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'Solitary Garden' imagines a landscape without prisons jackie sumell, Solitary Garden, Installation view, UCSC, 2019
'Solitary Garden' imagines a landscape without prisons

Solitary Gardena public art project created to protest solitary confinement and mass incarceration—will open at UC Santa Cruz with a public reception on November 5 at the Baskin Arts Studios.

Traction: Art Talks 2019/20 Sadie Barnette
Traction: Art Talks 2019/20

Traction: Art Talks is a twice-quarterly artist speaker series launched by UCSC’s Institute of the Arts and Sciences (IAS) in 2017. The goal is to introduce students and the public to some of the most important artists working today.

IAS Receives Warhol Foundation Grant for Harrisons' "Future Garden" Future Garden in July, 2018
IAS Receives Warhol Foundation Grant for Harrisons' "Future Garden"

We are thrilled to announce that the Institute of the Arts and Sciences received one of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts' spring 2018 grants. It will provide $57,000 in support of the Harrison Studio's A Future Garden for the Central Coast of California at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum and Botanic Garden.

FOREST (for a thousand years...) in the San Francisco Chronicle Visitors to FOREST, photo by Lewis Watts
FOREST (for a thousand years...) in the San Francisco Chronicle

Read Charles Desmarais' review of Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller's FOREST (for a thousand years...), on view at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum and Botanic Garden through June 30, 2018, sponsored by the IAS in collaboration wit

Santa Cruz Sentinel covers IAS spring exhibitions Future Garden, May, 2018
Santa Cruz Sentinel covers IAS spring exhibitions

Read the Santa Cruz Sentinel's Zach Buck on FOREST (for a thousand years...) and Future Garden for the Central Coast of California.

UCSC to present environmental video installation at SF’s Minnesota Street Project Unearthing Disaster II, Angela Melitopoulos and Angela Anderson
UCSC to present environmental video installation at SF’s Minnesota Street Project

"UC Santa Cruz’s Institute of the Arts and Sciences (IAS) will present a dramatic, four-screen video installation in San Francisco, hosted and co-sponsored by Minnesota Street Project (MSP), the city’s new contemporary art venue, from May 20 through June 24.

Local hands contribute to UCSC coral reef crochet exhibit Stacey Grant, center, joins students and Santa Cruz locals at Porter College at UC Santa Cruz on Saturday afternoon to crochet the UC Santa Cruz Satellite Reef. The project aims to raise awareness about ocean health and collective action. (Kevin Johnson -- Santa Cruz Sentinel)
Local hands contribute to UCSC coral reef crochet exhibit

A piece in the Santa Cruz Sentinel highlights the processes of learning and collaboration that are making the UC Santa Cruz Satellite Reef a reality.

Reef madness: A coral grows at UC Santa Cruz Stitch by stitch, row by row, a bright and vibrant coral reef is growing at UC Santa Cruz.
Reef madness: A coral grows at UC Santa Cruz

StoryCruz sat in on one of our crochet circles and made a podcast about the experience.

The Unlikely Marriage of Crochet and Climate Change Institute For Figuring's Crochet Coral Reef project, 2005-ongoing. Photo © the IFF.
The Unlikely Marriage of Crochet and Climate Change

'All hail the Pussy Hat, the charming, knitted-or-crocheted pink cap, designed to raise awareness of women’s rights. It’s hard to point to anything that has so captured the global imagination and sung the praises of needlecraft at the same time.

The Crochet Coral Reef, as installed at UC Santa Cruz. The Crochet Coral Reef, by Margaret & Christine Wertheim and the Institute For Figuring, as installed at UC Santa Cruz.
The Crochet Coral Reef, as installed at UC Santa Cruz.

"At the IFF, we have long admired UCSC’s legendary History of Consciousness program, an important site of interdisciplinary research and practice.