University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Arts
240 Charles E Young Drive North
Los Angeles, California 90095
United States

The School of the Arts and Architecture at UCLA (UCLA Arts) plays a vital role in the cultural and artistic life of the campus and the community. Providing a full range of course offerings and programs, the School is comprised of six degree-granting departments: Architecture and Urban Design, Art, Design | Media Arts, Ethnomusicology, Music, and World Arts and Cultures/Dance, six centers: the Art | Global Health Center, the Art | Sci Center, cityLAB, the Experiential Technologies Center, the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts and the Now Institute, and The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music (comprising the departments of ethnomusicology, music and musicology.)

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Casey Reas

Casey Reas writes software to explore conditional systems as art. Through defining emergent networks and layered instructions, he has defined a unique area of visual experience that builds upon concrete art, conceptual art, experimental animation, and drawing. While dynamic, generative software remains his core medium, work in variable media including prints, objects, installations, and performances materialize from his visual systems. Reas' software, prints, and installations have been featured in over one hundred solo and group exhibitions at museums and galleries in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Recent venues include the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Art Institute of Chicago, and recent commissions have been awarded by the Whitney Museum of American Art and the New World Symphony in Miami. Reas' work is in a range of private and public collections, including the Centre Georges Pompidou and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Reas is a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. He holds a masters degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Media Arts and Sciences as well as a bachelors degree from the School of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati. With Ben Fry, Reas initiated Processing in 2001. Processing is an open source programming language and environment for the visual arts.

Lauren McCarthy

Lauren McCarthy is an artist and programmer based in Brooklyn, NY. She is full-time faculty at NYU ITP, and recently a resident at CMU STUDIO for Creative Inquiry and Eyebeam. She holds an MFA from UCLA and a BS Computer Science and BS Art and Design from MIT. Her work explores the structures and systems of social interactions, identity, and self-representation, and the potential for technology to mediate, manipulate, and evolve these interactions. Lauren has worked on installations for the London Eye, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, IBM, US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Thomas Jefferson’s home at Monticello. Her artwork has been shown in a variety of contexts, including the Ars Electronica Center, Conflux Festival, SIGGRAPH, LACMA, the Japan Media Arts Festival, Share Festival, File Festival, the WIRED Store, and probably to you without you knowing it at some point while interacting with her.

Chandler McWilliams

Chandler McWilliams is a artist and writer living and working in Los Angeles. His work uses sculpture, text, and performance to cope with ethics, space, perception, and thought. Born in 1976 in Kansas City, Missouri, he spent his undergraduate years in Chicago studying film, photography, and political science. He later went on to complete graduate work in philosophy at The New School For Social Research in New York City, and in 2013 he received an MFA from the Program in Art at the California Institute of the Arts. He has taught workshops and at schools around the world including the School of Visual Arts, The Cooper Union, and currently teaches in the Design Media Arts program at UCLA. McWilliams has published pieces for academic journals and conferences and is the co-author of "Form + Code in Design, Art, and Architecture" (Princeton Architectural Press, 2010).