Exhibition: Maria Gaspar: Compositions

Iron bars recast as glass with sonic reverberations. Concrete walls made porous by precisely cut holes. A building disappearing into clouds, piece by piece. In Compositions, Chicago-based artist Maria Gaspar’s first solo exhibition on the West Coast, artworks are acts of alchemy. And video footage and debris salvaged from the demolition of a wing of the Cook County Department of Corrections, the largest single-site jail in the United States, becomes the material with which to build a liberated world.

Compositions features newly commissioned and existing works from the award-winning artist. From public actions, sound broadcasts, sculptures, paintings, to videos, for more than a decade Gaspar has explored the role of art within the collective struggle against the United States carceral system. The exhibition is organized as part of Visualizing Abolition, an arts-based initiative that reaches across prison borders to contribute to the unfolding collective story and alternative imagining underway to create a future free of prisons.


  • Free and open to the public by appointment only
  • Ongoing exhibition: September 26, 2023 – March 3, 2024
  • Gallery hours are by appointment only from Tue–Sat, 12-5 p.m. (closed Sundays, Mondays, and holidays)
  • Please visit ias.ucsc.edu/visit/ for more information


  • Free parking 
  • Accessible parking on High Rd.

Saturday, March 2 at 12:00pm to 5:00pm

Institute of the Arts and Sciences 100 Panetta Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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Invited Audience

Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Students, Prospective Students, General Public, Graduate Students


Academic, Arts & Culture




Free and open to the public

Arts Division, Institute of the Arts and Sciences


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