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Dency Nelson

With an amazing career in Hollywood spanning nearly 40 years, Dency Nelson has been the stage manager for almost every major award and event show for the past 25 years, including the Oscars, Grammys, Emmys, and Kennedy Center Honors.

The 31st annual Irwin Scholarship Award exhibition showcases the outstanding work of 12 of UC Santa Cruz’s most promising young artists.

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.

Nick Yarborough

Growing up, UC Santa Cruz alum Nick Yarborough knew early on that he wanted to dedicate his career to filmmaking. His love for films started as a child and developed into a passion when he started writing as a teenager.

Julie and Kristen Gautier-Downes

Twin sisters, Julie and Kristen Gautier-Downes both decided to pursue the arts at UC Santa Cruz, graduating in 2011 and 2012 respectively.

UC Santa Cruz associate professor of film and digital media John Jota Leaños is the recipient of a 2017 California Documentary Project grant from California Humanities.

Assistant Professor, History of Art and Visual Culture (HAVC), Kyle Parry works at the intersections of digital media, art and visual culture, and the environmental humanities.

Mohamed Abousalem, Scott Brandt, Dean Susan Solt, Vin Di Bona

On February 27, 2017, the Arts Division at UC Santa Cruz presented its next generation of thinkers, makers, and creators in a dynamic Salon with UCSC alumni, trustees, and special friends.

Edward Shanken

Associate Professor Edward Shanken’s distinguished career in both arts and academia has led him to take on the exciting role of Director of the Digital Arts and New Media (DANM) MFA program.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The prestigious Getty Research Institute has invited Carolyn Dean, professor, and Albert Narath, assistant professor, both from UC Santa Cruz’s History of Art and Visual Culture department, to join other scholars in residence at the Institute.

Ren Klyce

With five Oscar nominations for film sound editing and mixing, UC Santa Cruz alumnus Ren Klyce’s career has taken a sky-rocket climb since he decided to major in music back in 1983.

Michelle Aguilar

Having just graduated in 2015 from UC Santa Cruz’s SocDoc program in the Film and Digital Media department with an MA in Social Documentation, Michelle Aguilar has already led a life dedicated to working for social justice.

Arts Dean's Award Winners

The UC Santa Cruz Arts Division was very proud to present the following, very talented students with this year’s awards on June 1, 2016. Congratulations to all of our awardees!

Over 100 UC Santa Cruz Alums in Hollywood

If we inadvertently left your name off the list, please forgive us and contact 
Erica Gerard Di Bona, Kresge '73-'75
    edibona@ucsc.edu 

STEPHANIE ALLAIN Producer Beyond the Lights, Dear White People

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]

The White Stripes have appeared in a Saskatoon bowling alley, the Grateful Dead rocked out at the Giza pyramids, and Rage Against the Machine caused a bit of a stir when they played in front of the New York Stock Exchange, but what about a concert that’s performed underwater to an underwater... [more]
Scott Lord

Thanks to his voracious love of reading combined with some stellar Trivial Pursuit game skills, UC Santa Cruz alumnus and generous supporter of the university’s opera program, Scott Lord was destined to put his knack for knowing a bit of something about almost... [more]

In junior high school while many other kids her age were watching Full House and fixating on NSYNC, UC Santa Cruz Arts Division IT Manager, Angie Steele, was crushing on computers. So by the time she was in high school, she’d already been offered her first computing job.

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.

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