Hellen Ascoli is a Guatemalan artist, weaver and educator investigating material culture as a way to understand relationships and identity. Her studio practice stems from an emotional and analytical engagement to materials, body and space, which are used to map and understand complex relationships, systems of power and economics. In her education practice Ascoli seeks to create spaces of dialogue and reflexion in art spaces and classrooms by questioning the level of participation and interaction of viewer and student.Since moving back to Guatemala in 2012 she teaches at Francisco Marroquín University and her projects include designing a mediation program for the 19th and 20th Paiz Biennal. Since 2014 she has been developing the education program for Museo Ixchel of Indigenous Dress, where she currently is Director of Education.Co-sponsored with the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara
Rafa Esparza is a multidisciplinary artist who was born, raised, and is currently living in Los Angeles. Woven into Esparza's bodies of work are his interests in history, personal narratives, and kinship. He is inspired by his own relationship to colonization and the disrupted genealogies that come forth as a result. Using live performance as his main form of inquiry, Esparza employs site-specificity, materiality, memory and (non)documentation as primary tools to interrogate and critique ideologies, power structures and binaries that problematize the "survival" process of historicized narratives and the environments wherein people are left to navigate and socialize. Esparza has performed in a variety of spaces including AIDS Project Los Angeles, Highways Performance Space, REDCAT, Human Resources, SOMArts, Vincent Price Museum, LACE and various public sites throughout Los Angeles. He is a recipient of an Emerging Artist 2014 California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists, a 2014 Art Matters grantee, and a 2015 recipient of a Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant. Most recently, his work has been included in the Made in L.A. 2016 exhibit at the UCLA Hammer Museum, the 2017 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum in New York, and tierra. sangre. oro. at Ballroom Marfa in Marfa, TX.
Sponsored by the SBCC Foundation
Simultaneous translation from English-Spanish available
Gabriela Martinez, artist printmaker and Associate Vice President of Education at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, CA, will give an historical overview of printmaking in Mexico and then touch upon US/Mexican collaborations based on political movements/interests. For example, Pablo O'Higgins and Elizabeth Catlett at the Taller de Grafica Popular in Mexico City, and David Alfaro Siqueiros in Los Angeles during the Chicano Moratorium.
Past Arts Lectures
Thursday, October 13, 4:30pm
Devon Tsuno is a Los Angeles-native. His abstract paintings, socially engaged projects, artist books and print installations focus on the LA watershed, water use, and native vs. non-native vegetation. Tsuno is a 2017 Santa Fe Art Institute Water Rights Artist-In-Residence, is the 2016 SPArt Community Grantee and was awarded a 2014 California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Art. Tsuno’s long-term interest in bodies of water in the LA area has been central to his work with the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Big City Forum, Theodore Payne Foundation, the grantLOVE Project, and Occidental College. Tsuno has exhibited at the Hammer Museum Venice Beach Biennial, Current: LA Water Public Art Biennial, the US Embassy in New Zealand, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, and Roppongi 605 in Tokyo. His solo exhibition, Reclaimed Water was identified in Art LTD as a Critic’s Picks: 2014 Top 10 exhibitions in LA and his exhibition Watershed curated by Aandrea Stang was reviewed in Artillery Magazine and Notes on Looking. Tsuno received an MFA from Claremont Graduate University in 2005 and a BFA from California State University Long Beach in 2003. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Art and Design at California State University, Dominguez Hills.
Jacques Caussin is the former Board Chairman of Modernism Week in Palm Springs and helped steer what began as a small idea in 2006 into an annual international cultural event.
Born in Lille, France, Jacques studied engineering and design and got his degree in Marketing. In 1971, he relocated to the United States to work at the New York office of the French Line, the cruise line that operated the S.S. France. Following that, Jacques became market research director for Peugeot Motors of America before abandoning the corporate world to pursue his passion for 20th century design, which now encompasses midcentury modern design and architecture. He opened First ½, a gallery in New York’s SOHO district in the 1980’s and obtained national prominence as a specialist of 1930s American industrial design.
His track record for creating successful events dates back to 1994 when he created the hugely successful MIAMI MODERNISM show, thus participating in the rebirth of South Beach at that time. Prior to helping launch Modernism Week, Jacques was the creative force behind the Palm Springs Modernism Show and helped bring his brainchild into reality in 2001.
Thursday, September 8, 2016, 4:30pm
Physical Science Building Room 101
Maria Rendón, artist
Wednesday, March 11,4:30pm, PS101The Atkinson Gallery at Santa Barbara City College is pleased to present Missing Rib: Maria Rendón, Maria Rendón's first solo exhibition since receiving her MFA from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2014. In an ambitious series of new paintings, the artist uses controlled improvisation to examine the space between the concrete and the ephemeral. As Rendón says, "The impression of what is not there interests me as much as what is there." The exhibit opens with a reception from 5:00pm-7:00pm on Friday, February 27and runs through March 27, 2015. The artist will give a lecture on her work on Wednesday, March 11 at 4:30pm in Room 101 in the Physical Science Building. The exhibit, reception and lecture are all free and open to the public.Maria Rendón lives and works in Santa Barbara, CA. Her previous solo exhibitions include shows at the Universidad Anahuac in Mexico, and at Mount St. Mary's College and Random Gallery, both in Los Angeles. Her work was featured in Crave, an art, food and social experience, at the Contemporary Arts Forum (now the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara) in 2012. She has also been in many group exhibitions at venues including the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, Lotusland, Gallery Nucleus and Santa Monica College. In her work as an illustrator, Rendón has received awards from American Illustration, the Society of Illustrators and the Society of Publication Designers. Her work has been commissioned by many businesses including American Airlines, Capitol Records, Dow Jones, Harvard Business School and NPR.Santa Barbara City College's Atkinson Gallery produces six exhibitions of contemporary art each academic year featuring international, national, regional and student artists working in a wide range of styles and media. The Atkinson Gallery's exhibits and programs are generously supported by the Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation and funded in part by the Organizational Development Program using funds provided by the City of Santa Barbara in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission.
Sylvester Okwunodu Ogbechie, art historianWednesday, April 8, 5pm, PS101
David Humphrey, artistRESCHEDULED DATE/TIME TBD
Past Lectures & Events:
Gail Levin, art historian, on the work of Edward Hopper
Wednesday, March 4, 4:30pm, PS101
Dr. Gail Levin is Professor of Art History, American Studies, and Women Studies at Baruch College and the Graduate Center of CUNY. She is an art historian specializing in art of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, with diverse research interests that include the work of Edward Hopper, Marsden Hartley, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Judy Chicago, women artists, Jewish artists, Chinese emigre artists, and contemporary art of the United States, Europe, and Japan, as well as American Studies and the cinema. Her books include Lee Krasner: A Biography, Becoming Judy Chicago: A Biography of the Artist, and Edward Hopper: An Intimate Biography.
Levin served as curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art and as guest curator at the Museum of Modern Art and other venues. Also an artist, her photographs are included in the collections of the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia; The Pollock-Krasner House, and Study Center of the Stony Brook Foundation of the State University of New York in East Hampton, NY; and the Center for Photography, Woodstock, New York.
Gail Levin received a B.A. from Simmons college, and M.A. in Fine Arts from Tufts University, and a Ph.D. from Rutgers University.
Kenyon Hansen, artist, Friday, February 20, 4pm, A211
Kenyon Hansen grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and in 2005 received a BFA from Finlandia University. He has been an artist-in-residence at Watershed Center for the Ceramics Arts, and the Archie Bray Foundation where he was awarded the Lincoln Fellowship. In 2013, he was selected as an Emerging Artist by Ceramics Monthly. Kenyon currently resides in Hancock, Michigan where he's a full time potter, and adjunct instructor at Finlandia University.
Jillian McDonald, artist, Friday, January 23, 4pm, A211
Wednesday, February 5, 4:30-5:30pm, A-211
Tim Berg and Rebekah Myers
Wednesday, April 30, 4:30, A-211