See, Be Seen: Community Portraits

Explore wall-to-wall portraits submitted by 250 artists in our community.

Exhibited from May 4th, 2018 – September 23rd, 2018

A creative collaboration between the subject and the maker, a portrait tells stories, reveals truths, and poses questions. From drawing and painting to sound, video, or sculpture — portraits help us see and be seen in new ways.


What happens when over local 250 artists come together to create portraits of people in our community? A massive exhibition celebrating the unique artistry and many faces of Santa Cruz County.

Explore these works, plus five anchor artworks from diverse, well-known artists all over California. Don't forget to make your own portrait to hang on the walls at the art stations inside.

Thank you to everyone who submitted work for this exhibition. Special thanks to our anchor artists Star Amerasu, Angélica Becerra, Cynthia Brannvall, Jesus Barraza and Melanie Cervantes of Dignidad Rebelde, Sanaa Khan, Marvin Plummer, and Self Help Graphics.

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“Historically in the West, portraiture has been used to document the history of those in power who had the wealth to hire artists to paint their images. As artists we have chosen to uplift those in our community, making images of the people who have struggled to change the world we live in.”

– Jesus Barraza and Melanie Cervantes, Dignidad Rebelde

Go Behind-the-Scenes

See, be Seen was a community-sourced exhibition. Check out the three other types of exhibitions that come through the MAH.

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