The Mary Porter Sesnon Gallery Art Gallery is proud to announce the gallery’s 50th Anniversary with a stunning virtual exhibition, First Generation Arts Alumni.
Sesnon Speak Up: Visibilizing Possibilities, a panel discussion with first generation alumni and a walkthrough of the virtual exhibition.
Moderated by John Joseph Contreras Romero (Cowell '19)
Introductions by Porter College Provost Gerald Casel and Sesnon Gallery Director Shelby Graham
Thursday, April 22, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. during Alumni Week 2021.
Featured speakers: Natalie Jauregui Ortiz (Porter '18), Karina Tavares Perez (Porter '18), Katerina Lanfranco (Kresge '01), Jorge Gomez-Gonzalez (Rachel Carson '18), Jocelyn Lee (College Ten '20), Roan Bontempo (Porter '18), Thomas Fallis (Porter '16), Monique Islam (Porter '12), Irma Barbosa (Porter '19)
This exhibition seeks to raise the visibility of first generation arts alumni and students at UC Santa Cruz by highlighting their narratives, possibilities, and strengths through their work. This is an opportunity to recognize the challenges and unique gifts that they bring to the university and the arts. The Sesnon Speak Up Series aims to provide a safe space for students and the UC Santa Cruz community to engage with critical ideas generated from our exhibitions.
Presented by the Mary Porter Sesnon Gallery in collaboration with Porter College and the UC Santa Cruz Arts Division for Alumni Week 2021.