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Department ofArt and Art History

de Saisset Lecture Series

Each year the Department of Art and Art History collaborates with the de Saisset Museum to bring together some of the finest Bay Area artists for the annual Artist Lecture Series held at the de Saisset Museum. The de Saisset Museum also has a permanent collection of artworks selected by SCU undergraduate students for the museum to purchase through Class Acquisitions Projects between 2006-2019. These projects, an ongoing collaboration with SCU's Department of Art and Art History, provide a unique experience for students to learn about museum collection management and help shape our collection for the future. All lectures are free and open to the public.


June Wayne
Artist, Feminist, Social Entrepreneur on view September 29 - December 1, 2023. Opening Reception: Thursday, September 28, 2023 from 5-7 p.m. (remarks beginning at 5:20 p.m.) 

June Wayne

Pictured above: June Wayne, Base Pair (detail), 1970, lithograph, edition 24/25, de Saisset Museum permanent collection, 2014.12.12. Photo by Adam Hays. Artwork copyright June Wayne Collection.

June Wayne (1918-2011) discovered her passion for printmaking upon moving to Los Angeles in the 1940s. Her commitment to the medium led her to establish the Tamarind Lithography Workshop that lives on today as the Tamarind Institute at the University of New Mexico. This exhibition features 27 of Wayne's lithographs created over a 40+ year period — sourced from the de Saisset Museum's permanent collection and a private collection.

Developing from a capstone project by art history majors Lauren Stein '23 and Maggie Walter '23 from Santa Clara University's Department of Art and Art History, the exhibition is organized into three themes: Women; Optics, the Cosmos, and Human Life; and the Science of Individuality. A catalog of the students' (now alumnae) writing for this exhibition will be available, made possible in part through project sponsorship from the Ciocca Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The realization of the full vision for this exhibition and catalog would not have been possible without the support of the June Wayne Collection, MB Abram, the University of New Mexico, Robert Conway, and Annika Singh '23.