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Events 2020-21



CSU events

Open to non-CSU students! 
Please visit their up to date calendar with registration information for upcoming CSU Entertainment Alliance programming in varying fields of interest such as film & technology, music, post-production and more.



Producing Prime-Time Comedy: An Afternoon with Vin Di Bona
Tuesday May 25, 1:35-2:30 (view recording)

Rick Prelinger, chair and professor of the Film & Digital Media department welcomes Vin Di Bona, Emmy-winning creator and executive producer of the iconic television show America’s Funniest Home Videos, for a dialogue about career pathways, successes and failures and words of wisdom for the up and coming generation of young art makers and scholars. The presentation will conclude with a moderated Q & A session.

Presented by Arts Professional Pathways and the Film & Digital Media department
For UC Santa Cruz students

Vin Di Bona  
Rick Prelinger


Navigating a Career in Games: Academia and Industry (Arts Professional Pathways)
April 2nd 10-11:30 a.m. (view recording)

Join Arts Professional Pathways for a panel discussion featuring UC Santa Cruz alumnus Tracy Fullerton ('87, Porter), creator of Walden and University of Southern California (USC) professor in the Interactive Media & Games Division of USC's School of Cinematic Arts and director of USC's Game Innovation Lab; Amir Rao, founder of Supergiant Games and creator of Hades; and Jesse Schell, CEO of Schell Games and distinguished professor of the practice of Entertainment Technology at Carnegie Mellon University.
Panel will be moderated by Professor Robin Hunicke, director of UCSC's Art + Design: Games & Playable Media program, CEO of Funomena, and creator of Luna.

Free and open to all UC Santa Cruz students.

Tracy Fullerton
Amir Rao
Jesse Schell

Arts Professional Pathways, Life in the Visual Arts: Before and After Graduation
Friday March 5, 12:30-2  (View recording)

Join the Arts Division and a panel of arts professionals for a conversation about visual arts-based careers. Learn about the challenges and opportunities artists are currently facing. Guest speakers include Jock Reynolds (Stevenson, '69, psychology), director emeritus, Yale University Art Gallery and co-founder of New Langton Arts, San Francisco; Kim Anno, filmmaker and exhibiting artist and professor of painting at the California College of the Arts; and Melissa Gwyn, associate professor of painting and drawing at UC Santa Cruz and exhibiting artist.
Open to all UC Santa Cruz students.

Melissa Gwyn
Kim Anno
Jock Reynolds

Lecture Series: Costume Design Professional Practices, January 27th, February 10th & 24th, March 10th

Visiting Theater Arts professor, Clint Ramos and Johanna Pan, host and co-producer of podcast "Dirty Laundry: Unpacking the Costume Closet", interview four costume design professionals. Open to all UC Santa Cruz students.

Upper left to right- Mia Neal, Charlese Antoinette, Clint Ramos. Lower left to right- Carl Goldberg, Alice Choo Risser, Johanna Pan
January 27th (See video here)
Charlese Antoinette Jones, a film costume designer speaks about her workflow in making her designs a reality- from research, to drawings, to her communication with a shop.

February 10th (See video here)
Mia Neal, a hair designer for film, TV and theater shares her process of working in a creative team and with costume designers to transform actors into the characters we envision.

February 24th (See video here)
Carl Goldberg, bespoke shirtmaker, works with many costumer designers to create the first layer we see in most costumes- the shirt.

March 10th  (See video here)
Alice Choo Risser, Associate Costume Director of Oregon Shakespeare Festival, sheds some light on her process of helping designers to realize their vision.


Workshop: Create Your Online Portfolio
Have you ever felt unsure about how to tell your story and position your work for job applications or exhibition opportunities? Ready to build your first online art portfolio but feeling stuck? You aren't alone! Instructor Kristen Gillette will lead this multi-part workshop that teaches strategies for developing a portfolio narrative. The focus is on beginner-friendly platforms and templates for building your first site with no web design or programming needed. All in a supportive atmosphere with your peers! Presented by the Arts Professional Pathways and Design Your Future Arts Division career development series.

Free and open to all undergraduate and graduate students in the Arts Division.

Friday, January 22nd 2021, 12-2 p.m.
Crafting a Portfolio Story
Explores different strategies for presenting work and developing a central portfolio narrative.

Friday, January 29th 2021, 12-2 p.m.
Designing and Building a Portfolio Site
Looks at available platform options and media technologies that can be used to present work, with hands-on instruction for designing and starting basic site-architecture.

Friday, February 5th 2021, 12-2 p.m.
Mid-process Portfolio Review
Optional review and feedback for sites in-progress.

Entrepreneurship for Creatives with Ted Holladay, February 1st, 5- 6:30 p.m.
(View recording)
You ever wonder how you use your talents and creativity to make a living?
Learn from someone who did just that. Ted Holladay will talk about his journey from being discouraged from following his passion to developing a successful business and the bumps in the road along the way!
Presented by the UC Santa Cruz Career Center


A Life in the Arts: a conversation with Rick Carter and Karlton Hester, January 27th, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Join Karlton Hester, Director of the Digital Arts and New Media program and professor of music, as he hosts Rick Carter, two-time Academy Award winning production designer and UC Santa Cruz alumnus. Watch a short film about Carter here!
Open to all UCSC Arts students.

UC Santa Cruz alumnus, Rick Carter and DANM Director, Karlton Hester

Find YOUR Path! January 15th, 12:30- 2 p.m. (view recording)

Arts Professional Pathways: Find YOUR Path! connects Arts students with employers, alumni, and creative practitioners in the local and national creative, entertainment, non-profit and technology industries. A successful artistic or creative career is not based on talent alone, it is also about the connections you make. Find YOUR Path! puts this into action: developing an artist’s network can lead to new opportunities, and individuals often launch their careers by making connections in the industry. 

Join this year's event to meet representatives from: Asian Art Museum, California Shakespeare Theater (Cal Shakes), Funomena, Impact Creative, Indexical, Independent Television Service (ITVS), KQED, Oakland Museum of California (OMCA), San José Museum of Art (SJMA), and the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH). 
View/download the event flyer here.

Co-presented by the Division of the Arts and Career Success.


Video Game Career Insights: For Programmers and Creatives (Artist and Writers) With UCSC alumni Michael Seales and Jonathan Belliss
January 6th, 4- 5:30 p.m.

Riot Games 
You don't need a technology degree to work in gaming or tech. Students and alumni are invited to join Lecturer Tad Leckman in conversation with alumni Michael Seales (Cowell '88, physics), and Jonathan Belliss (Oakes '06, computer science) of Riot Games. The panelists will take you on a journey through the game industry that highlights a variety of roles and functions of game publishing a game development-both from startup environments at Riot Games, and answer your questions. This is a rare opportunity to chat with fellow Banana Slugs who are leaders in their field and committed to helping you achieve your career goals!

Presented by the UCSC Career Center


Arts Professional Pathways: Navigating Museum Careers 
December 4th, 2020 12:30- 2:00 p.m. (View recording)

Join the Arts Division and a panel of museum professionals for a conversation about museum careers. Learn about the challenges and opportunities museums are currently facing. Guest speakers include René de Guzman of the Oakland Museum of California; Rita Gonzalez of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and Tomoko Kanamitsu of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Each guest will speak about their profession and experiences in the field. Students will receive personal insight about career pathways in the industry, and how current events may shape the future of museums.
View/download the event flyer.

Some student questions were unanswered during the roundtable due to time constraints. Post- event responses from our panelists can be found here.

Featured roundtable speakers:

René de Guzman 
René de Guzman, Director of Exhibition Strategy and Senior Curator of Art, Oakland Museum of California

Rita Gonzalez 
Rita Gonzalez, Terri and Michael Smooke Curator and Department Head, Contemporary Art, LACMA

Tomoko Kanamitsu
Tomoko Kanamitsu, Barbara and Stephan Vermut Director of Public Engagement, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art 

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