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Senior Art Show Takes on “Absence and Excess” This spring’s Senior Art Exhibition, “Absence and Excess,” celebrated the imaginative artwork of eight studio art majors: Amelia Coplan, Sonya Dolan, Lisa Jacobs, Morgan Nomura,Victoria Reynolds, Summer Shiffman, Olivia Vos, and Andrea Wolf.The studio art faculty selected the participants last fall, based on the conceptual and formal strengths demonstrated in the students’ earlier projects.The artists explored common themes of the dichotomy between absence and excess, from Lisa’s intensely psychological observations of memory and its irreversible decline associated with Alzheimer’s to Amelia’s playful, surreal study

illustrating the contradiction between adult and child perceptions of childhood. Awards were conferred to Morgan Nomura, Summer Shiffman, and Andrea Wolf. Morgan earned the Fine Arts Foundation Award for her allegorical drawings exploring the commonalities between dentistry and urban planning in Los Angeles. Her mixed media works emphasized the socioeconomic inequity common to both. Summer and Andrea received Lucia Suffel Crafts Awards. Through a series of photographic self portraits, Summer explored the complex relationship between artist and subject, culture and self. Her performative photographs

SCHOLARSHIP Nancy Macko Professor of Art Professor Macko started the digital arts program at Scripps in 1986 and continues to direct and teach in it. Her art work is included in exhibitions in Paris and Brittany, and a solo show of her new digital works, Our Very Lives, was at Centre International d’Art Contemporain in Pont Aven. TEACHING Ken Gonzales-Day Associate Professor of Art Prof. Gonzales-Day’s academic focus is on photography, art history, art theory, and contemporary art. His own art frequently examines the representation of race and gender, particularly regarding historical narratives of the American West. TEACHING Susan Seizer Associate Professor of Women’s Studies/Anthropology Professor Seizer, the College’s first anthropologist, teaches cultural anthropology, south Asian studies, performance studies, gender studies, queer studies, disability studies, enthnographic writing, and humor in use.

Morgan Nomura ’05

simultaneously explore the nature of identity and the subversion of self. Andrea’s conceptual project, 1,000 Bowls, created an opportunity for exchange of art for altruism. (Read more about Andrea and her project on page 25.)

Admit Stats Place Scripps in Select Company With 1,833 applications received for the Class of 2009, the Office of Admission accepted 843 young women from across the nation and abroad. The College’s admit rate dropped from 49% to 46%, the lowest in Scripps’ history. According to statistics compiled by the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC), only 13% of four-year institutions in the United States accept fewer than 50% of their applicants. To add to its successful year, the Office of Admission had overwhelming responses to its offers. Having accepted only 10 more students than last year, and targeting 215 for the incoming Class of 2009, the College received deposits from 246 students who indicated they would be coming to Scripps in the fall. President Nancy Y. Bekavac called this “wonderful news for the College, because it demonstrates that students and their families recognize the quality of a Scripps education.” Still, she added, “it does have serious implications for our day-to-day operations, including housing and other facilities needs.” This summer, the College will explore several options to provide the best residential life experience for students. One is to temporarily relocate student organizations currently in the residence halls to non-residential space for at least the next year until enrollment returns to normal. Other pieces of the solution include exploring off-campus apartments, converting a former administrative building to student housing, and increasing some doubles to triples, with the hope of converting them back to doubles in the spring, when many juniors are on off-campus study. Any way you look at it, it was a big year for Scripps.




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