Wednesday, March 7, 2018



If you have missed a lot of classes, it is a good idea to check with your TA to see how many you have accumulated. As you  know, 5 or more unexcused absences result in failing the class. However, if you had emergencies, and can provide me with a note from your doctor, from Student Health, or from your CAPS Counselor (for the specific dates in question)– then those absences will be excused.

If you went to the Getty, or the MCA and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, be sure that your TA has your 2-page response paper and tweets. If your paper was too late to be accepted, please re-submit it so that two absences are not added to your attendance record. Remember that the museum trips were in lieu of two lectures.

If you still have a lot of absences, then there are two assignments that you can do to forgive up to 2 of them. Each will forgive a single absence, and you may do both. They are due by Thursday, March 15 in lecture.

1) Attend the opening of Parables at the Glassbox Gallery on Friday, March 9th 4-7pm. Explore the exhibition, and write a 1-2 page response paper.

2) Go to the Jane Gottlieb Photographs France Exhibition at the UCSB AD & A Museum, and write a 1-2 page response paper.

It is imperative that you upload Paper #2 to the Plagiarism Scan (LINK HERE) when you finish your paper. Last time your teaching assistants were chasing after many of you to get you to do this, and this cannot repeat itself for the final paper. The plagiarism scan has to be run a couple of days after the paper is due in order for grades to be submitted on time. If you have not uploaded your paper, then no course grade will be recorded for you.

1) Upload your paper to the plagiarism scan in WORD. You have free access to this program via your umail account.

2) Be sure not to include pictures in your upload because they cause problems for the scan, and they often generate error messages. 

Friday, March 2, 2018



Rose Briccetti, who received her MFA at UCSB in 2017, and who was an exemplary Teaching Assistant in Art 1A Visual Literacy, will be giving an Artist Talk on Thursday, March 8 from 12:30-1:45 in BioEngineering 1001.

Rose Briccetti is an intermedia artist living and working in Santa Barbara, CA. She is currently the College of Creative Studies Teaching Fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Artist Statement:

My interdisciplinary and intermedia practice combines deep historical, artistic, and scientific research with artmaking to re-present natural and cultural histories through a feminist lens. My work weaves together strange truths, biology, museology, cultural myths, female sexuality, internet culture, and personal experience using humor and vivid visuals.

I am influenced by an array of women-and-nature mythologies, from classical mythology to fairy tales to contemporary stories. Growing up in Missouri surrounded by evangelical Christians, my work is profoundly influenced by biblical ideas about the darkness of womanhood, celestial displays of power through nature, and Christian eschatology.

My interests in biology, eccentric taxonomies, and collecting are rooted in my past work in natural history museum exhibition design. My study of the natural world though collections led to my fascination with the wildness, humanness, and interconnectedness of nature. A student of museum history, I am particularly fascinated by early modern museums as spaces where science, history, and art can coexist under the umbrella of inquiry, rather than as strictly separate disciplines.

As an avid internet-er and connoisseur of memes and the little-known corners of Youtube, I approach my work the dada-aesthetic and dark sense of humor that dominates internet culture— both for better, and for worse. My image making process begins with strange but true historical facts, excavated through research online, and in libraries and collections. I delve into the strange facts and stories I come across in a way that toes the line between schizophrenic and ecological, creating eccentric taxonomies and making unusual connections. I then collect online photos and physical ephemera from low-brow sites like dollar and thrift stores, Craigslist, and swap meets. My image making process slowly and carefully combines and re-configures my taxonomical found images in Photoshop, creating dense internet-meme-cum-history-paintings. I often translate my digital images into painstakingly handmade paintings and prints, sometimes adding humorous and strange pieces of writing that accompany the images and question their veracity and authority. My sculptural and installation practice looks for broad themes in my collecting, including female sexuality, gender, the lines between collecting and hoarding, absurdity, consumption, and the dark side of the natural world. 

As themes emerge, I recombine materials into mysterious and strange
amalgamations, working quickly and intuitively. I also engage with performance, building taxonomies around personal stories and finding humorous and unusual ways to subvert the genres of personal narrative, monologues, and lectures.

By rejecting strict disciplinary boundaries and organizational structures, I blur the lines between dichotomies like truth/fiction, highbrow/lowbrow, and objective/subjective. Thus, my work questions the authority of information as a way of accessing truth in a post-truth world. I de- hierarchize and reconfigure hegemonies including capitalism, patriarchy, Western science and knowledge, and art history to allow secrets and the overlooked the come into sharper focus.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018


This quarter you have several extra credit choices from which to choose, and you may do all three of them. Each assignment has the same point value as a single essay from your weekly writing assignments, and you may turn them in between now and Thursday, March 15 in lecture. These extra credit assignments will raise your overall points for the 30% off your grade dedicated to your weekly writing assignments.

1) Write a short response to Chet Glaze's Art 1A Artist Talk on Tuesday, March 6 from 12:30-1:45 in BioEngineering 1001. The Assignment: Write a 1-2 page response.

2) Write a short response to Rose Briccetti's Art 1A Artist Talk on Thursday, March 8 from 12:30-1:45 in BioEngineering 1001. The Assignment: Write a 1-2 page response.

3) You may turn in up to 3 missed writing summaries without any late penalty. This is for three individual essays, not three weeks worth of reading summaries.


Chet Glaze. This is Our Decision (2015. 48"x48" inches. Acrylic on canvas over panel)

On Tuesday, March 6 at 12:30pm Chet Glaze will be giving an Artist Talk in Art 1A Visual Literacy in Bioengineering 1001. 

Chet Glaze, who is a professor and working artist, will be returning to UCSB, where he received his MFA in 2006, to give an Artist Talk in Art 1A Visual Literacy. He was my teaching assistant during his tenure as an MFA student at UCSB, and it is with such great pleasure that he returns to discuss his art all of these years later. See Chet's Bio HERE.

Chet Glaze. Untitled (2017. 60" diameter. Acrylic on canvas over panel)

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Friday, February 9, 2018

Museum Field Trip Tips

Here are a few things to consider for the Getty Field Trip:

1) First, remember that this field trip is an all day event, and it replaces the Tuesday/Thursday lectures (2/13 and 2/15). You will, however, be attending your sections (2/14 and 2/15). Failing to go to the Getty, or the alternative museum trip to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and the MCA will be counted as two missed lectures.

2) You must fill out the University of California, Santa Barbara Waiver of Liability, Assumption of the Risk & Indemnity Agreement if you are going on the Getty Center field trip, even if you drive yourself. If you haven't, then submit it to your TA ASAP.

3) If you have a spot on the UCSB van, driven by your TA, and decide not to go– then let your TA know immediately so that someone else can take your spot.

4) Be sure that your TA has your phone number and email, and that you have his email. If you arrive late, you want to be able to find us at the museum.

5) I would suggest eating a big breakfast since we won't be taking a break for lunch until around 2:00pm. Furthermore, pack snacks for the road, and for lunch, unless you want to treat yourself to food at the museum (basic sandwiches start at about $8.00).

6) If you are driving from Santa Barbara, be sure to give yourself at least two hours to drive to the Getty Center. You never know what kind of traffic that you will encounter, and we are meeting there at 10:45am. Click HERE for all of the field trip details.

7) If you are carpooling with other students from Art 1A (2 or more 1A students in the same car), then you are eligible for free parking. Be sure to bring your student ID, and you will be provided with a parking code at the end of the day at the museum. If you are driving yourself, then you will have to pay the $15.00 parking fee.

8) Wear comfortable shoes and clothing! We will be doing a lot of walking and hiking up stairs, so you want to be very comfortable.

9) Charge your phone since you will want to take a lot of pictures at the museum.

10) Please take a moment to look at the Getty website to see if there are any particular exhibitions that you would really like to see on our trip. It is a very large museum, and we will want to prioritize what we want to see beyond Caravaggio: Masterpieces from the Galleria Borghese. Click HERE to see the other current exhibitions.