Digital Arts and New Media
Rice receives Rydell Fellowship

Felicia Rice photo by Cris Imai

Felicia Rice (photo by Cris Imai).

UCSC alumna Felicia Rice (Cowell, 1978) — manager for the Digital Arts and New Media M.F.A. program — was awarded a $20,000 Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship. Rice was one of four Santa Cruz County artists selected from a pool of 46 visual artists who received the grants to pursue their work.

The Rydell fellowships were established by long-time Santa Cruz cultural icons Roy and Frances Rydell and are administered by the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County. They are awarded solely on artistic merit by a panel of arts professionals from outside the Santa Cruz area.

A lifelong resident of the California coast, Rice came to Santa Cruz as a student at UCSC in 1974. Three years later, she established Moving Parts Press and began her career as a printer, teacher, literary/fine arts publisher, and book artist.

Work from Moving Parts Press has been included in exhibitions and collections both nationally and internationally — from book shows in New York and Frankfurt to the Victoria & Albert Museum. Moving Parts Press has also received numerous awards and grants from organizations that include the National Endowment for the Arts and the French Ministry of Culture.

For more information about Moving Parts Press, contact Felicia Rice at or visit

Film and Digital Media

Daniel honored by Tribeca Film Institute for artistic excellence

Associate professor of Film and Digital Media Sharon Daniel has been honored with a 2008 Media Arts Fellowship from the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI).

Sharon Daniel Photo

Sharon Daniel

She is one of 22 filmmakers and media artists who received a total of $715,000 from the organization in recognition of artistic excellence. The award is given to filmmakers and media artists "whose work is innovative, creative, and pushes boundaries."

The TFI Fellowship program was founded and is supported by the Rockefeller Foundation. It offers financial support for artists working in the narrative, documentary, experimental, installation and computer-generated media genres. Daniel received a cash award of $35,000.

Daniel's work has involved collaborations with disenfranchised communities -- collecting their stories and building online interfaces that make this information available across social, economic and cultural boundaries. Her goal is to not attempt to speak for others, but instead to allow them to speak for themselves.

In other news, Daniel's Public Secrets, a 2007 Webby Awards Official Honoree, was exhibited at Berlin’s annual Transmediale festival in January and February.

Public Secrets

Public Secrets, an interactive website featuring testimonials of incarcerated women, was exhibited at the Transmediale festival in Berlin

Public Secrets is an interactive website featuring testimonials of incarcerated women that reveal the secret injustices of the war on drugs, the criminal justice system, and the prison industrial complex. Daniel, who is also chair of the Digital Arts and New Media program, produced the project in collaboration with the nonprofit human rights organization Justice Now.

At the Transmediale festival, Daniel’s work was featured along with a broad and international range of artists, media activists, academics and performers. Documentation, program streams and discussions that marked the live Transmediale events are available at

In conjunction with the festival, Daniel gave a public presentation about the project as part of the "Bilderberg Salon Event" at the House of World Cultures in Berlin on Feb. 1.

Public Secrets is currently on exhibit at the Intersection for the Arts Gallery, San Francisco's oldest alternative arts space, as part of the Prison Project, a yearlong series of events and programs exploring the California prison system.

For more information about Sharon Daniel's Public Secrets project and other recent work, please contact her at or visit

Lord’s Ant Farm work exhibited internationally

Chip Lord’s work with the Ant Farm architecture and art collective continues to be exhibited and re-considered around the world. The three most recent exhibitions are:

- Ant Farm Redux, which runs through June 8 at the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo in Seville, Spain.  The Seville Ant Farm exhibition was featured in an article by Regine Debatty, blogger, that was posted at

- A recreation of the Ant Farm and T.R. Uthco installation for The Eternal Frame is currently on display at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. The installation is part of a survey of early and recent video work titled California Video, which also runs through June 8.  A March 12 New York Times article, titled “A Moment in History, Recaptured for a Second Time,” discusses the year-long effort to re-create the “tatty 1960s living room” set where the video made its debut in 1976.

- Ant Farm Radical Hardware, which ran March 24 to May 2, at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University in New York.

Lord is a professor of Film and Digital Media at UC Santa Cruz. For more information about the Ant Farm collective, contact

History of Art and Visual Culture
MIT Press releases González’s Subject to Display

MIT Press has just released Subject to Display: Reframing Race in Contemporary Installation Art, a new book by History of Art and Visual Culture associate professor Jennifer González. According to the publisher, Subject to Display offers the first sustained analysis of the contributions of five influential installation artists — James Luna, Fred Wilson, Amalia Mesa-Bains, Pepón Osorio and Renée Green. The book also links the history and legacy of race discourse to innovations in contemporary art. To read a description of González’s book, visit the publisher’s website at

For more information about her work, contact Jennifer González at

Miller honored by Society for American Music

Leta Miller, Music professor, has received the Lowens Award from The Society for American Music for the best article published on American music in 2006. Miller was honored for her article "Henry Cowell and John Cage: Intersections and Influences, 1933-1941," published in the Journal of the American Musicological Society. The award was announced at the Society for American Music's annual meeting in San Antonio this spring.
Leta Miller Photo
Leta Miller (photo by Scott Rappaport)

Since 2000, Miller has written more than a dozen articles on John Cage, Henry Cowell, Charles Ives, and others for such publications as American Music, 20th-Century Music, the Journal of Musicology, Musical Quarterly, and the Journal of the American Musicological Society.

In 2007, Miller received a $24,000 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for a book project titled San Francisco's Musical Life, 1906-45. The award was designated as a We the People grant—a special recognition given by the NEH for model projects that advance the study, teaching, and understanding of American history and culture.

In the fall of 2008, Miller will begin a four-year term as editor of the Journal of the Society for American Music. Published quarterly, the journal is the leading periodical for studies in American music.

For more information about Leta Miller's recent accomplishments, please contact her at

Theater Arts
Foley, Sumarena particpate in Bainbridge events

Puppetmster and Theater Arts professor Kathy Foley and drummer and Music lecturer Undang Sumarena performed The Ghostly Godess and the Sinner Saint along with Gamelan Pacifica for the Bainbridge Performing Arts program in Washington. The events, held March 15 to19, included public performances, outreach performances to 1,000 students, teacher trainings and student workshops. 

The event was organized by UCSC Theater Arts alumna Bonnie Showers, who does international programming for Bainbridge Performing Arts, and Tikka Sears, who is the Southeast Asia outreach coordinator for the University of Washington's Jackson School's Southeast Asia Studies Program.  The performance was part of the Bringing Islam Alive program in Washington state and included mask dance drama and wayang golek puppetry.

Foley also was a featured lecturer in the Page to the Stage series, held at the University of Hawaii from Jan. 30 to Feb. 1.  She gave public lectures on Shakespeare in Asian performance, workshops on Sundanese mask dance and puppetry and introduced performances of Larry Reed’s Balinese Tempest at the University Theatre.

For more information about her recent performances and workshops, please contact Kathy Foley at


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