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UC San Diego Undergraduate Artists’ Exhibition Links Art History and Art Making


The University of California San Diego’s undergraduate artists honor an annual tradition of presenting an exhibition in the University Art Gallery. Supervised by Visual Arts Assistant Professor Monique van Genderen, this year’s exhibition, “Meeting at Square One,” ran May 5 – 12 and was visited by more than 700 guests. According to Department of Visual Arts Professor and Chair Jack Greenstein, the exhibition was a perfect representation of the collaborative trademark of the synergy between art history and art making.

Undergraduate visual arts students Farshid Bazmandegan, media, and Audrey Maier, art history, organized “Meeting at Square One” and described the reasoning behind the exhibition title.

“ ‘Meeting at Square One’ is a space for conversation about where we are now—at ‘square one’—and where we will go in the future,” said Maier, noting the range of art in the undergraduate show, which serves as a place where students can connect and discuss their work.

The exhibition featured five events including an opening reception, a talk with Stuart Collection Director Mary Beebe, an artist and alumni panel, a conversation with Director of the Media Teaching Lab Adriene Hughes and a closing reception. Undergraduate participants included: Charity Algarme, Aleesha Anderson, Farshid Bazmandegan, Diana Benavidez, Dorothy Boyd, Yuanbo Du, Atra Givarkes, Alice Hsieh, Zhichun Huang, Neda Kerendian, Bethan Ku, Cathy (Chiao) Lin, Richard Lin, Joseph Maas, Jenna McCloskey, Jessica McPeak, Dmitri Mikhnev, Alice Musher, Ignatius Nguyen, Geoffrey Palomino & Viktor De La Fuente, Hsuan-mei Sang, Paul Sasso, Arpie Shekoyan and Emily Zheng.

A curatorial committee comprised of eight students selected the exhibited works from a pool of applicants.

“We looked for strength of concept as well as physical execution. During the judging we do not look to curate a specific theme for the show, because it is meant to be a showcase of all of the different work being produced by undergraduates,” explained Maier. “We believe the differences in the work make the show exciting.”

Founded in 1966, the University Art Gallery has served as an important venue for this exhibition.

“For us, the opportunity to activate this historical gallery . . . was very meaningful,” said Bazmandegan. “The show celebrates the excellent work of the students and continues the spirit of the Department of Visual Arts.”

More information about “Meeting at Square One,” and the exhibition catalog, can be found on the website. The Department of Visual Arts at UC San Diego is ranked 13th in the nation for fine arts, according to U.S. News & World Report, with high-ranking specialties in multimedia and sculpture.  




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