Message from the President

As the fall semester begins, I am reminded that one of the most fulfilling aspects of my job is witnessing the paths our students choose as they move toward graduation and beyond.

Although each student’s ultimate destination will differ, the journey will require a commitment to bridging differences and remaining open to new ideas, perspectives, and knowledge. At Scripps, we believe that art is one of the most important tools we have for deepening our understanding of one another and the world we inhabit. Painting and sculpture, music, dance, and theater—these forms not only allow us access to viewpoints that are different from our own but also give us the means to express our experiences and perspectives in ways that are sometimes more powerful or compelling than language alone.

Art also connects Scripps to important conversations happening in the wider world. Our faculty includes many distinguished and active artists, musicians, and performers whose work is recognized internationally. Scripps’ Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery continues to solidify its legacy as an important forum for established and emerging artists by engaging in public initiatives such as the Getty Foundation’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latinx art in Southern California. As a participating venue, Scripps takes its place alongside more than 70 major arts organizations in the region, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and the Palm Springs Art Museum. I encourage you to learn more about the exhibition, Revolution & Ritual: The Photographs of Sara Castrejón, Graciela Iturbide, and Tatiana Parcero in the features section of this issue.

Finally, Scripps’ faculty and students contribute to the evolution of the arts as a vehicle for chronicling our history and shaping our future. This issue explores how Scripps’ rich humanities curriculum, interdisciplinary culture, and signature internship programs spark the imagination of budding artists and continue to create myriad career opportunities for alumnae. While it’s not surprising to hear that Scripps graduates are leaving their imprint on the arts, you might be surprised by some of the ways in which today’s art majors have developed a broad range of prospects—from the traditional to the unexpected—for themselves post-Scripps.

As I look to the academic year ahead, I am excited about the array of opportunities the College offers to engage with the Scripps community and the broader world through the arts, such as our exhibitions, dance and music performances, and speaker events series. Now, more than ever, it’s important that we take the time to celebrate the talent and creativity of our faculty, students, and alumnae and recognize the ability of art to bridge differences and create community.


Lara Tiedens



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