Alumni In the News

Sharon Rietkirk and Laura D’Andre Star in the New Musical “Triangle”

Sharon Rietkirk (Drama/Honors in Music Theatre ’06) and Laura D’Andre (Drama ’07) star in the new musical, Triangle, at Theatreworks in Palo Alto, California.

Jenn Colella Playing the Title Role in "Peter Pan"

Jenn Colella (MFA/Acting ’02) is playing the title role in Peter Pan at the Sacramento Music Circus.

Ben Gibson Appearing in the Musical "Dogfight"

Ben Gibson (Drama ’13) is appearing in Dogfight at the Cygnet Theatre in San Diego, California.

GRADUATE ALUMNUS NORITAKA MINAMI, APPOINTED ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY AT LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO

GRADUATE ALUMNUS NORITAKA MINAMI, APPOINTED ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY AT LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO

Noritaka Minami (MFA 2011) has been appointed Assistant Professor of Photography at Loyola University Chicago's Department of Fine and Performing Arts, effective August 2015.

Since graduating from UCI, he has taught at Harvard, Wellesley, School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and UC Berkeley. He was recently named a recipient of the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and has a forthcoming photo book called "1972," set to be published by Kehrer Verlag.

GRADUATE ALUMNUS BRETT DOAR NAMED AS ONE OF 10 VISUAL ARTISTS WHO ARE CHANGING THE WAY WE SEE ADVERTISING, AND THE WORLD

Graduate alumnus Brett Doar (MFA 2009 in ACE) named by Adweek as one of "10 Visual Artists Who Are Changing the Way We See Advertising, and the World," alongside Annie Leibovitz, Chris Milk, and Rama Allen.

Marcia Hafif's Exhibition "From the Inventory" at Laguna Art Museum

Marcia Hafif (MFA ’71) has her first exhibition in California in forty years at the Laguna Art Museum. The exhibition consists of monochromatic installations and a photography series she created while pursuing her MFA at UC Irvine. The exhibition is open from June 28, 2015 through September, 27, 2015.

A moveable feast for the homeless

Alumnus Ian Daelucian launches The Heart of Delight to nurture those in need

UC Irvine alumnus Ian Daelucian knows how to put on a spread.

At a pop-up event he recently staged to feed the homeless, Daelucian and a crew of volunteers set up banquet tables near the Santa Ana Civic Center and dished out vegetarian curry, chili and tacos, salad with fresh fruit, and other wholesome fare. Most of the food came from local farms instead of cans – not your typical soup kitchen cuisine.

“We serve it with flair, with tablecloths and chafers – the whole nine yards,” Daelucian says. “Imagine a catered event; that’s essentially what it is. We don’t cut corners.”

To Daelucian, such details are important because he wants to nurture both bodies and spirits. He founded the nonprofit organization The Heart of Delight in 2013 to provide the homeless and low-income residents with food, shelter and necessities, as well as opportunities for creative expression and...

BWW's 'Brush Up On Your TONY Nominees': Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role - Musical

Leading up to Broadway's biggest night, the 2015 TONY AWARDS, BWW brings you our 'Brush Up On Your TONY Nominees' Guide to this year's nominees in the top categories. Next up, the nominees for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical!

Don't forget to tune in to BroadwayWorld for Broadway's biggest night, the 69th Annual Tony Awards on CBS, hosted by Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming. The stars will align at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 7, 2015 and we'll be bringing you exclusive, live photos, videos and blogs of everything that's happening from the red carpet to the winners' room; the pre-show ceremony to the after parties. We'll be there for it all, and there's no better place for comprehensive coverage this Sunday than BroadwayWorld!

(Read full article on Alumnus and Tony Nominee, Beth Malone.)

Chris Burden dies at 69: artist's light sculpture at LACMA is symbol of L.A.

Los Angeles Times
Story by Christopher Knight

When he had himself shot in the arm for a performance piece at a Santa Ana gallery, Chris Burden became fleetingly famous. But years later, when he created such outsized, imagination-charged works as “Urban Light,” the ranks of vintage lampposts tightly arrayed outside the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, he left a longer-lasting legacy.

Burden, the protean Conceptual artist who rose from doing controversial performances in the 1970s to become one of the most compelling and widely admired sculptors of his generation, died Sunday at his home in Topanga Canyon. He was 69.

Paul Schimmel, a close friend of the artist and the former chief curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art who had organized Burden’s first retrospective exhibition in 1988, said the cause was malignant melanoma. Burden was diagnosed 18 months ago, Schimmel said, but kept the information private except for a few family members...

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