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...

Molly Lynch's National Choreographers Initiative to Receive National Endowment for the Arts Grant

Through its grant-making to thousands of nonprofits each year, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) promotes opportunities for people in communities across America to experience the arts and exercise their creativity. In the second major grant announcement of fiscal year 2015, the NEA will...

Flutist Nicole Mitchell looks into the future with 'Mandorla Awakening'

Everyone in jazz knows that former Chicagoan Nicole Mitchell stands among the most creative, innovative and technically accomplished flutists working today...

Beth Malone Nominated for Best Actress Tony Award in “Fun Home”

UCI Alumna Beth Malone, who earned an M.F.A. in acting (2000), has been nominated for “Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical” for her role in “Fun Home.” It is a coming-of-age musical that examines the main characters life as a lesbian growing up in a dysfunctional family....

Nzuji De Magalhaes Artwork Installed in New Metro Station

Nzuji De Magalhaes, who earned her BA at UCI in Studio Art (2000), has just had her artwork installed in the new Expo/Bundy station of the Metro Expo extension. Story and photos available here: http://thesource.metro.net/2015/04/01/art-for-the-expo-line-installation-at-expobundy-station/...

Building Community Through Theatre

New University News, story by Sarah S. Menendez, Apr 26, 2015 Last year, the service workers across the UC system went on strike. Ring Road and the flagpoles were flooded with a sea of green union shirts, picket signs and empowering chants. Students passing by the flagpoles stopped to witness...

Elan Greenwald in First Solo Exhibition in Germany

We are pleased to announce the opening of A Matter of Appearance, the first solo exhibition by artist Elan Greenwald at the Philipp von Rosen Galerie in Germany. In Greenwald's homonymous large scale installation A Matter of Appearance 7 watercolors, 6 photographs, and...

Shabnam Kalbasi Wins Metropolitan Opera Audition in Las Vegas

UCI Alumna, Shabnam Kalbasi, is one of four winners of the Nevada District’s Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, who will compete in February at Denver University’s Gates Concert Hall for the chance to sing at the Metropolitan Opera Grand Finals Concert. For more information: http...

A Musical Theatre Revue for the Holidays!

A group of grads and undergrads performed a musical theatre revue for an audience of 300 at Leisure World, Laguna Hills on December 11, 2014. Pictured left to right:  Joey Abrego (BFA/Music Theatre ’16), Catherine Nickerson (BFA/Music Theatre ’15), Haylee Cotta (BFA/Music Theatre ’15), Zak...

Michael Moshe Dahan’s short film “Two Points of Failure”

2014 Department of Art MFA Alumnus Michael Moshe Dahan’s short film “Two Points of Failure”  (2013) continues to be presented at prestigious international experimental film festivals. The piece made its international premiere in competition as part of the Tiger Shorts Program at the...

Edward Patrick Alva Returning to Sundance as Assistant Editor

Edward Patrick Alva returns to Sundance as the assistant editor on the film "The Hunting Ground" by Kirby Dick. From the Makers of "the Invisible War" comes a startling exposé of rape crimes on U.S. campuses. Weaving together first-person testimonies, the film follows survivors as they...

Jesse Colin Jackson Named Hellman Fellow

Jesse Colin Jackson was named a Hellman Fellow for 2014.  Professor Jackson is one of more than 1,200 Hellman Fellows who over the last 20 years have gone on to become chairs and heads of departments, MacArthur Geniuses and faculty members with distinguished research track records. The...

Ry Bradley Wins 2014 LA Music Awards "Country Artist of the Year"

UCI Alum, Ry Bradley, is the recipient of the 2014 LA Music Awards "Country Artist of the Year".  For more information: http://rybradley.com/news-and-updates/ry-bradley-wins-country-artist-of-the-year/

Darryl Taylor Makes History in LA Opera

Professor Darryl Taylor along with John Holiday and G. Thomas Allen make up The Three Countertenors. These gifted African-American countertenors are making their LA Opera debuts in Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. Never before have three African-American countertenors been in one production...

Eli Simon directs the world premiere of Clovni Extraterestri (Extraterrestrial Clowns)

Eli Simon, Chancellor's Professor of Drama, returned to the National Theater of Romania in Cluj this fall to direct the world premiere of his original production, Clovni Extraterestri (Extraterrestrial Clowns), the second installment of his War of the Clowns saga. Vincent Olivieri, Associate...

Ulysses Jenkins in Group Exhibtion at MoCADA

Associate Professor of Art Ulysses Jenkins had work in the group exhibition a/wake in the water: Meditations on Disaster. This group show at MoCADA was a film, video and new media exhibition that explored the ways Black bodies experiences hazards and natural disaster. For more information on...

Diane Diefenderfer Presented Pilates Lecture in Japan

Lecturer of Dance Diane Diefenderfer presented lectures and workshops on “Dance and Education and Pilates Method for Physical Conditioning” at the Tsukuba Summer Institute (TSI) in Ibaraki, Japan. TSI is a week-long seminar/workshop for undergraduate and graduate students in physical education and...