EXPO 2021
Reflecting CalArts’ experimental ethos, the Institute’s CalArts Expo returns on Friday, May 14 as a virtual event featuring creatively adventurous and imaginative projects by students, faculty, and alumnx representing every school at CalArts. Highlighting student projects created during the current academic year, the virtual CalArts Expo will present work by over 500 artists, curated and organized by our student-led team.
VIRTUAL GALLERY
While the physical space of CalArts may be closed to the public the Virtual Gallery is open, allowing visitors to once again wander (via digital means) the halls of CalArts’ Main Gallery, L-Shape Gallery, Modular Theater, and more. Available for Windows, Mac, and select mobile platforms.
PLAYLISTS
Audiences can experience music, film, and video through the Expo media playlists on Spotify, YouTube, and Vimeo.
ARTISTS
Highlighting student projects created during the current academic year, the virtual CalArts Expo will present work by over 500 artists, curated and organized by our student-led team.

PRODUCTION TEAM
The 2021 Expo production team includes 20 members total: 15 current students, 3 alumnx artists, and two faculty facilitators. Our student team includes representatives of every school at CalArts including Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music, Theater, and The Center for Integrated Media.
EXPO ARCHIVE
Currently in its ninth year, the CalArts Expo has evolved from a small renegade music and art show to a campus-wide event that presents work by students, alumni, faculty, and staff in over 20 venues at CalArts. Check out some of our past events here!
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Reflecting CalArts’ experimental ethos, the Institute’s CalArts Expo returns on Friday, May 14 as a virtual event featuring creatively adventurous and imaginative projects by students, faculty, and alumnx representing every school at CalArts. Highlighting student projects created during the current academic year, the virtual CalArts Expo will present work by over 500 artists, curated and organized by our student-led team. Audiences can experience Expo in three ways—access though the Virtual Gallery; social media; and media playlists on Spotify, YouTube, and Vimeo. This year’s Expo precedes CalArts’ Virtual Graduation Ceremony, which begins at 6 pm PDT at calarts.edu/graduation.

The CalArts Expo goes live at 1pm PDT on May 14, 2021.

The Expo Welcome Event, free and open to the public, will take place from 1–2pm PDT on May 14, featuring a virtual meet-and-greet with the Expo team and guided tour through our exhibition spaces. RSVP here to receive the Zoom link.

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VIRTUAL GALLERY
While the physical space of CalArts may be closed to the public the Virtual Gallery is open, allowing visitors to once again wander (via digital means) the halls of CalArts’ Main Gallery, L-Shape Gallery, Modular Theater, and more. Available for Windows, Mac, and select mobile platforms.
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PLAYLISTS
Audiences can experience music, film, and video through the Expo media playlists on Spotify, YouTube, and Vimeo.
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ARTISTS
Highlighting student projects created during the current academic year, the virtual CalArts Expo will present work by over 500 artists, curated and organized by our student-led team.

Artists will also be featured on Expo social media through highlighted profiles of the student creative team, and posts presenting student, alumni, faculty, staff, and guest artists and their work. For more information, follow CalArts Expo on Facebook (@CalArtsExpo), Instagram (@calarts_expo), and Twitter (@CalArtsExpo).
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PRODUCTION TEAM
The 2021 Expo production team includes 20 members total: 15 current students, 3 alumnx artists, and two faculty facilitators. Our student team includes representatives of every school at CalArts including Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music, Theater, and The Center for Integrated Media.
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EXPO ARCHIVE
Currently in its ninth year, the CalArts Expo has evolved from a small renegade music and art show to a campus-wide event that presents work by students, alumni, faculty, and staff in over 20 venues at CalArts. Check out some of our past events here!
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Mayar Hamdan

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Benjamin S. Gordon

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Levi Gillis

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Eternally Cowboy

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Madelyn Reed

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Christine Gaffney

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John Fumo

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Katherine Paez Froehlich

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Sarahjeen François

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Luka Fisher

Luka Fisher School of Art, Alumnx Kyler O’Neal’s Satan’s Tears Satan’s Tears is trans-singer songwriter Kyler O’Neal’s debut dance film and is a kind of love letter to other queer and trans people that have been made to feel lesser for who they are. Credits – Andrew Lush (director)-@andrewlush Isabelle Sjahsam (choreographer)-@isjahsam Burak Yerebakan (music […]

Michael Echaniz

Michael Echaniz School of Music, Jazz, MFA1 Seven Shades of Violet This is an uptempo, 7/4 jazz fusion composition of mine, originally for piano, upright bass, drums, keyboards, and female voice. This piece was intended to be a modern reinterpretation of a minor blues with a riff-based head, long improvisatory section for all band members, […]

Andrew Dyet and Abigail Johnson

Andrew Dyet and Abigail Johnson School of Music, Experimental Sound Practices, MFA2 Atmosphere Box Atmosphere Box is the result of collaboration between Abigail Johnson and Andrew Dyet. It is a sound sculpture that uses sensor data from the environment to synthesize sound. Originally designed for permanent installation at Chateau D’Orquevaux in Champagne, France, Atmosphere Box […]

Dimitri Di Lillo

Dimitri Di Lillo School of Film/Video, Character Animation, BFA2 BABY I LOVE YOU My 48hr film about distance, yearning, and boyz. https://dimitridilillo.squarespace.com/design

Matthew DeStefano

Matthew DeStefano School of Art, Art, MFA 1 FISH STORIES A pyramid stands on the banks of the Mississippi River in Memphis, Tennessee. At once an ode to the ancient Egyptian city of Memphis, a ⅔ scale replica of the great pyramids of Giza in glass and steel, “The Great American Pyramid” was conceived as […]

MAKAI

MAKAI School of Music, ExPop, BFA2 Wake Wake is a song and video about facing a cycling of self doubt and powering through it by finding comfort in nature and knowing one day we will all decompose.

Nicki Chen

Nicki Chen School of Music, InstrumentalArts, BFA3 loss too is also ours aside you still beside you in sleep and in waking this fear is still water in a bowl, a fish drowning underneath suffocation looming over our heads our house when did our tank become so small? when did we lose the ocean? An […]