Arts Division Newsletter


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The Art of Change podcast features Rick Prelinger, Chair and Professor, Film and Digital Media, Kenneth R. Corday Family Presidential Chair in Writing for Television & Film, UC Santa Cruz

Message From the Dean of Arts

Celine Parreñas Shimizu, M.F.A., Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor of Film and Digital Media

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May 26, 2022

It was my distinct honor to welcome our distinguished alumnus Ken Corday (Porter, 75), the executive producer and composer of daytime’s longest running show Days of our Lives, back to campus last week to celebrate the Kenneth R. Corday Family Presidential Chair in Writing for Television & Film. At our Professional Pathways event, he shared career highlights, his formative time at UCSC as a student of music composition and the wealth of wisdom garnered from producing 260 shows a year for the past decades.

At the investiture ceremony, I savored the opportunity to share directly with Mr. Corday that he represents the best of us — in his global platform that shows the imbrication of excellence and equity in entertainment — transforming many generations growing up with Days of our Lives in the intimacy of their homes.


Mr. Corday also announced his intention to establish a new endowed chair in music composition that will benefit the Music Department and future generations of Banana Slugs in perpetuity! When the giver emanates the happiness that comes from giving, we behold the resulting joy in our community. The Arts will honorably shepherd Mr. Corday and his family’s legacy at UCSC, his beloved alma mater!

Please enjoy this month’s newsletter — our faculty, staff and students are out there in the world, moving and changing it! There is a bounty of events as we approach the close of the academic year. To gather in celebration of creativity and collaboration is a salve in this time of grief, mourning and much-needed action.

Best wishes,

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email me: artsdean@ucsc.edu

Photo: Carolyn Lagattuta

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People in the Arts

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Featured Undergraduate Student

Jackson T. Collins

Film and Digital Media

Ever since middle school, Jackson T. Collins has had a passion for filmmaking that continued through high school when he was especially inspired by the advisor in his video class who encouraged him to always do his best.

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Featured Graduate Student

Dorothy R. Santos

Ph.D. Candidate, Film and Digital Media

Dorothy R. Santos received a 2022 Mozilla Creative Media Award for their project, The Cyborg’s Prosody which is an interactive non-fiction work and creative intervention in response to the establish-ment of “accent reduction schools” in the Philippines, which has the highest number of call centers and virtual agents in the world. The project requires participants to learn and speak Tagalog and serves as an “accent induction school”—providing a decolonial method of exploring how language is learned, human-computer interaction, listening, and accent preservation. This work is a part of Santos's Ph.D. research and creative practice.

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Featured Faculty

Isaac Julien

Distinguished Professor

The Arts’ Isaac Julien has a collection of work on view at Adelaide's Samstag Museum of Art, Australia, through May 27, presented concurrently for the 2022 Adelaide and Perth Festivals. In addition, Julien’s photography from his Looking for Langston series is being presented in London at the Victoria and Albert Museum's Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear on view now through November 2022.

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Featured Staff

Scotty Brookie

Arts IT Director / ITS Divisional Liaison

After 38 years… 38.1718 to be exact, the Arts Division’s IT Director/ITS Divisional Liaison to the Arts/Webmaster, Scotty Brookie, a man of many talents, has decided to retire. An alumnus of UC Santa Cruz, Brookie has enjoyed an extensive career at the university which began when he landed a student job as a computer tutor.

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Featured Alumnus

Juan Morales Rocha

Art & Design: Games + Playable Media (2017)

Juan Morales-Rocha, a recent UCSC grad and Design Analyst at Xbox Game Studios Publishing, spoke with students of the new course, Careers in the Creative Economy. This first-time course in the UC Santa Cruz Division of the Arts has been introducing students to a wide array of professionals in creative fields to help them explore and prepare for arts careers.

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Arts in the News

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Patty Gallagher Plays The Poet in Jewel Theatre’s New Play

Professor of Theater Arts Patty Gallagher is performing the only speaking role in a new play, An Iliad by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare, based on Homer’s The Iliad. Even though the play is rooted in Homer’s ancient Greece, events such as the Russian invasion of Ukraine make it not only relevant but vital in grappling with humanity’s habit of self-destructive warfare.

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Arts Division Awarded HSI-DDI Grant

The proposal from the Arts to the University of California-Hispanic Serving Institutions Doctoral Diversity Initiative (UC-HSI DDI) was selected for funding. The review was very competitive and only the highest-ranked proposals were recommended for funding. Pathways to the Professoriate in the Arts and Humanities has been awarded $350,000 for five years.

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Art Department Collaborates with Sustainability Minor

The UCSC Art Department is collaborating with the Sustainability Minor of Rachel Carson College in the form of a 3-unit class called Sustainability Laboratory Tools, Techniques, and Applications (CRSN 151C). Students are being trained in fabrication techniques and applications of steel, aluminum and wood. The objective of this class is to support project design and implementation while considering resource efficiency and renewability. Students are granted access to the Art department's state-of-the art facilities for the duration of their class which will culminate with student-led group projects installed in various locations around campus. These projects will bring form, function and sustainable design to the forefront of the conversation as we explore ways to glean discarded material and build new objects that last.

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Laurie Palmer and Former Students Participate in Environmental Justice Art Project

Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Laurie Palmer, traveled with Environmental Art and Social Practice (EASP) graduate student Natalie Zajac and former Ph.D. student in Feminist Studies, Vivian Underhill, to Bakersfield to participate in the creation and performance of a community-based, environmental justice art project titled WE ARE HERE/ ESTAMOS AQUI. Lead artist Michelle Glass organized the production of a 2500 foot long banner, colored with natural dyes, to demonstrate the 2500 foot setback between residences and new oil wells that medical professionals recommend. Natalie Zajac is creating a mini-documentary of the two-day event, in draft form here.

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Dean Celine Featured in ABC-TV Interview About Her Film 80 YEARS LATER

Dean Celine talked with ABC-TV’s Kristen Sze about her new film, 80 Years Later, and its special significance to the local, San Francisco Bay Area community.

The world premiere of the short film documentary was held at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival on May 12, 2022. The film explores the racial inheritance of Japanese American family incarceration during World War II through multi-generational conversations with survivors and their descendants.

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Irene Lusztig’s New Short Film Showing at SF Docfest

SF Docfest will screen Film and Digital Media Professor Irene Lusztig’s new short film Contents Inventory (2021, 31 minutes), online and in person on June 5th at the Roxie in San Francisco. Filmed in the Santa Cruz Mountains during the nine months following the CZU wildfire, Lusztig invites her own neighbors to share objects lost or found in the fire, creating a collective emotional map of what home means at a moment when the idea of home feels most fragile. The film is showing in a short film program that also includes a new film by Soc Doc MFA alum Kyle Baker, A People's History of Cement.

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Jennifer Parker’s The Algae Society’s CONFLUENCE Exhibition Reviewed

Giovanni Aloi, reviewed The Algae Society's CONFLUENCE exhibition at the Cameron Art Museum for Esse Magazine. CONFLUENCE by The Algae Society, a collective co-founded by Professor Jennifer Parker, showcases a variety of media formats, time and magnification scales, and creative approaches to being with algae as a multi-sensory art and science (media art and culture) experience. Including growing algal portraits in a Bio Art lab, VR worldmaking experiences, biodegradable 3D printed sculptures, immersive video and sound works, seaweed pressings, 19th-century botanical illustrations, a floating island ecosystem, and more.

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Student Exhibiting Her Senior Show

Claire June Apana, senior Art major, History of Art and Visual Culture Minor, History of Consciousness minor, will be exhibiting her senior show, IMPRESSIONS, as a public installation at Adams Square Mini Park with the City of Glendale, May 23-July 7, 2022. This 1930’s gas station turned gallery space is accessible to the public 24/7. This installation is Apana’s public art debut.

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EASP Student Releasing Collection of Short Stories

Dav Bell, M.F.A. candidate in the Environmental Art and Social Practice program, is releasing a collection of short stories Driving by Dead Reckoning with Nonsensical, a publication founded in 2013 that platforms, artists, designers, and thinkers who explore and experiment with language and meaning.

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M.F.A. Student’s Exhibition Wins "Best of the Arts"

David Crellin, M.F.A. Candidate, Digital Arts New Media, Class of 2022 has a recent MFA project: Troubled Waters: The Ocean as Contested Space in California Surf Culture. The accompanying website, www.decolonizethesurf.com was one of the featured exhibits in the 2022 DANM show, unforgetting. The installation exhibit for the project has been extended for viewing in the Digital Arts Research Center through June 3. The project was awarded the Arts Dean's Fund for Excellence and Equity, the Graduate Dean's Research Travel Grant, and the Florence J. French Scholarship Fund. It also won "Best of the Arts" at the 2022 Graduate Symposium at UCSC. The project was recently featured on "Unheard Voices" on radio station KQSD, in an interview with Esabella Bonner, founder and executive director of Black Surf Club Santa Cruz.

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Ph.D. Candidate Awarded Mellon / ACLS Fellowship

Raed El Rafei, Ph.D. candidate in Film and Digital Media, was awarded the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship for his dissertation, Queer Film and Art Practice from Lebanon: New Political Imaginaries, Radical Aesthetics, and Utopian Futures. The fellowship supports advanced graduate students in the last year of Ph.D. dissertation writing to help them complete projects in the humanities and interpretive social sciences. Since its launch in 2006, the program supported more than 1,000 promising emerging scholars. This year, 51 fellows were selected from a highly competitive pool of nearly 800 applications. The final cohort of Dissertation Completion Fellows was named in 2022. You can meet the awardees at this link

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Music Student Awarded Prize in International Piano Competition

UCSC freshman, Michael Fischer Haagens, studies piano with Dr. Chia-Lin Yang and performs as a pianist with the UCSC Large Jazz Ensemble. In February 2022, he participated in the Franz Liszt Center International Piano Competition and was awarded third prize for his performance.

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Ph.D. Candidate Publishes Article About Tinder

Marilia Kaisar, Ph.D. Candidate, Film and Digital Media, published an article in the latest issue of Clog Magazine: Clog X Feeds.  "Death and Resurrection: The Short-Lived Tinder Feed" explores through an embodied account the feed feature on Tinder and how it allowed to eliminate or revive old matches and past flames.

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Student Saul Villegas Awarded Inaugural Catalyzing Change Fellowship

The first ever Catalyzing Change BIPOC Fellowship in Digital Arts and New Media has been awarded to Saul Villegas, incoming student for the DANM Fall 2022 cohort. Villegas was selected for the $10,000 fellowship based on the excellence of his application and portfolio.

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Art of Change Video Podcast on UCTV!

Be sure to watch episodes of the Art Division’s video podcast on UCTV, featuring conversations about various programs and departments, and their approaches to diversity, equity and inclusion.



Open Call for Transmediale Festival Contributions

The 2023 edition of transmediale calls for proposals that creatively engage with the scale and capability of technological systems. The call is open to multiple formats including: algorithms, artworks, bots, discussions, essays, events, experiments, films, lectures, online projects, panels, performances, sound, walks or workshops. Submission is open until 30 June.

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Funding for Student Success

The Arts Dean’s Fund for Excellence and Equity is accepting applications from Arts undergraduate and graduate students. Arts students are encouraged to review the criteria and apply!

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Peace Studio Fellowship (Journalists & Artists)

The Peace Studio Fellowship is a one-year, application-based program that provides $10,000 to mid-career artists and journalists to create an art and/or storytelling project focused on healing existing divisions and building bridges in their community. They are seeking a diverse cohort of talented artists and journalists to come together with one common cause – to build peace.

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Scholarships for California Students

This page features scholarships specifically for California students and also has a lot of information on the student experience in California, including: educational opportunities, statistics on student debt, and how to find and apply for scholarships.

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Support the Redwood Free Market for Students

The Redwood Free Market, formerly known as the Slug Support Food Pantry, provides vital food resources for UC Santa Cruz students. A crowdfunding campaign has been launched with an initial goal of $5,000, which will fund the Redwood Free Market for one academic quarter. Small gifts can make a big impact: $5.25 funds one full week of meals for a student visiting Redwood Free Market.

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Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Innovation Fellowship Program

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to announce the launch of the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Innovation Fellowships, a new program designed to support emerging scholars as they advance bold and innovative research in the humanities and interpretive social sciences. The program is made possible by a grant from the Mellon Foundation.

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Join our events

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May 26 (online)

Planetary Indigestion Lecture

"THE AIR IS ALIVE: Civilizational Anxiety & Climate" — Part of a year-long series of conversations and perfor-mative lectures about food, ecology, and biotechnology between the Center for Genomic Gastronomy (CGG), UC Santa Cruz faculty, and non-institutional expert guests.

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May 26-June 1

Art and Oppression Comics

Featuring artwork from student awardees: Aaron Samuel Mulenga, Lizzy Drew, Ellory Erecius, Emily Tran, Isabella Dennis, Milo Halperin, Pichy Jumpholwong, Serena Teresa and Stella Brown. Students directly responded to the Jim Gunderson & Peter Coha comics collection, other eclectic works by independent artists and ephemera from Special Collection & Archives.

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May 27 & 28

Grupo Folklórico Los Mejicas

The 50th annual spring show, Con Amor, Para Mis Mejicas, showcases music and dance from six regions of México.

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May 27-28

Opera: The Fairy Queen

The UC Santa Cruz Music Department presents Henry Purcell’s The Fairy Queen in a special outdoor production to celebrate the return of fully-staged, live opera at UCSC. Considered a semi-opera, the piece was written as incidental music for William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Bruce Kiesling conducts, Sheila Willey directs.

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May 28

Surge: Explorations in Afrofuturism

Performance featuring Oysterknife. Utilizing the arts, science, and technology to imagine—and create—a world where African-descended peoples and cultures can live and flourish, the concept of Afrofuturism has gripped the imagination of creatives from around the globe.

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Through May 29 (in person)

Amduat: The 12 Hours of Ra

Limited tickets! Confronting the Egyptian-American diaspora, Amduat brings the audience on a journey through life and death over the course of one night. Join a docent-led "tour" with major figures from Egypt’s Pharaonic age in this immersive multi-media theatrical experience written and directed by DANM graduate student Laura Boutros.

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June 1

Irwin 2022 Reception

The Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery presents Irwin 2022: Emulsion, the 36th annual Irwin Scholarship exhibition, showcasing the work of a select group of UC Santa Cruz’s accomplished young artists from the Art Department.

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June 3 (online)

Planetary Indigestion Lecture

"FRAME/SHIFT: From Microbial to Planetary" — part of a year-long series of conversations and performative lectures about food, ecology, and biotechnology between the Center for Genomic Gastronomy (CGG), UC Santa Cruz faculty, and non-institutional expert guests.

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June 3

Open Studios

Featuring student art work in a variety of media, including: drawing, painting, print media, sculpture, intermedia, photography, environmental art, and electronic art.

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June 3-4

Print Sale

Hundreds of original prints will be for sale in a variety of media, including woodcuts, lithographs, etchings, photo-based prints, screen prints, and more! All proceeds benefit art students: 80% of proceeds go to the individual artists, 20% goes to support the Print Studio (and thereby back to printmaking students).

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June 4

UCSC Jazz Ensembles

Charles Hamilton directs the Jazz Ensembles and the Big Band.

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Continuing through August 14 (in person)

Strange Weather: Contemporary Art

Spanning five decades, from 1970-2020, the works are drawn together for how they creatively call attention to the impact and history of forced migrations, industrialization, global capitalism, and trauma on humans and the contemporary landscape. Showing concurrently at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History in Santa Cruz.

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In Memoriam


Trailblazing Professor Emerita Audrey Stanley Dies at 94

Audrey Stanley led a remarkable life. She was a pioneering member of the UCSC faculty, a much-loved professor of theater arts and the founding artistic director of Shakespeare Santa Cruz. She died on May 15 at her home in Santa Cruz. A memorial celebration is being planned.

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