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Troy Chewphoto of the artist looking at the camera

Remote Guest Lecture

April 9, 2021
12:00 p.m. PDT
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Troy Lamarr Chew II (b. 1992 in Los Angeles, CA, lives and works in Los Angeles, CA) explores the legacy of the African Diaspora and its reverberations throughout American culture. His work looks methodically at systems of coded communication and how this is translated and mistranslated both within the Diaspora and the mainstream.

Measurements of Progressthumnbail of catalog cover, link to more info

2021 Graduating MFA Exhibition

April 23 - May 30, 2021
San Diego Art Institute, Balboa Park
1439 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

Open for in-person visits by appointment!

Through a fusion of historical knowledge with contemporary analysis, artists both reflect on current challenges and envision a hopeful, speculative future. The last year has delivered unparalleled challenges, as well as, inspiration to respond to them. The graduating students from the University of California, San Diego Department of Visual Arts graduate program have endured a time of video conferencing, stay-at-home orders, and limited access to campus facilities. In terms of making art, this is not ideal. However, they have overcome these obstacles to produce an outstanding selection of works that will be displayed at the San Diego Art Institute (SDAI) this April and May.

Joel Slaytonblack and white photo of Joel Slayton smiling at the camera

Computing in the Arts Lecture Series

April 29, 2021

5:00 p.m. PDT

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Joel Slayton is a pioneering artists, researcher, and curator with over 35 years of experience involving art and technology. His work engages a wide range of practice including media, installation and performance. Joel is Professor Emeritus at San Jose State University where he was Founding Director of the CADRE Laboratory for New Media (1984).

Jillian Hernandezphoto of Dr. Jillian Hernandez looking at the camera and leaning against a wall covered with Lotto tickets

Remote Guest Lecture

April 30, 2021
12:00 p.m. PDT
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Jillian Hernandez is a scholar, curator, and community arts educator. Her areas of expertise include contemporary art and visual culture, girlhood, and Black and Latinx gender and sexual politics. Her work is inspired by Women on the Rise!, a project she founded in Miami, Florida in 2004 that engaged thousands of Black and Latina girls in critical dialogues about identity through feminist art.

Q&A with Filmmaker Fox Maxy and Adam Pironside by side photos of Fox Maxy and Adam Piron

Co-sponsored by the Department of Visual Arts

May 12, 2021
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. PDT
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Join us for a lively discussion between filmmakers Fox Maxy and Adam Piron about Fox's feature film project, Watertight. Webinar registrants will be given free, limited access to screen Fox Maxy's 30-minute film, Maat Means Land, which won the Ammodo Tiger Short Competition award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2021.

Angela Washkophoto of Angela Washko smiling at the camera

Computing in the Arts Lecture Series

May 13, 2021
5:00 p.m. PDT
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As a feminist media artist working in a variety of forms, Angela Washko is committed to telling complex and unconventional stories about the media we consume from unusual perspectives. She is the founder of The Council on Gender Sensitivity and Behavioral Awareness in World of Warcraft, a long-term intervention inside the popular online video game.

Garrett Bradleyblack and white photo of the artist wresting her head on her hands with eyes almost closed

Adam D. Kamil Guest Lecture

May 14, 2021
5:00 p.m. PDT
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Garrett Bradley was born and raised in New York City. She works across narrative, documentary, and experimental modes of filmmaking to address themes such as race, class, familial relationships, social justice, Southern culture, and the history of film in the United States.

11th Annual Adam D. Kamil Media Awardsphoto of Adam D. Kamil holding a video camera in front of the ocean

Extended Application Deadline: May 7, 2021
Virtual Awards Ceremony: May 21, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PDT

The Adam D. Kamil Media Awards were developed to help UC San Diego undergraduates polish their skills in film production and to help them realize their creative potential in this field. The awards consist of a grand prize of $2,000 and two finalist prizes of $1,000 each. All entries will be viewable at the Kamil Gallery online starting May 17th.

Patrick Martinezphoto of the artist leaning against a colorfully painted wall

Remote Guest Lecture

May 28, 2021
12:00 p.m. PDT
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Patrick Martinez maintains a diverse practice that includes mixed media landscape paintings, neon sign pieces, cake paintings, and his Pee Chee series of appropriative works. These various formats evoke place and socio-economic position, memorialize leaders and activists, and document the threats posed to black and brown youth by law enforcement.

Interdisciplinary Computing & the Artsposter graphic

Senior Project Presentations

June 8, 2021
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. PDT
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Visit the Kamil Gallery online to see the Senior projects in Computing arts

The Senior Exhibition (VIS 160) is a two quarter-long course required by all graduating ICAM students, where students pursue projects of their own design with support from faculty in a seminar environment. Their projects are a culmination of what students have learned throughout their time in the ICAM program, utilizing the skills and technologies they have learned along the way, to make their own masterpiece.

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VIS 190 Thesis Studio

June 11, 2021
1:00 - 5:30 p.m. PDT
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Teddy Cruz Studio (1:00 - 4:00 p.m. PDT) Speculative Design for Solidarity, Ricardo Dominguez Studio (4:00 - 5:30 p.m. PDT) XENO-City. Tzinti Aguirre-Medina • Kristyn Aquino • Mia Chiang • Dana Chou • Sabrina Chuang • Sofia Francisco • Lola Gonzales • Bryce Grubbs • Tanish Jindal • Xochilt Khoury • Megan Lamb • Grace Murphy • Justin Padilla • Ivy Penn • Alicia Tam • Kenny Tran • Roy Velasquez • Cindy Vergara • Geraldine Wambersie

Recent Publications

Field Journal #18-19Field Journal logo

Founded & Edited by Professor Grant Kester

This is a special double issue that represents the culmination of Learning from documenta (Lfd), a long-term investigation into documenta 14 (2017) that we began in issue 11 (Fall 2018). While the biennial format has a long history (the first Whitney Biennial opened in 1933 and documenta was launched in 1955 as part of the Federal Horticulture Show in Kassel) it has mushroomed in importance over the past two decades, coincident with the dramatic expansion of the market for contemporary art.

The Revenge of the Real: Politics for a Post-Pandemic Worldphoto of book cover

By Professor Benjamin Bratton

The Revenge of the Real envisions a new positive biopolitics that recognizes that governance is literally a matter of life and death. We are grappling with multiple interconnected dilemmas--climate change, pandemics, the tensions between the individual and society--all of which have to be addressed on a planetary scale. Bratton argues that instead of thinking of biotechnologies as something imposed on society, we must see them as essential to a politics of infrastructure, knowledge, and direct intervention. In this way, we can build a society based on a new rationality of inclusion, care, and prevention.

MFA Exhibition


This site includes documentation of solo thesis shows from graduating MFA students as well as First Year Reviews. Past exhibitions include the 2021 Open Studios and the 2020 graduating MFA exhibition.

Kamil Gallery


The Adam D. Kamil Gallery has moved online. This gallery is a site for undergraduate art shows and hosts the annual reception and exhibition for students that participate in the Adam D. Kamil Media Awards. Visual Arts majors and minors at the junior or senior level are eligible to submit a proposal to show in the Kamil Gallery for one week during the academic school year. Past online exhibitions remain viewable with the artists' permission.