Women in Science Photo Exhibition at MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation

A new limited-time photo exhibition called “Women in Science” opens this week at MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation, and it aims to spotlight the powerful, female minds behind cutting-edge scientific research happening locally and globally. Thanks to a unique collaboration between The Squire Foundation, the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at UC Santa Barbara and MOXI, this collection of portraits and audio stories, captured by artist Nicole Berry, will be on display in the Exploration Hall gallery at the museum beginning Saturday, February 23.

Artist Roundtable with Claremont Graduate University's Squire Travel Grant Recipient

On January 24, 2019, the Squire Foundation hosted one of our unique luncheons at our Executive Director's Residence.

The Squire Foundation hosted Dr. Amy Shimshon-Santo, Associate Director of Sotheby's Institute of Art at Claremont Graduate University, and Alma Catalan, graduate student and recipient of the Squire Travel Grant. The Squire travel grant will enable Ms. Catalan to participate in the 2019 arts management study abroad program to Cape Town. Ms. Catalan grew up in Boyle Heights, and welcomes her first international travel opportunity that will connect her with artists and arts managers in South Africa.

In Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Santa Barbara Oil Spill

In the morning hours of January 28, 1969 a blowout on an offshore oil platform in the Santa Barbara Channel set in motion a series of events that sparked legislation, movements, and change. The three million gallons of oil that spewed into the Santa Barbara Channel was the largest oil spill off America’s coast at the time and now ranks third after only the Exxon Valdez (1989) and Deepwater Horizon (2010) spills and it remains the largest to have occurred in the waters off California.

Toni Scott Exhibiting at the Arts Fund

Toni Scott painting

Toni Scott, Squire Foundation Artist in Residence alumna (October, 2019), will be exhibiting in a four person show, Sisyphean Justice, at the Arts Fund this month. All of Toni’s pieces in the show were created during her residency with The Squire Foundation.

Opening Reception January 18th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m during the Funk Zone Art Walk

From the Arts Fund:

The Arts Fund is pleased to announce the opening of Sisyphean Justice, an exhibition of four multidisciplinary local artists focusing on social justice, mental health and identity, curated by Kevin Claiborne. A reception will be held at The Arts Fund Community Gallery on Friday, January 18, 2019 from 5-8pm during the Funk Zone Art Walk. Sisyphean Justice will feature work by Matt Brown, Kevin Claiborne, Elisa Ortega and Toni Scott.

The Greek myth of Sisyphus references a cruel king punished with rolling a heavy stone up a hill only for it to fall once reaching the top, forcing him to begin again, repeating this cycle for eternity. In similar fashion, the fight for justice and freedom can be quite laborious, seemingly endless, and possibly futile. When fighting for justice, what are the effects on one’s mental sanity, social life, identity development, and spiritual health? Is justice even truly possible to obtain if the definition continuously evolves? Sisyphean Justice, curated by Kevin Claiborne, contains the work of four multidisciplinary artists utilizing various mediums to convey the resilience, resolve, and resistance necessary when communities, particularly those that are disenfranchised or marginalized, find themselves striving for justice, however hopeless the task. The common denominator between artists Matt Brown, Kevin Claiborne, Elisa Ortega, and Toni Scott lies in the fact that each of them uses their art to analyze and dissect various aspects of the human condition with the goal to empower diverse communities and ultimately create progressive social change. - Kevin Claiborne, Curator

The exhibition will be on view until March 1, 2019 at The Arts Fund Community Gallery, located at 205-C Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Regular gallery hours are Thursday- Sunday from 12pm to 5pm and Monday through Wednesday by appointment only.

The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Alumna Artist in Residence Jodie Hollander Returns to Santa Barbara


The Squire Foundation is pleased to announce that we will be hosting alumni Artist in Residence Jodie Hollander from January 8th-January 28th at our campus in Santa Barbara.

Jodie Hollander was raised in a family of classical musicians. She studied poetry in England, and her work has been published in journals such as The Poetry Review, The Yale Review, PN Review, The Dark Horse, The Rialto, Verse Daily, The New Criterion, Australia’s Best Poems of 2011, and Australia’s Best Poems of 2015. Her debut full-length collection, My Dark Horses, is published with Liverpool University Press in the UK and Oxford University Press in the US.

Hollander is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship in South Africa, a Hawthornden Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant in Italy, and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship. She currently lives in Colorado. During her residency, Jodie will be hosting a number of events in Santa Barbara and Ventura
Counties. The schedule of events is as follows:

JANUARY 10, 7:30 p.m.
Poetry Reading from My Dark Horses by Jodie Hollander
Ventura Artists’ Union’s Thursday Night Poetry Series
Ventura County Library
EP Foster Library, Topping Room
651 E. Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001

JANUARY 12, 10:00AM –2:00 PM
Poetry, Memory, and Childhood: Writing Workshop led by Jodie Hollander
Art City Gallery and Studios
197 Dubbers Street, Ventura, CA 93001
Please register online, space is limited. Workshop Fee: $50

Our language making is inseparable from our musical sense; as Duke Ellington famously said, “It don’t mean a thing (if it ain’t got that swing).” On this course we’ll look at our most powerful memories, and study how to craft a musical poem by studying some of the basics of metrical and free verse poetry and investigating how sound works within the poetic line. Students will learn how to create ear-pleasing poetry, with a special focus on tempo, pacing, crafting a line in iambic pentameter and the effective use of line breaks. More broadly, we’ll consider how sound works as a gateway to the senses and how musicality creates its own kind of meaning within a poem. This is a course for anyone who wants to make their poetic line more musical and exercises will be designed to help students draw inspiration from their own experiences, and then effectively transform these observations into powerful, singing poetry.

JANUARY 13, 10:00AM – 2:00 PM
Ekphrastic Poetry Workshop: for Artists & Writers, led by Jodie Hollander
513 Garden Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Please register online, space is limited. Workshop Fee: $50

Experience art at a new level and use it to inspire your writing. Internationally known poet Jodie Hollander teaches this workshop, in which participants respond poetically to exhibitions at SBCAST. Students will study examples of celebrated poems that respond to or were inspired by art. Then students will be led through a variety of writing activities inspired by the art, ultimately leading to a draft of an original poem. Students will discuss poetic techniques such as the use of vivid imagery, the importance of sonics, how to shape a poetic line as well as techniques for drafting and revision. No experience necessary.

JANUARY 15, 6:00 PM
Poetry Reading from My Dark Horses by Jodie Hollander
Ojai Poetry Series
Ojai Public Library, Community Room
111 East Ojai Avenue, Ojai, CA 93023

JANUARY 26, 10:00AM – 2:00PM
Poetry of Grief and Healing: Workshop led by Jodie Hollander *
In commemoration of the anniversary of the Thomas Fire & Montecito Debris Flow
Santa Barbara Public Library
40 E Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA
RSVP required, space is limited. Free workshop.

For centuries, creating art, and writing poetry in particular, has served as a form of healing for hurt, pain and grief. In commemoration of the one year anniversary of the fire and mud slides that devastated so many in Santa Barbara, this workshop will explore how to make sense of our pain. We'll study and discuss examples of celebrated poems that tackle these difficult topics and discuss effective techniques for channeling our pain. Then, through a series of writing prompts, we'll examine our own experiences and turn them into poems. The course will also offer a brief introduction to meter and will consider tempo, pacing, and how to craft an ear-pleasing line of poetry. This workshop is for anyone who is interested in the incredible transformative power of poetry to heal our wounds. No experience necessary.

National Day of Giving - Support Squire. Be Inspired.

Image by Kevin Claiborn

Image by Kevin Claiborn

Dear Squire Community,

Why give? The Squire Foundation could not do its work every year without financial contributions from generous donors like You.

Squire programming receives no financial support from local or state government. With over 25 local non-profit partners and multiple national and international artists, Squire brings to Santa Barbara resources and expertise no other dedicated arts foundation can.

Did you know? Our Members who gave $250 or more during the past year are “Squire Art Enthusiasts” donors. They received a commissioned Caricature portrait by Squire Artist Genevieve De Luc, VIP admission to ALL Openings and Receptions, and VIP invitations to our bi-annual Artist in Residence dinner parties.

Please support the Squire Foundation’s arts and culture programming for Santa Barbara County today, by donating or becoming a member, and join us in our mission to elevate the self through the arts!

Tom Pazderka Explores Immigrant Experience In SBCAST Exhibit

The Shoemaker, 12"x12", Ash, oil and charcoal on burned panel, 2018

Santa Barbara, Calif. (Nov. 8, 2018) – Conjuring memories from his childhood in the Czech Republic, Tom Pazderka explores a dark, morbid sense of the immigrant experience in a solo show of new works, “The End Is the Beginning,” presented by LUM Art Zine, at The Santa Barbara Center for Art, Science and Technology (SBCAST). The exhibit, “The End Is the Beginning,” will open with a reception at SBCAST on Dec. 6, and run through Jan. 11. 
In burned and painted wood panels, Pazderka reimagines his old family, neighbors and historical context to reference the ambiguous ‘incompleteness’ of a first generation immigrant. Pazderka’s practice involves burning, drawing, construction/deconstruction and painting, which imbues his work with strange keys of Czech fatalism and American optimism.
“The End Is the Beginning” portrays the darker side of memory, history and nature. By utilizing ash and charcoal, Pazderka references the primordial—life-affirming and life-destroying—human connection to nature, history and memory.
An opening reception for “Tom Pazderka – The End Is the Beginning,” will be held on Thursday, Dec. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. at SBCAST, 513 Garden St., Santa Barbara.
In conjunction with the exhibit, on Thursday, Dec. 13, at 6 p.m., SBCAST will host a one-hour panel discussion on the condition of the immigrant in artistic representation. Participants in the panel are 1st District Supervisor Das Williams; UCSB Art Professor Marco Pelijhan; Artist Tom Pazderka; LUM Art Zine Editor & Curator Debra Herrick, and Moderator Ted Mills, host of The Funk Zone podcast.
For more information, visit www.sbcast.org, www.lumartzine.com or contact editor@lumartzine.com.
About LUM Art Zine
LUM Art Zine is dedicated to engaging the public with Santa Barbara and Ventura area arts and culture through writing, in a free and advertisement-free platform. Readers come to LUM to learn about the current projects and shows of local artists, for critical context and conversation starters, for thinking, talking, making and playing with art. LUM is created on the central coast of California by talented local artists and writers who are committed to championing arts and culture. LUM promotes local artists, art events and organizations through writing, and sponsors art exhibits, panels and events, contributing to the thriving local arts community. To learn more about LUM Art Zine or to sponsor a LUM Art Zine project, visit www.lumartzine.com or contact editor@lumartzine.com.

Join Us! Upcoming Artist Talks with our Artists In Residence

We have two exciting events coming up featuring our Fall Artists in Residence, Toni Scott and Graham Keeble. This coming Saturday, October 20th, Toni will be giving an artist talk at State Gallery at Youth Interactive from 2:00-3:30 pm. On Saturday, October 27th, Graham will be giving an artist talk at the same location. These artist talks are a great opportunity to learn more about the artists and their work, as well as connect with the Squire Foundation community. We hope to see you there.

Santa Barbara Timeline Mosaic Launch

Join Jana Brody for a Workshop and Community Reception
Saturday, September 29

Jana Brody, Squire Community Artist (and The Squire Foundation’s Artist in Residence Program Manager), is part of the leadership team on the Santa Barbara Timeline Mosaic project.


Workshop and Community Reception

2:30 -5:30 PM - Free Bilingual Mosaic Making Workshop
5:30 -7:30 PM - Community Reception
723 State Street

RSVP for either event by emailing sbtimelinemosaic@gmail.com

Betsy Gallery of Elizabeth Gallery Mosaics and Project Manager, Robin Elander of Global Good Impact Consulting are hosting a free mosaic making workshop Saturday, September 29 from 2:30 - 5:30 PM. A community reception will be held after the workshop from 5:30- 7:30 PM at 723 State Street.

We will share how the community can get involved in creating the Santa Barbara Timeline Mosaic, a 50 - foot timeline mosaic of Santa Barbara's history from the Jurassic Period to modern times.

The public will be invited to purchase a personalized tile for $150 which will help raise funds to fabricate the mosaic and to offer free classes where members of the community can help create the mosaic.

The project is modeled after London's Queenhithe Dock Mosaic, a 100-foot mosaic highlighting London's history from the Roman period to modern times. "We would like to invite residents, businesses and local organizations to help us create this local legacy art project that will share Santa Barbara's story from an environmental, anthropological, business and cultural perspective, said lead artist Betsy Gallery.

Learn more at www.elizabethgallery.com

The Santa Barbara Timeline Mosaic is a project that will be built in collaboration with the entire community, and ultimately will be an educational public art piece for visitors and residents alike for generations (500 + years) to come, once installed. Our goal is to allow people of all ages to learn about our ancient past, recent history and to inspire our future.