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Summer/Fall 2015

Sesnon Gallery Traveling Exhibition: An Uncommon Place: Shaping the UC Santa Cruz Campus

This well-received exhibition was invited for a second showing at the Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery, Cowell College  September 18 - October 25, 2015

Architectural Images and Imaginings from UC Santa Cruz’s Early Years 

Curated by emeriti professors James Clifford, Michael Cowan, Virginia Jansen, and emeritus campus architect Frank Zwart for the 50th Anniversary of UCSC.

In the visions that shaped the campus, an extraordinary physical site was linked with an innovative educational project. The exhibition, originally presented last spring at the Mary Porter Sesnon Gallery at Porter College, traces decisive moments in the early creation of UCSC’s built environment. September 18 - October 25, 2015

Reception: Friday, September 18, 5-7 pm

Location:  Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery, Cowell College 

Smith Gallery hours: Tuesday - Sunday 11 A.M. - 4 P.M.

Visitor parking information at http://taps.ucsc.edu/parking/visitor-parking.html


Sponsored by

Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery

Cowell College

Mary Porter Sesnon Gallery 



Raymond Saunders: Black is a Color

September 30 – November 25, 2015

curated by Shelby Graham and crystal am nelson

reception September 30, 5-7pm

with artist walkthrough

Programming to follow

low residency with Raymond Saunders


panel discussion TBA


SESNON GALLERY Winter 2016: Thursday, February 11 - March

Opening Reception with artist talk Thursday, February 11, 5-7pm

Collective Museum
In collaboration with the Institute of Arts and Sciences (IAS)

Friday, February 12, 2016
meet at Digital Arts Research Center (UCSC)


SESNON GALLERY Spring 2016: 

FACULTY WORKS from the UCSC Art Department

don't miss our presence Downtown:



The Sesnon Pop-Up Downtown 2015: 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.