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Award-winning video game designer Robin Hunicke visited Arts and Computer Science colleagues this week at the invitation of Arts Dean David Yager. Vivacious and highly focused, Hunicke has gained industry traction as an articulate and youthful advocate for women... [more]

Congratulations to Hollywood art director Rick Carter, who just won an Academy Award for his haunting production design for Spielberg's critically acclaimed cinematic masterwork, Lincoln. Carter's student days at UCSC were spent painting, something he... [more]

Creating a digital footprint that spans the globe, game designer Will Wright launched a way of conceptualizing the cultural landscape that continues to exert playful influence. Wright's SimCity, released in 1989, created a seismic wave... [more]

Jazz has been in Karlton Hester's blood since he took up the piano at the age of four. As a lifelong composer and improvisationalist, Hester is currently jamming with colleagues in far-flung disciplines. Even while engaged in jazz composition and classes in African music, Hester is also closely... [more]

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. Currently studying photography with the Art Department's Lewis Watts, as well as documentary filmmaking and printmaking... [more]

On the road, seeking sonic inspiration for his upcoming CD News from Afar, David Evan Jones trekked through three continents, ten and a half months, and a kaleidoscope of traditional music, contemporary performers, and spoken words. 

 

While on a ... [more]

A graduate of UC Santa Cruz, Noxon currently lives in Hollywood with her two children and continues to be an outspoken philanthropic supporter of the Arts Division at UC Santa Cruz, personally supporting the Arts Fund for Excellence.

 

She is a versatile writer/producer who works... [more]

A theorist and writer who explores the social implications of emerging technologies, Kate O'Riordan joined the Art Department faculty this fall. She comes to Santa Cruz from the Department of Media and Film at the University of Sussex in the UK,where she... [more]

"It was always Africa," admits Elisabeth Cameron, Associate Professor of the History of Art and Visual Culture, and holder of the Patricia & Rowland Rebele Endowed Chair. Even after the past summer conducting fieldwork in the Democratic... [more]

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