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The Practicality of the Arts

Jan 26, 2015 By Martin Berger, Acting Dean of the Arts — When parents quiz me on the most "practical" majors, I point out that many corporations and graduate schools today have turned away from a narrow focus on specialized skill sets to seek out applicants who display aptitude for creative thinking and problem solving.

Fifty artists from five decades: UC Santa Cruz 50th alumni exhibition opens Feb. 5

Jan 26, 2015 UC Santa Cruz alumni from across the country are contributing their works to "50/50"—a new art exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the campus that opens on February 5.

Alumnus Tom Franco brings his collaborative art culture to UC Santa Cruz

Jan 15, 2015 “This is a curatorial class—it’s a great atmosphere to experiment,” artist Tom Franco told the 20 students gathered at their first meeting in the Sesnon Gallery at UC Santa Cruz…

Professors Leta Miller and Carolyn Dean honored for arts research

Dec 11, 2014 Acting Arts Dean Martin Berger has named the 2014 Arts Dean’s Eminent Professors, the division’s highest recognition of faculty research achievement.

UC Santa Cruz professor honored by San Francisco Film Society

Dec 8, 2014 UC Santa Cruz arts professor B. Ruby Rich was honored at the San Francisco Film Society’s fifth annual Essential SF, an event celebrating the Bay Area film community's most vital figures and institutions.

Arts professor brings acclaimed Deaf poets to campus with ‘Eye Music’ festival

Nov 7, 2014 Nationally renowned Deaf poets and performing artists are coming to UC Santa Cruz for Eye Music--a four-day festival created and performed in American Sign Language (ASL).

Acclaimed artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña to perform on campus

Nov 5, 2014 On Nov. 6, Guillermo Gómez-Peña comes to UC Santa Cruz for a special live performance titled "Imaginary Activism: The Role of the Artist Beyond the Art World" at the Digital Arts Research Center.

UC Santa Cruz named one of the country’s best colleges for film majors

Oct 31, 2014 UC Santa Cruz has been ranked No. 7 in the country by College Factual for Best Bachelors Program for Film, Video and Photographic Arts.

Astrophysics meets theater in ‘Birth of Stars’

Oct 22, 2014 What does the birth and death of stars have to do with the lives of real human beings? How do we balance the joy and pain of life in a productive way? Does technology make us less than human…or something more?

Grad students' interactive fiction honored at IndieCade games festival

Oct 16, 2014 Ice-Bound is an interactive fiction piece created by two graduate students in the UC Santa Cruz Center for Games and Playable Media

Acclaimed game designer joins UC Santa Cruz art faculty

Oct 14, 2014 Award-winning game designer and producer Robin Hunicke will join the UC Santa Cruz faculty in January as Associate Professor of Art & Game Design.

Institute of Arts and Sciences offers LASER talk on Oct. 28

Oct 8, 2014 UC Santa Cruz’s Institute of the Arts and Sciences will present its first “LASER” talk of the academic year on October 28 at the Digital Arts Research Center.

Five artists collaborate on experimental book art

Oct 2, 2014 When fully opened, Felicia Rice’s book literally unfolds like an accordion along the length of a 30-foot table...

UC Santa Cruz film professor’s original animation to debut on PBS.org

Sep 12, 2014 John Jota Leaños's unconventional short film uses humor, hip hop, and comic book style animation to tell a fascinating story of revolt in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands

Alumnus Cary Fukunaga earns Emmy nomination for HBO's 'True Detective’

Jul 10, 2014 UC Santa Cruz alumnus Cary Fukunaga has been nominated for an Emmy Award in the category of “Outstanding Director for a Drama Series” for the HBO show "True Detective"

UC Santa Cruz graduates featured at SF innovative art and music festival

Jul 9, 2014 Interactive art installations by four recent UC Santa Cruz graduates will be featured at the opening night of Soundwave--San Francisco’s innovative biennial three month art and music festival—at the California Academy of Sciences.

UCSC graduate student is a new kind of storyteller

Jun 26, 2014 Aaron Reed's award-winning games use computer technology to explore the possibilities of interactive fiction.

Porter College announces inaugural Machotka Chairs in Creative Studies

Jun 10, 2014 Patty Gallagher, Gary Young, and Shelley Stamp have been chosen as the inaugural recipients of the Pavel Machotka Chair in Creative Studies at Porter College.

Eight faculty members honored with Excellence in Teaching awards

Jun 10, 2014 One of the highest honors a UC Santa Cruz faculty member can receive is an Excellence in Teaching Award given each spring by the Academic Senate's Committee on Teaching.

UCSC selects acclaimed New York firm to design Institute of Arts and Sciences

Jun 4, 2014 The University of California, Santa Cruz, announced today that the award-winning New York firm, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, has been selected to design the campus’s new Institute of the Arts and Sciences.

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