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Is Almost Here!
Saturday, April 23rd
A full day of presentations by renowned artists, roundtable discussions with professional artists, performances, and conversations with other artists!
Ask Questions
Get Advice
Explore a Career in the Arts
Find a Mentor
Live your Dream!
6th Annual Art Career Day Conference
Fe Bland Forum at SBCC
Saturday, April 23 11am-5pm, Sign In at 10:30am
Presented by an Art Without Limits Coalition
Register at www.acdc-sb.org
Information: 805-565-1332  ~  talent@awolsb.org
Art Career Day Conference (ACDC) returns to SBCC on Saturday, April 23rd. The mission of the conference is to empower aspiring artists. The conference is free for 13 to 25 year old artists. Lunch is included. Professional artists with a wide scope of talent and experience will present and lead roundtable discussions.
ACDC was initiated to strengthen the skills needed to launch a career in the arts.Attendees of the conference are presented with the possibilities, realities, and promotional connections needed to pursue an art career. Santa Barbara has vibrant and productive professionals in its arts community who can be called upon to bolster the next creative generation.
This year’s Keynote Speaker, Luther Gerlach, is a renowned fine art photographer and historical photographic specialist. He uses a collection of antique cameras and lenses for his work, and also builds his own large format cameras.
A smattering of Gerlach’s list of accomplishments and skills are:
  • Lecturer and facilitator of workshops on antique and contemporary photographic processes at museums around the U.S.
  • Taught and lectured at Art Center, Pasadena and Brooks Institute of Photography
  • He has appeared multiple times in “Meet the Artist” Programs at the Carnegie Museum
  • Featured in publications including View Camera, American Photographer, Shutterbug and Architectural Digest
  • His work is collected, shown internationally and included in corporate and private museum collections including Michael Wilson Center of Photography, Denver Museum of Art, J. Paul Getty Museum, Prague National Museum, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Minnesota Institute of Art Schacknow Museum of Fine Arts and LACMA
  • His work is displayed at the White House as a part of the President’s personal art collection.
Elizabeth Folk, Lecturer at Santa Barbara City College, UC Santa Barbara, and Allan Hancock College will present at the conference and co-lead the Roundtable Discussion on Sculpture & Installation.Folk works in interdisciplinary sculpture and time-based media, primarily exploring issues of class, labor, gender, sexuality, and communication. She earned a BFA from CU Boulder, an MFA from UC Santa Barbara.
She is a member of the Cannon Art Studios in Goleta, CA, a community-minded workspace.

Award-winning writer, director and producer of theatre, artist and photographer, Rod Lathim will return as Emcee this year.  He is a sought after administrator and manager. Lathim’s cutting-edge vision and drive have enabled him to create and develop programs, arts organizations and landmark cultural facilities. In 2012 Rod was honored by the County Board of Supervisors and the Arts Commission with the “Leadership in the Arts Award” for his significant contributions to arts and culture in Santa Barbara County.

Stories of Artists who have Attended 
Art Career Day Conference in the Past
Leanna Thompson, a recent high school graduate, attended the 5th Art Career Day Conference. There she met photographer, Macduff Everton, who was aRoundtable Discussion Leader. He offered to mentor her in photography, through the Art Without Limits Mentorship Program. The mentorship began right then and there, at the conference, when Macduff invited Leanna to join him and photographer, Isaac Hernandez, to photograph the release of pelicans, who had been cleaned of tar from the Refugio Beach oil Spill.
“I was ecstatic, and tagged along without hesitation. I got some wonderful photos. This mentorship is a give and give.”  ~ Leanna Thompson
Leanna will be taking photos of this year’s conference.
Photograph by Leanna Thompson


Si Jie Loo, who is being mentored by renowned Santa Barbara artist, Mary Heebner, through the AWoL Mentorship Program. Si Jie attended ACDC last year, and met artist and educator, Dug Uyesaka. Dug suggested she contact Bella Rosa Galleries. A few days later  an exhibit of her artwork for the following month had been arranged. Since then, Si Jie has completed a two-month residency at the Squire Foundation. Her body of work,INKnovations, was exhibited in Malaysia at the end of 2015, and she did the illustrations for the book,

Holding Demons In Small Jars, by Jasmine Kumalah.
“Over the years, I have learned to discover the different sides and abilities of mine, one at a time. I believe all the characteristics are there for a reason. They will continue to challenge and help me grow. I will understand myself better, and shine brighter and brighter!” ~ Si Jie Loo
Si Jie will be presenting about Mentorship with AWoL Director, Julie McLeod, at this year’s conference.
Art By Si Jie Loo
Registration-Sign In
Welcome by Emcee – Rod Lathim
Speaker – Julie McLeod & Si Jie Loo  – Mentorship
Performance by Teen Star – Singer – Jackson           Cocciolone
Speaker – Garrett Blair, Sara Bashor – Theater
Breakout #1
Lifestyle, Portrait, Wedding Photography – Arna Bajraktarevic
Acting, Directing – Garrett Blair/Sara Bashor/
Brian Harwell
Poetry, Prose – Terre Ouwehand/Jinny Webber
Galleries, Museums – Monika Molnar-Metzenthin/Nina Dunbar
Dance – Daniela Zermeno/Christina Sanchez
Performance by Zermeno Flamenco Spirit Dancers
Keynote Speaker – Luther Gerlach – Photography
Speaker – Elizabeth Folk – Sculpture & Installation
Breakout #2
Photography – Luther Gerlach
Painting – Jeanne Dentzel/Phoebe Brunner
Sculpture, Installation – Elizabeth Folk
Journalism, Writing – Nick Welsh
Architecture – Paul Rupp/Armando Arias del Cid
Breakout #3
Music – Jim Connelly/Kirsten Monke
Graphic Design, Web – Mitra Cline
Costume, Fashion Design, Makeup – Pamela Shaw
Media Art, Technology Arts – Marco Pinter/Shannon Willis
Animation – Juniko Moody/Mark Sawicki (please bring flash drive to this session)
Surveys & prizes
Registration is now open and free for those ages 13-25. Over the age of 25, a $25 donation is suggested.
This is your opportunity to learn from the people who are living your dream!
                                    Please pre-register at: acdc-sb.org.
To present ACDC, Art Without Limits (AWoL) collaborates with the Santa Barbara Bowl, SB County Arts Commission, Dug Uyesaka, SB County Education Department, Rod Lathim, SBCC Theatre Department, SBHS Visual Arts & Design Academy, SB Teen Star and many others.
www.awolsb.org ~ 816 chelham way, santa barbara ca 93108 
julie mcleod – director ~ lisa kaftori – president ~ lisa phelps – vice president
  jodi mcleod – treasurer ~ beate ackroyd – secretary
calico brown –  board member
Art Without Limits, 816 Chelham Way, Santa Barbara , CA 93108-1048
Category: Upcoming Events
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