30 Grads in 30 Days: Conner MacPhee

Conner MacPhee (photo by Carolyn Lagattuta)

Name: Conner MacPhee

Age: 22

Major: Art

Hometown: Torrance, CA

UCSC college: Cowell

Favorite class or professor and why?

Senior studio in Intermedia because it provides each student with a large studio space, allowing each student to work on whatever they are most passionate about for the entire quarter. There is a very fun and relaxed atmosphere while still being incredibly productive. I believe I have made some of my best artwork in this class.

Most memorable experience at UCSC?

The first full moon of my freshman year I went to the meadow and experienced the drum circle, then paddled out at Steamer Lane for an epic night-surf session lasting for five hours. My buddy and I caught perfect empty barrels all night.

Favorite spot on campus and why?

I guess one of my favorite spots would be the top of the platform trees. It's a good place to watch the sunset and unwind from a stressful day of classes.

How has UCSC shaped you?

It has changed the way I see myself and the world. I realize that I can truly accomplish anything if I set my heart and mind to it.

What are your future plans?

I plan to volunteer with Architecture for Humanity, building houses and buildings for nonprofits, then apply to graduate school in architecture the following year.

How did you choose your college, and how has your college affected your education?

I chose Cowell because when I went to visit my friend there my senior year in high school, I got to experience the real meaning of the pursuit of truth in the company of friends.


Being a part of the disconnected art collective and making a commissioned sculpture for the Amgen bike race, getting good grades while studying abroad in Australia, making an inflatable gallery with Ant Farm, biking home to L.A. at the end of each school year, winning the Irwin Scholarship, and making wonderful friends and memories throughout all my experiences.

Ed. note: The work of the Irwin Scholars will be on display May 27-June 13 at the Sesnon Gallery on campus (read more). The William Hyde and Susan Benteen Irwin Scholarship awards are granted to undergraduate UCSC students for proven excellence in the arts.