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


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

During the pandemic of 2020 - 2021, Illuminations launched the Solos and Juntos student video competition.  Click here to learn more about each winning artist(s).

Partnerships & Proposals

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Illuminations supports arts and culture programming for undergraduates across campus.  As the campus reopens, we are issuing a special call for faculty-initiated proposals for events in Winter and Spring, 2022. Deadline:  Friday,  October 1, 2021.

Please feel free to contact Julia Lupton, jrlupton@uci.edu, for information.



Authors Series

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Meet the Authors:

2021-2022 Author & Artist Series; UCI Illuminaries Faculty Author Series, Global Concersations

This year’s author series contributes to the campuswide humanities theme, “For a more perfect union?” and also supports conversations across UCI about wisdom in the world. Our 2021-22 writers address what it means to be an American and world citizen today, working for change and imagining a better future in relation to a complex past composed of multiple legacies whose meanings continue to be reshaped and reevaluated. We are pleased to host two Poets Laureate and two Pulitzer Prize winners as well as MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellows.

View 2020-21 Author & Artist Series, including UCI Illuminaries and Global Conversations

View 2019-20 Author & Artist Series

View 2018-2019 Authors Series

View 2017-2018 Authors Series