UCSC grad student receives Princess Grace award

Kimberly Bautista

UCSC graduate student Kimberly Bautista has received a 2008 Princess Grace Honorarium.

She is one of 44 recipients across the country who were recognized for distinction in the fields of theater, dance and film.

Bautista received her award for graduate studies at UCSC in the area of documentary film.

The Princess Grace Foundation-USA is a public charity that was formed after the death of Princess Grace in 1982. It awards scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships to assist artists with career development.

The organization was created to continue the legacy of Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco, who anonymously helped emerging artists pursue their goals throughout her lifetime.

"Kimberly Bautista impressed us with her commitment to her chosen subjects--not just in content, but also in the care she showed with the individuals she encountered and interviewed," noted Linda Blackaby, the film panel chair of the Princess Grace Awards.

"Her ability to present a story to an audience really captured the panel's attention, and we are so pleased to welcome Kimberly and the UC Santa Cruz Social Documentation Program to the Princess Grace Awards community," she added.

UCSC's master's program in social documentation was established in 2005 and was a first in the University of California system. The graduate program is designed to teach students to translate academic knowledge into visual, audio, and print media that will have an impact on the world.