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Farmers & Merchants Bank Foundation Supports Claire Trevor School of the Arts with a $10,000 Grant The University of California, Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) is pleased to announce a generous $10,000 grant from the Farmers & Merchants Bank Foundation (FBMF). This...

Behind the Curtain: The Making of UCI's The Prom

An inside look at the collaboration, creativity and themes of love and acceptance in the drama department’s closing show Co-directed by Don Hill and Daniel Keeling, The Prom addresses LGBTQ+ themes and societal issues, highlighting the importance of love and acceptance amidst challenges. Through...

UC Irvine Faculty Collaborate for Innovative Interdisciplinary Event: “Club Lab Freestyle: Molecules in Motion”

This feature has been edited for current information as of May 16, 2024. Have you ever seen chemists moving like chemical reactions?                           ...

That’s Show Biz

Don Hill makes his final curtain call after 20 years with CTSA By Christine Byrd Theater is a risky business. No one knows that better than veteran stage manager and producer Don Hill, who left the Nebraska cornfields to ultimately work with legends like Carol Burnett and Patti Lupone....

Arts Advocates: Reza Jahangiri

RISK TAKER Q&A with Reza Jahangiri Reza Jahangiri ’00 is the founder of American Advisors Group, a pioneer in the reverse mortgage industry. A lifelong music lover, he serves on the Dean’s Arts Board in the Claire Trevor School of the Arts as well as the board of the Pacific Symphony. He...

CTSA Awards the 2023-24 Research & Innovation Grants

The Research and Innovation Advisory Committee (RI Committee), composed of esteemed faculty members representing each department within the Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA), rigorously evaluated an influx of 33 research proposals requesting a total of $152,000 for the 2023-2024 academic...

Professor Kevin Appel Named Fellow in Inaugural Clyfford Still Museum Institute Program

Honoring a Legacy of Innovation in Painting and Architecture The Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine is pleased to share that Professor Kevin Appel, chair of the Department of Art and executive director of University Art Galleries, has been selected as a fellow in the inaugural cohort...

The Page is a Stage

Alumna Julia Cost publishes an illustrated children’s book that drew upon her UCI dance education Julia Cost (M.F.A. in Dance, '11) said there are parallels between her UCI studies and the picture book she just published, The Girl and the Boat. “The book is wordless,” said Cost, raised and...

Stringing it Together

Dennis Kim on Fusing the Old and the New  By Chiara Guastella An extensive musical education and career could not make Assistant Professor Dennis Kim any prouder to be part of the UCI Music faculty. Kim will take the stage at Winifred Smith Hall for the sixth and final performance of the...

Professor Jibade-Khalil Huffman: Art Beyond Boundaries

By Mia Hammett Professor Jibade-Khalil Huffman is an accomplished multi-media artist, writer and newly appointed assistant professor of art whose interdisciplinary work runs the gamut of subject, medium and materiality. Huffman’s art draws on personal and collective histories, the aesthetic...

“Turning” a New Page

Andreas Mitisek's innovative approach to opera takes center stage at UCI with Benjamin Britten's The Turn of the Screw, promising a hauntingly immersive experience that pushes the boundaries of traditional opera By Chiara Guastella Andreas Mitisek, renowned for his work as the former director...

Getty PST exhibition centering complex systems to open at UC Irvine’s Beall Center for Art + Technology this August

Image credit: Laura Splan, Baroque Bodies (Sway), 2024. work in progress still from interactive audiovisual installation including data-driven sound and 3D models with AI-generated imagery. Image courtesy of the artist. Commissioned by the Beall Center for Art + Technology’s Black Box Projects...

UC Irvine’s Department of Drama presents “The Brothers Paranormal”

Prince Gomolvilas’ ghost-hunting play explores the intersection of genre, race and displacement  Irvine, Calif., April 18, 2024 — UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts Department of Drama presents The Brothers Paranormal, a story about two Thai American brothers who set out to launch...

Department of Art presents the M.F.A. Thesis Exhibitions 2024

The UC Irvine Claire Trevor School of the Arts Department of Art proudly announces the opening of the 2024 M.F.A. thesis exhibitions, showcasing the culmination of three years of intensive study and creative exploration by its graduate candidates. Under the guidance of a globally acclaimed...

Risk vs. Reward

Third-year dance major Anisa Johnson says their love of the craft makes all the risks worth it By Greg Hardesty When they were 4 years old, Anisa Johnson started taking dance classes because their parents thought they lacked coordination. Today, they are a 20-year-old dancing dynamo who...

Nature's Projection: Jesse Colin Jackson’s New Exhibition Brings the Arts Outdoors

Associate Dean Jackson’s "Plein-Air en Plein Air" for Langson IMCA unveils historical California landscapes in outdoor exhibition at UCI “Plein-Air en Plein Air,” a play on words meaning "outdoors in the outdoors," allows us to experience historical California landscapes in their intended...

Doubling Down

CTSA students embrace risk as they pursue careers in arts and other fields By Christine Byrd Living the artist’s life requires embracing risk. Unlike medicine or business, there is no clear-cut pathway to a successful and stable career in the arts. But in the quest to create art by taking...

ICIT Turns 15

A weekend to remember On March 8-9, 2024, the Department of Music celebrated the 15th anniversary of its graduate program in Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology (ICIT) with a weekend-long series of events. These events included experimental music and innovative musical research...