Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery
The Mary Porter Sesnon Art Galleries fosters an interdisciplinary, student-centered approach to learning. We create exhibitions and education programs that reflect the deep commitment at UC Santa Cruz to promote the arts as a force for social change. And, we act as a cultural resource for the university and our broader region, reinforcing the social fabric by fostering connections across the campus and facilitating interactions with alumni and our community.
Our schedule includes four professional exhibitions a year, including the annual Irwin Scholarship exhibition that features works by the UCSC Art Department's most promising senior artists. The Irwin Scholarship is the most prestigious award in the Art Department and is awarded by faculty nomination only.
The Sesnon Gallery houses the Charles Griffin Farr Collection, over 500 figure drawings and oil paintings by the late artist. The Farr Collection serves as an exhibiting collection as well as a teaching collection in our student internship program where students learn museum skills such as collections management and art handling.
Visit the Sesnon Gallery
We are located at Porter College above the koi pond at the University of California Santa Cruz. Plan your visit!
Tuesday – Saturday, 12–5 p.m.
Wednesday 12–8 p.m.
Open through the academic year, closed for all University holidays and the summer months July and August.
Gallery front desk: 831-459-3606
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