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 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.


Via Maria Villa (the late Morris B Squire's estate) is nestled in the foothills of Santa Barbara, California and houses the contemporary artworks from the late Morris B. Squire, (1923-2014).  The Foundation serves as a full-time lending resource exhibiting and loaning 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 [Via Maria Villa], 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

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The Morris B. Squire Foundation partners with many people and organizations for Educational Outreach, Artist in Residence Programs and to display the late Morris B. Squire's artwork.

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Your donation supports our International Artist in Residency program and allows us to grow and expand our offerings and reach.  We are deeply grateful. 


Foundation Partnerships

There is nothing more important for Squire’s mission, that provides as much social benefit, to as many members of the community, as are our relationships between our nonprofit, for-profit, education and government partners. Through seeking long-term, multi-faceted, value-driven partnerships, we ensure that our core values are upheld and developed within a network of like-minded organizations.

Special Partnerships

Squire looks to align with partners in our community with an appropriate association that is intellectually, emotionally and practically compatible.

Abstract Art Collective

Arts for Humanity!

Claremont Graduate University Scholarship

Explore Ecology

GraySpace Gallery

Santa Barbara County Arts Commission

Sotheby's Institute of Art

The Léni Fund


Squire constantly seeks to develop wider associations with partners who share common short and long-term project-based goals and interests.

Pacific Pride Foundation


Santa Barbara Bowl

Santa Barbara Transgender Advocacy Network (SBTAN)

Santa Barbara Unified School District

The Arts Fund

Art, Design, & Architecture Museum at UCSB

Blue Sky Center

Boys & Girls Club

Ensemble Theater Company

Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara

Music Academy of the West


Programs and Events

Squire is committed to making resources available to organizations engaged in community projects we consider in line with our mission and with a clear focus and impact on local arts and culture.

North County Teen Arts Mentorship Program

Pianos on State

Puppetpalooza Extraveganza

TedX Santa Barbara

The Shakespeare Globe Theatre

Art at the JCC

Art From Scrap Art Supplies

Art From Scrap Teaching Artists

California Poets in Schools

Discovery Museum Mural Project

National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS)

The Squire Foundation Colleagues

Ashley Hollister - Executive Director

Ashley Hollister - Executive Director

Jana Brody - Artist in Residence Program Manager

Jana Brody - Artist in Residence Program Manager

Karin McAuliff - Accounting Manager

Karin McAuliff - Accounting Manager

Alexis Schoppe Cronk - Design Specialist

Alexis Schoppe Cronk - Design Specialist

Sam Petry - Programs Coordinator

Sam Petry - Programs Coordinator