Learn more about graduate student research and experiences at UC Santa Barbara with #GradStories, a special storytelling series from the UCSB Graduate Division.

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UCSB MFA student Kio Griffith is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in sound, video, language, culture, and history, notated, coded and regenerated into documentation, manifestos, objects, site-specific installations or performances. He has exhibited internationally in the UK, Japan, Germany, Croatia, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Turkey, Belgium, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil and the U.S. Most notably are the 2016 Aichi Triennale in Nagoya, Japan, the 2017 Emerging Curator at LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), and exhibiting artist at Tokyo Arts And Space, Open Site 2018.  His current projects include co-founder at OOTE 41221 project space, co-founder of Transit Republic, an art and socio-anthropological publication, Genzou, an intercultural photographic journal, independent curator, contributing editor for Fabrik, Artscape and Art Bridge, a community installation at Okinoshima (Setonaikai), and a solo exhibition at the USS Iowa’s new art space, Alfa Romeo Tango which is on view until November 2019. Griffith’s work is in private and museum collections including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. 

Learn more about Kio's work here.


Our very first #GradStories spotlights Rebecca Baker, a Ph.D. student in the UCSB English Department. You might recognize Rebecca from the Grad Slam stage -- for two years, she's made it to the UCSB Grad Slam Final Round. Rebecca is pursuing her doctoral degree with dual emphases in Cognitive Science and Information, Technology, and Society.

Find out more about Rebecca and her graduate research here: