The Sesnon Gallery's robust internship program provides UCSC students with professional and educational development. Our students develop skills through hands-on experience with art handling, exhibition installation, museum cataloging, visitor engagement, and curatorial practices.
Our students have gone on to pursue advanced degrees in museum studies and secure internships and careers in other museums and fine arts organizations.
SESNON GALLERY STUDENT NEWS
Congratulations to our Chancellor's Undergraduate Internship Program (CUIP) intern, Ava Kristy! Ava received a Clare Wedding Student Enrichment Scholarship this quarter from the History of Art and Visual Culture (HAVC) Department. The scholarship would have allowed Ava to visit Boston over spring break to see exhibitions of feminist art at the Isabella Steward Gardner Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts. Ava has had to postpone her visit in light of the coronavirus pandemic but continues to excel in her studies that will continue beyond UCSC; she has just been accepted into graduate school!
After graduating from with a double major in Legal Studies and History of Art and Visual Culture this spring, Ava will be attending University College London's Masters program in History of Art. She plans on focusing her study on the many ways art is used to overcome and subvert hegemonic structures of inequality, particularly at the intersection of feminism, and political activism.
Read Ava's latest research essay on sculptural work by Katharina Fritsch
Sesnon Gallery intern, Natalie Sarafian (Film and Digital Media, History of Art and Visual Culture, '20), has secured an online internship for the summer with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles. The internship, called the Gold Program, involves coordinating weekly panel discussions with film industry professionals – all organized remotely while cities like Los Angeles continue to follow precautions around COVID-19 with state guidance. This is the third year that a Film and Digital Media major has been accepted into the Gold Program. Natalie shares that working on the digital collections database at the Sesnon Gallery has given her an edge for her upcoming internship. Read full article here.
April 21, 2020
We are a little over one month into Santa Cruz County's shelter-in-place order. The Sesnon Gallery is closed and the majority of UCSC students have returned to their permanent residences to complete Spring quarter through online instruction.
April 15, 2020
Sesnon Intern, Ava Kristy, awarded Arts Dean's Excellence Award for research paper on Kara Walker.
You may have seen our hit exhibition, Unique Multiples: Teaching with the Parkett Collection, earlier this fall at the Sesnon Gallery. Earlier this year, our CUIP (Chancellor's Undergraduate Internship Program) Intern, Ava Kristy presented a talk on the Kara Walker print from the exhibition, based on an essay that she was awarded the Arts Dean's Excellence Award for. She's expanded her essay and it is now available online.
Read Ava's essay in full here
The Sesnon Gallery's HAVC Clare Wedding Intern, Emily Gudmundson (History of Art and Visual Culture '20) finished her undergraduate studies two quarters early. She's been accepted into an internship with Sotheby's in London, England.
Emily worked closely with the visiting registrar, Cristina Peña Ruiz, during our Fall exhibition Unique Multiples: Teaching with the Parkett Collection. Emily prepared condition reporting on the 60 objects that were on loan from University of Castilla-LaMancha Spain and worked with gallery staff hands-on to repack the art objects for their return shipment to Spain.
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