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Summer Institute
This summer, Art professors Pancho Jiménez, Kelly Detweiler and Kathryn Kain along with English professor Maggie Levantovskaya and English emeritus professor Jeff Zorn taught in the Department of Art and Art History's Art and Writing Summer Intensive program. This is the fourth year of the program in which professors from Santa Clara University offer classes for students from local high schools that serve primarily low income, would-be first-generation college students. Read more


Faculty Highlights

Andrea Pappas

Andrea Pappas presented a paper at the Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture's annual conference. Her paper, drawn from the research for her current book project, investigated links between early American women's large embroidered pictures and the growing field of botany in the eighteenth century. Specifically, her paper demonstrated that these women participated in the transatlantic trade in a Chilean strawberry species, the forerunner of the strawberries we see in markets today.



Heather Clydesdale

Heather Clydesdale presented a paper titled, "An Ancient Practice is Uncloaked in an Early Six Dynasties Tomb Painting,” at a colloquium in honor of Professor David Sensabaugh at Columbia University in the spring of 2017. In October, she spoke on distinctive features of tomb architecture as part of the Art & Archaeology of the Silk Road, an international symposium at Portland State University. She was recently invited to serve on a panel at AAS in Asia, which will be held in New Delhi next summer.



Julie Hughes

Julie Hughes created a large-scale art installation for her exhibition at the Triton Museum. ‘Nocturne’ is composed of tens of thousands of hand-painted and hand-cut acrylic paint ‘pours,’ lit dramatically to create an immersive experience for the viewer. The work is on view August 18 – October 29. In June 2018, ‘Nocturne’ will be exhibited as part of the WAVE: Light + Water + Sound Festival in Breckenridge, CO.



Kathy Aoki



Kathy Aoki was awarded the competitive "Sandbox" grant from the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (SJICA) for summer 2018. She will create a new site-specific art installation in the form of a room-size diorama with selfie spot, featuring Hello Kitty Monument. The art installation will be open in late June 2018.





During the summer, Mario A. Caro helped to organize a conference titled “Tilting Axis: Curating the Caribbean,” at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, in which he also chaired a panel titled “Curating the Archive.” In August, he helped to organize Tears of Duk’WibahL, an international gathering of Indigenous artists, held at the Longhouse Education and Cultural Center in Washington, at which he also curated an exhibition. In September, he was the keynote speaker at “Tai Ahiahi///Tai Awatea: Curating Contemporary Māori Art,” a symposium surveying fifty years of Māori curation held at the City Gallery of Wellington, New Zealand.



At the beginning of September, Megan Goldman- Petri presented a paper, entitled "Domitian and the Augustan Altars," at a conference at the University of Missouri. The conference focused on the use of the legacy of Rome's first emperor Augustus in the literature, art, architecture, and legislative measures of the later Roman emperor Domitian. In her paper, Megan was interested in the ways in which Domitian's architectural campaign responded to the earlier building program of Augustus, specifically the monumental altars, much of which had been lost in the devastating Neronian and Vitellian fires. This work is a part of her current book project, The Augustan Monumental Altars in Rome.



Pancho Jimenez Exhibit at Olive Hyde Gallery



Pancho Jiménez is currently exhibiting work in a solo show at the Olive Hyde Gallery in Fremont CA.  The exhibition titled "stories/ thoughts/ meanings" runs from October 6 -November 4th. The art on display is drawn from a body of work in which Pancho explores the elusiveness of dreams and memory. For a preview of his work visit





Van Phan recently completed work as a creative consultant and animator for “Arden’s Wake”, an award winning Virtual Reality project from Penrose studios. Over the summer he was accepted to the Stanford School Teaching and Learning cohort. His future goal is to continue to create “WOW” moments working on ground breaking projects, as well as help his students create their own "WOW" moments. He is currently teaching 3D modeling, animation and dynamics and looks forward to the seeing the amazing work produced by his students. For more info:


Student Highlights

Last spring, Madeline Bragg (’20 Studio Art) received the Anderson Ranch Fellowship to take a sculpture class taught by Juan Chavez. This week- long summer course consisted of going to various locations around the Aspen-Snowmass area to gather items to use in a project of the student’s. After searching through things from thrift stores to landfills, Madeline used a waxed hand, a book about women’s health, and small silver nails along with wood to craft an arm that stands around four and a half feet tall.

Madeline states, “I had an amazing time at the ranch and really enjoyed learning new techniques of woodworking as well as meeting some incredible people.”



Victoria Yao

Victoria Yao ('18 Studio Art) was awarded a curatorial internship at the Palo Alto Art Center this past summer. Supported by the Community Initiatives in the Visual Arts (CIVA) grant from the Hearst Foundation, the Department of Art and Art History matched Victoria and six other majors and minors with local community arts programs via paid internships.

Victoria states, “I was so happy to make the internship my own by adding my own interests and illustration skills. This also helped me develop my skills using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. At the show opening I was so proud to see my work on the wall, as well as my design for the logo of the show. More than that, I was really pleased to be able to connect to the artistic community in Palo Alto through this internship.”

Upcoming Events in the Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building Gallery


Oct 11-Nov 21 In Context, Drawings Models works by Linda Fleming and Roger Berry Exhibition.

Nov 3 Critical Mash: Blake de Maria and Elizabeth Dahlhoff

Dec 1 Cookies & Milk Visual Arts Party

Jan 8-April 6 Beyond Borders: Stories of Im/Migration Exhibition

Feb 2, 5pm Beyond Borders: Stories of Im/Migration opening reception

March 2 Dr. Juliet Wiersema Lecture on Looting & Pre-Columbian Art

May 2-June 15 Senior Show Exhibition

May (TBD) Art History Symposium and Senior Show Opening reception

May 29-June 8 Student Art Juried Exhibition throughout Dowd



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