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Monday, September 12th, 2016 | Author:

Call for Artists for October’s Art in the Mayor’s Office

Santa Barbara Arts CollaborativeNow that summer is over it’s time to start applying for October’s Art in the Mayor’s Office. There is no theme this time around so we can see what our creative artists choose as their subjects. The application is open to all Santa Barbara area artists and application is free.

We look forward to viewing your work and best of luck to all.

The application deadline is Sept 25th with selection notices going out on or about Sept 30th. The show will be hung the following week and remain up till the end of February. The Mayor will be traveling on Oct 6th so the opening reception will be 1st Thursday November 3rd in the Mayor’s Office from 5:00 to 6:00 PM.

The application is available online here

Sunday, March 20th, 2016 | Author:

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TakePart/MakeArt Pavilion Design Competition

Application Deadline: Submissions are due by 6 pm PST on April 21, 2016.

Museum of Contemporary Art of Santa Barbara seeks local, national and international designers for a pavilion design competition.

Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB) is accepting applications from local, national, and international designers for a large-scale public pavilion through April 21, 2016. A jury of architects, artists, scholars, and design experts will select and announce the winning proposal on May 9, 2016. The winner will receive an award of $5,000 and an additional $45,000 to support their projects. The winning proposal team will then work with MCASB curators to produce, build, permit, and install the final design for the inaugural TakePart/MakeArt program.

MCASB is seeking proposals for an outdoor traveling pavilion to be built and installed at each site of the 2016-2018 TakePart/MakeArt initiative, scheduled to debut in October 2016. TakePart/MakeArt, made possible by an Exploring Engagement Fund grant from the James Irvine Foundation, will engage audiences in contemporary art by moving them from spectators to co-creators in the arts process. By extension, the proposed project will enable new forms of community visibility, representation, and creative problem-solving that address pressing needs. As a central feature the pavilion will be a bold design and vibrant beacon for MCASB as it travels through three different communities across Santa Barbara County: Isla Vista, the Westside, and the Waterfront.

Executive Director Miki Garcia states, “We want the TakePart/MakeArt pavilion competition to motivate designers to think about how design encourages communities to participate with their surroundings and facilitates new ways of interacting with contemporary art and artists.” She says further, “This competition encourages designers, artists, architects and creatives to experiment with bold, innovative thinking that can both challenge and produce rich dialogue with the traditional, California Mission style aesthetic that typically characterizes Santa Barbara.”

To apply: Please go to to download the full RFP, and find the online portal to submit your proposal and $50 entry fee. The submission link will be active beginning April 1st until April 21st.

To learn more: Contact Audrey Lopez, Curator of Community Engagement, at

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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Sunday, August 16th, 2015 | Author:
  Calling all artists!

It’s time for another Call For Entries for Art in the Mayor’s Office. This round the theme is is an open call, any subject as long as it’s 2D art. We do an open call every year to get a gauge of what subjects artists are painting and photographing.
This project has been ongoing for 3 yrs and has been viewed by hundreds of visitors to Helene’s office. The art we select comes from a broad range of art representing Santa Barbara’s artists, from professionals to emerging artists. Let’s show what Santa Barbara has to offer.
Space is limited so most selections will need to be hanging ready work no larger than 36 inches tall by 36 inches wide INCLUDING THE FRAME and wire. If you would like to be considered for this opportunity, please fill out the simple application and submit up to three digital examples of your work.
The deadline to apply is midnight  Tuesday, August 25th The selections will be reviewed by a small panel and announced August 28th. The opening will coincide with 1st Thursday, September 3rd along with a reception held in the Mayor’s Office 5-6PM. If you have any difficulties with the registration or application process, our webmaster is available for questions at .
Let’s all support the local art of our sweet city of Santa Barbara.
On behalf of the Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative and all artists and arts lovers in Santa Barbara, we thank the Mayor once again for this opportunity and we thank all the  the artists


Sunday, June 21st, 2015 | Author:

The Arts Fund is pleased to invite you to participate in our fall exhibition and fundraiser Feast Your Eyes! to support our Community Gallery, making it possible to continue to support local artists in Santa Barbara County. Below are the details and requirements for your participation. Please join us and share in the artist’s celebration!

The Arts Fund

Overview: From Sept 11, through Sept 26 we will exhibit work of artists in The Arts Fund Gallery in the Funk Zone. There will be a big party and reception on Friday, Sept. 11th. All artwork will be offered for sale. This is a fundraiser for The Arts Fund, however, we also offer artists the opportunity to share in the proceeds from sales of their work. We ask that artists buy tickets to the big party, artist tickets will be available at a discount rate.

Canvas: The Arts Fund will supply each artist with an 11″ x 14″ gallery wrapped canvas substrate. The canvas will provide your choice of portrait or landscape orientation.

Media: You may use any media: paint, photography, assemblage, collage, or… use your imagination. The only requirement is that the finished size does not exceed the borders of the 11″ x 14″ substrate. All artwork must be submitted on the canvas we provide.

Each artist may submit one piece of artwork. The Arts Fund reserves the right to exclude any entry deemed not suitable for this community event.

Entry Fee: The entry fee is $10.00. Please pay when you pick up your canvas.

Entry Form: Print and complete the attached Feast Your Eyes! 2015 Artist Entry Form.

Support Ticket Sales: We invite artists to share this event with friends, art lovers and supporters. Please encourage them purchase tickets for the Big Party on Sept. 11th.

Sale Proceeds: Part of our mission is to support local artists through our Community Gallery. We know that artists in turn want to support the gallery. Artists may share in the proceeds or donate all proceeds to The Arts Fund– it’s up to you to select one of the following options:

40% to artist, 20% to artist, 0% to artist (100% donation to support The Arts Fund).

How the Sales Will Work: Feast Your Eyes! will include a Big Party, a ticketed event on Friday, Sept. 11th.. Each ticket holder will be able to purchase art for $300, the purchase will be in addition to the ticket price (projected to be $45 general, $35 for artists).

How to Participate: Notify us via email, if you would like to participate and we will reserve a canvas for you while supplies last.  Time is of the essence as our gallery space is limited and we may not have room to accommodate everyone with an interest. Your early response will be appreciated.

Deliver Finished Artwork: Bring your finished artwork to The Arts Fund Gallery, 205-C Santa Barbara St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, from noon to 5pm Wednesday –  Sunday.

Final deadline SATURDAY Sept. 5th.

Send us an email