One of the de Saisset Museum's unique offerings remains the Class Acquisitions Projects developed in collaboration with Santa Clara University’s Department of Art and Art History. In these projects, SCU undergraduate students learn how museums develop and maintain a permanent collection, research artists and artworks aligned with their course and the museum's collecting goals, and ultimately select works for the museum to purchase for its permanent collection. To date, students have selected a combined forty-five artworks for the de Saisset's permanent collection, all of which are on display in this exhibition.
The artworks on view in We Are All Sacred: Student Acquisitions on Identity, Community, and Enduring Existence engage with a wide range of themes including statements of community or self, manipulating the Western art canon, natural topographies and the built world, and confronting policies that disadvantage people. The artists represented offer interpretations of the worlds they inhabit, revealing the many ways that the past can be reclaimed, life goes on, and the future can be rewritten. In these ways the works represent glimpses into the myriad paths on which individuals and their communities struggle, survive, thrive, or simply exist.
Artists: Dugan Aguilar, Mari Andrews, Rick Bartow, Sheila Pree Bright, Val Britton, Squeak Carnwath, Sue Coe, Janet Delaney, Sarah Biscarra Dilley, Katie Dorame, Mercedes Dorame, Katy Grannan, Kunlin He, Anthony Hernandez, Chester Higgins Jr., Jean LaMarr, Frank LaPena, Hung Liu, Roger Minick, George Miyasaki, Irene Poon, Sarah Sense, Tsherin Sherpa, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Carrie Mae Weems, and Linda Yao.
This exhibition was curated by Persia Liu (Class of 2022) in collaboration with Kelsey Elinski (Class of 2022) and Annika Singh (Class of 2023).
The companion virtual exhibition will soon be released.
Image above: Tsherin Sherpa, Children of Heaven #1, 2018, gouache, acrylic and ink on cotton, de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University, work selected by students in SCU Professor Heather Clydesdale's winter 2019 class, ARTH 66: Fabricating Nature in East Asia. Funds for this purchase were made possible by the Hearst Foundation's Community Initiatives for the Arts grant (CIVA), 2019.6