and advertising exhibitions.

Although her supervisors, Linda Hensellek (left) and Jeff Dean (right), had never hired a co-op student before, it didn’t take long for them to see the benefits in action. “This opportunity offered us a collaboration with a
young and academically experienced individual,” Linda says. “The gallery has benefitted immensely from her art history knowledge, technical skills and the new perspective she brings to our projects.”

Anahita, an international student from Iran, is grateful for the experience Winchester Galleries has given her. “I’ve learned a lot about Canadian art history, different approaches to art in Canadian culture and the role of artists in Canadian society,” she says.

Winchester Galleries is one of many organizations employing UVic co-op students in Greater Victoria and beyond.

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