Upcoming Exhibitions

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image 1969 "Experimental Arts Workshop Spring Thing Balloon Launch" Shot on campus at dawn on the basketball courts outside the East Field House below Cowell College by Charley Stern. See event listed for alumni weekend*


WINTER 2015:

Co-Lab with Alumnus Tom Franco and UCSC students and Fire House Collective.

Thursday, February 5, 2015 - Friday, March 13, 2015
UCSC alumnus Tom Franco is co-founder of the Firehouse Art Collective, a pioneering project that is changing the arts community in the East Bay and is a compelling example of how UCSC graduates are truly original. This project will cultivate a creative community through collaborative exhibition format, community open mic events, performance collectives, discussions, and workshops.  

Thursday, Feb. 26: Dorian Cohen's Mixed Media Mixer - a line-up of musical acts, live painters and videographers.
Friday, March 6: P L a N E T S  live concert @ Porter College with alumnus Adam Cotton 7-9pm

++++in conjunction Tom Franco’s Co-Lab:

Announcing UCSC 50th Alumni Show

50 Artists from 5 Decades:

Hosted by Porter College Faculty Gallery and R. Blitzer Gallery

kick-off exhibition fundraiser for the Sesnon Art Gallery and UCSC’s celebration of the 50th Anniversary. We have two fabulous venues for this exhibition: one on campus and one on the Westside of Santa Cruz.

Exhibition Dates: Feb. 6-28, 2015
First Friday reception Feb. 6, 6-9pm with live music

R. Blitzer Gallery

Address: 2801 Mission St.

Santa Cruz, Ca 95060

SPRING 2015: In Celebration of 50th Anniversary

An Uncommon Place: Shaping the UC Santa Cruz Campus

Architectural Images and Imaginings from UCSC’s Early Years

Sesnon Art Gallery April 8-May 9, 2015

Alumni Weekend: Rececption and Curators' walkthrough April 24, 4-6pm

Curated by Emeriti Professors James Clifford, Michael Cowan, Virginia Jansen, and Emeritus Campus Architect Frank Zwart.

The exhibition traces decisive moments in the early creation of UCSC’s built environment. In the visions that shaped the campus an extraordinary physical site was linked with an innovative educational project. The exhibition evokes paths taken and not taken in the first decades of campus development: decisions, constraints, hopes, realities. It celebrates the achievement of UCSC’s founding planners while analyzing the tensions and contradictions they built into the campus. Through many subsequent transformations, the university that took shape on rugged forested terrain atop a high hill, remains an uncommon place.

Architectural Images and Imaginings from UCSC’s Early YearsCurated by James Clifford, Michael Cowan, Virginia Jansen, and Frank Zwart. http://50years.ucsc.edu/events/index.html



*Alumni Weekend panel discussion: April 25, 2:30-4pm DARC room 230

From Here to Modernity: perspectives from distinguished museum professionals*

How an array of educational experiences at UCSC helped inspire five of its graduates to pursue their present careers as curators and directors at five of America’s notable art museums.

A panel hosted and introduced by Shelby Graham, Director of the Porter Sesnon Gallery, will be moderated by Jock Reynolds (Stevenson ’69), Director of the Yale University Art Gallery, holding forth with alumni colleagues Jeremy Strick (Cowell ’77), director, Nasher Sculpture Center, Philip Brookman (Porter ’75), curator, National Gallery of Art, Karen Moss (Porter ’77), director , and Erin O’Toole (Kresge ’92), assistant curator of photography, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

*part of the distinguished alumni series 

Late Spring:

Irwin 2015  
May 27-June 13, 2015

Reception and award ceremony
Wednesday, May 27
6pm Awards



don't miss our presence Downtown at the Rittenhouse and:



The Sesnon Pop-Up Downtown : First Fridays

Past Pop-up projects Video Links from June 2012:


The Santa Cruz Bottle Project

Farmers' Market PhotoBooth

Nature BeWILDered

This project was supported by a grant from the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts (UCIRA) for Shelby Graham, curator of the Sesnon Art Gallery at Porter College, to teach over a dozen students exhibition techniques while exploring their role as community artists. The City of Santa Cruz Arts Program also contributed funds for materials.


The Sesnon Gallery encourages interdisciplinary discourse through the lens of the arts. Gallery hours are Tuesday–Saturday, noon to 5:00pm and Wednesday until 8:00pm. The gallery is located at Porter College, UCSC and is wheelchair accessible. Admission is free and parking is free on Saturdays. Parking permits are available weekdays at the main campus entrance kiosk for $6/day and $4 at the Porter College lot for special events. Group tours are available by appointment at (831) 459-3606.