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March 2017

A Geography of Hope at the de Saisset

A Geography of Hope: Student Photography and Creative Writing in Conversation

New exhibition at the de Saisset brings Santa Clara University students together in reflection

SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 28, 2017 — The de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University will present A Geography of Hope: Student Photography and Creative Writing in Conversation, on view April 7 to June 17, 2017.

Santa Clara University professors Renee Billingslea, Department of Art and Art History, and Claudia McIsaac, Department of English, bring together students from their respective classes, Exploring Society through Photography and Creative Writing and Social Justice, in this exhibition. Mentored and inspired by the work of Frank Sinatra Scholar-Artist-in-Residence Anna Deavere Smith, and responding to one another’s artwork and their community-based learning programs, the students involved in these courses created the photography, poems, and other reflections that comprise this multifaceted exhibition.

This exhibition is co-presented by the de Saisset Museum, the College of Arts and Sciences Frank Sinatra Chair in the Performing Arts, the College of Arts and Sciences Center for the Arts and Humanities, the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education, the Moran Family Trust Ethics and Social Justice Program, the Department of English, and the Department of Art and Art History.

On April 6, 2017 there will be a public reception for this exhibition at the de Saisset Museum from 7-8:30 p.m. At this time, the museum will also celebrate the opening of another exhibition, Unique and Multiple: Selections from Smith Andersen Editions, the Legacy of Paula Z. Kirkeby.

About the de Saisset Museum
The de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University is the South Bay’s free museum of art and history. The museum was founded adjacent to the Mission Santa Clara de Asís on the Santa Clara University campus in 1955 and is one of only three museums in the South Bay accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The de Saisset Museum supports Santa Clara University’s goal of educating the whole person through a diverse and accessible range of exhibitions, collections, and educational programs that highlight the art and history of the San Francisco Bay Area. As a center for lifelong learning, the de Saisset facilitates discovery, experience, and inspiration through engaging objects of art and history.

About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its more than 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, theology, and engineering, plus master’s and law degrees and engineering Ph.D.s. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, see

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Image: Photo detail, Patricia Sousa, Class of 2017, Wasteland (2017), digital photograph, image courtesy of the artist. Poetry excerpt, Helena Castro, Class of 2018, Belong (2017), poem courtesy of the author.