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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.

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]

Growing up in Danville, California, Emmy Award-winning comedy screenplay writer and UC Santa Cruz, Porter College alum Anne Flett-Giordano got an early start on how to tell enthralling stories.

On April 25, 2015, as part of UC Santa Cruz’s Alumni Weekend, renowned arts’ professionals, Jock Reynolds (Stevenson ’69), Jeremy Strick (Cowell ’77), Philip Brookman (Porter ’75), Karen Moss (Porter ’77) and Erin O’... [more]

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]

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.

As the only active foundry left in the entire University of California system, the foundry at UC Santa Cruz is especially significant, offering students a rare sculptural experience not usually found in university art programs.

As UC Santa Cruz continues to lead the way in the evolution of the theory and practice of games development, the Art Department has developed a new B.A. in Games and Playable Media that is launching this coming fall.

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.

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.

Begun last year as a two-year faculty and post-graduate exchange between the University of Sussex in England and UC Santa Cruz, the Sussex-UCSC Digital Media Exchange has made great strides in enhancing theory and practice in digital media research. Initiated originally by Dr.

Oakland-based artist, Raymond Saunders, has taken his place in American art history ever since he first emerged as an important abstract visual artist during the 1950s.

Panel discussion participants

On November  6, 2015, UC Santa Cruz students and the local community were given the unique opportunity to hear renowned professionals in the entertainment industry give their insights and guidance about being part of this very competitive and sought-after field.

As a Porter College student at UC Santa Cruz, Jennie Morris knew that she would have an interesting career someday.

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Randall Grahm is not your typical winemaker. While the wines he produces at his Bonny Doon Vineyard are exceptional, having garnered several rave industry reviews over the years, the road he took to success had a lot of atypical twists and turns.

Founder of Bonny Doon Vineyard, Randall Grahm, began the Banana Slug Red wine label design project as a way to give back to the university and was intrigued by Dean David Yager’s idea about having art students get involved with the process. 

After graduating from UC Santa Cruz in 2005 with a degree in Film and Digital Media, Jaime Gonzalezknew that he was destined to become a filmmaker.

Visual artist and UC Santa Cruz alum (Porter 1995) Fritz Chesnut was exposed at an early age to art, especially since his mother earned her PhD in art education and his father, who has a Master’s in German, also studied music.

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

UC Santa Cruz Film and Digital Media alum Erik Pearson will be directing the upcoming play Marqués, a loose adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, which was written by UC Santa Cruz graduate students,Stephen Richter and Mónica Andrade, and is set in the shady world of drug... [more]

The UC Santa Cruz Arts Division is proud to announce the David Yager Fund, created by friends and supporters of the Arts to honor the legacy of former Dean, David Yager.  The fund was launched at a recent celebration at Dominic’s restaurant in West Hollywood to toast Yager as he transitioned... [more]

On Tuesday, October 6, the first celebration of the Plantronics Creativity and Innovation Scholars award took place at UC Santa Cruz. Ken Kannappan, the president and CEO of Plantronics and Darrin Caddes, Plantronics’ vice president of corporate design, joined ... [more]

You just never know where being a student at UC Santa Cruz will take you. Just ask Emily Heller, who was a History of Art and Visual Culture major in the class of 2007, and is now on a very successful track in the entertainment world as a stand-up comedian and comedy writer in Los Angeles.

In April 2013, an international group of documentary scholars and scholar-practitioners assembled at Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland to participate in the first Poetics and Politics of Documentary Research Symposium.

The Arts Division was well represented at the 2015 Graduate Research Symposium with entries from four Social Documentation students, three Digital Arts and New Media students, two students in Theater Arts and two students from the Visual Studies program.  

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