Thursday, December 3, 2020

Artist Talk Featuring Maiza Hixson on December 8

Image by Maiza Hixson, Louisville, KY, 2020.  

WhatArt 1A Lecture: Down With The Patriarchive: How Visual Culture Performs Place In America  
Where: Art 1A
When: Tuesday, December 8 from 12:30-1:45
Instragram: @maiza_hixson
About Maiza Hixson,

Maiza Hixson is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, actor, curator and Doctoral Scholars Fellow in Theater, Dance and Performance Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). She completed a Master of Fine Arts at UCSB in 2019 and a Master of Arts in Critical and Curatorial Studies at the University of Louisville in 2005. She studied Art History, Theory and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 2001-2002. From 2015-2017, Hixson was Chief Curator of the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission and Co-Director of the Santa Barbara Center for Art, Science and Technology. She also served as Chief Curator of the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts from 2010-2015 during which time she taught and lectured at Towson University in Baltimore and University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Prior to this, she was Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati.  

Hixson has exhibited and performed widely at such venues as the Little Tokyo Arts Complex and Highways in Los Angeles; the Art, Design and Architecture Museum in Santa Barbara; Brooklyn Museum of Art; Baltimore Contemporary; Soap Factory, Minneapolis; Portland Institute for Contemporary Art in Portland, Oregon; Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, NC; Haverford College; Eugen Lendl Gallery in Graz, Austria, and many others. An affiliate of Independent Curators International, her curatorial work was featured on the EMMY Award-winning PBS TV show “Articulate” with Jim Cotter and her curatorial projects have been presented at galleries across the U.S. She has published articles and essays on contemporary art and performance in dozens of exhibition catalogues both online and in print. Her artwork is held in public and private collections including those of 21c Museum, Larry and Ladonna Shapin, Leonard and Adele Leight, Will Oldham, Joan and Kurtwood Smith, and others.  

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Art 1A Artist Talk Featuring Megan Koth on December 3

Where: Art 1A
When: Thursday, December 3 from 12:30-1:45

About Megan Koth,

Megan Koth grew up in Cave Creek, Arizona. She attended Arizona State University on a President’s Scholarship, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2014. In 2018, she moved to California to pursue a Master of Fine Arts at the University of California, Santa Barbara. During this time, she has been awarded the Howard Fenton Award for Excellence in Painting by the UCSB School of Art, as well as the Ludington-Parshall Scholarship Award by the Santa Barbara Art Association. Her work has appeared in Voyage-Phoenix, LA Weekly, and Hyperallergic, and Phoenix New Times.

Through a decidedly queer, feminist lens, Koth addresses the often fraught relationship that can exist between the topography and interiority of the body. Viral internet imagery, contemporary makeup trends, and the traditions of painting and self-portraiture converge to address themes of body horror, obsessive self-evaluation and maintenance, as well as the liminal space of self-care. Drawing from her own experiences with chronic health issues, Koth interrogates how personal grooming in the form of skincare and beauty rituals can be a crucial exterior reaction to interior anxieties towards exerting, and sometimes losing, control over one’s body and health.

Megan received her MFA from UCSB in 2020.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Art 1A Artist Talk Featuring David Wesley White December 1

Where: Art 1A 

When: Tuesday, December 1 from 12:30-1:45

Zoom Link (Tuesday Lecture Link)


About David Wesley White,

I use a research-based practice to examine personal and American history through a queer lens. In my art, I search for visual clues hidden deep within the archive that feel particularly surreal or prophetic. I then use this material like language; finding ways to manipulate meanings through specific interventions and arrangements. Recently I have been questioning the symbology of gay male culture; how it was born and how it reproduces itself without the ability to biologically reproduce. 

Whether invading a replica of Reagan’s Oval Office, sewing fitted bedsheets over the bodies of queer companions, or miniaturizing the life-saving blast-holes from Pulse nightclub—my art traces and breaks through the edges of the established past. The American vision I present is dystopian and sublime; highlighting nuggets of humor and beauty within a continuum of political frustration and fear. 

David received his MFA from UCSB in 2020.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020


Each assignment has the same point value as a single essay from your weekly writing exercises, and they will raise the overall points for the 50% of your grade dedicated to your weekly writing assignments. The point value caps off at 100%. You may do one of the following options:


You may turn in one of your missed weekly writing assignments without a late penalty by Tuesday, December 8th by 5:00PM PT. You don't get extra credit for this, but instead you receive full credit for the missed assignment.

If you wish to improve your grade for the 50% devoted to the weekly writing assignments, then you may do the following assignment:

Write a 2-page response paper (due by Tuesday, December 8th by 5:00PM PT) for one of the following:

1) Abelina Galustian's Artist Talk
2) Watch one of the recorded Arts Colloquium Talks found here:

If you have missed a lot of classes, it is a good idea to check with your TA to see how many unexcused absences you have accumulated. As you know, 5 or more unexcused absences will 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, DSP, CARE Counselor (for the specific dates in question)– then those absences will be excused.

If you still have a lot of absences, then you can clear one by submitting one the assignments listed for in the "Extra Credit" section above (due by Tuesday, December 8th by 5:00PM PT).

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Art 1A Artist Talk Featuring Abelina Galustian | November 17

Where: Art 1A 

When: Tuesday, November 17 from 12:30-1:45

Zoom Link (Tuesday Lecture Link):

About Abelina Galustian,

As an artist, many of Abelina's paintings are recreations of famous Orientalist works of art made by famous French artists from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In this body of work she has sought to deconstruct the master narrative of Orientalist discourse in an effort to reveal its inherent racist and sexist underpinnings.

Monday, October 26, 2020


UCSB Library Art 1A Research Page:

Chizu Morihara (Art & Architecture Librarian):
(805) 893-2766

- 8 pages of text (this does NOT include the cover page, bibliography or images) 

- Double-spaced 

- Cover page 

- Footnotes or endnotes 

- Bibliography 

- Images (in a separate document at the end of the paper) 

- Use at least 8 different research sources (including peer reviewed 
journal articles, books, exhibition catalogs, monographs, etc.) 

- Use at least 10 citations 

- Upload an electronic copy of your paper (HERE) to the plagiarism scan in a WORD document (without pictures) and give your Teaching Assistant a hardcopy with pictures.


1) Do I have the proper number of citations and sources?

2) Did I properly format my citations using MLA or Chicago?

3) Do I have a properly formatted formal bibliography?

4) Did I adhere to the proper paper length?

5) Do I have a clear, and specific thesis statement?

6) Does my thesis statement specifically relate to the final draft of my paper?

7) Did I run spell check (repeatedly)?

8) Did I carefully edit to make sure that I used proper grammar, and were my tenses consistent?

9) Did I formulate clear arguments and substantiate all of my claims with clear and concrete examples?

10) Did I avoid sweeping generalizations and vague assertions?

11) Did I use casual colloquial language in my formal research paper? If so, find more precise ways to describe the point being made.

12) Did I use scholarly research sources such as peer-reviewed journal articles, scholarly articles and books rather than sources such as blogs, Wikipedia, encyclopedias etc (that are not acceptable sources for a formal research paper).

13) Did I properly cite quotes and summaries of other people's intellectual property (footnotes and in-text citations)?

14) Did I avoid excessive biographical information about the artist? Instead I should only include biographical information that is directly relevant to their artistic practice.

15) Would anyone reading my paper understand what I am trying to convey, or do I need to more clearly define the scope of my research and ultimately the point of my paper?

16) Did I place the pictures at the end of my paper? If I embedded them in the text, I need to remove them and place them at the end of my paper.

17) Did I remember to remove the pictures from the electronic draft of my paper that I uploaded to the plagiarism scan?

18) Did I remember to upload my paper to the plagiarism scan (HERE), and give a hard copy to my Teaching Assistant (with the pictures)?

19) Did I remember to put my name, perm number and section time on my paper?

20) Did I remember to frequently save, backup and email drafts of my paper to myself (just in case my computer crashes)?

21) When I had questions, or needed help, did I reach out to my TA, professor or CLAS?


1) The selection of a good thesis and supporting examples is an important part of producing a good paper. Be selective. The paper is about how to look closely at works of art and how your evaluation of objects and images is expanded by the specific context in which they are presented.

2) Write primarily with nouns and verbs. Avoid unnecessary (especially vague and imprecise) adjectives and adverbs.

3) Revise and rewrite. Proofread your work. Do not rely solely on "spell check."

4) Use the dictionary to refer to words you do not fully understand.

5) Do not overstate, or excessively use qualifiers (such as very, rather, little, etc.). 

6) Use orthodox diction and accurate spelling. ("Its" is possessive; "It's" is a contraction for "it is," "Its' " doesn't exist. "Their" is possessive, "They're" is a contraction of "they are," There is declarative).

7) Be clear. Make references clearly. (Do not use the word "this" as the subject of a sentence).

8) Do not let your opinions get in the way of your writing.

9) Avoid using Wikipedia, blogs, newspaper articles and other materials that are not scholarly. These ARE NOT research materials for a formal research paper.

10) Get to the point quickly. Concentrate on quality of writing not quantity of words.

11) For help with formatting MLA and Chicago citations, visit Purdue Owl

For help writing the paper contact CLAS at 893-3269. They have a writing lab that will help you with papers, and will even proofread your papers. They also offer help specifically to students for whom English is a second language. CLAS site: