Media MAYhem



Join us throughout May for a glimpse into careers in arts and media!  The Media MAYhem event series spotlights four fascinating fields with industry professionals all month long.  May your burning career questions be answered!  

All UCSB students are invited, and all events are FREE.  See event details for specific dates, times, and locations.  

Media MAYhem is brought to you by UCSB Career Services, KCSB-FM, and Associated Students.  Special thanks to Arts & Lectures, Dept. of Communication, Comm. Association, Carsey-Wolf Center, and AD&A Museum for making this cross-campus program agenda possible.  

Questions about events?
Contact Eric Wilder, Career Counselor & Coordinator:


Date: Monday, May 1
Time: 5 - 6pm
Location: Career Services, Room 1109

Description: Want to learn more about what a career in TV entertainment is really all about?  Learn first-hand from our guest speaker visiting from NBCUniversal as she provides tips for finding your path in entertainment and discusses diversity within the industry.

Guest Speaker: Karen Horne
Senior VP, Programming Talent Development and Inclusion, NBCUniversal

Karen Horne is responsible for overseeing in-front-of and behind-the-camera primetime diversity efforts for NBC and Universal Television. NBC’s Writers on the Verge Program, the Emerging Directors Program, StandUp NBC, a nationwide talent search, NBC’s Late Night Writers Workshop and the NBCUniversal Short Film Festival are among the many programs she heads while also overseeing NBC's Diversity Staffing Initiative and working with the creative programming team to identify diverse development.  Karen’s lengthy resume includes a variety of disciplines and contacts. She served as Director, Creative Affairs, at IDT Animation in Burbank. She designed, implemented and oversaw Nickelodeon’s Writer Fellowship Program. Horne also was a Director, Writer Development & Special Projects (as well as Studio Liaison) for the Walt Disney Studios Fellowship Program at Walt Disney Network Television. Previously, she served as Director, West Coast, for the Black Filmmaker Foundation in Los Angeles.  Horne also worked at HBO in Los Angeles as a Co-producer for the Emmy Award-winning animated series “Spawn.”   Her early career includes stints at ABC, Inc., in Los Angeles as an Executive Assistant to the President, ABC Entertainment, as well as positions at ABC Television Network Group and ABC Sports.  Ms. Horne also serves on the West Coast Board for the School of Communication and Media – Montclair State University and on the National Black Programming Consortium board.


Date: Tuesday, May 2
Time: 6:30 - 7:45pm
Location: Career Services, Room 1109

NOTE: This is a free event funded by Career Services and the Communication Association.  Arrive early--seats are offered first come, first serve and they will fill up fast!

Workshop Facilitator: Kate Lupo

Description: Entry-level jobs in the entertainment industry are competitive and hard to find. How do you get your foot in the door? How do you prepare? This 1-hour virtual workshop is tailored for those seeking entry-level jobs as assistants in the business and development side of the entertainment industry. You will get a behind-the-scenes look at the Hollywood Assistant culture and the entertainment industry's hiring process. You will learn tips on how to network your way into Hollywood, how to revamp your resume, and how to interview like a pro. You will gain insight into different career paths in the business and development side of television and film, and perhaps most importantly, you will learn the importance of developing the survival skills (including essential Hollywood Assistant phone skills), thick skin, and savvy needed to successfully start a career in Hollywood.  


Date: Wednesday, May 3
Time: 5pm
Location: Career Services, Room 1109

Description: Sit in on a very special guest presentation during a COMM 191 lecture.  This talk will focus on the topics of branding, advertising, and storytelling as it pertains to related career paths.  Students do not need to be enrolled in COMM 191 to attend--all students are invited!
Guest Speaker: Dexter Fedor
Chief Branding Officer, Dick Cook Studios
After 14 years as SVP of strategic marketing for The Walt Disney Company, Dexter Fedor has stories to tell. Get a glimpse of what motivates and drives success from Superhero blockbusters and Cirque du Soleil to Mickey Mouse and maybe a Princess or two. Discover how every brand is a story, how a studio decides how it gets told, and why it matters.  He has worked with Oscar, Emmy and Tony Winners, two U.S. Presidents, 9/11 survivors, countless celebrities and one Duchess. His presentation is visually driven and presents a POV, whether you agree or not. There will be plenty of social commentary as well. Mr. Fedor draws on a career in Advertising where he won 3 Clio Awards and a Silver Lion at the Cannes Film Festival for Best Commercial of the Year. He has been Chief Marketing & Creative Officer of Nike’s Action-sports division, HURLEY. He knows brands how they work. Known for his plainspoken style, he will also answer questions and offer insights about interviewing for the job you want in the entertainment business. 


Date: Thursday, May 4
Time: 7 - 9pm
Location: Pollock Theater

NOTE: This is a free event sponsored by the Carsey-Wolf Center.  A reservation is recommended in order to guarantee a seat.  Please click here for more information.

Description: Documentary Raising Zoey offers a vibrant and inspiring portrait of family, following thirteen-year-old Zoey, her mother Ofelia and sister Letty as they navigate Zoey's transition, legal battles against discrimination in Zoey's public school, and the joys and complexities of adolescence. A powerful demonstration of how resilience, community, and love can be marshaled against prejudice and entrenched ignorance, the film addresses both the enormous accomplishments Zoey, Ofelia, and Letty have made together, and their hopes—together and individually—for the future.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Director Dante Alencastre, moderated by Abigaíl Salazar of the UCSB Resource Center for Gender and Sexual Diversity (RCGSD).
Guest Speaker: Dante Alencastre
Director, Raising Zoe
Dante Alencastre is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and LGBT community activist, based in West Hollywood. His filmmaking and work on the boards of Los Angeles LGBT arts organizations, political and community groups, is focused particularly on the overlapping Latino/a, Transgender and Gender non-conforming sub-tribes within the community. Dante found his personal calling documenting the lives of LGBT individuals and communities during a trip back to his native Peru, resulting in the 2007 award-winning film En El Fuego (In the Fire) (LA Outfest Audience Award). Returning to document the successes of this Peruvian group of trans activists five years later, he directed the film El Fuego Dentro (The Fire Inside). Focusing on the personal and professional life of a transgender activist and leader, Dante's documentary Transvisible: Bamby Salcedo's Story premiered at 2013’s Outfest and toured nationwide.



Date: Wednesday, May 17
Time: 3 - 4pm
Location: AS Annex Building 434, Room 141H (by Storke Tower bike circle)


Description: You've got the idea, now explore the tips and techniques for turning that concept into a blueprint for a film or series. Students, faculty, and staff welcome! More info at: 






Date: Wednesday, May 17
Time: 7 - 9:30pm
Location: Pollock Theater

NOTE: This is a free event sponsored by the Carsey-Wolf Center, the MultiCultural Center and the Center for Middle East Studies.  A reservation is recommended in order to guarantee a seat.  Please click here for more information.

Description: This event will feature a selection of six outstanding short films from the Arab Film Festival. The 90-minute program showcases the emergent voices and diverse approaches in cinematic storytelling by contemporary Arab filmmakers and artists.  Join us for a post-screening discussion and Q&A with Serge Bakalian (Director of the Arab Film & Media Institute) and Deana Nassar (Artistic Director and Festival Programmer, Arab Film Festival).  The discussion will be moderated by Professor Mona Damluji of the UCSB Department of Film and Media Studies.  

Guest Speaker: Serge Bakalian 
Director, Arab Film & Media Institute

Serge Bakalian San Francisco-based filmmaker and activist. He was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon and immigrated to the Los Angeles area in 1986. Prior to joining the AFF, Serge helped produce theatrical works dedicated to exploring Middle Eastern cultures and identities. In 2011, he completed the award-winning Default: The Student Loan Documentary, which was released on PBS and over 140 broadcasting stations around the country. In late 2012 he started production on his current film, Way of the Warthogs, which was awarded a FilmHouse residency by the SF Film Society and SF Film Commission.  In his career and activism Serge has worked on a wide range of issues and campaigns, from defending the biodiversity of the world’s food supply against genetic modification to the rights of Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza.

Guest Speaker: Deana Nassar 
Artistic Director and Festival Programmer, Arab Film Festival

Deanna Nassar began her legal career clerking with the Entertainment and Intellectual Property group in the legal department of the national headquarters of the AARP. Subsequently, she moved to New York city to pursue her career as an entertainment attorney where she worked as a contract lawyer negotiating primarily on behalf of record labels and producers.  In 2008, Deana was awarded the U.N. Food Law Fellowship, which afforded her the opportunity to work in the legal department of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization in Rome, Italy. During her fellowship she focused her research on water law and the role of micro-finance in agricultural sustainability in rural Africa. Deana returned to the United States to pursue her career in entertainment working closely with Musicians and record producers and broadening her base to include writers, directors and film/television producers. She joined the Muslim Public Affairs Council in 2010 as the Hollywood Liaison. In her capacity as the Hollywood Liaison she engaged decision makers in the entertainment industry in an effort to promote and foster nuanced and accurate depictions of Muslim Americans and Muslim societies.



Date: Tuesday, May 23
Time: 7 - 9:15pm
Location: Pollock Theater

NOTE: This is a free event sponsored by the Carsey-Wolf Center and the UCSB Resource Center for Gender and Sexual Diversity (RCGSD).  A reservation is recommended in order to guarantee a seat, and tickets will be released on Tuesday, May 2 at 11am.  Please click here for more information.

Description: Award-winning documentary Still Black: A Portrait of Black Transmen explores the world of female to male transgender transition in the African American community, centered on the stories of six thoughtful, eloquent and diverse transmen. Preachers, teachers, students and activists educate us simply by making their presence known. Each man brings a colorful and complex richness as he describes his relationship to himself, as well as others in his life — the cadence of his voice keeping in rhythm with how the speaker displays himself to the camera.  The film received an Isaac Julien Experimental Award from Queer Black Cinema International Music Festival and an Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary in the ReelOut Queer Film + Video Festival.
Please join us for a screening of Still Black: A Portrait of Black Transmen.  The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Director Kortney Ryan Ziegler and Moderator Jennifer Tyburczy (Feminist Studies, UCSB).
Guest Speaker: Kortney Ryan Ziegler
Director, Still Black: A portrait of Black Transmen
Kortney is an Oakland-based award-winning artist, writer, and the first person to hold the Ph.D. of African American Studies from Northwestern University. He is the director of the documentary Still Black: A Portrait of Black Transmen, runs the GLAAD Media Award-nominated blog blac (k) ademic, and was named one of the Top 40 Under 40 LGBT activists by The Advocate Magazine and one of the most influential African Americans of 2013 by TheRoot100.  Dr. Ziegler is also the founder of Trans*H4CK: the only tech event of its kind that spotlights trans-created tech and trans-led startups.


Date: Wednesday, May 24
Time: 3-4pm
Location: AS Annex Building 434, Room 141H (by Storke Tower bike circle)

Description: Learn how to start making videos with simple equipment you can borrow from the A.S. Media Center.  We'll practice the basics of shooting video on a DSLR camera and capturing great audio.  Students and staff welcome.  Hosted by Chelsea Lyon.  More info at: 


Date: Thursday, May 25
Time: 4pm
Location: Virtual Webinar

Note: This webinar is part of an information series sponsored by the UCLA Anderson School of Management’s Center for the Management of Media, Entertainment and Sports (MEMES). To register in advance, please click here.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to the webinar.
Description: This one-hour webinar will advise participants on career paths in the vibrant fields of entertainment, media and sports. Webinar hosts Karen Glass and Mark Francis will offer a blueprint for getting your foot in the door, plus techniques for building relationships, knowledge and a resume that will excite companies in these sectors. Plus, a short overview of the Summer Institute at UCLA's Anderson School of Management which provides undergraduates and recent graduates a deep dive into these industries with hands-on learning.  In this webinar, you'll learn: 
• Career path choices in sports and entertainment
• The four key elements critical for success
• How to win a great internship position
• How to utilize your strengths and school accomplishments to your advantage
Karen Glass: President, Glassworks Entertainment /former Exec VP, Disney Studios
Mark Francis, Principal, IGNITE Sports & Entertainment



Date: Wednesday, May 31
Time: 3-4pm
Location: AS Annex Building 434, Room 141H (by Storke Tower bike circle)

Description: Participants, if you can, please bring 10-20 still images of an animated sequence of your own creation (something of this nature:, either hand-drawn on paper or on digitally created files. You will learn how to scan the images, compile and edit them in Photoshop, and import them into Aftereffects to be sequenced. The tutorial will also cover basics in selecting appropriate video file formats, sizing, choices of frames per second, and exporting. All skill levels, students and staff are welcome. Hosted by Scotty Wagner.


Date: Thursday, May 4
Time: 7:30 - 9pm
Location: Campbell Hall

NOTE: This is free, interdisciplinary, cross-campus event is part of a series on Sustainable Science Communication, by the Mellichamp Academic Initiative in Sustainability, and the Department of Communication’s biannual Rupe Conference series. It is co-sponsored by the Bren School for Environmental Science & Management's Strategic Communication & Environmental Media focus, and the Associated Students Program Board, and is assisted by Arts & Lecture.  Click here for more information.

Description: Most people do not understand the process of science or what scientists do. They expect science to provide them with black and white solutions when in fact science many times comes up with appear to be ambiguous answers: uncertainty.  But this is well-informed uncertainty, often accurate within likely ranges. This disconnect leads to many false assumptions about what to expect from science and scientists. And it makes it difficult for the media to communicate that uncertainty to a public that expects science to "know everything." 

Guest Speaker: Ira Flatow
Science Correspondent and TV Journalist

Award winning science correspondent and TV journalist Ira Flatow is the host of Science Friday®, heard weekly on Public Radio International, and online. He will explore the challenges and efforts to explain the uncertainty that scientists welcome but the public finds bewildering, and the media find difficult to communicate to a public that expects science to "know everything." The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session from the audience.



Date: Monday, May 8
Time: 6 - 7:30pm
Location: Career Services, Room 1109

Description: Join local radio stars for an overview of their career experiences in the broadcasting industry.  We will address what strategies have been successful in the past, what strategies will be successful in the future, and what strategies will never change for a successful career in broadcasting.  This is one listener-supported conversation not to miss!

Guest Speaker: Catherine Remak
Radio Host KLITE 101.7 Radio (Rincon Broadcasting), Owner of CR Voice Productions

With nearly three decades of experience in radio broadcast, Catherine Remak has one of the most recognizable voices in the community of Santa Barbara. Catherine co-hosts the long-running “Gary and Catherine in the Morning” on KLITE, owns CR Voice Productions and has lent her voice to thousands of television and radio commercials. She attended college in San Francisco, where she interned at CNN, KPIX and radio station, KGO. Also known as a “champion for nonprofits”, Catherine is a frequent emcee of local events, works part-time at the Council for Alcoholism & Drug Abuse and has served on the boards of The Friendship Center, Make a Wish Foundation, Court Appointed Special Advocates and Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation. Catherine is a native of Santa Barbara, where she developed her love of music at Montecito Union School, explored theatre at Santa Barbara Junior High, sang in Madrigals at Santa Barbara High and played in her first rock band at the age of 16. 


Guest Speaker: John Brooks
Former Reporter and Anchor, CBS Radio

John worked nearly 40 years in radio news as News Director, Editor, Reporter and Anchorman. He first worked at KVEN/KHAY Ventura and then spent 34 years at KFWB & KNX Los Angeles. From the space shuttle to brush fires and major political and judicial stories, John has many stories to share from this exciting profession.



Date: Thursday, May 18
Time:  7pm
Location: La Casa de la Raza (downtown SB)

NOTE: This event is presented by KCSB-FM 91.9 and La Casa de la Raza.  Admission is free for students with ID.  Click here to learn more.

DescriptionFree speech is democracy’s last line of defense. We must demand it, defend it, and most of all, use it — now. In these times of war and elections, movements and uprisings, we need independent media more than ever. The commercial media serves as a mouthpiece for corporate and government interestsgiving a platform to the pundits and the pollsters who know so little about so much, explaining the world to us and getting it so wrong. Proceeds benefit Community Radio in Santa Barbara: KCSB-FM 91.9 & La Casa de la Raza’s new low-power FM KZAA-LP 96.5

Guest Speaker: Amy Goodman
Broadcast Journalist

Amy Goodman in Santa Barbara | Lecture & Book Signing with Denis Moynihan



Date: Wednesday, May 31
Time: 7 - 8:30pm
Location: Career Services, Room 1109

Description: According to a recent study, Americans devote over 10 hours every day in front of a screen.  Learn about your future in media from local professionals who will outline their career paths, share the various roles of working in the modern-day television industry, and offer advice for breaking into the field.  

Guest Speaker: Claire Scholl
Assignment Manager, KEYT-KCOY-KKFX

Claire Scholl is the KEYT KCOY KKFX Assignment Manager and a Digital Content Producer for the Santa Barbara newsroom since May 2012. Claire was born and raised in Santa Barbara. She graduated from Biola University, where she majored in Journalism with an emphasis in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish. She spent four years working for The Disneyland Resort in Anaheim and three years working the Assignment Desk at KTLA 5 before coming back to Santa Barbara. Her favorite part of the news business is storytelling with compelling images and reaching a broad audience with important messages. While at KEYT KCOY KKFX, Claire won a Golden Mike for coverage of the Isla Vista Massacre in 2014 and a Golden Mike for a NASCAR Sports Feature story. In 2015, Claire and her news team won an Emmy for coverage of the Refugio Oil Spill. Claire is always on the lookout for story ideas and breaking news tips. Please reach out with story ideas to or call the newsroom 805-882-3930.

Guest Speaker: Vicky Nguyen 
News Reporter, KEYT News Channel 3 

Vicky Nguyen joined the KEYT NewsChannel 3 news team family in 2015 as a multi-media journalist. Vicky is a Cal State Fullerton graduate who loves meeting people, telling their stories and working under intense deadlines. Prior to joining KEYT, Vicky worked in Orange County and North Dakota. She loves covering crime and feature pieces.


Date: Thursday, May 11
Time: 6 - 7:30pm
Location: Career Services, Room 1109

Description: Sources suggest that there are still over 1,200 daily newspapers in the United States, 150 million blogs worldwide, and 4.2 billion social media users scrolling through newsfeed updates.  How can you make a living while writing, you ask?  Listen in as these professionals share tips and tricks for winning at a career in writing during the 21st century.

Guest Speaker: Tyler Hayden
Senior Editor, The Santa Barbara Independent
Senior Editor Tyler Hayden started at The Santa Barbara Independent as an intern in the spring of 2009 while studying English and editing at UCSB. He was hired that fall and has since spent his days editing and writing an endless stream of news stories, wrangling interns, and helping manage Tyler regularly contributes to a number of Santa Barbara and national news organizations, and he and the Independent's other reporters have received multiple awards from Editor & Publisher, the California Newspaper Publishers Association, and the Association of Alternative Newsmedia, most recently for their coverage of Santa Barbara's housing crisis, oil industry, and immigrant community.
Guest Speaker: Jennifer Sahn
Executive Editor, Pacific Standard Magazine
(Image credit: Terence Patrick) 
Jennifer Sahn is Executive Editor of Pacific Standard, where she oversees longform print features and story packages. She previously served as Editor of Orion, during which time the magazine was twice a winner of the Utne Independent Press Award for General Excellence and twice a finalist for a National Magazine Award. She has been a judge for several literary awards and fellowships and has taught or lectured at a number of writing workshops. Stories she has edited have been awarded the Pushcart Prize, O. Henry Prize, John Burroughs Essay Award, and have been widely reprinted in the Best American Series anthologies, The Norton Reader, and via online aggregators such as Longreads.



Date: Monday, May 15
Time: 6 - 7:30pm
Location: Career Services, Room 1109

Description: Social media and digital content provides one of the most in-demand employment areas for college graduates.  Curious to know what it is like to do social media--for the media--for a living?  Then don't miss this #CareerChat @Career!

Guest Speaker: Oscar Flores
Digital Content Director, KEYT-KCOY-KKFX

Oscar began his career in the news industry 10 years ago while a student at UCSB. A Santa Barbara native, he began as an editor and videographer with the Univision affiliate station, and soon after, a photojournalist with KEYT NewsChannel 3. As a photojournalist, Oscar traveled up and down the coast telling stories important to the community. Some pleasant and others not so much. Soon after KEYT's parent company took over news operations for KCOY (CBS) and KKFX (Fox), Oscar was promoted to Digital Content Director. Now, he spearheads the stations' digital operations.



Date: Wednesday, May 17
Time: 7:30 - 9pm
Location: The Granada Theater (Downtown SB)

NOTE: This is a free event hosted by UCSB Arts & Lectures at the Granada Theater.  Please plan to arrive 60-90 minutes early, as seats are provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Description: “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate is a book of such ambition and consequence that it is almost unreviewable…. The most momentous and contentious environmental book since Silent Spring.” New York Times Book Review, 100 Notable Books of the Year.  Pre-signed books will be available for purchase. Co-presented with Pacific Standard Magazine as the keynote address in the Women and the Environment Conference. For more information about this event, click here.

Guest Speaker: Naomi Klein
Environmental Journalist

An award-winning journalist, environmentalist and activist, Naomi Klein is a contributing editor for Harper’s and a regular columnist for The Nation. Her incisive books include The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism and No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies. A writer who puts ideas into action, her most recent book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, was made into an acclaimed documentary film. Klein is one of the authors of Leap Manifesto, a blueprint for a rapid and justice-based transition off fossil fuels in Canada that has inspired similar initiatives around the world. In 2016, she received Australia’s prestigious Sydney Peace Prize. 



Date: Thursday, May 25
Time: 11:30 - 1pm
Location: SB County Emergency Operation Center, 4408 Cathedral Oaks Road, Goleta


Description: Join the Emergency Public Information Communicators (EPIC) for a panel of media professionals discussing their news organization and tips on how Public Information Officers can best work with news media.  The panel will feature UCSB's very own Lisa Osborn, News and Public Affairs Director for KCSB-FM.




Date: Saturday, April 29
Time: 11am - 4:30pm (Sign in at 10:30am)
Location: Fe Bland Forum at SBCC
Presented by an Art Without Limits coalition

NOTE: This conference is free for 13 to 25 year old artists.  A $25 donation is requested for attendees over the age of 25.  Register at  For more information, call 805-565-1332 or email

Description: Art Without Limits, in collaboration with other Tri Counties organizations, will present the 7th Art Career Day Conference (ACDC) on Saturday, April 29th at SB City College's Fe Bland Forum! ACDC was created with the vision of giving young artists the confidence to pursue a career in the arts. This year, we are expanding our outreach to include emerging artists in Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties.
Attendees will have the opportunity to meet, dialogue, ask questions and, very importantly, be listened to by over 50 professional artists of all genres. The day consists of presentations, performances by young artists, and the opportunity to participate in 3 Roundtable Discussions out of 15 offered in a variety of art forms and led by professionals. A complimentary lunch is served, including McConnell's ice cream! Aspiring artists of all ages are welcome. 
Rona Barrett will be the conference's Keynote Speaker this year! Rona is a pioneering entertainment reporter, commentator and producer with a career spanning more than 30 years. She has blazed the trail for women in the media industry. Chief Curator of the Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture,Maiza Hixson, will be the Emcee of the 7th ACDC. Renowned local photographer, David Bazemore, will lead the Roundtable Discussion on Photography. Director, writer, producer and author, Mitchell Kriegman, will lead the Roundtable on Animation. Artist and educator, BiJian Fan, will give a presentation about STEAM and lead the Roundtable Discussion on Sculpture & Installation.
To present ACDC, Art Without Limits collaborates with the Santa Barbara County Office of Arts & Culture, SB County Education Department, SBCC Theatre Department, SBHS Visual Arts & Design Academy, SB Teen Star, Dug Uyesaka, Melissa Johnson and many others.  This is your opportunity to learn from the people who are living your dream!
Registration is now open. There are still opportunities to volunteer for ACDC!


Date: Wednesday, May 3
Time: 3 - 4pm
Location: AS Annex Building, Room 141H (by Storke Tower bike circle)

Description: Curious how you can grow your design skills?  Learn about the fundamentals of Adobe Photoshop by attending this great workshop with Neulyn Moss from UCSB Associated Students!  For more details, visit 




Date: Tuesday, May 9
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Campbell Hall

NOTE: This is a free event hosted by UCSB Arts & Lectures.  No advanced tickets are required.  Please click here for more information.

Description: Chip Kidd is "the closest thing to a rock star" in the world of graphic design (USA today).  He is the associate art director at Alfred A. Knopf, where he has been a jacket designer since 1986.  

Guest Speaker: Chip Kidd
Designer and Art Director

Designer and art director Chip Kidd has changed the way book jackets are perceived – from a protective covering to a work of art. He has produced some of the most recognizable book covers of the past three decades for authors such as Haruki Murakami, David Sedaris and Donna Tartt. Kidd is the driving force behind Pantheon Graphic Novels (Art Spiegelman, Chris Ware) and the writer of the original graphic novel Batman: Death by Design. A recipient of the National Design Award for Communications, his jackets are collected in Chip Kidd: Book One, and his TED talks on cover design have been viewed more than 12 million times. Books are available for purchase and signing.




Date: Saturday, May 13
Time: 3:00pm
Location: Campbell Hall

NOTE: This event is free to all students with valid student ID ($25 for General Public).  It is hosted by UCSB Arts and Lectures and sponsored by the Dancing Tides Foundation with support from the Harold & Hester Schoen Arts and Lectures Endowment.  Click here for more information.
Description: MacArthur fellow Lynsey Addario is an intrepid and courageous photojournalist who documents humanitarian crises for National Geographic, Time magazine and The New York Times. Her recent work includes reportage on the plight of Syrian refugees, the ISIS push into Iraq and maternal mortality in Sierra Leone. Listed among Newsweek’s 150 Fearless Women, Addario has been kidnapped twice – in Iraq in 2004 and Libya in 2011. She relates these and other experiences from her heroic work in her memoir, It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War, currently being adapted into a Steven Spielberg film starring Jennifer Lawrence. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Guest Speaker: Lynsey Addario


Date: Friday, May 19
Time: 5:30 - 7:30pm
Location: AD&A Museum (next to Storke Plaza)

NOTE: This is a free event hosted by the AD&A Museum--all are welcome and refreshments will be served!  

Description: We like to think of treks and stories in neat frames of starts and middles and ends, but life insists on a more fluid, continuous and interconnected messiness.  What is to come has already started, what just ended has already spawned multiple beginnings.  The works in this show, a strikingly diverse collection of approaches and interests realized in an equally broad range of methods and media, form the selected output of the six UCSB graduate students about to conclude their Master of Fine Arts studies.  It is at once the carefully edited product of the research they are concluding, a current snapshot of where they now stand, and just possibly a glimpse of their future.  


Image credits (in order of appearance): 
Marcos Christodoulou, Mare Nostrum (Where Have You Gone, Joe Géricault), 2017, Oil, mixed media on canvas, 36 x 48 inches, (Image file name:  Marcos_Thesis.jpg)
Peter Sowinski, Table For Marini, 2016, Wood, outdoor carpet, foil tape, 36" W x 10" D x 55" H, (Image file name:  Peter_Thesis.jpg)
Rose Briccetti , Artemisia absinthum (wormwood), 2017, Watercolor on panel, 36 x 48 inches, (Image file name:  Briccetti_Thesis.jpg)
Scotty Wagner, Trial Child: Nurture a Better Nature, 2017, Video and Installation , 8 x 12 x 8 feet, (Image file name:  Scotty_Thesis.jpg)Sunny Samuel, Bag of Spores (Matter Exchange), 2017, Acrylic on glass, 60 dia x 1/4 inches, (Image file name:  Sunny_Thesis.jpg)
Yumiko Glover, Tomoko vs Mr. A (Detail), 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 77 x 77 inches, (Image file name:  Yumiko_Thesis.jpg)



Date: Tuesday, May 23
Time: 6 - 7:30pm
Location: Career Services, Room 1109

Description: All month long, Media MAYhem has brought you career options in arts and media.  Now is the time to learn how to sell your skills!  Stop by this interactive workshop for the do’s and don’ts of artistic resumes, online portfolios, and key platforms to advertise your creative skills.  Learn from the storied pitfalls and triumphs of professionals who work in the field, as well as from first-hand experiences of our special guest speaker on personal branding.

Workshop Facilitator: Eric Wilder
Career Counselor & Coordinator for Arts and Media, UCSB Career Services

Eric Wilder graduated from UCSB with a BA in Geography and an emphasis in Geographic Information Systems. After three years of work in cartography, a field involving many principles of design, Eric learned that his strengths and interests resided in a very different area: higher education. He returned to school for a Master's Degree in Counseling and Guidance while working in a number of roles within the university setting, and he now finds passion in helping students map out strategies for career success within creative fields.  

 Guest SpeakerAsia Croson
Photographer & Blogger






Date: Wednesday, May 24
Time: 6 - 7:30pm
Location: Career Services, Room 1109

Description: Trying to put your artistic talents to work, but unsure how to make it a profitable venture?  See how these professionals found their niche in the arts and sustained a livelihood with their creative background.  

Guest Speaker: Juan Pinnel 
Filmmaker and Photographer /

Los Angeles and Santa Barbara based Photographer and Filmmaker. BA in Media Studies and trained Director of Photography at Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires and New York Film Academy in Manhattan. For over 15 years, Juan has worked as Director of Photography, Cameraman and Director for film, advertising and television in Argentina, Latin America and United States. Institutions such as Cinematheque Française in Paris or Centro Cultural San Martin in Buenos Aires, amongst others have exhibited Juan's work both in Europe and South America.  In 2015, Juan moved to Southern California, where he works as an independent photographer and filmmaker, offering services to clients in all California, the U.S. and Latin America. 

Guest Speaker: Sue DiCicco
Sculptor, Children's Book Author and Illustrator

Sue DiCicco began her career as an animator at the Walt Disney Company and has since worked as a sculptor, children's book author and illustrator, and founder of Armed with the Arts Inc, and the Peace Crane Project.


Guest Speaker: Nathan Vonk
Owner, Sullivan Goss - An American Gallery

Nathan Vonk is the owner of Sullivan Goss - An American Gallery. Additionally, he has been on the Board of Directors for the Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative for 6 years, and serves on the City's Arts Advisory Committee. In 2013 - 2014 he helped organize the Funk Zone Arts Festival. He has been living in Santa Barbara for 13 years and in that time has become passionate about and intimately connected to the local art scene.
Moderator: Chelsea Lyon
Art Director, UCSB Associated Students
Chelsea Lyon is the Art Director for Associated Students. She received her Bachelor's degree in Graphic Communication at Cal Poly SLO, and worked as a graphic designer at the Santa Barbara Independent prior to her job at UCSB. She enjoys making short films, dance, and especially opportunities combining the two.