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"I started with the issue of the way in which individuals have a sort of disconnect from the larger systems that we vote, and the way that we have these big systems...

Isaac Julien (Photo by Thierry Bal)

UC Santa Cruz is collaborating with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) to present a daylong 

"How Many Syrians? #1", Mixed media installation, 2016, detail.  (Click to enlarge.)

Rachel Smith is a junior in the UCSC Art Department.  About the first in the "How Many Syrians?" series, she writes, "This piece surrounds the death of Aylan Kurdi.  The day he died, his father lost two sons and his wife and vowed to return to bury his family and live by their graves.

Melissa Ortiz

The Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery is delighted to present IRWIN 2018, the 32nd annual Irwin Scholarship Award exhibition entitled Identification, which opens on May 30 and runs through June 16, 2018.

Dee Hibbert-Jones, Professor of Art, Founder & Co-Director SPARC, an Arts Division Social and Environmental Practice Research Center, and her filmmaking partner, co-director and co-producer Nomi Talisman, won the 2017 SIMA – Social Impact Med

Jocelyn Lozano, Untitled 7, digital photography from Hold You series, 2016.

Art Department junior Jocelyn Lozano uses photographic series and other artworks as a visual diary -- to navigate through areas of her psyche she can't explain in words, to express to others her internal world, and to create messages that will live forever not only as memories but as physical log

"Structure #4" from the Material series. (Detail, click to enlarge.)

Art Department senior Erick Medel writes, "I re-present physical manifestations of class structures at the intersection of photography and sculpture. My work deals in constructions of normativity, and their role in repression today.  

"Housing Crisis," sculpture and performance. Wood, cardboard, home materials, 4’ x 4’ x 6.5', February 2015.

Art Department senior and Irwin Scholar Jairo Banuelos creates sculptures and performances which investigate how race and class identities prevent people from accessing certain privileges  such as education, housing, and more.

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