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Art, research...and animals?

Growing up there were a few things Julie Andreyev felt sure about. She had a deep affection for animals, a love of learning and an innately creative spirit. As she matured into an adult, these passions would become interconnected in a way that may surprise you.
 
Julie is an artist, academic (she’s currently completing her PhD at SFU) and associate professor of arts at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.  Her work explores creativity through interspecies collaboration - her projects are often produced with her companion dogs, Tom and Sugi where respect, fun and challenge are all part of the process. 
 
“I believe strongly in the ethical treatment of animals,” shares Julie. “I saw a gap in scholarships that help students studying relationships with humans and animals, and I wanted to do something.” She recently made a bequest in her will for an endowment that will support the Julie Andreyev Animal Lover Scholarship in Animals Ethics. 
 
Raised in Burnaby with two brothers who also attended SFU, Julie describes the university as “part of her family history.” Says Julie, “partnering with SFU was a natural fit and there’s satisfaction in knowing that this unique kind of research will continue on…well into the future.”