The radical possibilities of a box

By Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson for Curbed Online Magazine

"Brigham became a minor celebrity during her lifetime—regularly contributing articles to popular magazines like Ladies’ Home Journal and displaying rooms of box furniture inside model homes and at international exhibitions—but like so many pioneering women, her contributions were left out of design histories. Now, a fresh account of Brigham’s life and work comes courtesy of Antoinette LaFarge, a professor of art at the University of California, Irvine. In her new book, Louise Brigham and the Early History of Sustainable Furniture Design, LaFarge writes of how “several prominent areas of contemporary design trace back to, or through, Brigham’s project: especially recycled-materials design, low-impact design, do-it-yourself design, multifunctional design, and modular design. Indeed,” LaFarge adds, “it would not be too much to call her a progenitor of the sustainable design movement.”

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Prof. Jennifer Pastor and two UCI Art Alumnae named 2020 Guggenheim Fellows

Jennifer Pastor, professor of art in the UCI Claire Trevor School of the Art’s department of art, is among the 175 writers, scholars, artists, and scientists awarded the 2020 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Guggenheim Fellowships. In addition, two UCI Art alumnae Rheim Alkadhi (M.F.A. ’99), a visual artist from Berlin, Germany, and Stacy Kranitz (M.F.A. ’14), a photographer from Smithville, Tennessee, have been named.

The fellows were appointed based on prior achievement and exceptional promise through a rigorous peer-review process. In the Foundation’s 96th competition, over 3,000 applicants came from 53 scholarly disciplines and artistic fields, 78 different academic institutions, 31 states and the District of

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The Artists

By M.H. Miller for New York Times Style Magazine

"For decades, the art world ignored artists of color — an institutional neglect it’s now trying to correct. But in the 1960s and ’70s, in Los Angeles and New York, three galleries led the way in showing the work of black artists, many of whom are now among the most influential of our time...

The first major gallery run by and for black artists was Brockman Gallery, founded in 1967 by two artist brothers, Alonzo Davis and Dale Brockman Davis, in Los Angeles’s Leimert Park neighborhood. As the historian Kellie Jones notes in her 2017 study, “South of Pico: African American Artists in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s,” storefront space was easy to come by in the wake of the Watts rebellion, a series of riots that took place in August 1965 in predominantly black Los Angeles communities. The Davis brothers overcame difficult odds to run their own business, having grown up in the Jim Crow South, where being an

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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.



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Have a 3D Printer? You Can Use It to Make Face Shields for Medical Workers

Excerpts published by the, April, 3, 2020

Hospitals, universities, and other centers of research are looking into ways to produce face shields at a massive scale. A team at MIT, for example, has developed a die-cutting process that can produce thousands of face shields an hour on a single machine. The Massachusetts General Brigham Center for COVID Innovation is investigating die cutting and 3D printing, according to co-director Gary Tearney. Jesse Colin Jackson, an assistant professor at University of California Irvine who is making face shields for UCI Health, is also using laser cutters.

If you already have a 3D printer at home and want to print face shields, the first thing you should do is find and join a local effort (try searching for news articles or visiting Prusa Research’s database of volunteer teams) that knows which hospitals are accepting face shields. Operating through an organization reduces the strain on hospitals,

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Experimentation. Reflection. Wild ensembles. Photos show 5 L.A. artists working under quarantine

Painter Monica Majoli’s latest series captures the blissful ecstasies of living as an epidemic looms on the horizon. Titled “Blueboys,” her alluring white-line woodcuts are inspired by the 1970s gay porn magazine of the same name, expressions of ebullient male sexuality before HIV/AIDS was part of the social equation.

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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 seems that now is the time when we need to rely on our people, and we are lucky to have the incredible connection of people through the UCI Arts community. Connection can be a phone call, a virtual meeting, a solo performance, a shared piece of art, or a fun social media post. It means staying connected in a virtual world during this period of isolation.

This week the Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) launched #UCIArtsAnywhere, a social media campaign responding to restrictions and changes in the face of COVID-19. The goal is to keep our UCI Arts community connected and to share the ongoing creative and academic work happening at CTSA.

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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 developing circumstances in order to protect our students, staff, faculty, patrons, and the world-class academic and creative work we do at CTSA.

Below are some courses of action we are currently implementing;

  • All CTSA courses will be taught online for the spring quarter; including studio, laboratory, seminar, and larger classes.
  • All performances, exhibitions, and events have been postponed, canceled, or will be reimagined in virtual ways.
  • All CTSA staff and faculty are working remotely, for the next few weeks or until further notice.

Even though our efforts are temporarily shifting to a remote and digital platform, our community of

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COVID-19 Update | Spring Quarter Arts Events

March 12, 2020

While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at UCI at this time, the greatest priority at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) is the health and well-being of our students, faculty, audiences, and staff. CTSA is taking all appropriate precautions as it monitors the public health concerns with campus leaders and in collaboration with the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA).

In keeping with the decision released by UCI, attendance at all CTSA productions for the Spring 2020 quarter will be audience-free.

If you have purchased a ticket through our box office, you will receive an email shortly with instructions to receive a refund or to donate your ticket purchase.

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Anteaters in the Arts: David Torres


“My Son, I will eternally miss you, you have left a void in our lives that the Pacific Ocean could not fill.”
— Ricardo Torres


The Claire Trevor School of the Arts community is heartbroken by the passing of recent Department of Art undergraduate David Andrew Torres (B.A. Honors ’19). Torres first joined UCI Art in 2017 after transferring from Mt. San Antonio College. He was an interdisciplinary artist developing works through several different mediums including performance, painting, sculpture, and video. After his first year, Torres was accepted into the Honors Program, where he continued to develop his work. UCI was, for Torres, an excellent place to expand his skills as an artist as he continued his pursuit of graduate school and obtaining his Masters in Art.

Torres was an advocate and member of the LGBTQ+ community and delved into his heritage, socioeconomic

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Meet LA’s Art Community: Linda Stark Likes the “Challenge of Resurrecting a Bankrupt Image”

HYPERALLERGIC's Meet LA’s Art Community: An interview series spotlighting some of the great work coming out of Los Angeles. Hear directly from artists, curators, and art workers about their current projects and personal quirks.

In the 16th installment of the series, writer Elisa Wouk Almino interviews alumna Linda Stark, MFA '85.


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Citizen Artist: Christine Dianne Guiyangco

View the full pictorial in CONNECT, the quarterly magazine for UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts

Department of Art graduate student Christine Dianne Guiyangco (M.F.A. ’20) is a first-generation Filipino immigrant. Through her artwork, she explores the instabilities of migration and the ongoing colonial structures in the Philippines to examine the ideology of national identity. In her recent work (double you-double you)8 or WWVIII, Guiyangco uses the visual language of graphic novels to create familiar rhetoric that examines forms of nationalism, seen in the unfixed citizenships of colonial subjects.

The image above is an installation view of “Spa Day". The show was held Feb. 23 - Mar. 16, 2019, in the University Art Gallery and Room Gallery. The show included works by artists David Chen,

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An Experimental Stage: Morgan Embry

Written by Christine Byrd

In the few short months since graduating, Morgan Embry, M.F.A. ’19, has criss-crossed the country as a lighting designer for live music concerts. When she has time to spend in one place, it’s usually Los Angeles, where she’s busy showcasing her immersive art installations and — alongside a team that included other UCI graduates — winning the grand prize at the first Los Angeles Immersive Invitational.

Embry discovered and honed her talent as a lighting designer while earning her master’s degree at UCI, where she worked almost constantly in the state-of-the-art Experimental Media Performance Lab (xMPL) in the Contemporary Arts Center.
“UCI gave me confidence to pursue what I wanted to do,” Embry says. “It was the nature and design of xMPL, and the sheer amount of technology available, that allowed me to create live immersive experiences, which I realized I really had a knack for.”

Built in the style of a

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Student Research: Corey Cao Nguyen

New Tools for School

Students at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts explore the human experience through a variety of creative avenues by using skills as classically trained fine artists, but also through emerging technology and media. Students from all four departments have access to a range of media that allows them to reshape how art is created and experienced. We asked a few students who are utilizing these tools and spaces to share with us.

For this article, we interviewed Corey Cao Nguyen from the Department of Art.

Corey Cao Nguyen

Department of Art
B.A., Film and Media Studies (Humanities), Minor in Digital Filmmaking
Anticipated graduation, Spring 2020

Career Goals: "I hope to continue my work as a cinematographer. I want to

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