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Summer 2015

Alumni Artists

Luke Matjas '02

Luke Matjas' Artwork

Luke Matjas's MFA '02, work investigated the ways natural and unnatural histories have become intertwined and entangled. He alternates between immense room-sized digital prints, site-specific installations, and intimate drawings. His work has been featured in exhibitions at the Pasadena Museum of California Art (2013), the UC Davis Design Museum (2012), and more. His work is also included in the permanent collection of the Ventura County Museum of Art and History. His is currently an Associate Professor and Chair of the Art Department at California State University Channel Islands. His next exhibition will be a solo show at the Ventura County’s Carnegie Museum in March of 2016. He enjoys being Chair at CSUCI because he has the opportunity to shed light on the work of fellow UCSB graduates, CSUCI has recently started a new series of exhibitions in the campus gallery that will feature UCSB MFA students each semesters. To see more of his work, visit his website.

Jennifer Vanderpool '03

Jennifer Vanderpool Artwork

Jennifer Vanderpool MFA '03, undermines the world of popular culture, while emphasizing on the social and political aspects. Installations are combined with performance and media. Her work has been exhibited at museums and galleries in the U.S, Colombia, Mexico, Ukraine, Hungary, Russia, Denmark, Sweden and Norway. She has been awarded artist grants from the LA Department of Cultural Affairs and more. She holds an Independent, Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in the Humanities and MFA from the Regents of the University of California where she was a UC Regents Fellow. To see more of Jennifer's work, please visit her website.

Dimitri Kozyrev '00

Dimitri Kozyrev's Artwork

Dimitri Kozyrev MFA '00, has had multiple solo shows at Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles and more. Reviews of his work have appeared in The LA Times, The Chicago Tribune, Artweek, Huffington Post, WallStreet International and many other online publications. He is currently an Associate Professor of Art the University of Arizona, Tuscon.While at UCSB, Dimitri didn’t pay too much attention to the sports there instead, he was focused on Southern California’s landscape and that has inspired his work. His interest lies in the interction between actual, physical landscape and mental landscapes. More of Dimitri's work can be found here.