Fine arts show at KPU reflects moves online due to COVID-19

Wed, May 20, 2020

Kwantlen Polytechnic University's fine arts students have created various pieces that are deeply personal, often highlighting how they are relating the world around them for the annual Bachelor of Fine Arts grad show. Due to COVID-19, the exhibition was cancelled but the show must go on – virtually.


“All their work is about themselves or how they relate to their environment and community,” says Maria Anna Parolin, fine arts instructor at KPU.


“They’ve worked so hard and I’m really excited about how they’re going to be putting it together.”


The students have created a variety of art pieces using diverse mediums to highlight a wide variety of topics. Some of the topics include:


  • Environment and recycling
  • Personal and family mental health
  • Hoarding  
  • Body image
  • Family history from Indonesia
  • The history of slaves from Africa


“It’s unlimited and that’s the beauty of this institution is that we have the technicians and the faculty that can offer so many different ways of work and expressing their ideas and concepts of work,” says Parolin.


This show is an opportunity for the students to create art that they are passionate about and to showcase those pieces to the public. They’ve worked very hard to create the artwork and you can see that they’ve put their heart into their creative works,” says Diane Purvey, dean in the Faculty of Arts at KPU. 


The BFA Graduation Exhibition will be featured online on Instagram from May 14 - 29, 2020. For more information about Fine Arts at KPU, visit