During a routine visit to INS to check the status of her green card application, Nyok Mei Wong, an MFA student in the SFAI New Genres program, was shackled, handcuffed, and placed in the Yuba County Jail for five days. Despite an apparent administrative error by INS, she was held in jail pending the payment of $10,000 bail. Currently threatened with deportation, Mei needs to raise funds for her legal defense at her upcoming court hearing on April 5, 2007.” This from the website of the Garage, where a benefit, organized by her fellow students, will be held on Saturday March 31, 2007, 7- 10PM. Read more details of Mei’s story and get event details here
Michael S. Roth will step down as president of California College of the Arts (CCA), announced Ann Hatch, chair of CCA’s board of trustees. Roth has accepted the position of president at Wesleyan University in Connecticut and will assume his new position in late August. CCA’s board of trustees has appointed an interim management team and will form a search committee for a new president.
CCA is also losing Lydia Matthews, founder of the visual criticism program, who has moved to New York to take a position as Dean at Parson’s School of Design. Art historian Tirza Latimer will take over as Chair of Visual Studies.