The aim of Illuminations is to link programming in arts and culture to the undergraduate academic and cocurricular experience and to foster arts partnerships between UCI and local arts institutions.

About Illuminations

Message from the Director


Eames Chairs: California Modern

All Illuminations events are free to UCI undergraduates. Many require an advance ticket or rsvp. Please click here to review all upcoming events.

Partnerships & Proposals

Hand-drawn ampersands

Illuminations supports arts and culture programming for undergraduates across campus. We are seeking proposals for faculty-initiated events in 2020-2021. Deadline:  Friday,  March 27, 2020

Please feel free to contact Daphne Lei, dlei@uci.edu, for information.



Authors Series

Author Colson Whitehead Selfie with UCI Student

Meet the Authors:

2019-2020 Authors Series

In 2019-20, Illuminations is pleased to host a dazzling line up of playwrights, poets, journalists, authors, artists, and actors, in partnership with many programs across campus. These brilliant speakers address the pressing issues of our time, including the state of the planet, tales of migration and incarceration, and the power and promise of translation across languages and media. Join us for these and other free events that will broaden your horizons and build empathy and compassion.

 View 2018-2019 Authors Series