CIVA News Update
The Department of Art and Art History developed several exciting projects in 2014-15 as part of our Community Initiatives for the Visual Arts (CIVA) programming. Funded by a major three-year grant awarded by the Hearst Foundation in 2013, CIVA supports a number of initiatives that provide educational opportunities for our students while helping the department and university build relationships with local arts organizations.
In summer 2015 CIVA funded paid internship opportunities for a total of nine studio art and art history majors. Our interns were placed at six different South Bay institutions: the Palo Alto Art Center, Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana (MACLA) in San Jose, and Art In Action in Menlo Park, a nonprofit that develops visual arts curriculum for K12 education. Our interns learned valuable skills while contributing to these organizations in a number of diverse areas including coordinating exhibitions and related programming, archiving exhibition information, installing and documenting artwork, marketing and communications, donor and membership research and support, teaching in children’s art programs, and creating arts curricula.
The host institutions have been thrilled with our students thus far, as revealed in a sample of their exit survey comments: “She was excellent in all areas…truly a super woman who achieved many tasks in a short time.” “[His] dedication to this project was invaluable. The project that we entrusted to him was especially important and timely and he completed it with great competence. He worked independently, he collaborated well with all levels of staff, and truly became a member of the team.” “Our intern came in with a great wealth of art skills. She was very professional, mature, and was great with the kids. …She was definitely a key member and crucial to the success of our summer camp program.” We are so proud of the great impression our interns have made and look forward to hearing how they apply the skills they’ve learned in their own professional careers in the future.
In addition to the internships, the CIVA grant supported several significant projects in conjunction with classes taught by our faculty. Tobias Wofford’s “Curating Contemporary Art” class organized an exhibition of works from the collection of Dr. Charles J. Betlach II. Titled “Interrupting Entropy,” it was on display in the third floor gallery of the Archives and Special Collections in the Orradre Library at SCU from September 20 to February 27. Karen Fraser’s class, “The Japanese Print,” researched traditional Japanese prints from the de Saisset Museum collection and organized an exhibition for the second floor hallway exhibition space in the Orradre Library from June 8 to August 21. And students in Kate Morris’ “Post-Modern and Contemporary Art” class worked on an acquisitions project that resulted in purchasing works by Bay Area artists Mari Andrews and Val Britton for the de Saisset Museum’s collection. The grant also allowed us to offer several studio art classes for seniors enrolled in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, taught by Ryan Reynolds, Julie Hughes, and Renee Billingslea.