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Dee Hibbert-Jones


Art (Sculpture / Public Art)
Associate Dean, Research, Exhibition and Engagement
Affiliate faculty DANM, FDM, Legal studies
Founder, co-director Social Practice Research Center SPARC at UCSC

Dee Hibbert-Jones is an Academy Award nominated, Emmy® award winning filmmaker and internationally recognized artist. Her work incorporates animation, installation, public art and documentary film examining power and politics: how people manage and who gets heard. She explores diverse subjects from land use and wasted resources, to criminal justice and indigent rights: examining what is considered valuable and who is dismissed as valueless.

Hibbert-Jones is a Guggenheim Fellow. She was most recently awarded a United States Congressional Black Caucus Veterans Braintrust Award in recognition for her outstanding national commitment to civil rights, and social justice. The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University awarded Hibbert-Jones the 2015 Filmmaker Award with Nomi Talisman, the California Public Defenders Association awarded them both the 2016 Gideon Award for support to indigent minorities.

She teaches sculpture, public art and digital art new media, and advises in film and social documentary. Her short film, installation and new media projects have been exhibited worldwide in exhibitions, museums and festivals; broadcast internationally and shown on Netflix. Her most recent animated documentary film Last Day of Freedom (co-directed with Nomi Talisman) won Best Short Documentary at the International Documentary (IDA) Awards 2015, a Northern California Emmy 2016 and was nominated for an 88th Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject. The film screened internationally at over thirty international festivals and won eleven festival awards including: Best Short, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Best Short Documentary Hamptons International Film Festival, Golden Strands Award, Outstanding Documentary Short, Tall Grass KS, the 2015 Platinum Award Winner Spotlight Documentary Series, as well as the Award of Recognition at the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards and it was a CINE Eagle Award Documentary Short Finalist.

Hibbert-Jones’ work is in the collections of the Israeli Center for Digital Art, the Academy of Motion Picture Art and Sciences, the DeRosa Preserve, Stanford University, Bennington College , University of North Carolina, University of California, Santa Cruz, ArtsBlock UC Riverside, University of California, Berkeley , Duke University Library, Recology  Artist’s Collection and the Savidge Collection at the MacDowell Colony.

Education and Training: 
M.F.A., Mills College
M.A., Women's Studies, York University, England
M.A., (PGCE) Education, Durham University, England
B.A., Literature, London University, England
Digital Arts Research Center 221
Office Hours: 
Spring 2024: Wednesdays 2pm-3pm or by appt
Mailing Address: 

Art Department

Baskin Visual Arts

UC Santa Cruz

1156 High Street

Santa Cruz, 95064