Alumni In the News

Celebrating a Leader of Chicano Art

"That’s what Gilbert Luján loved to create. The late artist, who went by the nickname “Magu,” was a pioneer in the Chicano art movement in Los Angeles starting in the 1960s. A member of the Chicano art collective Los Four (which, ironically, later gained a fifth member in Judith Hernandez), he created murals in East Los Angeles and eventually the rest of the city. His mainstream work included helping design the Hollywood/Vine Red Line Metro station before his death in 2011."

SoCal Sculptor Eric Johnson Brings Wood and Resin Masterpieces to Doyle Arts Pavilion

The work of second-genteration "Finish Fetish," or "L.A." Look," arist Eric Johnson, MFA, will be on view at Orange Coast College's Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion from February 8 until April 7 in an exhibit entitled "Helix2: Sculptures by Eric Johnson."

Johnson - whose art combines shipwright-like woodworking with the resins of hot rods, aerospace industry, and surfboards, alll allusiions to his family history and youthful activities from the 1960s and 70 - is well-known in the art world for large-scale sculptues that incorporate elements of mathematics, biology, physics and cosmology.

"Helix2"  is curated by former OCC art instructor and alumus Tom Dowling.

UCI Art Department Alum Alexis Smith's Exhibition at Pepperdine’s Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art

January 20 - April 1, 2018

For over 40 years, Alexis Smith's art has explored the depths of popular culture. She begins with an array of images—ranging from thrift-store finds to nostalgic advertisements—and juxtaposes them with poetic and poignant texts. Her art underscores how the media shapes our self-image and reminds us that meaning is often fugitive and always surprising.

Amandla Bearden Featured in National Commercial

UCI Drama Alumni Amandla Bearden is currently featured in a national commercial for Credit Karma.

 

Nick Manfredi in an Episode on "Betrayed"

Nick Manfredi (MFA 2016) was recently featured in an episode of Betrayed on ID (Information Discovery) Network.

Gwyn Conaway-Bennison recently published "The Story We Wear: Costume Design for Animators and Illustrators"

Gwyn Conaway-Bennison (MFA 2015), who is currently guest Costume Designer on UCI Drama’s Mrs. Packard, recently published The Story We Wear: Costume Design for Animators and Illustrators (Design Studio Press 2017).

Fun Home’s Beth Malone Joins Broadway’s Angels in America

The Tony nominee will share the role of the Angel at select performances with Amanda Lawrence.

Beth Malone earned her first Tony nomination for her portrayal of Alison Bechdel in Fun Home. She also originated the role of June Carter Cash in Ring of Fire on Broadway, as well as the roles of Betty Jean in The Marvelous Wonderettes and Alison in Bingo Off-Broadway. She recently starred in the world premiere of Kathleen Marshall's revised The Unsinkable Molly Brown at the Muny and recently led a development workshop of the production through Roundabout Theatre Company.

Kelly Moran's "Bloodroot" made Rolling Stone Magazine's 20 best Avant Albums of 2017

"New York pianist Kelly Moran turns the fuzzy, buzzy world of prepared piano into something more prismatic..."

Matt Koenig to perform in Southern California Production of "Cabaret"

Matt Koenig (MFA 2014) will be playing Ernst in La Mirada Center for the Performing Arts’ production of Cabaret in January – February 2018.

Alum Bree Murphy to Play Adelaide in Upcoming Production of 'Guys and Dolls'

Bree Murphy (MFA 2014) is playing Adelaide in Music Theatre West’s upcoming production of Guys and Dolls, and current second year MFA in Music Direction candidate Benet Braun is the Music Director for the show.

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