University Events Office
As the director of the University Events Office at UC San Diego, Martin Wollesen oversees arts and event programs that enhance student life and support community involvement.
As artistic director for ArtPower! at UC San Diego, Wollesen provides artistic guidance and strategic development for the university's premiere multipresenting arts program in dance, music, spoken word and film.
In 2007, Wollesen
Film, a series of interactive film experiences that compliment and extend the performing arts program, including the annual Up&Coming Film Festival dedicated to showcasing emerging student talent in a professionally juried context.
In September 2008, he
launched The Loft, a performance lounge and wine bar where emerging arts and pop culture collide.
The Loft programs an eclectic mix of performance experiences four-to-six nights a week and includes a public video gallery and visual art exhibitions.
The Loft is the only venue of its kind on a college campus in the country, and was voted best venue in San Diego to appreciate music.
In 2011, Wollesen
created, in partnership with campus and community organizations, Wonderland
, a biennial international festival of contemporary dance.
has created and significantly broadened the ArtPower!
In 2006, he
and faculty partners unfolded the Place Matters Project, the most comprehensive interdisciplinary arts initiative in the history of UCSD
This two-quarter residency with artists, faculty, staff and students explored issues of community, leadership and civic engagement using arts, and dance specifically, as a lens to address and respond to complex community concerns.
In 2009, in collaboration with Wayne McGregor|Random Dance, Wollesen
inaugurated the Innovator-in-Residence Project that explored choreographic cognition, creativity and learning distribution with UCSD
faculty researchers, graduate and undergraduate students in cognitive science.
Wollesen has served on the board of directors for the Western Arts Alliance, serving as chair of the Mentor/New Colleague Committee and co-chair of Professional Development Committee and received the 2009 WAA Betty Connors Award in recognition for outstanding volunteer service to the Western Arts Alliance and the performing Arts in the West.
He currently serves on the board of directors of California Presenters as treasurer.
was named by San Diego Magazine
as one of "50 People to Watch in San Diego in 2011" and was named a "San Diego Trailblazer" by 944 Magazine.
Previous to assuming his role at UC San Diego in 2004, Wollesen was associate director of programming and director of education at Stanford Lively Arts, where he created the largest campus-wide arts residency project in the history of Stanford University with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.
Wollesen served as the director of arts and lectures at UC Santa Cruz prior to Stanford.
has lived in Singapore, the Philippines, Egypt, Israel and Portugal.