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Art Lectures

Fall 2018


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Debra Broz

Friday October 12, 2018 1:00-2:00PM

Humanities Building H-111 


My modified ceramic sculptures are a product of my continual desire to understand and change the meaning of objects, especially those that were once valued, then discarded. I search thrift stores for decorative figurines, then I dismantle, dissect and recompose them using the techniques of ceramics restoration. I often hunt for months or years to find figurines that are the right match. My seamless surgeries create works that humorously, yet pointedly, reflect the overlap between real science and science-fiction, and offer considerations about the power of kitsch, and the "truth" of objects as they pass from one owner to another.

Debra Broz began falling in love with small, unusual things while growing up in rural central Missouri. After receiving her BFA from Maryville University - St. Louis in 2003, she moved to Austin. There, she worked as a mixed media artist, ceramics restorer, and director of an art studio and gallery until late 2013, when she moved to Los Angeles.

Her sculpture has been exhibited at many galleries and museums including the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, American Museum of Ceramic Art and Austin Museum of Art. Her work has been featured in Ceramics Monthly, American Craft magazine, the Huffington Post, This Is Colossal, and the Jealous Curator’s website and podcast.





Spring 2018









Artist Lecture Hellen Ascoli 2017

Hear artist Andy Coolquitt talk about his exhibition Andy Coolquitt: i need a hole in my head, opening at MCASB’s satellite space at Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara on May 17, 2018. The exhibition highlights a key aspect of Coolquitt’s artistic career: working exclusively with scavenged objects. Arranging disparate objects like lighters, plastic pipes, fabric, bath mats, and Snuggies in individual works and installations, the exhibition questions ideas of public and private in the pseudo domestic space of a hotel.
Notable solo exhibitions have included This Much at Galerie Krinzinger in Vienna, Austria;no I didn’t go to any museums here I hate museums museums are just stores that charge
you to come in there are lots of free museums here but they have names like real stores at Maryam Nassir Zadeh in New York City, NY; attainable excellence at AMOA-Arthouse in
Austin, TX; and, most recently, somebody place at Lisa Cooley in Dallas, TX.
Co-sponsored with the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara




Fall 2017

Rafa Esparza Artist Lecture 25 Oct 2017

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



Art Lecture Gabriela Martinez 01 Nov 2017

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

 Artist Talk with Bean Gilsdorf Feb 15 2017


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Devon Tsuno

Thursday, October 13, 4:30pm
Physical Science Building, Room 101

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.

Caussin Lecture American Design of the 1930's Oct 26 4:30 pm in PS 101

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.

 Kathy Kissik

Thursday, September 8, 2016, 4:30pm
Physical Science Building Room 101


Artist Lecture: Rachel Johnson Feb 17, 2016 5pm PS 101

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Maria Rendón, artist

Wednesday, March 11,4:30pm, PS101

The 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 historian

Wednesday, April 8, 5pm, PS101 

David Humphrey, artist


Past Lectures & Events:

Gail Levin, art historian, on the work of Edward Hopper

Wednesday, March 4, 4:30pm, PS101

Dr. Gail LePortrait of Dr. Gail Levinvin 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 Studio view
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



Ann Diener

Wednesday, February 5, 4:30-5:30pm, A-211

Ann Diener’s most recent drawings are comprised overlaying images of the city of Los Angeles as it now exists onto the historical blueprint, recording spaces from different time periods and its cacophony of architecture as diverse as its population. Diener received her BA from UCLA and her MFA from UCSB. One-person exhibitions include Bank Gallery, Los Angeles, the Art, Design and Architecture Museum at UCSB, Electric Works Gallery San Francisco and the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum (now Museum of Contemporary Art). She was a resident artist at the American Academy in Rome, Italy and at Kaus Australis in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.  Her work has been reviewed in The Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, the San Francisco Chronicle, The SF Weekly, Artweek, Art Ltd., Art on Paper, the Santa Barbara News-Press and Santa Barbara Independent.

Tim Berg and Rebekah Myers

Wednesday, March 19, 4:30-5:30pm, A-211

A multimedia studio art collaborative based in Claremont, CA, Tim Berg and Rebekah Myers aim to distill the stereotypical perceptions and associations within our culture into visually compelling objects, sculptures and installations. Whether they create an installation describing the impending doom of the dinosaurs or a valise filled with gold lucky charms their iconography is drawn from the animals, objects and/or situations that operate as commonplace tropes within our culture. Jointly Berg and Myers have participated in multiple solo exhibitions including An embarrassment of riches (2013) and On the brink (2011) both at Dean Project Gallery in New York, NY, and As Luck Would Have It (2009) at Nääs Konsthantverk Galleri in Göteborg, Sweden. Over the years Berg and Myers have also participated in numerous group exhibitions in the US, Mexico, South Korea, Qatar and Kuwait. Berg works as an Associate Professor at Pitzer College in Claremont, CA and received his MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2003 and BFA from the University of Colorado in Boulder in 2000. Myers received her BFA from the University of Colorado in Boulder in 2000 and continued her studies in graphic design at the California College of the Arts.

Megan Geckler

Wednesday, April 30, 4:30, A-211

Upon first look, Megan Geckler’s work seems to be digital in nature; the colors are vibrant and unreal. Most of her installations are created with flagging tape, a mass-produced colorful plastic ribbon utilized on construction sites and assembled by hand alongside crews of assistants. Geckler has been exhibiting in galleries, museums and alternative spaces since 1998, with many shows in the United States including solo shows at the Wexner Center for the Arts, the Creative Artists Agency, and the Pasadena Museum of California Art among others. She has also worked with commercial clients such as Urban Outfitters, Nike and Target. She received her BFA from Tyler School of Art at Temple University and her MFA from Claremont Graduate University.

Mel Davis

Wednesday, May 7, 4:30, A-211

Mel Davis received her BFA from Concordia University in Montreal and her NFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She had solo exhibitions and is represented by both Eleanor Harwood Gallery (San Francisco) and Larry Becker Gallery (Philadelphia). She has had additional solo exhibitions at Cecile Moochnek Gallery (Berkeley), NavtaSchulz Gallery (Chicago),  and Diego Rivera Gallery (San Francisco).  Her work has been reviewed in the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, Time Out Chicago, Art in America and San Francisco Art Magazine.

Past Lecture Series 

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