Upcoming Exhibitions

 Support the Sesnon!


FALL 2016:


in the Porter Faculty Gallery Fall 2016 
I'm Walkin' For my Freedom: The Selma March for Voting Rights
October 5 - November 23, 2016

Thursday, October 27: 5:00pm Special Reception and conversation
with photographer Matt Herron and UCSC professor Martin Berger,  from the History of Art and Visual Culture Department


Winter 2017
Crochet Coral Reef

February 10 - March 18, 2017

The Crochet Coral Reef is a project created by Margaret Wertheim and Christine Wertheim of the Institute For Figuring, a Los-Angeles based non-profit that pioneers creative new methods for engaging the public about scientific and mathematical issues by putting people and communities at the core.

The Crochet Reef project resides at the intersection of mathematics, marine biology, handicraft and community art practice, and also responds to the environmental crisis of global warming and the escalating problem of oceanic plastic trash.

Crochet Coral Reef is the largest art + science project in the world, and is coming to UC Santa Cruz at the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery opening on February 10, 2017. Mixing crocheted yarn with plastic trash, the work fuses mathematics, marine biology, feminist art practices, and craft to produce large-scale coralline landscapes, both beautiful and blighted.

See Institute of the Arts and Sciences for more information.

Spring 2017

The Gail Project: An Okinawan-American Dialogue

a collaborative exhibition and research project

at the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery

tentative dates: April 12- May 13, 2017

Reception TBA April 12-13

Alumni events: April 28-30


in the Porter Faculty Gallery 2016-17

Fall 2016 The Selma March for Voting Rights

Winter 2017 TBA

Spring 2017: Peter Harris MetaTourism



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.