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. These programs (exhibition and panel discussion) seek 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. *In this context, we use first-generation as a term to describe someone who is the first in their family to attend university.
First Generation Arts Alumni, a virtual exhibition, is LIVE!
See the exhibition in our virtual gallery space HERE
The virtual exhibition features works by:
Jim Hair (College Five/Porter '74)
Katerina Lanfranco (Kresge '01)
Ash Armenta (Porter '11)
Louise Leong (Porter '12)
Monique Islam (Porter '12)
Oscar Moreno (Merrill '12)
Edward Ramirez (College Ten '15)
Thomas Fallis (Porter '16)
Sarah Do (Porter '17)
Natalie Jauregui Ortiz (Porter '18)
Karina Tavares Perez (Porter '18)
Jorge Gomez-Gonzalez (Rachel Carson '18)
Roan Bontempo (Porter '18)
John Joseph Contreras Romero (Cowell '19)
Irma Barbosa (Porter '19)
Jocelyn Lee (College Ten '20)
Alicia Persaud (Porter '20)
Davidra Jackson (Porter '20)
Edgar Cruz (Porter '20)
Presented by the Mary Porter Sesnon Gallery in collaboration with Porter College and the UC Santa Cruz Arts Division for Alumni Week 2021.