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Diversity through creativity... the other side of UC San Diego

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Featured Artist: John Rowden from Facilities Management


Throughout the course of John’s extensive career at UC San Diego, he has preserved and collected over 200 birds’ nests from in and around campus, ranging from delicate hummingbirds nests to robust hawk nests. The nests have been so well preserved that some still contain egg shells, unhatched eggs, and bird skeletons. The type of materials used to construct the nests in this rare collection lends a unique, birds' eye perspective of the environmental history and chronology of UC San Diego over the past decade. The Visual Arts Group will showcase John's collection as an art installation in this year's Summer Art Show. 

Read the full article about our 2017 featured artist.

About Us

The Visual Arts Group is a UC San Diego Staff Association affiliate group dedicated to supporting the creative and artistic abilities of students, staff, faculty, alumni, retirees, and emeriti.

The Visual Arts Group:

  • Supports diversity through creativity by encouraging the artistic endeavors of the UC San Diego community
  • Creates a safe environment for experienced and emerging artists to share their artistic creations
  • Enables the UC San Diego community to exhibit their artwork at campus venues 
  • Brings together artists and art enthusiasts to share in the mutual enjoyment of creative expression

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