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Practice Makes Perfect

Miles Vinson created an app for musicians with help from the Medici Scholarship Program By Christine Byrd Violinist Miles Vinson wanted to replace his handwritten practice journal with an iPhone app to help him track his practice sessions, similar to a fitness app that might help a runner...

Zachary Price Combines Scholarship and Drama

By Richard Chang Professor Zachary Price is fascinated with various modes of performance, from the proscenium stage to the street corner. He’s a new faculty member at UC Irvine, teaching in the Department of Drama. He started his position as assistant professor of doctoral studies in July...

Is A Career In Dance Worth All The Sacrifices?

Sometimes, there’s a struggle between your passion and a longing for financial stability. At other times, your practical grandmother has the answer. By Sydney Leong, a feature from Dance Major Journal, Volume 8, 2020 “Are you impressed, Lola?” I always showed video clips of rehearsal to my...

Alumni Profile: A Conversation with Glenn Kaino

Professor of Art Simon Leung chats with Glenn Kaino (B.A. ’93), an artist who’s been at the intersectional forefront of art and activism for more than two decades. Known for his conceptual, activist, and frequently collaborative multifaceted art practice, Kaino occupies a unique place in the art...

Arts Advocates: Janice F. Smith

OPPORTUNITY MAKER Q&A with Janice F. Smith   Janice Smith is a longtime advocate for the arts in Orange County, having served on the board of the Bowers Museum, the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, and the John Wayne Airport Arts Commission. She served on the Claire Trevor School of...

Empowering the Artists of Tomorrow Amid the Pandemic

By Christine Byrd Theaters, concert halls and art galleries have been closed for nearly a year, but the global pandemic hasn’t stopped artists from creating. If anything, it’s fueling rapid incorporation of technology across all artistic mediums and inspiring new ways to create and share art...

Alumni Profile: Samira Yamin, M.F.A. ’11

By Allyson Unzicker, Associate Director & Curator, University Art Galleries Samira Yamin, M.F.A. ’11, is an Iranian-American artist based in Los Angeles who uses war photography as her medium. As an Iranian American who felt disconnected from depictions of Iraq and Afghanistan in the media...

UCI Lighting Designers Reunite

COVID-19 has ushered in a new way to connect and reconnect with the people in our lives.  One opportunity that faculty and students at UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts have taken advantage of is the connection through Zoom online virtual meetups. The digital platform allows people from all...

Arts Advocates: Ivan Williams

MEDIA MENTOR Q&A with Ivan Williams   Ivan Williams, MBA ’96 is a former chemical engineer and oil executive who now focuses on something that first captivated his attention in high school: filmmaking. Today, he is a film, television and theater producer, and a staunch advocate of...

Tapping Into a New Era

By Christine Byrd In his dance, “Waiting for Amazon,” Carl “Dougie” Sanders, M.F.A. ’21, moves in his living room, expressing the exhausting boredom of being stuck at home, and the angsty anticipation before a parcel delivery. We may not move quite like Sanders, but we know exactly what he’s...

Kristine N. Haag, ’06

Costume design alumna Kristine N. Haag has been nominated for a 2020 Emmy Award. Haag is part of the costume design team nominated for “Outstanding Contemporary Costumes” for her work as the Assistant Costume Designer on the Netflix show Grace and Frankie for the episode “The Tank.” Her colleagues...

Jason Valdry Named Assistant Dean, Claire Trevor School of the Arts

Dean Stephen Barker has named Jason Valdry the next assistant dean for the Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA). The assistant dean is responsible for the entire scope of planning, operations, and resource management for the School, involving its administrative, instructional, and research...

Arts and Wellness

By Christine Byrd The seats were empty, the orchestra silent, the studios dark. More than 700 undergraduate and 150 graduate students, and the scores of faculty and staff who teach and support them, disappeared literally overnight. It was March 17, and the Claire Trevor School of the Arts,...

UCI Music Professor Uses Technology to Build Bridges

By Richard Chang Michael Dessen, a music professor at UC Irvine, specializes in telematics, or networked music performance. He knew his field was important and growing, but he didn’t expect the entire world of musicians to be calling him nonstop during the coronavirus pandemic. It turns out...

Artist for the Future

Gabby Miller, M.F.A. ’20, crosses disciplines to explore the possibility of a future that is not predetermined By Christine Byrd “Can we turn the black box theater into an Oracle Machine?” was a question burning in Gabby Miller’s mind during the final year of her M.F.A. program at the Claire...

Feats of Engineering & Artistry

By Christine Byrd If you see opera singers on a flying alligator’s back or snakes chasing Mozart, if it rains inside the theatre or a wild owl swoops overhead, it’s not magic. It’s just another day’s work for the Claire Trevor School of the Arts production team. “We’re prototyping and...

UC Irvine and ‘Made in L.A.’: A Relationship Through Time and Space

By Richard Chang There’s a special connection between the Department of Art at UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts and “Made in L.A.” — the influential art biennial founded and hosted by UCLA’s Hammer Museum since 2012. This year, the biennial will also take place at the Huntington...

Arts Advocates: Tom Nielsen

ARTIST ALLY Q&A with Tom Nielsen   Tom Nielsen, founder of a real estate consultancy, is a longtime advocate and supporter of Orange County arts organizations. A longstanding member of the CTSA Dean’s Arts Board, Nielsen ramped up his support of the school over the past decade,...