A multimedia traveling exhibit sharing the stories of Bruins who have advanced equity and equality in America.

About The Project

As we count 100 years of achievement as a public institution, we celebrate our shared commitment to the public good. Through these narratives, we hope to shed light on the less known and less-recognized leaders whose paths were not easy and who come from communities and neighborhoods where access to higher education was not a given. While others saw disadvantages, these Bruins saw opportunities to make positive change. These stories inspire us to continue lighting the way for our community and beyond, in the spirit of UCLA. What impact will you make? Share a story using #UCLAOurStories.

The Artists

Ernesto Yerena, Artist, UCLA

Ernesto Yerena

Ernesto Yerena Montejano was born in El Centro, CA, a mid- sized farming town bordering Mexicali, BC, MX. Fueled by his cross-national upbringing, his art practice reflects his observations of the views and interactions between the Mexican communities living on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. The artist shares narratives of his conflicts of identity that he feels are kindred to what many Chicanos of these communities experience.

Gabe Gault, Artist, UCLA

Gabe Gault

Gabe Gault’s work challenges the assumptions. Employing classical painting techniques while using modern mediums, Gault bucks conformity, not allowing himself or his work to be easily defined. Channeling Renaissance portraiture and still-lifes, Gault explores his identity as a Black American, re-appropriating, breaking down, and repurposing Colonial influences in order to celebrate Culture.

Mer Young

Los Angeles-based artist Mer Young has created a body of artwork manifested in drawings, paintings, collages and public artworks. She is known for her colorful collages of indigenous and natives cultures, her overall focus remains on human diversity.

Upcoming Events

10.03.2019
Kerckhoff Art Gallery

October 3-17, 2019 Open daily from 7am-11pm Opening Launch on Oct 3, 5-8pm

10.06.2019
CicLAvia Heart of LA, Celebrating UCLA100

Pop-Up Exhibit at the Civic Center Hub, 9am-4pm

10.09.2019
2019 Black Convocation

Pop-Up Exhibit at Carnesale Commons - Palisades Room, 5pm-8pm

10.12.2019
UCLA Fall Open House

Pop-Up Exhibit at Pauley Pavilion South East Concourse, 9am-3pm

11.01.2019
Power to the People: 50 Years of Bridging Research with Community Conference

November 1, 2019, 5-8pm: Pop-up Exhibit at Tateuchi Forum at Japanese American National Museum / November 2, 2019, 9am-5pm: Pop-up Exhibit at Luskin School of Public Policy

12.04.2019
Los Angeles City Hall Bridge Gallery (Downtown)

December 4, 2019- January 8, 2020

01.22.2020
Mercado La Paloma (South LA)

Pop-Up Exhibit January 22-February 27, 2020

02.10.2020
UCLA Community School at Robert F. Kennedy Complex

February 10-March 16, 2020 Winter Quarter Fiat Lux Course

04.01.2020
Social Public Art Resource Center (Venice)

April 1-30, 2020

05.04.2020
Self-Help Graphics & Art (East LA)

May 4-29, 2020