Sesnon Gallery at UCSC, Irwin 2020 is an online exhibition – Irwin 2020: Collective Solitude June 5 Virtual First Friday

Online exhibition
Santa Cruz, 95064
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6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Full run of show Jun 3, 2020 - Jun 30, 2020

IRWIN 2020: Collective Solitude opens ONLINE June 3, 2020Online Reception June 3, 2020Virtual gallery walkthrough and awards ceremony at 6:15pmRSVP for Zoom link here:

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.Read about the 3D Sesnon Gallery Model created for the virtual Irwin 2020 exhibition

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 areAarón MartínezAnastasia OlesonAngel GonzalesChloe Murr  Dominic RamirezEdgar CruzEmma McWaidJocelyn LeeJoshua ZupanMorgan TomfohrNatalie Del CastilloRodrigo RamosVeriche Blackwell

About the Irwin Scholarship and the Mary Porter Sesnon Art GalleryAs a way of ensuring that others would have the kind of art education that allowed her to flourish in the art community, the late Sue Irwin established the William Hyde And Susan Benteen Irwin Scholarship Fund in 1986 in honor of her husband. The Irwin Scholarship and group show is granted annually to undergraduate UCSC students for proven excellence in 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

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