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Professor Elizabeth Stephens

Santa Cruz Arts Division’s Professor Elizabeth Stephens and her partner Annie Sprinkle were recently awarded the prestigious Eureka Fellowship, the largest cash prize for individual artists in the San Francisco Bay Area. Sponsored by the Fleishhacker Foundation... [more]

Elizabeth Swensen, photo by Julie Rogge

Elizabeth Swensen’s expertise at producing innovative digital games propelled her career from studying the past to creating the future. With her love of Latin and the classics in high school, she seemed destined to focus on the ancient classics, but a few surprise turn of events in her life... [more]

Karolina Karlic, photo by Julie Rogge

Assistant Professor Karolina Karlic is no stranger to adapting to new situations – the Polish born, American educated photographer moved to the states at a very young age. Her work has focused on industry and diaspora, the effects of social upheaval, and has lead her to capture imagery all over... [more]

Cynthia Ling Lee

Being raised in Texas by parents who were immigrants from Taiwan, newly appointed UC Santa Cruz Assistant Professor of Dance, Cynthia Ling Lee, never dreamed as a child that she would one day become immersed in North Indian classical Kathak dance. It was quite a journey along the way as Lee... [more]

John Jota Leaños

As a social activist, filmmaker, artist, photographer, composer, and performer, Associate Professor John Jota Leaños, who teaches Social Documentation at the UC Santa Cruz Film and Digital Media department, is not afraid to take on hot-button topics via his art – topics that... [more]

Never in a million years did Dee Hibbert-Jones imagine that she would be getting ready to walk down the iconic red carpet at the Academy Awards. But that’s exactly what she, along with her partner Nomi Talisman, are preparing to do as they try to comprehend the... [more]

From the beginning of her distinguished career, B. Ruby Rich’s path to success has consisted of a series of incredibly fortunate and interesting connections and circumstances. But as Ernest Hemingway so famously said, “You make your own luck, Gig.” And Rich is no exception. Her passion for what... [more]

As Ted Warburton, Professor of Dance, anticipates his new role as Associate Dean of the Arts Division at UC Santa Cruz, he is looking forward to working on a wide variety of issues including academic personnel, budget and research. He’s also currently working with Assistant Professor Gerald... [more]

In his current course History of Design: The Objects of Technology, 1850-Present, Albert Narath, Assistant Professor, History of Art and Visual Culture (HAVC), has a distinctive way of looking at common items that gives a refreshing and insightful view of how we view such ubiquitous... [more]

Having recently arrived all the way from Madrid, Enrique Leal, Assistant Professor, Print Media, is getting to know his new home of Santa Cruz and is enjoying the bucolic, natural surroundings here. It’s a major shift but one he’s appreciating due to not only being able to teach print media, but... [more]

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