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Featured Students

The UC Santa Cruz Arts Division was very proud to present the following, very talented students with this year’s awards. Congratulations to all of our awardees!

Arts Dean’s Award Winners:

Film and Digital Media PhD graduate student Marc Francis seemed destined to be a storyteller. As a child he put his wild imagination to work, dreaming up fanciful stories and movie plots, and even back then thought of becoming a film director and screenwriter.

Sarah Flores

Over ten years ago, Koret Scholar and UC Santa Cruz Film and Digital Media major Sarah Flores made her way from her hometown in Sacramento, California to San Francisco and at the young age of 20, found herself working in film.

Dividing his time between such divergent places as Barcelona, Cairo and Oakland, transdisciplinary artist-theorist Ian Alan Paul is currently a PhD candidate in UC Santa Cruz’s Film and Digital Media program, and has recently received acclaim for his virtual exhibit, The Guantanamo Bay Museum of... [more]

It’s been quite a journey for Terre Lee, now in her final quarter at UC Santa Cruz, as she contemplates graduating in June and thinking about what lies ahead in her future.

Since he was a young boy, Billy Woo has had a fascination with museums, and that interest is what eventually lead him to a journey of a lifetime as he now gets ready to do research at the Vietnamese Women’s Museum in Hanoi, and the Southern Women’s Museum in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) during the... [more]

On Monday, January 11, 2016, the inaugural Blum Scholar Award presentations took place and honored six outstanding UC Santa Cruz graduate students.

Music major Shane Liliedahl had himself one busy senior year.

Feasting on films since childhood, Film & Digital Media senior Spencer Koobatian quickly realized that his central cinematic passion was film editing.  As a student at the Idyllwild Arts Academy's Moving Pictures Department, Koobatian was soon immersed in... [more]

Documentary ambitions and unstoppable curiosity have given student filmmaker Shawheen Keyani a head start in capturing his subjects.

"I was always the girl who asked too many questions," confesses Regents Scholar Leigh Douglas, currently wrapping up her first year at UCSC.

Diana Rose's explorations of contemporary art among the Maya have taken her from the reclusive communities of Chiapas to an academic showcase in Los Angeles.