Fonds AR236 - William D. West fonds

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William D. West fonds

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CA UVICARCH AR236

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  • 1963-1984 (Creation)
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    West, William D., 1921-

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304 plans;10 paintings;14 prints

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William D. (Bill) West was born in New Westminster, B.C., and attended the Vancouver School of Art and Vancouver Normal School. He began teaching at Central Junior High School in Victoria in 1951, and also taught summer courses in art for teachers at Victoria College. Returning to Vancouver, West taught at the Vancouver School of Art in 1957, but came back to Victoria to head the Art Department at Oak Bay High School. During this period, West also designed sets for theatrical productions for the Victoria College/University of Victoria Department of English. He was appointed full-time as a professor in the University of Victoria Department of Theatre in 1973. In addition to his numerous set designs, West helped design the Phoenix Theatre Building. In 1978 West was commissioned to design a new flag for the University of Victoria. He retired in 1985.

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The fonds consists of four designs for the University of Victoria flag (1978) and other graphics, including preliminary sketches for the Chief Dan George wood mural and posters advertising theatrical productions; designs and plans for theatrical sets and stages (1964-1983), including the Phoenix Theatre Building, the Roger Bishop Theatre, and the Chief Dan George Theatre.

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BCAUL control number: UVICARCH-50

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