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July 19, 2018

In the Media: Art Historian Katherine Schwab ’76 on the Parthenon Metopes

The National Herald recently profiled Scripps alumna Katherine Schwab ’76, professor of art history at Fairfield University in Connecticut. Since the 1990s, Schwab has made an annual trip to Athens to draw the Parthenon metopes.

July 18, 2018

Research and Internships: The Art and Science of Art Conservation

In 2004, inspired by the Scripps Landscape and Architectural Blueprint Committee’s recommendation to preserve the historic character of the campus, Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery Director Mary MacNaughton ’70 spearheaded a massive restoration of the eight relief sculptures that adorn the exterior walls of Sycamore Court and Balch Hall, each depicting a seminal scene from eight of William Shakespeare’s plays. Created in 1932 by British-born American sculptor John Gregory, these plaster reliefs were models for marble sculptures that grace the exterior of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. To undertake this massive project, MacNaughton hired expert Donna Williams, head of Williamson Conservation, in Los Angeles.

July 10, 2018

Spotlight on Students: Kyla Smith ’20 Receives Critical Language Scholarship

Born in China and raised in Hawaii by her adoptive parents, Kyla Smith ’20 has sought ways to connect with her birth country. As a Scripps student, she has lately been exploring her identity and heritage through her coursework, double majoring in Asian American studies and Asian studies and enrolling in Mandarin language classes. This summer, Smith plans to fully immerse herself in Chinese language and culture, having received a Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) to study Mandarin in Xi’an, China, for two months, beginning in late June.

June 27, 2018

In the Media: Yoshiko Shimada ’82 Profiled in Art Radar

Video and performance artist Yoshiko Shimada ’82 was recently profiled in the online journal Art Radar. In her work, Shimada uses rigorous research methods to examine diverse topics including Japanese cultural memory, art education in Asia during the 1960s and 70s, and the role of women in the Asia-Pacific War. She currently lives and works in Chiba, Japan.

June 25, 2018

Spotlight on Students: Perrin York ’19 Wins Outstanding Soloist Award at the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella

Standing on stage in front of an audience of 3,000 at the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA), Perrin York ’19 “didn’t know if I was crying or wanted to cry.” She had just been awarded Outstanding Soloist for her rendition of “Greedy” by Ariana Grande.  “At that moment, I felt so humbled and couldn’t understand the magnitude of the award,” she recalls.

June 5, 2018

Ken Gonzales-Day to Participate in Vancouver Biennale’s “re-IMAGE-n” Arts and Culture Initiative

Scripps College Professor of Art Ken Gonzales-Day is among a prestigious selection of international artists whose work will be featured at the Vancouver Biennale in its fourth edition exhibition, “re-IMAGE-n,” which begins this month, and continues with new installations through June 2020.

May 29, 2018

Spotlight on Academics: Senior Art Exhibition: Rooms of Our Own

The Senior Art Exhibition is a cornerstone of the studio art major at Scripps College. Each year, the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery features artworks by graduating seniors that constitute their thesis projects. In addition to making the works on view, the seniors conceptualize the exhibition, install their pieces, draft artist statements and wall texts, and publicize the event.

May 11, 2018

Class of 2018: Graffiti Wall

Since 1931, Scripps’ graduating seniors have participated in what has become an essential rite of passage at the College: the signing of Graffiti Wall. Each year, seniors choose a mural design from student-submitted illustrations to paint on the wall, and then the entire graduating class adds its signatures. Graffiti Wall is a visual reminder of Scripps’ history and reflects the changing tastes and attitudes of students over the decades.

April 26, 2018

Scripps’ Ceramic Annual Featured in Los Angeles Times Article

Scripps College’s Ceramic Annual, the longest continuously running ceramics exhibition nationwide, recently wrapped up its 74th show.

April 25, 2018

Bringing the Outside Inside: Professor Nancy Macko’s New Tapestry, Lola’s Garden, Comes to NEW Hall

NEW Hall, Scripps’ newest residence hall, is home to 110 students and, now, a one-of-a-kind jacquard tapestry designed by Professor of Art Nancy Macko. Installed on a large, previously empty wall in the living room, the 6-by-12-foot tapestry is not only a beautiful addition to the building, but it also carries on the tradition of displaying tapestries and artwork by Scripps professors on campus.