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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.

"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.

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

"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.  

Thomas Fallis, "Transit," acrylic on masonite, 2.5’ x 3.5’

Art Department senior Thomas Fallis is a San Diego native. He began drawing through the influence of his older brother, Ryan. In 2003, Thomas was introduced to Billy Martinez where he took lessons at Neko Press Studio for the next 6 years.

Pablo Pueblo 2016
by Alex Perez

For Rubén Blades, Pablo Pueblo, and the songs to liberate two and a half continents.

"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...

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