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Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery

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

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FREE Wednesday Programming:

Gallery hours:
(through the academic year)

Tuesday – Saturday, 12–5 p.m.

Wednesday 12-8 p.m.

Closed for all University holidays and the summer months.

In the fall We HOST Porter Core Creative Commons Makers' Workshops!

For information about the Charles Griffin Farr Collection 

 

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We also host a Student Gallery: Sesnon Underground

Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery Mission:

The Sesnon Gallery operates a museum oriented program for educational purposes and encourages interdisciplinary discourse through the lens of the arts. We organize an annual schedule of exhibitions that represents a broad range of methods, media and cultures, in a local, regional, and national context, with a focus on contemporary practice. The Sesnon Gallery works to integrate these programs and exhibitions into the lives of a broader community. 

For information about the Charles Griffin Farr Collection 

History of the GALLERY

The Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery opened it's doors in 1971, named for the Santa Cruz native Mary Porter Sesnon, a great patron of the arts and music in the early part of the 20th century.  The Porter-Sesnon family has always been a generous supporter of UC Santa Cruz and its mission. In 1968, a gift from Barbara Sesnon Cartan established the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery, in memory of her mother.  

Philip Brookman, a student of art-history professors Nan Rosenthal and Moira Roth, served as the initial director from 1974 to 1983. While there, Brookman brought in many big-name artists to the Sesnon, namely iconic California painter Richard Diebenkorn and photographer Robert Frank.

PORTER FAMILY HISTORY:

Porter College is named in honor of the grandfather of three University of California benefactors: Porter Sesnon, Barbara Sesnon Cartan and William T. Sesnon. Benjamin F. Porter and his cousin George moved to California from New Hampshire in the 1850’s, at the suggestion of another cousin, John Porter, who was a resident of Soquel in the 1840’s and later Sheriff of Santa Cruz County. The Porter cousins traveled by sea to Panama and walked the Isthmus to the Pacific Ocean before sailing up the coast to California.

After settling in Santa Cruz, Benjamin Porter purchased a small parcel of land containing a tannery in the area now known as Porter Gulch. By 1870, he had acquired more land and built a family home. That same year, he became founding director of County Bank of Santa Cruz. In 1896, Benjamin Porter’s only surviving child, Mary Sophia, married William T. Sesnon, a native of Alameda who later became Deputy Sheriff of the State of California.

The Porter-Sesnon family has always been a generous supporter of UC Santa Cruz and its mission. As mentioned above, a gift from Barbara Sesnon Cartan established the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery, in memory of her mother. Other gifts have provided scholarships and grants for Porter undergraduates.

It was the extraordinary gift of nearly seventy acres of Porter-Sesnon land that created the endowment that the College now enjoys—in gratitude for which the College, which was founded in 1969 as College Five, was renamed Porter College on November 21, 1981. 

 

Gallery Phone: 831-459-3606

 

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