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Message from the New Chair

Kathy Aoki

It is an honor and pleasure to serve as chair of our department at this exciting time. I’ve been a member of the department since 2003, when I was first hired as an assistant professor to teach the “Art in the Computer Age” course.  This coming year, I will teach a new Science, Technology and Society Core course called “Ditto: The Technology of Print.” I am eager to offer this course in our new building, as it combines my knowledge of computer technologies with my favorite medium: printmaking.

Since beginning my term as chair in September, I have discovered that some of my favorite responsibilities as chair are welcoming the new majors and minors, and conversely, chatting with the graduating seniors as I sign their pre-graduation checklists. When I’m not in the classroom or chair’s office, I create new work for exhibitions, such as my upcoming “Formidable Fragments” solo exhibition at the Berkeley Art Center, opening fall 2016. 

Our June ‘16 graduates in both Studio Art and Art History are ready to use their specialized skills creating, analyzing, and contextualizing visual art thanks to our faculty team. I am pleased to highlight some of my colleagues recent accomplishments below.

Art History: 
Two of our Art History faculty were awarded prestigious fellowships: Tobias Wofford at the Smithsonian and Andrea Pappas at the Wintherthur Museum. Blake de Maria was co-recipient with Mary E. Frank of the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation Book Prize 2015, awarded by the Renaissance Society of America, for their edited volume Reflections on Renaissance Venice. Kate Morris was recently elected president of the Native American Art Studies Association. Karen Fraser worked with our Art History students to curate an exhibition of Japanese prints in the main library. Kathleen Maxwell is currently working on her new book project, The Evolution of the Illuminated Byzantine Gospel Book. Bridget Gilman is co-organizing the symposium "Zones of Representation: Photographing Contested Landscapes” (at SF Camerawork).

Studio Art: 
Several of our Studio Art faculty were recently awarded competitive artist residencies. Takeshi Moro completed a second residency at the Serlachius Museum  in Finland, while Ryan Reynolds traveled to the Ballinglen Artist Residency in Ireland. Julie Hughes was selected for the Breckenridge residency program in Colorado. Closer to home, Kelly Detweiler has been creating murals in the Willlow Glen area of San Jose, with the help of devoted studio art alumni Armando Portillo, Kristen Reike, Kathryn Fraser, Luke Bartels, Melina Ramirez, Claire Nauman, and Charlotte Allen. Don Fritz had a two-person show at La Luz de Jesus gallery  in Los Angeles; Renee Billingslea’s photos were on display at the San Francisco Superbowl headquarters; and Pancho Jimenez’s ceramics were in group shows in California and New York. Amir Attia and Ryan Carrington respectively worked on an interactive design for the SCU Travel Program and earned as an Emerging Artist award from the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art.

On behalf of all of us here in the Department of Art and Art History we look forward to connecting with you this fall in the Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building. See you soon!

Kathy Aoki
Chair, Department of Art and Art History