First annual spring ‘Celebration of the Arts’ set for June 6

Celebration of the Arts poster

On Friday, June 6, the UCSC Arts Division will present its first annual "Celebration of the Arts," featuring work from students in all six departments of the division.

The full-day event will take place in various venues on campus around the arts complex, including the Elena Baskin Visual Arts Center, the Theater Arts Second Stage, and the Digital Arts Research Center (DARC building)

Admission is free and open to the public.

The Celebration of the Arts is an expansion of the popular spring Open Studios event that has been presented by the Art Department for many years.

In addition to sculpture, painting, printmaking, photography, and other visual arts that have been mainstays of the spring open house, the new Celebration of the Arts will showcase the work in all areas of the arts at UCSC.

The featured exhibits will include:

--Art Department – Baskin Visual Arts Center

Students will display their pieces throughout the studios and courtyard of the Elena Baskin Visual Arts Center, including painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, drawing, public art, book arts, electronic and digital media. Select pieces will be available for purchase at the Print and Photo Sale. 

--Digital Arts and New Media – Digital Arts Research Center

DANM will present complex technology-oriented installations. Students are drawn from a variety of backgrounds, such as the arts, computer engineering, humanities, the sciences, and social sciences, which can all be seen as influences in the works that will be displayed in the Digital Arts Research Center (DARC). 

--Film and Digital Media Department – Digital Arts Research Center 317

Students study the cultural impact of movies, television, video, and the Internet. Various film and digital media works will be on view throughout the day in Room 317 of the Digital Arts Research Center (DARC). 

--History of Art and Visual Culture – Digital Arts Research Center 217

The History of Art and Visual Culture major encompasses the production, use, form, and reception of images past and present. Students will display their current research and discuss their work.  

--Music Department – Elena Baskin Visual Arts Courtyard 

At UCSC, students integrate music performance, theory, composition, history, and literature. Listen to performances by the Jazz Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, and Opera singers. A variety of ensembles will perform throughout the day in the Elena Baskin Visual Arts courtyard.  

--Theater Arts Department – Second Stage, Digital Arts Research Center 206

Shakespeare To Go, the student performance troupe that takes a Shakespeare play to local junior high and high schools each spring, will present  "Hamlet" at 11 am. Sketches and models of theater sets, costumes, and lighting designs will be on display in DARC 206 to give visitors a better idea of what goes on behind the scenes at Theater Arts. 


The Celebration of the Arts will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Parking permits will be on sale for $4 in the Performing Arts parking lot. For more information, contact Danielle Triantis at