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Art Department

Mary by Molly

The Porter-Sesnon family name is well known to many faculty, staff, and students at UC Santa Cruz.

NEA Grants, Art Works

Professors Recognized for Their Outstanding Documentary Film Work

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.

IRWIN 2017

Love, Sex, Tenderness, & Trauma: Irwin 2017

"My recent work expands on my previous theme of the body relationship to individual and private and personal objects. And now, extending into exploration - the movement of the body in space, and the time continuum that refers to migration, globablization, transportation, and mobility."

Dee Hibbert-Jones

Professor of Art and Digital Art and New Media at UC Santa Cruz, Dee Hibbert-Jones, has been invited by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to present on its behalf the NEA’s new initiative Improving Career Sustainability for Documentary Artistsat this yea

Sarah Sanford

“In this time of unprecedented challenges, I find it’s ok to let go of normal expectations,” advises Sarah Sanford, one of the Art Division’s newest faculty members.

Art Department alum 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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