About the Charles Griffin Farr Collection
Did you know that the Sesnon Gallery houses the Charles Griffin Farr collection? The collection consists of over 500 drawings and oil paintings and functions both as an exhibiting collection as well as a teaching collection in our gallery internship, training students skills such as museum registration and art handling.
Charles Griffin Farr (1908-1997, b. Birmingham, AL) was a painter in the American Realist tradition. He studied in New York City and at the Academie Americaine in Paris, France. As a young artist in the late 1930s, Farr took part in the Works Progress Administration programs (WPA) and trained as a restorer of ancient pottery at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Farr, who taught at the San Francisco Art Institute for nearly a decade, was impressed by UC Santa Cruz’s art program and gifted a number of his works to the Sesnon Gallery’s permanent collection in the 1990’s.
Upon his death in 1997, Mr. Farr willed his life’s work to UC Santa Cruz for public view and appreciation by future generations. Today the Farr Collection consists of over 500 drawings and oil paintings and functions both as an exhibiting collection as well as a teaching collection in our internship program, training students skills such as museum registration and art handling. Our Chancellor's Undergraduate Internship Program (CUIP) Collections Internship is funded through the Charles Griffin Farr Endowment and advances the artist’s wish to make the public aware of his work and to enhance the permanent art collection at UC Santa Cruz.