CTSA News

Arts Advocates: Susan Hori

CREATIVE DEFENDER Q&A with Susan Hori Susan Hori is a partner at the law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, where she specializes in land use and environmental law. She has supported the Claire Trevor School of the Arts since 1997, and has been a longtime member of the Medici Circle,...

Elaine Koshimizu Endowed Scholarship for Inclusive Excellence in Dance

The Department of Dance at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts ranks third in California and 10th in the U.S. Despite being nationally acclaimed, each year the department competes with other top dance programs to recruit high-achieving and underrepresented students in dance. Students often select...

UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts Names Ten New Medici Scholars

UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) is pleased to announce the 2021 Medici Circle Scholars. Ten awards were given to both undergraduate and graduate students offering an opportunity to take their education beyond the classroom and collaborate with academics and artists in our community and...

Arts Advocates: Rick Stein

COMMUNITY STRATEGIST Q&A with Rick Stein   Rick Stein has served as the president and CEO of Arts Orange County, the local nonprofit arts agency, since 2008. He was previously the executive director of the Laguna Playhouse for 17 years and, prior to that, managing director of the...

21C Supports Faculty and Graduate Student Creative Research in the Arts

  Since its founding in 2017, the Institute for 21st Century Creativity (21C) has sought to cultivate experimental and arts-based research to innovate and challenge creativity for this century and beyond. With support from the UCI Office of Research, Dean Stephen Barker founded the...

2021 Dean's Scholarship Awardees

Congratulations to the 2021 Dean’s Scholarship awardees! A very special thank you to the Giving Day donors who made these scholarship funds possible. As the leading campus in the nation providing access to all qualified students, no matter what their background, our students rely...

Arts Advocates: Sheila Peterson

MOTHER OF ARTISTS Q&A with Sheila Peterson   Sheila Peterson is passionate about arts education and student support — in part because she raised children who became artists. In addition to serving on the Dean’s Arts Board for the last decade, she co-chairs the CTSA Scholarship...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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,...

UCI Study Abroad Center: Photo Contest 2020

Congratulations to the winners of our first UCI International Photo Competition. The Office of Global Engagement, the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, and the Study Abroad Center are honored to share with you the inspiring winning photographs. UCI domestic and international students and alumni...

Departments across UC Irvine design, build face shields for medical staff in Orange

As medical providers and hospital administrations grow increasingly desperate for personal protective equipment, the UCI Medical Center in Orange is receiving a shipment of 5,000 face shields from an unlikely source — the very medical students it works to educate.    

#UCIArtsAnywhere

As our faculty, students, and staff prepare for an unusual spring quarter of remote teaching and learning, the lyrics to Barbra Streisand’s “People” keep swimming through my mind. “People, people who need people, are the luckiest people in the world.” In a world facing an international pandemic, it...

An important update from Dean Barker

As the situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve, we want to keep you, our valued supporters and community members, updated on how the Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) in collaboration with the greater UCI community are responding. We are working diligently to quickly adapt to the rapidly...