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Irwin Scholarship Exhibition 2024

Wednesday, May 29, 2024 - 12:00pm to Saturday, June 15, 2024 - 5:00pm
Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery
Presented by: 
Art Department
Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery

Event update: the opening reception has been rescheduled to June 5 (rev 5/29/24 by CEMO)


Material Matters presents selected artwork from the recipients of the 38th annual Irwin Scholarship. The 12 Irwin Scholars—Annalie Taylor, Ariel Dizon Barish, Kylan Erving, Carter Garcia-Kimura, Fox Wong, Carolee Hagey, Lily Loomis, Jorge L. Garcia, Lily Nash, Mars Buell, Bailey Rios—delve into the versatility and complexity of the materials and the process needed to transform them, new and found, to tell stories about themselves and the world around them.


  • Free and open to the public
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Saturday, noon–5:00 p.m. & Wednesdays, noon–8:00 p.m.
  • Opening Reception​: Wednesday, June 5, 6:30 p.m. (PLEASE NOTE THIS DATE CHANGE)


  • The closest parking lots to the Gallery are #124 and #125 at Porter College.
  • Purchase a campus permit or use ParkMobile
  • Visitors with DMV placards or plates may park for free in DMV spaces, Medical spaces, or ParkMobile spaces without additional payment, or in time zones for longer than the posted time
  • See Transportation & Parking Services (TAPS) for visitor parking information, ParkMobile instructions, and a campus parking map


The William Hyde and Susan Benteen Irwin Scholarship Fund was established in 1986 with a modest donation by Sue Irwin and now generates 12 annual merit scholarships to further the education of selected UC Santa Cruz students for proven excellence in the arts. The Irwin Scholarship is the most prestigious undergraduate scholarship in the Art Department. This professionally organized exhibition has become an annual tradition for the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery for over 38 years. The gift of the Irwin family has since supported hundreds of UC Santa Cruz students since its establishment and shows the far-reaching effects of donor support for the arts.