Create. Explore. Innovate. These three words sum up the Claire Trevor School of the Arts – a leader in training aspiring artists, supporting arts research, cultivating new technologies in the arts and promoting the arts in the community at large. One of the founding schools at UC Irvine, CTSA has a total enrollment of 772 undergraduate majors, 143 graduate students and 145 digital arts minors as of fall 2012.
The school offers premier academic and professional programs in the departments of Dance, Drama, Music and Art at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Creativity intersects with technology in every academic department, providing students with opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations on the campus and in the business community. The digital arts minor attracts students from throughout the university who are studying the latest in digital technology, and it provides them with an opportunity to investigate the connection between practice and analysis in the arts. Arts Outreach connects students, faculty and staff to the community at large, and Creative Connections places arts scholars in the K-12 classrooms of schools throughout the county.
CTSA is at the forefront of developments in the burgeoning field of the arts and technology. The Beall Center for Art + Technology serves as an exhibition showplace and teaching center for all forms of experimental media arts.
The school’s primary exhibition and performance facilities include the Claire Trevor Theatre, Winifred Smith Hall, the Beall Center and the University Art Gallery. The most recent addition to the arts campus is the Contemporary Arts Center that contains a new performance space, enlarged art gallery and exhibition spaces, a new motion capture studio, Meyers Sound Lab, faculty offices, and art studios for graduate students.
The alumni of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts are impacting the world every day – from Broadway stages and Hollywood recording studios to European art galleries and international dance companies. Our alumni are reshaping art in America and throughout the world.
Joseph S. Lewis III, Dean
Joseph S. Lewis III joined UCI’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts in March of 2010 after five years as head of Alfred University’s School of Art & Design in New York. Lewis – whose background includes acting, song writing, performance art, photography and fine arts – helped create Fashion Moda, an alternative arts space in the South Bronx that displayed work by up-and-coming artists of that time, including Keith Haring. His career took a turn toward academia when he decided to pursue a master’s in fine arts at the Maryland Institute College of Art. His first major challenge, as project manager for the Jackie Robinson Foundation, was overseeing the national exhibit marking the 40th anniversary of the baseball legend’s initial major-league game. As dean, Lewis manages programs in dance, studio art, drama and music. “My position as dean of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts gives me the opportunity to use all my experience in one place,” says Lewis. “I’ve never had that chance before, and I find it very exciting.”