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  •  Marina MacLatchie representing SCU at the de Young Symposium

    Wednesday, Apr. 9, 2014

    Our very own Marina MacLatchie, an Art History major, will be representing SCU at the 2014 Bay Area Undergraduate Art History Research Symposium at the de Young Museum in San Francisco on Saturday, April 12. 

    For more information go to

  •  Former Art History major highlighted in the online Art Journal Modern Art Asia

    Tuesday, Mar. 11, 2014
    The Department of Art & Art History is thrilled to announce the publication of Sandy Lin's essay "Chen Jin: Bodies Blurring Boundaries" in the online art journal Modern Art Asia, which features articles by graduate students and early career researchers (typically PhD students). Sandy's essay, based on her senior thesis, appears in issue 17, dedicated to "Unsettling Bodies: Beauty and Ideology in Asian Art."

  •  The Story Behind Santa Clara Alum's $12M Art and Art History Donation

    Monday, Feb. 10, 2014

    Edward M. Dowd was recently interviewed by NBC regarding his pledged of twelve million dollars to help build a new Art and Art History building on campus.

  •  Art and Art History Building Gift Announcement

    Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014

    $12 Million Gift from Real Estate Investor Ed Dowd Advances the Role of Arts in Education at Santa Clara University.  Check out more information on the press release at

  •  Pancho Jimenez work highlighted in the Mercury News

    Monday, Dec. 9, 2013

    The next time you are in downtown San Jose, check out the San Jose Museum of Art where Pancho Jimenez and Rory Fukuda created a redwood planter box as part of the "Around the Table" exhibition. When "Around the Table closes in April, the planter will be sold to support Valley Verde's home-garden program. Read more about Sal Pizarro's article on "There's something good growing at the San Jose Museum of Art".

  •  Kelly Detweiler at the John Natsoulas Center for Arts

    Monday, Nov. 11, 2013

    The Huffington Post recently interviewd Kelly Detweiler on his exhibit currently on display at the John Natsoulas Center for the Arts in Davis, California.

    See Kelly's work at the John Natsoulas Center for the Arts
    Opening Reception: Friday, November 8, 2013, 7pm
    521 First Street
    Davis, CA 95618

    Click on this link to read the whole story on the front page of the Arts and Culture in the Huffington Post:

  •  Retiring Sculptor Leaves SCU

    Friday, Oct. 18, 2013
    Sam's Swan Song Alumni Show

    To celebrate the years worked at SCU, Sam Hernandez will exhibit his last Swan Song Alumni show this Fall quarter. His student's work will consist of an exhibition of 37 years with pieces left behind as well as documentary photos that he has critiqued over the years.

    Sam's Swan Song Alumni Show
    Santa Clara University
    Fine Arts Gallery
    November 6 - December 6, 2013

    Artist's Reception
    Wednesday, November 6, 2013

  •  Hearst Grant Awarded to the Department of Art & Art History

    Friday, Oct. 18, 2013

    We have exciting news! The Department of Art and Art History has received a generous grant from the Hearst Foundation to support a variety of arts outreach programs over the next three to four years.  The Community Initiatives for the Visual Arts grant ("CIVA") focuses on funding five key areas: (1) summer fellowships for sudents who undertake internships at local arts organization (2) special projects, such as student curatorial activities or social justice courses; (3) more courses in the summer for OSHER members (4) purchasing art for the university (5) exploring opportunities with the Leavey School of Business for expanded course offerings, such as classes in museum studies and arts management.

    Check back on our blog for updates, announcements, and opportunities associated with this grant.

  •  Follow Laura Ruggles and two other SCU interns in Zambia

    Monday, Jul. 15, 2013

    Follow three Santa Clara University students on their journey through Zambia on behalf of Lifeline Energy and our Lifeline Taonga (LIFT) action research project for radio education. Laura Ruggles (student worker in the Department of Art & Art History), Jack Bird and Lynsey Palmer will be posting their experiences, impressions and findings online for six-weeks. Follow their blogs, tweets and instagram images during their first trip to Africa.

  •  End of the Year BBQ & Award Ceremony

    Friday, Jun. 7, 2013

    On Thursday, June 6 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.  It was a warm, but beautiful day and we had lots of help.  Don Fritz, Pancho Jimenez, Kathleen Maxwell, Fred Shepard, Tobias Wofford, student workers Marvin Garcia and Julio Luna, and Mitch's son Chris Wilson all helped with the setup of tables, tents, and chairs. Kate Morris and Ryan Reynolds were the grill masters who served tri-tip steak and sausages. Karen Fraser and Julie Hughes were our friendly bartenders. Julie was also in charge of distributing voting tickets and tallying up the Viewer's Choice selection.  Blake de Maria and Kelly Detweiler mc'd the ceremony and distribution of awards. Renee Billingslea was our photographer on site and took lots of pictures during the event. A lot of work went into the planning and coordinating of the event thanks to Mitch Grieb, Blake de Maria and Kate Morris.  Overall it was a successful and fun event. What a great turn out!  Lot's of food, laughter and great conversations. Thanks to all of our majors and minors for coming, but mostly many thanks to everyone, including Ryan Carrington, Marco Marquez, Takeshi Moro and the rest of the faculty, staff and student workers for helping with the clean up. Until next year, congratulations to all of our scholarship and award recipients!

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