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Teerath Majumder: The Social Phenomenon of Music

By Mia Hammett Graduate student Teerath Majumder is a proud purveyor of contemporary experimental electronic music. A Bangladeshi composer, instrumentalist, and producer, Majumder’s work irreconcilably bounds between traditional-experimental and acoustic-electronic distinctions.  His...

Jazz Pianist Hime Ikehara: Music as Second Nature

By Mia Hammett Highly versatile and deliberate in her approach to music, fourth-year jazz piano major Hime Ikehara sounds up-to-par with your favorite seasoned pianists of the twenty-first century. Ikehara has only actively played jazz piano for five years, but her approach to the craft is a...

Taking a Bow

By Christine Byrd One of the most satisfying parts of my tenure has been raising awareness of the way in which arts are radically interdisciplinary. Stephen Barker’s career is hard to pin down: He has been a dancer, actor, director, creative writer, translator, critical theorist and, for...

Alumnus Skyler Gray is changing the industry, one production at a time

By Mia Hammett Alum Skyler Gray (B.A. Directing and Stage Management, ’11) continues to push the boundaries of new play development. Having entered UCI as a music theater major, Gray’s academic and professional career inevitably evolved to recognize his desire to advocate for creators,...

Launching Clara Schumann Studies, Celebrating Women in Music

On March 1, 2022, in association with the Women in Global Music Network, the Department of Music was pleased to host the online launch of Clara Schumann Studies, a collection of essays edited by Dr. Joe Davies for Cambridge University Press. The event, attended by an...

The Opera is Coming to Town

The Impresario, composed by W. A. Mozart, will be performed on May 7th and May 8th by the students of vocal arts at UCI’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts. Staged at the Barclay Theater under the artistic direction of Professor Darryl Taylor.

Play explores UCI’s PrisonPandemic project

The disembodied voices of incarcerated people – scared, pleading, angry, upset – will haunt a UCI play about the coronavirus in California’s crowded penitentiaries. Set to run April 29 through May 1 in the campus’s Little Theatre, “COVID in Custody” chronicles the real-life efforts of three UCI...

Tiffany López is named dean of UCI’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts

Visionary arts and diversity leader comes from Arizona State University Tiffany López, Ph.D., visionary artist and administrator and proven champion for diversity and inclusion, has been named dean of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at the University of California, Irvine, following a...

Music Theatre Talent Kayla Quiroz on Identity and the Future

By Mia Hammett Triptych talent and third-year music theatre B.F.A. Kayla Quiroz won’t be slowing down anytime soon.  The actor-singer-dancer’s resume boasts a string of music theatre experience as early as her formative years. From an eight-year-old’s Acorns to Oaks church...

UCI M.F.A. Thesis Exhibitions 2022 head to the UAG

M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition, Part I The Department of Art at the University of California, Irvine, is pleased to present the solo exhibitions of M.F.A. candidates Hiroshi Clark, Doris Rivera, and Gosia Wojas. This is the first round of 2022 M.F.A. thesis exhibitions. Please join us for the opening...

Mackenzie Ostrowski and the Intersection of KUCI, Independent Creators and Community Efforts

By Mia Hammett Fourth year film and media studies major in the School of Humanities, Mackenzie Ostrowski, is one of the few undergraduates on campus pioneering the return to small businesses. A news, music, and talk show host-in-one, Ostrowski’s made a name for herself at KUCI as an abundantly...

Forging a Common Bond

Three UCI M.F.A. artists from 1969-71 reconvene in an Armory exhibition in Pasadena. By Richard Chang In 1969, three young women entered the newly formed M.F.A. program at UCI not really knowing what to expect. They were all divorcees with children. Each was doing a kind of art that was...

Hooked from the Start

Professor Michael Hooker receives top honor for career achievement in sound design By Jill Kato Professor Michael Hooker has received the 2022 Distinguished Achievement Award in Sound Design from the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT), the premiere organization in his...

UCI’s Bruce Yonemoto is named a 2022 Guggenheim Fellow

Professor of art is among 180 recipients of the renowned award Bruce Yonemoto, a video and digital media installation artist, educator, writer, curator, and professor of art at the University of California, Irvine, has been awarded a 2022 Guggenheim Fellowship. He joins 179 other American and...

8 Top Costume Design Programs

The Department of Drama Costume Design Program recently made the list for the top 8 design programs for Backstage Magazine's annual list. The program combines practical professional training with exploring and identifying each student's artistic voice.

A Year in Review: Eleanor Yu on Memory, the Pandemic, and Creative Suffering

By Mia Hammett Art and Film and Media Studies double major Eleanor Yu is a third-year student with all the cool, calm, and collectedness of a seasoned artist. She’s driven to create by an equally acute attention and appreciation for the subtleties of modern life; she’s a passionate, well-...

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.

Los Angeles exhibit features work of video art pioneer Ulysses Jenkins

PBS Newshour (CANVAS Arts), March 18, 2022 (Video) Ulysses Jenkins is considered a pioneer in the world of video art, which emerged as artists in the 1960s and '70s began using lighter and more affordable video cameras to create work and tell stories. One of the first Black artists in the field...