By Chris Putnam
Two technicians in the Department of Art and Art History are the winners of the 2022 Dean’s Distinguished Staff Awards from the College of Arts and Science.
Printmaking studio technician Patrick Bulas and photo/digital technician Barbara Reimer were chosen for the award, which recognizes employees of the college who have distinguished themselves through excellence in work performance and quality of service. Recipients are presented with an award certificate and a $1,000 prize.
Dr. Peta Bonham-Smith (PhD), dean of the College of Arts and Science, announced this year’s winners at the May 17 meeting of Faculty Council.
About the recipients
Patrick Bulas has worked for 20 years as the Department of Art and Art History’s printmaking studio technician.
A patient and dedicated teacher, Bulas is always willing to share his extensive knowledge and skills. Students can count on him to drop what he is doing to answer questions or return to the printmaking studio to give a demonstration.
Printmaking as an art form is centuries old, but new techniques are constantly being developed. Bulas keeps in touch with the international printmaking community and keeps up to date on the latest technologies and methods. He has taught techniques to Department of Art and Art History faculty and worked as a master printer for many visiting artists.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Bulas was one of the first on campus to develop safety guidelines and an online space booking system, allowing students to return to in-person classes as soon as possible.
Bulas says he is privileged to work with so many talented and dedicated students.
“I’m constantly impressed and surprised by the artwork that is created in the studio, and helping a student pull a print for the first time can be both nerve-wracking and exciting in the best way possible.”
Barbara Reimer has been the photo and digital technician in the Department of Art and Art History since 2009. She works closely with students, staff and faculty to keep the photography and digital areas of the department running smoothly.
Reimer is known for placing the needs of students at the centre of her work. She is committed to providing a friendly, welcoming environment for students and doing what she can to make their university experience positive.
“What do I enjoy most about my role? The students. My answer will always be the interactions and relationship I have with the students above all else,” Reimer said.
An experienced photographer, Reimer maintains an active artistic practice that has included a recent international residency in Iceland. Her skills in commercial and artistic photography have helped her bring innovations to her workplace and guide students to become better artists.
“I really enjoy sharing my practice with the students, graduates and other artists,” said Reimer.
When in-person instruction resumed during the COVID-19 pandemic, Reimer had a pivotal role in guiding students through the new safety systems and protocols. She assisted not just in her own area of the department, but in the drawing and painting studios as well.
Learn more about the Dean’s Distinguished Staff Award and view past recipients on the award webpage.