IRWIN 2020: Collective Solitude, the 34th annual Irwin Scholarship Award exhibition showcases the work of a select group of UC Santa Cruz’s most promising young artists. This year's exhibition will not be on-site but available ONLINE 24/7. These 13 emerging artists draw inspiration from the struggle against great distances for connection.
IRWIN 2020: Collective Solitude opens ONLINE June 3, 2020
Online Reception through Zoom: June 3, 6:00-7:00pm
Awards and remarks by Irwin Scholars from all over California 6:15pm
Video on Sesnon YouTube
Read about the 3D Sesnon Gallery Model created for the virtual Irwin 2020 exhibition
2020 Carlos Motta: We The Enemy (ONLINE with video links)
Carlos Motta: We The Enemy bring together histories suppressed, untold, and unspeakable, including the persecution of LGBTQIA+ individuals during the colonial project, current border politics, issues of theology and the church, and the history of medical research and HIV/AIDS.
Virtual exhibition of works by Charles Griffin Farr
Click here to see a virtual exhibition of Farr's works in a Sesnon Gallery 3D model (created by Geopogo)
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Past Sesnon Online Exhibitions:
2016 Collective Museum was an innovative participatory exhibition by Portland-based artist group Public Doors and Windows that encompasses 50 ongoing sites on the UC Santa Cruz campus with an exhibition at the Sesnon Gallery in collaboration with the Institute of the Arts and Sciences. Collective Museum produced an interactive app with map to navigate sites on the UC Santa Cruz campus.
An Uncommon Place: Shaping the UC Santa Cruz Campus
curated by emeriti professors James Clifford, Michael Cowan, Virginia Jansen, and emeritus campus architect Frank Zwart for the 50th Anniversary of UCSC.
This well-received exhibition was invited to be UCSC's first online exhibition.
Sesnon Gallery Student Spotlight
Sesnon Gallery intern Ava Kristy revisits work by artists Kara Walker and Katharina Fritsch, two artists featured in our Fall 2019 exhibition, "Unique Multiples." Follow the links to read her essays below.
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