2012 Irwin Scholar student art exhibition kicks off on May 23

poster of UCSC's 2012 Irwin Scholars
Ari Finkelstein
Melissa Wong
David Rosales
Twelve of UCSC's most promising artists will have their work on display at the 2012 Irwin Scholarship Exhibition, running May 23 to June 17 at the Sesnon Gallery.

The 2012 student exhibition will include large-scale works in drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, new media, video, printmaking, and photography.

 “The work in this exhibition covers the spectrum--from art's traditions, figure and landscape paintings, to emergent forms such as 3-D animation," noted UC Santa Cruz art professor Frank Galuszka.

The William Hyde and Susan Benteen Irwin Scholarship Fund was established in 1986, generating annual merit scholarships furthering the education of selected UCSC art students.

Scholarships are granted each year to 12 outstanding students, selected for their academic excellence, creativity, and potential.

The opening reception takes place on Wednesday, May 23, from 5 to 7 p.m.

It will include an awards ceremony in the Porter College courtyard below the gallery, featuring special guest Irwin alumni Dana Norrell and Ann Altstatt, beginning at 6 p.m.,

UCSC’s 2012 Irwin Scholarship recipients are: Chelsea Cramer, Gina Farkas, Ari Finkelstein, Kristen Gautier-Downes, Elizabeth Hibbard, William Lee, Louise Leong, Miguel Libarnes, Oscar Moreno, David Rosales, Marnie Sehayek, and Melissa Wong    

The Sesnon Gallery is located at Porter College on the UCSC campus and is wheelchair accessible.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, from noon to 5 p.m., and Wednesday until 8 p.m.

Admission is free, and parking is free on Saturdays. Group tours are available by appointment at (831) 459-3606.

For more information, visit the Sesnon Gallery website