College of Science

School of Computing and Design

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Wes Modes is a Californian artist focused on social practice, sculpture, performance and new media work. His pioneering social practice work with the people who live in American river communities has been nationally recognized and reported worldwide. His multidisciplinary work at Secret History of American River People combines social practice, oral history, video, photography, sculpture, new media, and adventurous fieldwork on American rivers since 2014.

Wes Modes

Title: Adjunct Professor
Office: BIT room 207
Classes: CST 251: Web Tools, CST 252: Web Scripting, CST351: Web Design, CST 236: Computing for Designers


Wes' sculpture, photography, and new media works have appeared in group and solo shows since 1996. His performance and social practice work since the mid-1990 have made headlines internationally and have been chronicled in journals. His comic work has been published in several noted illustrated histories. Wes holds a Masters in Fine Arts from the Digital Art and New Media program at the University of California Santa Cruz. He has been a lecturer at the University of California Santa Cruz and California State University Monterey Bay since 2015. He served as the summer curator and exhibition catalyst at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History in 2016. Wes worked in the tech industry for 25 years as a software engineer, systems administrator, and systems architect. He is also a writer, performer, adventurer and community organizer.