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Winter 2017
In the Faculty Gallery

February 10 - March 18, 2017

Thai and Khmer Puppets & Masks:

 In Praise of Ram

curated by Kathy Foley

Crochet Coral Reef: CO2CA-CO2LA Ocean

By Margaret and Christine Wertheim and the Institute For Figuring 

February 10 - May 6, 2017

Sponsored by The Institute of the Arts and Sciences

Opening Reception
February 10, 2017

5 - 7 pm with remarks 6pm

artist talk: before reception on February 10, 4pm @ Digital Arts Research Center  DARC 108

by Christine Wertheim

Meet amd Greet: February at the Sesnon Art Gallery:

 February 11, 2017, 2 - 4 pm

The Crochet Coral Reef projectby Margaret and Christine Wertheim and the Institute For Figuring, responds to the environmental crisis of global warming and the escalating problem of oceanic plastic trash. Residing at the intersection of mathematics, marine biology, handicraft, and community art practice, the Crochet Coral Reef highlights not only the damage humans do to the earth's environment, but also our power for positive action. The project constitutes an elegiacally beautiful, artistically complex, and socially powerful way to bring citizens together around a devastating ecological challenge—the survival of the coral reefs and marine ecologies throughout the world.  

The Crochet Coral Reef has been exhibited in art and science museums worldwide, including the Museum of Art and Design (New York), the Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh), the Hayward Gallery (London), the Science Gallery (Dublin), and the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History (Washington, DC). 

In addition to the exhibition Crochet Coral ReefCO2CA-CO2LA Ocean at the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery, related programming includes the creation of the UC Santa Cruz Satellite Reef, crocheted by UCSC students alongside faculty, staff and Santa Cruz community members. This latest addition to an ever-evolving wooly archipelago of crochet reefs worldwide will be exhibited at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center beginning May 4, 2017. See ias.ucsc.edu for more details. 

Crochet Coral ReefCO2CA-CO2LA Ocean and the UC Santa Cruz Satellite Reef are sponsored by the Institute of the Arts and Sciences in partnership with the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery and the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. The Institute of the Arts and Sciences is part of UC Santa Cruz’s Arts Division. It is an interdisciplinary programming unit, which creates public exhibitions, public events, publications, and collaborations with faculty and students, aligning with UCSC’s teaching and research. 

The Sesnon Gallery encourages interdisciplinary discourse through the lens of the arts. 

Sisters Margaret Wertheim (a science writer) and Christine Wertheim (a poet, writer and faculty member at the California Institute of the Arts) are co-founders of the Institute For Figuring, a Los Angeles non-profit devoted to the poetic and aesthetic dimensions of science and mathematics. The IFF is a "play tank" which develops artworks, exhibitions and programs that engage audiences in topics ranging from the physics of snowflakes to mathematical paper folding. www.theiff.org

Learn to Crochet at Related Events:

every Wednesday evening during the Sesnon Gallery's late hours 5-8pm

And at the Seymour Marine Discover Center:
Friday, January 6, 2-4 pm
Friday, February 3, 2-4 pm 

Friday, March 3, 2-4 pm 

Friday, April 7, 2-4 pm 


The UC Santa Cruz Satellite Reef is part of the Crochet Coral Reef world-wide reefing project and will be on display at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center beginning May 4, 2017.

Satellite Reefs have been hosted in cities across the U.S. and Europe, Australia, and the Middle East. The UC Santa Cruz Satellite Reef is the newest addition to the IFF's worldwide reefing network. Crocheting will continue at UCSC and the Seymour Marine Discovery Center until April 2017. 

See Institute of the Arts and Sciences for more information.


in the Porter Faculty Gallery 2016-17

Fall 2016 The Selma March for Voting Rights

Winter 2017 Kathy Foley Traveling exhibition

Spring 2017: Peter Harris Incidents of Travel

IRWIN 2017: May 31- June 17
in the Sesnon Gallery, Faculty Gallery and Sesnon Underground

Fall 2017

The Gail Project: An Okinawan-American Dialogue

a collaborative exhibition and research project

at the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery and Smith Gallery collaboration

postponed to fall 2017


Alumni events: April 28-30 TBA




don't miss our presence Downtown:



The Sesnon Pop-Up Downtown 2016: in various windows on Pacific Ave. Santa Cruz

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.