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Previous Visiting Artist Lectures:


Oct. 13, 2016 - Katerina Lanfranco

Artist talk by UCSC alumna Katerina Lanfranco, Visiting Artist for Porter Creative Commons.  Artist Talk on Oct. 13 @ 5pm in the Porter Faculty Gallery. Katerina will discuss her current work and life after graduate school while navigating the art scene in New York City. Katerina Lanfranco is a Brooklyn-based artist whose body of work includes paintings, drawings, sculptures, and mixed media installations. She earned her BA from UC Santa Cruz and her MFA from Hunter College, City University of New York. Her work is represented by the Nancy Hoffman Gallery, and is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Kupferstichkabinett (Museum of Prints and Drawings) in Berlin, and the Corning Museum of Glass. Lanfranco is the founder and director of Rhombus Space, an exhibition space in Brooklyn where she curates concept-driven group and solo shows. She is also Chief Curator at Brooklyn’s Trestle Gallery. She will lead 6 Porter Creative Commons book arts workshops Oct. 12, 14 and 15 and is giving critiques in a UCSC art department painting class.  Porter Creative Commons is a collaboration between the Sesnon Gallery and Porter Core. This year's focus is BOOK ARTS. These hands-on workshops with professional artists will inspire Porter Frosh to take a closer look at Core Course readings. In these workshops, participants will challenge the formal conventions of the book format, using repurposed books as canvases for mixed-media collages with found materials, transfer techniques, and drawing to create exciting new artworks along with learning some tradational book making techniques.


9/30/15 - 11/25/15 - Raymond Saunders

 Visiting artist with studio space in VARL  


winter/spring 2016 - Michaela Rule

visiting artist in VARL  - 


Spring 2016 - Xiang Silou
visiting artist


10/14/15- Russell Crotty

Russell Crotty is internationally renowned for his drawings and sculpture based on direct astronomical observation, and exploring the nature of the cosmos through art. His astronomical drawings, sculpture, and large-scale artist-made books are in major collections throughout the U.S. and Europe, and he is a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow.  A Bay Area native and current resident of Ojai, California, Crotty is currently doing an extended intermittent residency at Lick Observatory, sponsored by the Institute of the Arts and Sciences at UC Santa Cruz.  The residency will result in an exhibition of new work and historical artifacts from Lick at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art in the autumn of 2016.


5/18/15- Matt McCormick

4D Foundations Visiting Artist Lecture Presents Matt McCormick, Independent Filmmaker. Matt McCormick’s work extends documentary and experimental filmmaking, focusing on the sublime decay of contemporary culture and the landscape both urban and rural.  McCormick's films have screened at the Sundance Film Festival, Art Basel, The Moscow Biennial, and the Museum of Modern Art. His 2002 film, "The Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal" was named in ‘Top 10 lists in both Art Forum Magazine and The Village Voice. He has directed music videos for The Shins, Broken Bells, Sleater- Kinney, and YACHT, while also collaborating on projects with artists including Miranda July, James Mercer, Patton Oswalt, and Calvin Johnson.


4/30/15- Keith Wilson

Keith Wilson is a filmmaker, photographer and performance artist based in San Francisco. His films have been exhibited at Sundance, the Berlinale and South by Southwest as well as the United States National Gallery of Art.



FROM HERE TO MODERNITY - PERSPECTIVES FROM DISTINGUISHED MUSEUM PROFESSIONALS. Shelby Graham, director and curator of the Sesnon Art Gallery, will moderate a panel of alumni arts professionals who will discuss how their educational experiences at UC Santa Cruz helped inspire their exceptional careers.


3/6/15- P L a N E T S

In conjunction with Tom Franco Co-Lab, the Porter Sesnon Art Gallery at UCSC presents a FREE multimedia outdoor concert with P L a N E T S. This theatrical psych rock band with Porter College alumnus Adam Cotton comes to perform at UC Santa Cruz, with 4D performances, dancers, projections and shadow puppetry.


2/26/15- TOM FRANCO CO-LAB: Dorian Cohen's Mixed Media Mixer

Sesnon Gallery presents a line-up of musical acts, live painters and videographers. Dorian Cohen's MIXED MEDIA MIXER is a superb exposé of music, video, photography painters, foodies and performance artists. The Mixed Media Mixer started as monthly event at the Firehouse Art Collective with the goal of bringing artists across many platforms together with the intention of collaboration.


2/5/15 - 3/13/15- Tom Franco

Alumnus Tom Franco brings his collaborative art culture to UC Santa Cruz.


1/22/15- Dan Welden

Dan Welden, master printmaker and painter, and one of the original 'Pioneers of Alternative Printmaking," has had more than 77 international solo exhibitions. He has been the recipient of residencies and grants, bringing his art and process around the world to all continents.  He has collaborated with and /or printed for many prominent artists including Willem and Elaine de Kooning, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Robert Motherwell, and Kurt Vonnegut.  Welden is responsible for the discovery and development of the Solarplate process and is co-author of Printmaking in the Sun.


1/21/15- Sam Contis

New Photography: Lecture Series . Sam Contis


1/14/15- Lara Shipley

New Photography: Lecture Series . Lara Shipley . Rural Identity and Desire. Photographer, writer and bookmaker,  Lara Shipley, makes work about people and their relationship with the out-of-the-way places they call home. Two recent bodies of work, Coming, Going and Staying and Devil’s Promenade, focus on continued effort to maintain rooted in rural America. In the face of a changing economic landscape and dwindling opportunities rural communities have seen a mass exodus in the past century. Shipley takes an experimental approach to the documentary tradition in photography and storytelling, combining personal narrative, folkloric tradition and local history to look at the evolving culture of those who have remained.


12/10/14- Ian Horswill

Conflict, Anxiety, and Hesitation in Virtual Characters. Ian will also discuss some of the work he has done at Northwestern University with interdisciplinary art and technology curricula.  In particular, he will talk about experiences with the Animate Arts Program, a joint program of Northwestern’s Schools of Communication, Engineering, Music, and Arts and Sciences.  Animate Arts features a team-taught core curriculum loosely inspired by the Bauhaus’ foundations course (Vorkurs).


12/9/14- Russel Crotty

For over 25 years, Russell Crotty has created and exhibited a large body of art work, manifested in globes, drawings and books. His art has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is owned by private collectors, museums and public collections. In his practice, he explores the things he loves most: amateur astronomy, the natural world and surfing.


11/6/14- Guillermo Gomez-Pena

Imaginary Activism: The role of the artist beyond the art world. A brand new spoken-word monologue performance by Guillermo Gomez-Pena.


10/23/14- Beehive Collective

Sucked Dry: Examining drought and privatization from California to Mesoamerica. California is in the midst of a historical drought, the most severe the region has had in the last 500 years. This water crisis has devastated resources, with several communities facing the prospect of running dry. A number of projects advocating infrastructure development such as the BDCP and Prop 1 have been proposed as solutions for the state, but are they truly in the interests for all? What are their impacts to our drying rivers and reservoirs? Fisheries and communities? Drawing inspiration from struggles against large-scale infrastructure projects throughout MesoAmerica, the Bees will take you on a visual journey touching on the local and the global struggle for control and protection of water. We will also be introducing a *brand new graphic* (still in draft form) that deals specifically with the fight to stop the Tunnel project that threatens the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.


10/16/14- Chris Fraser

Using the camera obscura as a point of departure, Chris Fraser pursues an experience of light that engages the unseen in everyday phenomena. With a small set of simple tools, he makes room for curiosity, inviting viewers to speculate about the nature of the world and their relationship to it. Chris received a BA in history from the University of California, Davis and an MFA in studio art from Mills College. His work has been exhibited at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Vitra Design Museum, Disjecta, Highlight Gallery, and the Palazzo Bembo as part of the 55th Venice Biennale. Chris is a recipient of the Jay DeFeo Prize and was recently awarded a Eureka Fellowship by the Fleishhacker Foundation.


5/28/14- Yeohyun Kwon

Visiting Artist Kwon Yeo Hyun from Kookmin University in Seoul to Screen his New Film!


5/15/14- Ananda Day Cavalli


5/21/14- Ala Ebtakar

Ala Ebtekar is an American-based visual artist who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ebtekar is known primarily for his work in painting, drawing, and installation that explores the juncture between history and myth, forging a multi-faceted project that melds Persian mythology, science, philosophy and pop culture together. Ebtakar attended the San Francisco Art Institute and got his MFA at Stanford, has taught at Stanford and UC Berkeley, and shown his work in the Bay Area (Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Asian Art Museum, etc.) and around the world.


4/28/14- Julie Heffernan

UC Santa Cruz alumna Julie Heffernan’s work explores mind’s eye imagery to create complex environments that address climate change, environmental degradation and human folly. She has been exhibiting her paintings nationally and internationally since 1988 and is currently represented by PPOW Gallery in New York City, Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco, CA; and Mark Moore Gallery in Los Angeles, CA. Heffernan is a member of the National Academy Museum in New York, and was the 2009 Guest Artist at Brooklyn Academy of Music, the 2010 Commencement Speaker at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the Clive Distinguished Artist Lecturer at the San Francisco Art Institute. In 2011-14 she had solo exhibitions at 9 museums and galleries including The Crocker Museum in Sacramento, Michael Haas Gallery in Berlin, The Oklahoma City Museum of Art, PPOW GALLERY in New York, and Megumi Ogita Gallery in Tokyo. She has received a number of grants and fellowships over the years including a MacDowell Fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (NYFA), a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and a Fulbright-Hayes Grant to West Berlin. Heffernan is a Professor of Fine Arts at Montclair State University in New Jersey.


4/16/14- Geoffrey Thomas

Celebrating Alterity: Imagining Other Worlds. Geoffrey Thomas has worked as a programmer, interaction designer, and university professor. He has trained in the fields of fine art, animation, and multimedia. His work has been exhibited and screened at Siggraph 2002, File2003, Select Media Festival, Kunst Aus Strom, Popcorn Incident, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, Chiangmai First New Media Art Festival and featured online at ArtMedia2002,,,, and


3/31/14- Ruth Pelzer-Montada

Visiting artist Ruth Pelzer-Montada, PhD, will present "Print (Theory) Matters." Ruth is an artist and a senior lecturer at the School of Art at Edinburgh College of Art, The University of Edinburgh.


3/12/14- Rian Dundon

Rian Dundon (b. 1980) is a photographer living in Oakland, California. His work has appeared in TIME, Newsweek and The New York Times, among other publications, and has been exhibited in Beijing, London, Siem Reap and New York. Rian is a graduate of the Social Documentation masters program at UC Santa Cruz and is honored to have lectured or taught courses in photography at UCSC, The International Center of Photography, New York University and the San Francisco Art Institute. His first monograph, Changsha, is a record of the 6 years he lived and worked in Mainland China.


3/11/14- David Dunn

David is a specialist in sound engineering and design and will be giving a sample class and lecture. Sample Class: Communication Within the Soundscape:  Sound, Technology, and the Non-human World. Sample Lecture: Microphone Theory for Sound Design (with an emphasis on location/field recording and DIY).


3/11/14- Enrique Leal

This presentation by Enrique Leal will focus on the progressively inclusive and interdisciplinary practices of print media that privilege correspondences between the procedural, material and metaphorical knowledge of visual production. Enrique Leal is an Associate Professor (PhD) at the Facultad de Bellas Artes de Cuenca, Universidad de Castilla La Mancha, Spain, and has lectured at universities in Europe, United States and Brazil. He has received fellowships to the Spanish Academy in Rome, Akademie der Bildenden Künste of Munich and Rutgers Center of Innovative Print and Paper (Brodsky Center). Public and corporate collections that hold his work include New York Public Library, Menil Collection, Calcografía Nacional Madrid, Bibliotheque Nationale Paris, Merril Lynch, Madrid.


3/10/14- Newton and Helen Harrison

Professors Emeriti Helen and Newton Harrison of the Art Department have each been appointed to five-year terms as Arts Dean's Visiting Eminent Professors.  They were selected for their outstanding research contributions.  Eminent Professors are senior faculty who have demonstrated unusual academic merit, possess international reputations, and show high promise for future scholarly achievement.  They bring distinction to the Arts at UC Santa Cruz.  In addition to the title, each appointment comes with a monetary award to support faculty research.


2/28/14- Lorelei Pepi

Lorelei Pepi is an internationally award-winning independent animation filmmaker. Her work engages with issues of political and historical representation, the sexual body and the LGBT identity. Tools and methods are selected for the power of their relationship to each individual project, and are expressive through experimental, traditional, analog and digital means. She is nearing the end of production on her most current film, Happy and Gay, a “revisionist history” 1930’s b&w cartoon musical about representation, censorship and homophobia. She received her MFA from California Institute of the Arts and her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. Her work has screened competitively at international festivals such as Sundance, Rotterdam International, Oberhausen, Annecy, Holland Animation, Ottawa Animation Festival, SXSW and Ann Arbor. Fellowships and residencies include the MacDowell Colony and Harvard Film Studies Center Fellowship, and grants include the LEF Moving Image Fund and the Rhode Island School of Design Development Grant.


2/27/14- Tom Erbe

Tom is a specialist in computer music research, sound design, audio engineering, and software design and will give a sample class and lecture.  Sample Class:"Convolution Processing for Sound Design and Computer Music." Sample Lecture:"Recent Research: Extending the Reverb Algorithm."


2/21/14- Susana Ruiz

In this talk sponsored by the Arts Division and Film & Digital Media, Ruiz will present a collection of her work as a theorist-practitioner working at the intersection of game design, documentary, anti-oppression theory, and social justice activism. A set of these projects represents her work with the design collective she co-founded, Take Action Games (TAG). In partnership with not-for-profit entities, documentary filmmakers, and non-governmental organizations, TAG implements design practice to create game-centric interventions that extend its partners’ existing efforts and methods to effect social change. These collaborations have revealed lessons about research and production methods that are adaptive, eclectic, reflective, and critical yet also practical and amenable to a range of contract-based and semi-commercial studio contexts. Drawing from a range of domains such as Theatre of the Oppressed, non-fiction storytelling, and emerging concepts and practices of transmedia and worldbuilding, she will argue for the transformative potential of collaborative mediamaking that synthesizes diverse disciplines in order to not only tackle complex and emotionally-charged issues, but also move culture toward social equity and a participatory ethic.


2/19/14- Dr Aristea Fotopoulou

OpenLab invites Dr. Fotopoulou to present Climbing Godzilla with Fitbit: assessing media coverage and the user interface. Aristea works at the intersections of media & cultural studies with science & technologies studies. She has written about digital networks and feminism, and recently, on information politics, knowledge production, and digital engagement. She currently explores practices of data sharing and algorithmic living (Project Tracking biodata: sharing and ownership, She also works in the EU-funded project EPINET, a technological assessment of new emerging technologies, such as wearable sensors, with focus on media and digital culture.


2/12/14- Raquel Cool

Artist and former egg donor Raquel Cool discusses grey areas and murky contradictions in the medical market for human eggs. DECONTEXTUALIZING MOTHERHOOD explores maternal identity as it intersects with biological heritage, commerce, and the shifting landscape of assisted reproductive technologies. With humor and reverence, her work explores personal narratives of the women who supply the transnational human egg trade.


2/5/14- Kwon Yeo Hyun

Visiting Artist: Kwon Yeo Hyun exhibition OPHELIA IN THE FOREST (MACGUFFIN DESIRE 2) Visiting Artist Kwon Yeo Hyun from Kookmin University in Seoul is UC Santa Cruz Art Department's Artist-in-Residence 2013-2014. His work will be on exhibition in the Porter Faculty Gallery February 5-March 15, 2014.  Screening and Reception: February 26, 3:30-6:00pm:  screening and discussion: 3:30-5:00pm with reception:  5:00-6:00pm.


1/28/14- Alexandra Emberley

Visual artist, printmaker and researcher Alexandra Emberley will give a presentation on her recent project “Fur Stories [you are not wild enough for me]”, a multi-disciplinary installation of print-media, textile work, sculpture and video. Her presentation will focus on the interaction of matter and story in the development of her practice and an ongoing interest in how images foster emergent encounters and new perceptions of the familiar. A multi-disciplinary artist working in print, drawing new media, textiles & installation, Alexandra Emberley recently installed her MFA exhibition “Fur Stories [you are not wild enough for me]” at the University of Alberta. Alexandra has led courses at Art & Design Universities across Canada in printmaking, drawing, visual culture and lm studies. She has participated in residencies at the Ban Centre for Fine Arts and in the Klosters Bentlage print studio in Germany. Her projects have received funding through the Nova Scotia CCH Council and HRM Open Projects. This past year her project The Fur Suite was exhibited in the Biennale Internationale d’Estampe Contemporaine de Trois-Rivière and at the Impact8 Printmaking conference in Dundee, Scotland.

1/14/14- Peter Simensky

Simensky’s varied, process-oriented practice demonstrates interest in the art object as trigger and emblem for forms of exchange. Situated in moments of slippage and interchange, his projects evidence the volatility of art objects, which are on one level, cash with which to trade and invest, and on the other, art—the mysterious objectication of reection, imagination, desire, and promise. Peter Simensky’s work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Museum 52, NY, The Swiss Institute, NY, and Project Row Houses, Houston. Simensky’s project Gold Dust currently can be found in Cabinet Magazine Issue # 50, Money.


1/7/14- Erika Adams

Visiting Artist Erika Adams to present "The Desire for Meaning in Phenomena" Stories Unlimited: Layered Meanings and Process. Visiting artist Erika Adams’ studio practice focuses on the exploration of locating the self within a larger context- particularly within social networks, family, and community. The images and installations she creates have a sense of those social relationships and are inspired by insect societies, flocks of birds, wrestlers, her familial vernacular, poetry and everyday interactions. Erika Adams earned a BA in both Art and Anthropology from UC Santa Cruz, an MFA from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque and studied at the Tamarind Institute where she became a Master Printer. Adams’ work has been shown at numerous national and international exhibitions. She was an artist in residence at the Hall Farm Center for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center, Frans Masereel Center in Belgium, Penland School of Craft, and Djerassi.


10/18/13- Xiang Silou

Xiang Silou is a professor at the Fine Arts Institute of Sichuan Normal University in Chengdu, Sichuan, where he researches and creates his remarkable black-and-white woodblock prints. Currently his art focuses on the complex contours of human faces, using an approach that also informs his landscape printing. His woodblock prints feature human faces writ large, such that every aspect of the face, from its wrinkles to its multiple expressions, is carved with exquisite craftsmanship and minute detail.  His carving is skillful and vigorous, with rich shifting tones visible in each line and space. Gauging the subtle relationships between the black-and-white lines and the style of his knife-work, one sees the depth of his artistic practice and vision, and the powerful capacity of his hand and wrist. 


11/1/13- Kwon Yeo Hyun

Visiting Artist Kwon Yeo Hyun from Kookmin University in Seoul is UCSC Art department Artist-in-Residence for 2013-2014. Kwon is a professor of art at the Kookmin University in Seoul, Korea where he is teaching painting and installation.  Professor Kwon, who has an MFA from Seoul National University, is a highly acclaimed Korean artist whose work has been exhibited internationally in 32 solo exhibitions and more than 350 group exhibitions.  He works in a great variety of formats, including painting, drawing, photography, film, installation and performance. Professor Kwon has been working on themes of the “human ego” based on Freudian psychoanalytic theory of the unconscious and Lacan’s “mirror phase.” He is currently completing a short film using two-dimensional art pieces to show the function of the Hitchcockian MacGuffin as adopted by Slavoj Zizek.  At UCSC, Kwon wishes to create a new body of paintings and drawings.  He intends to continue producing his new short film series “Net Hunter,” based on his point of view about the collision between oriental thought and the ideas of western science, logic and philosophy.  For this project, he envisions enlisting the participation of UCSC students.


5/13/13- Michael Hilsman

Michael Hilsman, a UC Santa Cruz alumni 2006, received his MFA from Hunter College in 2012. His work has been included in numerous periodicals including Modern Painters, The Huffington Post, The Village Voice, Le Point (France), The New York Times, Arte Mondadori (Italy), New American Paintings, and The Boston Globe. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, including solo shows in Turin, Italy, and New York. He has published art criticism including a catalogue essay for the exhibition “The Power of the Ornament,” at the Belvedere Museum, Vienna, and is an adjunct faculty member at Beaconhouse National University, Lahore, Pakistan. In 2013 his work will be included in the forthcoming book published by Thames and Hudson, Nature Morte: Contemporary Artists Reinvigorate the Still Life, will have a solo exhibition at Galerie Sebastien Bertrand in Geneva, Switzerland.



11/27/12- Igor Vamos

Igor Vamos is a media artist and culture jammer living and working in New York. Vamos is well-known for his collaborative public art projects such as the Barbie Liberation Organization and the Center For Land Use Interpretation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the increase and dissemination of knowledge about the nature of human interaction with the Earth. Currently, Vamos is teaching at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


11/20/12- Ricardo Dominguez

Ricardo Dominguez is a co-founder of The Electronic Disturbance Theater (EDT), a group who developed Virtual-Sit-In technologies in 1998 in solidarity with the Zapatista communities in Chiapas, Mexico. He is co-Director of Thing ( an ISP for artists and activists. His recent Electronic Disturbance Theater project with Brett Stabaum, Micha Cardenas and Amy Sara Carroll the *Transborder Immigrant Tool* (a GPS cellphone safety net tool for crossing the Mexico/U.S border was the winner of "Transnational Communities Award", this award was funded by *Cultural Contact*, Endowment for Culture Mexico - U.S. and handed out by the U.S. Embassy in Mexico), also funded by CALIT2 and two Transborder Awards from the UCSD Center for the Humanities. Ricardo is an Associate Professor at UCSD in the Visual Arts Department, a Hellman Fellow, and Principal/Principle Investigator at CALIT2 ( He also co-founder of *particle group* with artists Diane Ludin, Nina Waisman, Amy Sara Carroll a gesture about nanotechnology entitled *Particles of Interest: Tales of the Matter Market* ( that was presented in Berlin (2007), the San Diego Museum of Art (2008), Oi Futuro, and FILE festivals in Brazil (2008). Find a recent video: (nano_Garage(s): Speculations about (Open Fabbing)


11/13/12- Natalie Bookchin

Natalie Bookchin's videos and installations explore new forms of documentary on subjects ranging from globalization, isolation and mass connectivity, to labor, technology, and online DIY dance videos. She is currently at work on a participatory documentary composed of intersecting video diaries made by people in the United States hit hardest by the recession and its aftermath, as well as on a multichannel video installation about the mass online retelling and unfolding of the Trayvon Martin case.


10/30/12- A. Laurie Palmer

A. Laurie Palmer is an artist, writer, and teacher. Her work is concerned, most immediately, with resistance to privatization, and more generally, with theoretical and material explorations of matter’s active nature as it asserts itself on different scales and in different speeds. Her work takes various forms as sculpture, installation, public projects, and writing. Most recently, she has pursued an extended exploration of mineral extraction sites in the U.S. (Eating the Earth). Palmer has shown her work, both independently and with the four-person art collective Haha, at national and international venues since 1988, and published writing since 1986. In 2008, WhiteWalls Press published With Love from Haha documenting twenty years of Haha’s site-based work (distributed by University of Chicago Press). Palmer teaches in the Sculpture Department at the Art Institute of Chicago.


1/31/11-Eleanor Gates-Stuart  

Eleanor is an honorary Research Professor at the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) having successfully completed an International Residency at UCSC and exhibition of her 'Finger Codes' Collection.  Currently, Eleanor is the Science Art Fellow at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) - Australia's premier scientific research and technology organisation. She has also been awarded the Centenary of Canberra Science Art Commission that is supported by the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government and the Australian Government.



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2009 and prior VISITING ARTISTS:




The Visiting Artists Program (VAP) at UCSC hosts public presentations by artists each year in lectures, symposia, performances and screenings as well as studio art courses taught by a Visiting Artists in Residence twice a year. It is a diverse program that showcases artists working in all media including sound, video, performance, painting, sculpture, print media and photography, in addition to the work of curators and art critics.

The primary mission of the Visiting Artists Program is to educate and foster a greater understanding and appreciation of contemporary art through discourse. VAP curates a theme-based lecture series, “Issues and Artists” each winter quarter, hosting visiting artists on a weekly basis. In curating programs for the course, VAP maintains a commitment to ethnic and gender diversity that supports socially engaged and theoretically informed aesthetic dialogue.

The Visiting Artists in Residence Program invites an art professional for a 10-week residency during fall and spring quarters. During the residency the artists teach two unique and originally-themed courses, enabling students to work collaboratively with the visiting artists. These courses are designed by the artists and approved by the art department as a means to create a dynamic culture of community through active research within the studio art program at UCSC.

The Art Department, in collaboration, with the new Center for Art and Visual Studies, is committed to bringing national and international artists and curators to UCSC to teach, lecture and involve students in theories and practices surrounding current and shifting topics of interest within the art world. The lectures are free and open to the public.