Alexis Smith and how she ‘represents the power and potential of self-realization inherent in the American way’

Art critic, Liz Goldner, reviews Department of Art alumna's latest show, “Alexis Smith: The American Way,” at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) in La Jolla.

Uncovering Hidden Spaces at UCI’s Open Studios

Seeing the works by the University of California, Irvine’s MFA students, many of which use leftover material site-specific to the campus, lead me to wonder if they also constitute a kind of leftover material of time.

The art of inquiry

While much of the attention on research at UCI is directed at the sciences, the Claire Trevor School of the Arts has also generated research, although to much less notice. Jesse Colin Jackson is on a mission to change that.

A Haunting Film at UC Irvine is Not for the Faint of Heart

The immersive film Malka Germania (“Queen Germania” in Hebrew) references our personal and collective trauma about war and subjugation and artfully turns that trauma into manna. The 40-minute three-channel video is created by Israeli native Yael Bartana.

Steven Lam (Art M.F.A. '04) Named New School of Art Dean at CalArts

An experienced curator with a strong track record of higher education leadership, Steven Lam will join CalArts as its next dean of the School of Art. He’ll hold the Jill and Peter Kraus Distinguished Chair in Art, and is scheduled to begin July 15, 2022.

A broad canvas for friendship

UCI Art alumna Nancy Buchanan and Barbara T. Smith reflect on camaraderie, show with a late colleague at the Armory for the Los Angeles Times.

Conflict Into Poetry, Disorientation Into Art: Revolution Everywhere and The Messiah Triangle at UCI

Liz Goldner reviews the two current University Art Gallery shows, "Revolution Everywhere" and "The Messiah Triangle" expressing how they delve into the disorientation, sense of impending doom and ultimately hope in the Middle East and beyond.

Critical and Curatorial MFA Thesis Exhibition: ‘how to gently unpack an empire’

"The exhibition was delivered online through Zoom in a series of six sessions, each focusing on different cultural archives specific to the artists’ history. This created a level of intimacy that worked towards unpacking and divulging..."

Six Black Artists Test the Limits of Portraiture

"The Black Index" at UC Irvine pursues knottier narratives of self-representation. The six artists included in "The Black Index", the new exhibition at UC Irvine’s University Art Galleries (UAG), are highlighted by Allison Conner of

‘We exist in other ways ... to see us, to find us’ — UC Irvine debuts ‘The Black Index’ exhibition

"The Black Index," the newest exhibition for the University Art Galleries (UAG) curated by Bridget Cooks, an associate professor of African American studies and art history at UC Irvine, garnered a review from Lilly Nguyen for the LA Times.

A Radical Approach to Teaching Art: Looking Back At The UCI Art Department in its Founding Years

Liz Goldner from "LA Weekly" covers the UCI Department of Art's prolific history by recalling some of the most memorable artists and shows ever to highlight the talent presented by both the faculty and students.

A Recollection of 2020’s Post-Graduate MFA Thesis Exhibitions

Read a student review for the latest installation in the UAG, Post-Graduate MFA Thesis Exhibitions for the Class of 2020. (Image) Jackson Hunt, “New American Paintings,” installation view, CAC Gallery, UCI © 2020. Photo: Paul Salveson.

Claire Trevor School of the Arts Virtual Tour

With the current restriction of COVID-19, our campus is closed to the public. If you are looking to get a closer view inside the school, take our new virtual tour! You may also learn more through our Student Affairs pages on the main menu..

UC Irvine Art Department: Recontextualizing Instruction During Changing Times

The visual and performing arts inspire and enlighten us. They provide solace, help us rise above difficulties and uplift our spirits during times of change and confusion. “Art is essential to the well-being of individuals and society...”

A New Cultural Paradigm at the UC Irvine School of the Arts

“Performance is the golden thread of connection among living bodies,” said Stephen Barker Ph.D., Dean, UC Irvine Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA), during a recent Zoom interview. “It captures the essence of the human experience.”

Four UCI professors awarded Guggenheim Fellowships

Four professors at the University of California, Irvine – historian Mark LeVine, scientist Andrej Lupták, sculptor Jennifer Pastor and journalist Amy Wilentz – have been named 2020 Guggenheim Fellows.

Art and soul

#UCIArtsAnywhere encourages people to post photos or videos of themselves engaging with the arts on social media.

Medical, nursing, EMT students eager to contribute during coronavirus crisis

Tim McMullen, a first year medical student at UCI, is part of a group making face shieds on Thursday, April 2, 2020. A group of students and professors are trying to make 5,000 shields by April 7, 2020. (Photo by Paul Bersebach, OC Register/SCNG)