Beall Center for Art + Technology

Beall Center for Art + Technology

In 1997 when the art world began witnessing emerging innovations that combined art and technology, a group headed by the former dean of UC Irvine’s School of the Arts approached the Rockwell Foundation with the proposal to establish a center on campus dedicated to interdisciplinary research and exhibitions in contemporary media arts.

A year later, to honor retiring Chairman Donald R. Beall and his wife, Joan, Rockwell International Corporation approved that proposal and awarded the School a major gift to support the founding and infrastructure of the Donald R. and Joan F. Beall Center for Art + Technology.

The Center was physically located within the School of the Arts campus and its intent was to promote interdisciplinary collaborations between the University’s arts, engineering, sciences and business programs – all of which contribute to the development and applications of multimedia.

When completed, the Beall Center became the only exhibition center within the UC system to solely focus on contemporary new media arts and the only space of its kind in Southern California.

Contemporary media art is a genre that encompasses artworks created with emerging media technologies, including, but not limited to, digital art, computer graphics, computer animation, virtual art, Internet art, interactive art technologies, computer robotics, science, and art as biotechnology.

While media art may appear to be a new art form rising from the burgeoning computer age of the 1980s and 1990s, its roots can be traced as far back as 180 AD with the creation of an elementary zoetrope thought to have originated in China or the more often referenced 1800’s zoetrope that used moving photographic images both as a study in physics and as a visual art form.

Leaping forward, the 1960s saw the beginnings of experimental video art  developments by Nam June Paik and multimedia and experimental performances by Fluxus. The 1980s experienced real-time computer graphics and the emergence of the video game, followed by the computer and Internet explosion of the 1990s.

The Beall Center’s inaugural exhibition opened in the fall of 2000 with SHIFT_CTRL: Computers, Games and Art, a groundbreaking exhibit that examined games, gaming, and related new technologies.

Since its opening, the Beall Center has showcased professional exhibits, undergraduate and graduate exhibits, youth and outreach events, and has represented artists, researchers and students of higher education practicing in various genres of contemporary media arts.

In the fall of 2009 the Beall Center received important works by world renowned and pioneering video artist Nam June Paik (1932-2006) on loan from a private collector and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Media Alchemy showcased Nam June Paik’s later works in an inviting intimate setting.
 
When stripped down, the Beall Center is a big black box of approximately 2500 sq. ft. and consists of grids for lights, electricity, and provides online connectivity – the tools and materials necessary for media art exhibits.

Art at the Beall Center is experimental in nature. Most galleries and museums do not have the infrastructure, technological know-how and/or the time to trouble shoot technological problems that sometimes occur in exhibiting these types of media art. Luckily the Beall Center was built as a technology-based art center and the infrastructure is in place to allow for trouble-shooting and immediate repairs.

Thanks to its continued uniqueness, the Beall is as important today as it was when it opened years ago.

While the Beall Center received its initial support from the Rockwell Corporation in honor of retired chairman Don Beall and his wife, Joan, it is with much gratitude that major support today is generously provided by the Beall Family Foundation.

For more information about the Beall Center for Art + Technology, visit the website: click here
 

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Expressive Robotics - Session 2

 

August 7 - August 18, 2017
Monday - Friday
10:00am - 4:00pm
Ages 13-19

 

Unleash the power of S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) education as you build a robotic structure that moves expressively!

Campers will participate in activities related to each S.T.E.A.M. field as they work towards their final project, and will be challenged to put their creativity to the test. UCI student instructors will guide you through our onsite Maker Space, Mobile 3D Print Lab, and Arduino Portal as you work with a teammate to create an awesome ‘bot. Campers will have access to our workshop full of diverse materials, including Vex robotics parts, breadboards, LEDs, motors, art supplies, fabric, and a soldering station. Debut your inventions at our Open House showcase on the last day of camp, and learn from our guest speakers about how they use S.T.E.A.M. in their careers!

No prior coding, programming, or robotics experience is required, and course content is adjusted to the experience level of each camper. Camps do not provide overnight lodging. Need and merit-based scholarships are available thanks to Boeing and the Nicholas Foundation.

For more information, visit our Beall Center for Art + Technology page.



August 7 (All day), August 8 (All day), August 9 (All day), August 9 (All day), August 10 (All day), August 11 (All day), August 11 (All day), August 14 (All day), August 15 (All day), August 16 (All day), August 17 (All day), August 18 (All day)
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Coding+Design - Session 2

 

July 24 - July 28, 2017
Monday - Friday
10:00am - 4:00pm
Ages 8-12

 

Unleash the power of S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) this summer as you work on creative projects at the Beall Center for Art + Technology! 

Find out how art and technology can combine forces to create animation, short stories, games, and digital designs! This camp is specially designed for younger campers, and delves into the fundamentals of design and art theory, composition, coding, and programming. Campers will create projects using a variety of techniques, including sketching, painting, and clay modeling, and then represent their work digitally by using the MIT-based Scratch (an educational, visual coding program) and other online platforms. Watch the artwork you create "IRL" become a digital sensation! 

No prior coding, programming, or art experience is required, and course content is adjusted to the experience level of each camper. Camps do not provide overnight lodging.

For more information, visit our Beall Center for Art + Technology page.



July 24 (All day), July 25 (All day), July 26 (All day), July 27 (All day), July 28 (All day)
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Expressive Robotics - Session 1

 

July 10 - July 21, 2017
Monday - Friday
10:00am - 4:00pm
Ages 13-19

 

Unleash the power of S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) education as you build a robotic structure that moves expressively!

Campers will participate in activities related to each S.T.E.A.M. field as they work towards their final project, and will be challenged to put their creativity to the test. UCI student instructors will guide you through our onsite Maker Space, Mobile 3D Print Lab, and Arduino Portal as you work with a teammate to create an awesome ‘bot. Campers will have access to our workshop full of diverse materials, including Vex robotics parts, breadboards, LEDs, motors, art supplies, fabric, and a soldering station. Debut your inventions at our Open House showcase on the last day of camp, and learn from our guest speakers about how they use S.T.E.A.M. in their careers!

No prior coding, programming, or robotics experience is required, and course content is adjusted to the experience level of each camper. Camps do not provide overnight lodging. Need and merit-based scholarships are available thanks to Boeing and the Nicholas Foundation.

For more information, visit our Beall Center for Art + Technology page.



July 10 (All day), July 11 (All day), July 12 (All day), July 13 (All day), July 14 (All day), July 17 (All day), July 18 (All day), July 19 (All day), July 20 (All day), July 21 (All day)
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Coding+Design - Session 1

 

June 26 - June 30, 2017
Monday - Friday
10:00am - 4:00pm
Ages 8-12

 

Unleash the power of S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) this summer as you work on creative projects at the Beall Center for Art + Technology! 

Find out how art and technology can combine forces to create animation, short stories, games, and digital designs! This camp is specially designed for younger campers, and delves into the fundamentals of design and art theory, composition, coding, and programming. Campers will create projects using a variety of techniques, including sketching, painting, and clay modeling, and then represent their work digitally by using the MIT-based Scratch (an educational, visual coding program) and other online platforms. Watch the artwork you create "IRL" become a digital sensation! 

No prior coding, programming, or art experience is required, and course content is adjusted to the experience level of each camper. Camps do not provide overnight lodging.

For more information, visit our Beall Center for Art + Technology page.



June 26 (All day), June 27 (All day), June 28 (All day), June 29 (All day), June 30 (All day)
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