44th Chancellor’s Associates Faculty Excellence Awards recognize excellence in teaching, research and service

by Erika Johnson for the UC San Diego News Center on April 5, 2018

As scholars, they are protecting human rights, advancing understanding of atmospheric aerosols, activating cross-border artistic exchange and so much more. In the classroom, their passion and innovation is inspiring a new generation of students to think big and pursue bold change.

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Excellence in the Performing and Visual Arts
Rubén Ortiz-Torres, MFA
Professor of Visual Arts

Rubén Ortiz-Torres has created a robust body of work ranging from painting and photography to sculpture and installation. He has amplified the presence of experimental cross-border art and given a fresh voice to the dialogue on immigrant culture. Ortiz-Torrez served as a Getty Center curator for “MEX/LA: ‘Mexican’ Modernism(s) in Los Angeles, 1930–1985.” He is dedicated to cultivating interdisciplinary collaboration and diversity and serving as a conduit for transformative exchange and dynamic artistic production.

“Professor Rubén Ortiz-Torres is a prolific artist whose work has been exhibited at multiple national and international cultural institutions, from The New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City to the Reina Sofia Museum of Art in Madrid, Spain,” said Dean of the Division of Arts and Humanities Cristina Della Coletta. “His cross border artistic and cultural work—focused on the shifting demographics, cultural identities and political dynamics—deserves special recognition for its impact in the art world of Mexico City, Tijuana-San Diego and Los Angeles.”

The Faculty Excellence Awards are made possible by Chancellor’s Associates, a program for donors who give an annual leadership gift of $2,500 or more to the university. The recognition ceremony will be held Wednesday, April 11 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine.

This year, thanks to a gift from longtime UC San Diego supporters Karen and Jeff Silberman, all new Chancellor’s Associates gifts, multi-year contributions and upgraded gifts will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $1 million. The Karen and Jeff Silberman Inspiration Challenge goes to support the Chancellor’s Associates Scholarship, which provides access for qualified and motivated first-generation college students.

To learn more about Chancellor’s Associates, visit their website here.

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Image is courtesy of the Artist and the UC San Diego News Center.