Upcoming Exhibitions

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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

Learn to Crochet at Related Events:

 Wednesday evenings during the Sesnon Gallery's late hours 5-8pm thru March 15.

And at the Seymour Marine Discover Center:

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

Winter 2017 Traveling exhibition curated by Kathy Foley, Thai and Khmer Puppets & Masks: In Praise of Ram

Spring 2017: Peter Harris Incidents of Travel in the 21st Century

 Apr 12, 2017 to Sat, May 13, 2017

Incidents of Travel in the 21st Century uncovers stories of how we travel in two photographic series, Metatourism and Temples of Transit.

Alumni events: April 28-30 
Sesnon Gallery WalkThrough

IRWIN 2017: May 31- June 17
in the Sesnon Gallery, Faculty Gallery and Sesnon Underground
May 31, 5:30-7:30pm



Sesnon 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


Sesnon Winter 2018: Spoken/Unspoken

Sesnon Spring 2018: Histories of Mary Porter Sesnon






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.