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Current Exhibit:

Tsuno 2016 Atkinson Gallery Poster

Devon Tsuno
Los Angeles River: Urban Reclamation
September 16-December 2, 2016
Reception: Friday, September 16, 5pm-7pm
Lecture: Thursday, October 13, 4:30pm, PS101

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.


Past Exhibits:



ISOLATED Exhibit Poster 2015


ISOLATED: An exhibition about solitary confinement by Richard Ross

ISOLATED: An exhibition about solitary confinement by Richard Ross
September 25-December 4, 2015

The Isolated exhibit is the most recent component of UCSB Professor Richard Ross’ ten-year effort to document the juvenile justice system in the United States. In this show, Ross critiques the pervasive use of solitary confinement with a combination of documentary photographs, audio clips from interviews with incarcerated youth, and a facsimile of an isolation cell. 

For more about the Juvenile In Justice project:

Picture Richard Ross is a photographer, researcher and professor of art based in Santa Barbara, California. Ross has been the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, MacArthur and the Center for Cultural Innovation. Ross was awarded both Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellowships. His most recent work, the — In Justice series, turns a lens on the placement and treatment of American juveniles housed by law in facilities that treat, confine, punish, assist and, occasionally, harm them. Two books and traveling exhibitions of the work continue to see great success while Ross collaborates with juvenile justice stakeholders, using the images as a catalyst for change.


  • Opening Reception: Friday, September 25, 4pm-6pm, H202
  • Documentary Photography as Social Change Agent, a lecture by Hannah Frieser: Wednesday, October 28, 4:30pm, A211
  • Alternatives to Isolation, a panel discussion coordinated by Freedom4Youth: Friday, November 13, 4pm, H202


Gallery Info

The Atkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara City College Art Department's showcase for the visual arts, hosts six exhibitions of contemporary art each academic year featuring international, national, regional and  student artists working in a wide range of styles and media.  AS OF JANUARY 2014, The Atkinson Gallery is located in the newly renovated Humanities Building, Room 202 on the East Campus of Santa Barbara City College, 721 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93109.

Gallery Hours:
REGULAR HOURS: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10am-4pm; Wednesday 10am-1pm & 3pm-6pm 
VIEWING APPOINTMENTS: Any day, any time with a little advanced notice (truly!)
CLOSED: Weekends and School Holidays

For more information contact:
Sarah Cunningham
Atkinson Gallery Director
Art Department, Santa Barbara City College
(805) 965 – 0581 x 3484


The Atkinson Gallery at Santa Barbara City College needs you! 

Did you know that the Gallery relies on private donors like you to fund 95% of salary and program costs? Each year, we present 6 contemporary art exhibits with rich links to the college curriculum. Additionally, we offer free gallery tours and artist lectures for SBCC students and community members. 

As an integral part of Santa Barbara City College, we receive donation via the Foundation for SBCC. 

Thanks for your support!
Please click on the button above to go to the Atkinson Gallery Team Page on the SBCC Foundation site. 
Please send a check made out to "Foundation for SBCC" with "Atkinson Gallery" in the memo line. Check may be mailed to Foundation for SBCC, 721 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93109.

Atkinson Gallery Annex

A Priori 2015

The Atkinson Gallery Annex is a long-standing tradition at the Atkinson Gallery. Located at an on-campus satellite location, The Annex host student exhibitions, curated by the Atkinson Gallery Intern. Currently, the Atkinson Gallery Annex is located in the John Dunn Gourmet Dining Room on East Campus (in between the bookstore and JSB Cafe).
Exhibitions are available for viewing during the Gourmet Dining Room’s regular hours: 
Monday –Friday, 11:30am - 12:45pm 
and Thursday – Friday, 5:30pm - 6:30pm



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