IRWIN 2020: Collective Solitude opens ONLINE June 3, 2020 - on going
The Irwin exhibition has been extended due to popular demand and will be available online indefinitely.
Please read: 2020 Irwin Scholars Statement of Support for Black Lives Matter
IRWIN 2020: Collective Solitude, a virtual exhibition, is now LIVE!
See the exhibition in our virtual gallery space HERE
Click on any artist's name below to see more images of their art with extended captions, biographies, and artist statements.
The 2020 Irwin Scholars are
Aarón Martínez, Anastasia Oleson, Angel Gonzales, Chloe Murr, Dominic Ramirez, Edgar Cruz, Emma McWaid, Jocelyn Lee, Joshua Zupan, Morgan Tomfohr, Natalie Del Castillo, Rodrigo Ramos, Veriche Blackwell
Related Links with press and interviews:
Arts Division podcast interviewing 8 Irwin Scholars
KSQD interview July 5 Cutting Edge 90.7 FM
Missed the reception? A recording of the program is available on the Sesnon YouTube Channel.
The Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery presents IRWIN 2020: Collective Solitude, the 34th annual Irwin Scholarship Award exhibition, which showcases the work of a select group of UC Santa Cruz’s most promising young artists. This year's Irwin Scholars exhibition will be virtual through a 3D model of the Sesnon Gallery. Launching on June 3, 2020, this free exhibition will be accessible ONLINE 24/7.
In a period of heightened uncertainty and separation, artists worldwide are tasked with finding creative ways to bridge the gaps between us. How can we shape feelings of fear and anxiety into visions of a brighter future? And how can we, as artists, work under such great limitations to maintain our communities and sense of togetherness?
Collective Solitude features thirteen artists whose works speak to this extraordinary period in history characterized by tremendous isolation and yet also incredible communal action. Their art addresses the many effects that distance has on individual, group, community, and worldwide levels. With confidence that such great constraints generate new and creative ideas, Collective Solitude aims to explore our present, estranged world where everyone is experiencing some form of loss and separation while working diligently and finding unique means to come together and support one another.
Showcasing a variety of approaches to contemporary art practice, the exhibition includes drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, artists’ books, and video installation. Due to county and statewide health ordinances regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, these works will be shown virtually through a 3D model of the Sesnon Gallery and accessible online, 24/7.
The 2020 Irwin Scholars are Aaron Martinez, Anastasia Oleson, Angel Gonzales, Chloe Murr, Dominic Ramirez, Edgar Cruz, Emma McWaid, Jocelyn Lee, Joshua Zupan, Morgan Tomfohr, Natalie Del Castillo, Rodrigo Ramos, and Veriche Blackwell.
About the Irwin Scholarship
The William Hyde and Susan Benteen Irwin Scholarship Fund was established in 1986, with a modest donation by Sue Irwin, and now generates 12 annual merit scholarships to further the education of selected UC Santa Cruz students for proven excellence in the arts. The scholars are nominated by the art department faculty to submit a portfolio of work and then are selected by an all faculty vote. This annual, professionally organized exhibition has become a tradition in the art department and for the Sesnon Gallery for 35 years. This scholarship shows the far-reaching effects of support for the arts.
The Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery encourages interdisciplinary discourse through the lens of the arts. The gallery is currently closed through Spring 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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