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

The Squire Foundation currently supports The Léni Fund and Arts for Humanity! (AH!) in the Santa Barbara community.

 

Arts for Humanity!

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.

 

 

 

 

Past & Present Partners of the Squire Foundation*

The Léni Fund
Art From Scrap (an Explore Ecology program)
Abstract Art Alliance
Claremont Graduate Scholarship
Pianos on State/ Santa Barbara Bowl
Arts Fund Mural Project
North County Teen Arts Mentorship Program
The Leni Fund
Santa Barbara Unified School District
Pacific Pride Foundation
SBTAN
Art From Scrap Teaching Artist Program
Art, Design & Architecture Museum, UCSB
Art at the JCC, Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara
SBCAST
GraySpace Gallery
Ensemble Theater Company
TedX Santa Barbara
Boys & Girls Club
NCEAS, UCSB
Puppetpalooza
The Shakespeare Globe Theater

*not a complete list

 

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:

Waller Park Sculpture Garden, Santa Maria, CA
Funk Zone Art Murals
Dos Pueblos High School, Engineering Department
Santa Barbara Zoo
San Diego Zoo
Hillel of UCSB
ADL of Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
Chabad of BangkokHigh
Tower Ministries, Phnom Pehn
Umbumwe Center, Gisenyi Rwanda


    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.

    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

     Karsen Lee Gould, Creative Director for Arts for Humanity!

    Karsen Lee Gould, Creative Director for Arts for Humanity!