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LightWorks: Isla Vista Announces Award-Winning California Artists

Isla Vista, CA – April 19, 2016. The Santa Barbara County Arts Commission with the University of California Santa Barbara announces LightWorks: Isla Vista from May 19-21, 2016 in downtown Isla Vista. A competition for public light-based artworks in downtown Isla Vista was held and a distinguished panel of jurors selected projects to be produced by the following award-winning artists: Madeline Berger, Jamie Birkett, Weslie Ching, Kym Cochran, Chad ‘Fez’ Gaetz, Udo Gyene, Mitchell Jakubka, John Lawrence, Danial Nord, Marco Pinter, Tai Rodrig, Jonathan Smith, Fernando Tapia, Denise Torres, Ethan Turpin, Scotty Slade Wagner, and Shannon Willis.

Artists responded to a Request For Proposals to create temporary sculptural installations designed to transform the central parks of downtown Isla Vista into illuminated spaces for art, performance, and evening engagement by the community. Artists who employ light-emitting technologies as a medium in the creation of site-specific or free-standing installations will present their works at the opening ceremony of LightWorks: Isla Vista on May 19. For updated information on the event, please visit

LightWorks: Isla Vista is part of a long-term community improvement effort led by a strategic group of partners and agencies, including the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission, Office of the 3rd Supervisorial District and County Sheriff, UC Santa Barbara Visual and Public Arts, Santa Barbara Foundation, Isla Vista Recreation and Parks District (IVRPD), Isla Vista Community Network (IVCN), UCSB Materials Research Laboratory, and the Santa Barbara Center for Art, Science and Technology (SBCAST). 3rd District Supervisor Doreen Farr said, “We are excited about the high caliber of artists who are presenting their light-based artworks in Isla Vista. LightWorks is an innovative project that we believe will inspire the campus, county, and community.”

For more information regarding LightWorks: Isla Vista, please contact Maiza Hixson, Chief Curator of the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission at 805-568-3994


Kim Yasuda, Artistic Director of LightWorks: Isla Vista at 805-895-2253

LightWorks: Isla Vista Schedule of Events, May 19-21, 2016

Thursday, May 19th
5:00 pm-6:50 pm: Public Presentation by Artists of LightWorks, Embarcadero Hall, 935 Embarcadero del Norte, Isla Vista

7:00 pm-9:00 pm: Artist Opening Ceremony and Reception, 976 Embarcadero del Mar, Isla Vista

Friday, May 20th
7:30-11:00 pm LightWorks Illumination and Live Jazz & Dance Performances, IV Central Park Locations

Saturday, May 21st
4:00 pm-7:00 pm Isla Vista Conference Art Exhibition & Reception, 970 Embarcadero del Mar, Isla Vista

8:00 pm-11:00 pm LightWorks Illumination and Live Jazz & Dance Performances throughout IV Central Park Locations

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