The Squire Foundation is a non-profit empowerment foundation, dedicated to civic and educational programs for artists, curators and all manner of creative people. 


elevating the arts in santa barbara through

artist in residence & public art Programming



Since the 1970s, the Squire Foundation has supported emerging and experimental artistic styles in an effort to nurture an environment of creative empowerment in the world.


Nestled in the foothills of Santa Barbara, California, the Foundation also serves as a full-time lending resource of contemporary artworks from the late Morris B. Squire, (1923-2014).  The Foundation exhibits and loans the artwork and sculptural creations to interested educational institutions and other appropriate organizations to catalyze and advance the growth of contemporary art.

Upon arrival to the Foundation, one is greeted by its lush plants, brightly colored wild flowers, and larger-than-life sculptures in the Genius series... art is whimsical and resembles a combination of original Burning Man art meets Salvador Dali.
— Joanne Calitri, Montecito Journal

Foundation Partnerships

The Squire Foundation supports Arts for Humanity! (AH!) and Art from Scrap (an Explore Ecology Program) in the Santa Barbara community.

Arts for Humanity!


Founded in 1997, Arts for Humanity!'s performing and visual arts programs empower low income at-risk youth, people with disabilities, and the elderly.  Our inspirational Community Arts Programs, provided at local non-profits, serve to cultivate creativity and make the arts accessible to all.  Arts for Humanity! celebrates our differences and our commonality through the power and beauty of the arts. To learn more, visit their website.






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Explore Ecology began it’s life in 1990 as Art From Scrap, with its roots in a ReUse retail store, an Arts Center, and a Reduce, Reuse, Recycle environmental education program.  To learn more, visit the Art From Scrap/Explore Ecology website.







The Morris B. Squire Art Foundation is a lending resource of contemporary art from the San Diego Zoo to Hillels throughout Southern California. Mr. Squire seeks to continue to make his art available for exhibition at accredited institutions throughout the world. The result is full time lending library of contemporary art that has been written up in papers nationally and internationally for the past couple of decades.

Public institutions face numerous challenges in today's modern economic climate when breaking down art barriers and exhibiting contemporary art- increasing operating costs and shrinking donor support. The Morris B. Squire Foundation keeps pace with these challenges absorbing almost the entire cost of the exhibition of their works with a public-minded objective of enabling the display of art for study.

The Foundation Supports:

Santa Barbara Zoo
Music Academy of the West
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
Jewish Federation of Santa Barbara
Hillel of UCSB
ADL of Santa Barbara
Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara
Chabad of BangkokHigh
Tower Ministries, Phnom Pehn

Become a Partner

Please contact us if you would like to partner with the Foundation.  One of our staff members will get back to you.