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Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 | Author:

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The Visual Arts & Design Academy presents the 16th annual VADA Spring Art Show, with a public reception on Friday, April 29th from 5:00-8:00pm at the Community Arts Workshop (CAW) on the corner of Garden & Ortega Streets, in downtown Santa Barbara. Please join us for a wonderful art-filled evening with light refreshments provided by The Friends of VADA and VADA parent volunteers. Artworks will also be on view Saturday, April 30th, 10am-4pm (during Farmer’s Market) and Sunday, May 1st, noon-4pm.

The VADA Spring Art Show will feature original art and design projects from students in their Freshman, Sophomore, Junior and Senior years. Artwork mediums on display will include oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, drawings, digital illustrations, designs and photography, prints, architectural models, sculptures, and more, including art integration projects from VADA’s academic English, History and Science classes. The Visual Arts & Design Academy (VADA) is a tuition-free learning community at Santa Barbara High School with about 225 culturally and economically diverse students, including at-risk youth. VADA integrates rigorous academic coursework with project-based, career-focused art and design instruction, in a supportive and creative environment. VADA is a California Partnership Academy funded in equal parts by the California Department of Education, the Santa Barbara Unified School District, and the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization Friends of VADA, which draws support from local businesses, philanthropic organizations and individual donors.

The Community Arts Workshop (CAW) at 631 Garden St in downtown Santa Barbara, provides affordable workspace to Santa Barbara artists to create, build, perform, teach, and engage the community.  Leased by the Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative as part of a City and County Regional Arts Master Plan initiative, and currently under renovation, the completed CAW space will include gallery, rehearsal, training and performance space, shop fabrication, and a center for collaboration and celebration.

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Monday, March 14th, 2016 | Author:
Luke Erickson
19 March 2016

2pm Artist Talk with Reception to follow until 4pm.

wall space gallery is pleased to showcase Minnesota based photographer Luke Erickson’s images of the Los Angeles River. Luke lived in Los Angeles for many years working as a set photographer and as a location scout/photographer on movie and television productions. While there he fell in love with the Los Angeles River and photographed it exhaustively.

These beautiful images of the river belie the notion it flows through one of the busiest and most industrial cities in the United States. Coursing 51 miles from Canoga Park to the Pacific, the river is anonymous until a rain, when we remember its course and its power.

101 and 110 Intersection Los Angeles River

101 and 110 Intersection Los Angeles River

About Luke Erickson –

Luke Erickson was born in Minneapolis on 1969. He is a photographer who has long been focused on the state of the natural environment and how it has been impacted by the encroachment of the manmade. He has been influenced by the work of photographers Timothy O’Sullivan and Robert Adams, artists Thomas Cole and Ed Ruscha, and filmmakers John Ford and Jim Jarmusch.

Using both digital and analogue rangefinder cameras to produce highly personal black & white photographs that honor the documentary tradition, Erickson is inspired to make this work because of a deep learned respect for history, an abiding interest in understanding how and why the appearance of the landscape has been transformed over time, and a desire to share his work with others. His photographs are also, specifically, a polemic about the importance of landscape photography and a meditation on the mythology of the American West, the effects of suburban expansion, the American Dream and the exploitation of natural resources.

Luke Erickson’s photographs are in many public, private and corporate collections including: the Weisman Art Museum, Tweed Museum of Art, University of Southern California’s Fisher Art Museum, Laguna Art Museum, The Autry Museum, and University of Redlands’ Peppers Art Gallery.

A recipient of a 2015 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, funding an exhibition of photographs, titled CONFLUENCE, Erickson examines the historic, economic and social importance of the Mississippi, Minnesota and St. Croix Rivers. Particular attention will be given to the areas historically occupied by Native American tribes, now largely displaced, which once inhabited the banks of these rivers.

Erickson earned a bachelor’s degree in art and art history from the University of Redlands, Redlands, CA and a master’s degree in the history of art from the University of Illinois, Chicago with an emphasis on the history of photography.

Luke Erickson also works as an independent art curator and as a photography curator for the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography (FEP). He is curator of many photography exhibitions, including exhibitions by Minnesota photographers Chris Faust and Stuart Klipper. In 2013 Luke curated a highly successful photography exhibition in a museum in Arles, France at the Rencontres d’Arles, the oldest and largest photo festival in Europe. He also teaches at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Friday, March 04th, 2016 | Author:

ATTENTION CALIFORNIA ARTISTS: The LightWorks Isla Vista deadline has been extended to Monday, March 7 at 11:59 p.m. Apply here:

Maiza Hixson

Visual Arts Coordinator/Curator of Collections



Request For Proposals
For California artists

The Santa Barbara County Arts Commission with the University of California Santa Barbara announces a Request For Proposals from California-based artists for LightWorks: Isla Vista, a light-based arts festival taking place from May 19-21, 2016 in downtown Isla Vista. To apply, visit:

Select artists will be commissioned to create temporary sculptural installations designed to transform the central parks of downtown Isla Vista into illuminated spaces for art, performance, and evening engagement by the community. Artists who employ light-emitting technologies as a medium in the creation of site-specific or free-standing installations (ranging in scale and scope) are encouraged to apply, as well as any artists who have experience in community-based practices and the public realm.The Santa Barbara County Arts Commission and University of California Santa Barbara’s Institute for Research in the Arts (UCIRA) received a Creative California Communities Grant Award in the amount of $43,500 for Light Works: Isla Vista (IV).

LightWorks: IV is part of a long-term community improvement effort led by a strategic group of partners and agencies, including the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission, Office of the 3rd Supervisorial District and County Sheriff, UC Santa Barbara Visual and Public Arts, Santa Barbara Foundation, Isla Vista Recreation and Parks District (IVRPD), Isla Vista Community Network (IVCN), UCSB Materials Research Laboratory, and the Santa Barbara Center for Art, Science and Technology (SBCAST).

Honoraria (for artists’ travel, cost of materials, and lodging) will be paid to each artist in two installments, with half of the honorarium disbursed upon approval of project and half upon completion. No additional funding is available beyond the honorarium. Artworks approved for Light Works must be de-installed the week following the event.

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Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 | Author:

Congratulations to Mayor Schneider, and the City of Santa Barbara. The mayor has been a wonderful advocate for the arts and we’ve been lucky to have her support. Santa Barbara is the first city in California history to win the award, and Mayor Schneider is certainly worthy.



The Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading non-profit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, and The U.S. Conference of Mayors recognized Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider with the National Award for Local Arts Leadership at the mayors’ winter meeting in Washington, D.C.

The award recognizes the successful creation of a Historic Arts District, collaboration with arts organizations, and improving access to arts and culture for youth, the residents, and visitors in public buildings and neighborhoods centers.

Over the past few decades, the City has partnered with community leaders to create and implement a vision for a Historic Arts District downtown, now complete with the renovation of aging performing arts facilities such as the Granada Theater and Victoria Hall. The City leased its property to the Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative for $1/Year and contributed $300,000 to develop a Community Arts Workshop. A long-expressed need from the arts community for decades, the Workshop is now the permanent home for the annual Summer Solstice parade where community artists can create costumes and floats.

Small arts and cultural organizations are supported through an events and festivals grant-making process. Historic festivals such as Old Spanish Days, Summer Solstice, and the Film Festival receive annual funding to provide free entertainment to the community, develop new programming, and reach the next generation.

“I’m honored to accept this award on behalf of the City of Santa Barbara’s many creative and groundbreaking community leaders and artists,” remarked Mayor Schneider. “Santa Barbara’s vibrant cultural arts economy and public art programs are a result of many years of ingenuity, planning, strategic investments and people who just get things done. Through partnerships with artists, business leaders, and philanthropists, we’ve created a place where residents and visitors alike can create, explore, participate and thrive.”

According to Nathan Vonk, President of the Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative, “In spite of recent economic downturns, the City has remained committed to its support for cultural nonprofits and cultural tourism, and has developed a civic climate that encourages and supports strategic public-private partnerships.”

“Visitor spending generates more than $1.5 billion each year for our regional economy. Santa Barbara’s cultural mix is increasingly part of the attraction that brings visitors here and keeps them coming back,” said Kathy Janega-Dykes, President/CEO of Visit Santa Barbara.

Thursday, January 07th, 2016 | Author:
Hopefully you’ll be out and about for 1st Thursday, but make sure to save some of your energy for this great show Friday night at the Tennis Club.

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Abstract 8
Artists: Karen Zazon, Maria Miller, Scott Miller, Rosemarie C. Gebhart,
Sara Lytle, Marlene Struss, Penny Arntz, Steven Gilbar.

In this competitive world of art, the mission of the Abstract 8 is to shine the light on a select group of talented abstract artists and allow them an opportunity to exhibit in a small group. It is an evolving and diverse group whose work seeks to connect and convey to its audience the energies and attitudes of each individual artist.

Exhibition Dates:
January 8th – February 5th, 2016

Artists’ Reception:
January 8th, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Gallery Hours: 9am – 9pm, Daily
(805) 682 – 4722

Celebrating art + people. Featuring new artists on the 2nd Friday of each month.
Susan Tibbles Curator/Director
Santa Barbara Tennis Club
2375 Foothill Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105