Natural Selection is a site-specific art installation made by NYC artist Katerina Lanfranco with the help of a wonderful group of talented UCSC students. They are visual arts and HAVC (History of Art and Visual Culture) students.
This group of artist assistants includes:
Dmitri is a conceptual artist & photographer from México. He is interested in identity, subjectivity & modernity.
Heidi is studying fine art and concentrating her studies on mixed media & sculpture at UCSC. She finds inspiration from the natural world and focuses her creative efforts on feminine, social and environmental issues.
From Los Angeles, a sculptress & mosaic artist working with glass; with her favorite material being broken mirrors. Her goal after graduation is to move to France.
Bay Area Native, Leia is a History of Art & Visual Culture major with an interest in contemporary exhibition design. She is interested in traveling, exotic cuisine and animals.
Whitney Romberg is a studio art major at UCSC focusing on mixed media and
photography. Her artwork is inﬂuenced by a variety of things including psychology,
adaptation, and the color blue.
Having grown up in Napa Valley, Emily is a now a Studio Art major at UCSC with a focus in painting and drawing. She has deep love for all creative expression; particularly apparel design, cullinary arts, and music.
|Miguel Angelo Libarnes|
Miguel is a 4th year student at UCSC majoring in Studio Arts. He is interested in photography and digital media.
Nick is a Studio Arts student at UCSC and is focused on photography.
From Southern California, Zach is a History of Art and Visual Culture major at UCSC. He is an accomplished clothing designer and has gained a love for the studio arts through his involvement in Natural Selection
Sesnon Art Gallery Staff
Gallery Director/Curator Shelby Graham
Shelby Graham has an MFA in photography and is a practicing artist exhibiting her work in the US and Japan. She has been director/curator of the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery at UCSC since 1999 and her curatorial works include: Xiaoze Xie: Resistant Archeology, 2011, Human Conditions, 2010; Some Assembly Required: race, gender and globalization, 2009–2010; Interruptions of Hierarchies, 2008; Image as Object, 2006; Hank Willis Thomas: Signifying Blackness, 2006; and The Rhetoric of the Pose: Rethinking Hannah Wilke, 2005.
Sesnon Art Gallery Manager/Assistant Curator Mark Shunney
Mark Shunney is an artist, critic and curator. In 2001 Mark opened and operated a contemporary art gallery in a storefront in D.U.M.B.O. Brooklyn, NY. Since completing his graduate degree in sculpture in 1997 at RISD, Mark has maintained a studio focus in sculpture and installation art. Starting in 1997 he maintained his studio in Brooklyn (DUMBO & Red Hook) and concluded in the South Bronx before moving it to the forest of Felton, California in 2005.