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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Artist in Residence


Morris B. Squire's Art


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

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


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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.





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.






Art in the Community

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.

Location of Art Currently in the Community:

Dos Pueblos High School, Engineering Department
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

Other Program, Event, and Organization Partnerships



  • “Celebrations Through the Generations” collaborative art Exhibit at the Jewish Federation
  • “Meet the Artist” Presentations Program
  • Art installation for “Celebrations Through the Generations” exhibit and collaboration with Lynn Holley curator.
  • The Santa Barbara Festival of Ballet ($500 towards tickets to be distributed to underprivileged students and families)
  • Young Professionals Division of the Jewish Federation Art & Torah workshop
  • Lynn Holley free lecture “Dancing with the Muses from Las Vegas to the Louvre”
  • Si Jie Loo completed a two month Artist in Residence program
  • Si Jie Loo Artist in Residence free community artist talk
  • “Love & Guts” art exhibit in Santa Maria
  • The Arts Fund Feast Your Eyes exhibit
  • The Arts Fund Teen Art Mentorship summer program exhibit
  • Si Jie Loo music interactive event, “Painting Through Movement”
  • Morris Squire sculpture long term loan installation of “The Bottle” & “Einstein” to Dos Pueblos High School, Santa Barbara, Ca
  • Young Adult Professional division of Jewish Federation meeting and social
  • Linda Stein studio visit
  • Teen Art Mentor Santa Maria program Mural Unveiling event
  • Teen Art Mentor Santa Barbara Exhibit at The Arts Fund
  • Spring Teen Art Mentor program class visits
  • Morris Squire sculptures were on temporary loan to the Cong. Bnai Brith for exhibit at the Jewish Festival
  • Artist Brain Shapiro free artist talk
  • “Creative Mindful Mediation” Workshop by Renee Golan
  • Spring Teen Art Mentor program class visits/teacher observations
  • Artist Brain Shapiro art shipping funded by TSF in collaboration with the Karpeles Manuscript Museum of SB exhibit
  • Anti-Defamation League (ADL) reception, Morris Squire lacquer art “Shlomo” and speech presented by Jana Brody to retiring president Abe Foxman on behalf of the SB community
  • Artist and Art Historian Gail Levin completed two month Artist in Residence program
  • Artist in Residence Gail Levin presentation to the docents of the Santa Barbara Art Museum
  • Artist in Residence Gail Levin lecture to the students and community for SBCC
  • Artist in Residence Gail Levin lecture to the Jewish Women’s Network at the SB Club
  • Artist in Residence Gail Levin final art exhibit at Art From Scrap Gallery and reception at the Art Foundry
  • Artist in Residence Gail Levin gave a “Memoir Writing” workshop at the Congregation Bnai Brith
  • Artist in Residence Gail Levin lecture to Women of Contemporary Art SB at Nancy Griffins estate
  • The Arts Fund Spring Mentor Kickoff event
  • Funded art materials for a community day of giving at Cong. Bnai Brith

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.