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  •  Art Historians, Morris and Pappas presenting at this year's CAA 103rd Annual Conference in New York

    Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015

    Associate Professors Andrea Pappas and Kate Morris will be presenting at this year's CAA 103rd Annual Conference in New York.  Pappas is on the Education Committee Learning to Teach and Teaching to Learn: Developing a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning for Art History and will be presenting on February 11th on her paper on "What Difference Does It Make?" 

    Read more: SoTL: What Difference Does It Make?

    Morris is the Chair of Indigenous Contemporary Art and will be presenting her paper on February 12th on "Stepping Out: Kent Monkman's Performative Landscape."

    Read more: Indigenous Contemporary Art: Stepping Out: Kent Monkman's Performative Landscape

  •  Sam Hernandez: Sculptures and Paintings

    Friday, Jan. 16, 2015

    The Alex Bult Gallery celebrates the new year with a solo exhibition by artist Sam Hernandez entitled "Sculptures & Paintings." 14 years of work make up the show at the Bult Gallery. A grouping of works made of various woods and Thonet chairs (a kind of bentwood furniture) along side a series of paintings will be on display.

    Read more: Sam Hernandez Sculptures and Paintings

    Where: Alex Bult Gallery
    1114 31st Street
    Suite B
    (916) 476-5540

    When: Jan 8 - Feb 7, 2015
    Tuesday - Saturday

    Cost: Free

    For more information:

  •  Tobias Wofford Leads Student Curated Exhibition

    Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014

    Assistant Professor Tobias Wofford was featured in the November 6, 2014 fyi Faculty and Staff Newsletter as the organizer of a student curated exhibition. In the Spring of 2014 Tobias taught a Special Topics course in Exhibiting Contemporary Art.  The fourteen Art History students enrolled gained hands-on experience by curating a professional-level exhibition of contemporary art.  By using the collection of a prominent Bay Area collector Charles J. Betlach II, the result is an art exhibit titled "Interrupting Entropy: Selections from the Betlach Collection," which will be on view until February 27, 2015 in the 3rd floor gallery of Santa Clara University's Harrington Learning Commons Library. This group also put together a catalog that was published in conjunction with the exhibition Interrupting Entropy: Selections From the Betlach Collection. 

    Congratulations to the editors Marina MacLatchie Gina Marioni, Gina Pasquali and Tobias Wofford, the designer of the catalog Sierra-Ashley Caragan and to the contributers Gregory Ackerman, Hannah Baker, Ashley Hemstreet, Marina MacLatchie, Gina Marioni, Kimberley Martinez, Samantha Nelson, Nicole Ouellette, Gina Parise, Gina Pasquali, Kathleen Peairs, Madeline Reo, Celia Schaefer, Ryan Tsao and Tobias Wofford.

    For more information read more on the Betlach Collection.

  •  Studio Art Major Placed 10th in Ironman World Championship

    Monday, Oct. 13, 2014

    Our very own Alex Rossetti, a Studio Art Major competed in the Iron Man World Championship in Kona, HI this pass weekend and placed 10th in the Men's 18-24 aged division and was the first American of that group to finish. Rossetti completed the race in just under 10 hours. The Iron Man competition consists of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and 26.2 mile run. This was Rossetti's 2nd Iron Man and Kona debut.  Overall, Rossetti placed 391st, 80 of those ahead were professionals. Rossetti is also a member of the Triathalon Club at Santa Clara University.  Congratulations Alex Rossetti on your amazing accomplishment!

  •  Tobias Wofford highlighted as Noteworthy Professor

    Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014

    15 noteworthy professors in San Francisco were highlighted in The Art Career Project in their October 6, 2014 newsletter, two were from Santa Clara University.  One of them is our very own art historian Tobias Wofford.  Tobias has been teaching African-American Art for a little more than two years in the Department of Art and Art History.  He has already made an big impact in the department and in the eyes of students. The other noteworthy professor is Karyn Lee Connell, Ballet and Dance Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance.  Read more about the 15 Noteworthy Professors in San Francisco.

  •  Grand Prize Solo Exhibition goes to Kathy Aoki

    Tuesday, Sep. 9, 2014

    Anne Collins Goodyear, co-director of the Bowdoin Museum and former associate curator of prints and drawings at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery and the juror for the 10th Annual National Print Competition, "Pushing Boundaries/Expanding Horizon" selected our very own SCU studio art faculty Kathy Aoki as an artist deserving a solo exhibition. Kathy's work will be on display at The Janet Turner Print Museum at California State Univeristy in Chico, CA from January 26 - February 21, 2015.

    Artist Presentation: Thursday, January 29 @ 5:30pm
    Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall
    Reception follows at The Turner

    For more information go to Exhibition Schedule 2014-15 Now at the Turner

    At the Manicurist
  •  Takeshi Moro Mentioned in Finnish Newspaper

    Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

    Takeshi Moro (Assistant Professor in Photography) was mentioned in the Finnish newspaper Aamulehti.  He has been selected to be one of the artist-in-residents at Serlachius Residency for 2015.

    Last spring Mänttä established Serlachius residency is selected first guests . Guest working period starts in January 2015. Serlachius museums and Mäntän Art Festival, a common residency were a total of 50 applications. Applications for less than half of which came from foreign artists, of whom the residency was eight. Among them are Mänttä reception of asylum seekers center of life in the past described the photographic artist Takeshi Moro. This time, he will be the composer Nathan Kelly to take Mänttä karaoke project. In the first year in residence will visit more than 20 artists, artist pair, group or researchers. Most of the guests are artists.

  •  Kelly Detweiler mentioned in the HuffPost Arts & Culture

    Friday, Aug. 8, 2014

    Is De-Skilling Killing Your Arts Education?

    An article written by F. Scott Hess, Artist & Associate Professor at Laguna College of Art & Design talks about his experience as an art student.  Here Kelly Detweiler, a painter in the Department of Art and Art History at Santa Clara University comments on his experience as an artist.

    For more information on this article go to Is De-Skilling Killing Your Arts Education?

  •  2014 End of the Year BBQ & Awards Ceremony

    Wednesday, Jun. 11, 2014

    On Thursday, June 5 the Department of Art and Art History hosted their annual BBQ and Awards Ceremony in the sculpture yard at the Fine Arts building.  All majors and minors were invited to join this social gathering with faculty and staff in the department.  The Juried Art Show and the Art History Research Paper Prize winners were announced.  It was a successful and fun event and what a great turn out!  Thanks to all of our majors and minors for coming, but mostly many thanks to all the faculty, staff and student workers for their help in preparing for this event.

    Congratulations to the 2014 award winners!

    Art History Awards
    Justina Salinas - Recieved recognition for the designing of the Art and Art History Department brochure
    Katie Peairs - Art History Research Paper Prize "Why Have There Been No Great Women Comic-Book Artist?"
    Marina MacLatchie - Recognition for representing SCU at the Bay Area Undergraduate Research Symposium at the de Young Museum
    Samira Almendras - Best Presentation at the 2014 SCU Art History Student Research Symposium

    Studio Art Awards
    Stefania Gueorguieva - Benson Memorial Center Purchase "Shaman"
    Kyra Sjarif - Benson Memorial Center Purchase "Native Informant"
    Briar Wren - Benson Memoria Center Purchase "Self-Portrait"
    Natalie Kelly - Best in Show "Dream Big"
    Stefania Gueorguieva - Painting Award "Shaman"
    Marvin Garcia - Sculpture Award "Bird Mask"
    Ian Teraoka - Photography Award "Ginza Streets"
    Tess Cooper - Ceramics Award "Betrayal"
    Kate Yanish - Printmaking Award "Pussy Riot"
    Malu Veltze - Digital Media Award "Dreams"
    Crystal Au - Mixed Media Award "Seun Tea Cups"
    Eva Bray - Watercolor Award "Iris Barbudo/Blowing Kisses"
    Julio Luna - Juror's Choice "Headhunter"

    Fellowships & Scholarships
    Helena Alfajora - CIVA Summer 2014 Fellowship
    Tess Cooper - CIVA Summer 2014 Fellowship
    Marvin Garcia - CIVA Summer 2014 Fellowship
    Ashley Hemstreet - CIVA Summer 2014 Fellowship
    Grace Ogihara - CIVA Summer 2014 Fellowship
    Marina MacLatchie - CIVA Summer 2014 Fellowship
    Briar Wren - Brooks Fellowship; A scholarship of tuition, room & board, and meals to attend a Summer 2014 workshop at the Anderson Ranch Art Center
    Olivia Siverts - Mary F. Sullivan and Gerald P. Sullivan, S.J. Scholarship
    Tess Cooper - Mary F. Sullivan and Gerald P. Sullivan, S.J. Scholarship
    Acacia Briggs - Mary F. Sullivan and Gerald P. Sullivan, S.J. Scholarship

  •  Rank and Tenure Promotion News

    Monday, Apr. 28, 2014

    We have two faculty in the Department of Art and Art History who received rank and tenure promotions.  Let us congratulate Don Fritz, a studio art faculty in Ceramic Sculpture who was awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor in 2013 and Kathleen Maxwell, an art historian in Byzantine Studies and Medieval Art who recently was promoted to the rank of full professor effective in the Fall 2014.  Kathleen also recently published her new book Between Constantinople and Rome this year.

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