Announcing an Exciting Collaboration with Artist Manjari Sharma

Photo by Manjari Sharma

Photo by Manjari Sharma

The Squire Foundation announces that internationally renowned and exhibited Artist Manjari Sharma has been chosen to collaborate as a Community Artist, and as our Spring 2019 Artist In Residence, on a very special project that debuted in New York City, specifically in the artist's shower in Brooklyn, NY. Manjari writes, "The Shower Series, started in 2009 where friends and some complete strangers were invited to come into into my home and take showers as I continued to photograph them. The project was risquè and bold in it's premise, but was never intended to be about the naked body. The experience of making this work fast turned into a fascinating social experiment. I found that the simple act of showering, which is highly personal in nature, yet universal in practice became a powerful portal of access. As the light and water danced off my subjects bodies, my toes got wet and lens got fogged, a portrait was created and a multitude of disarming dialogues recorded. Unsuspectingly, people shared very personal stories during their time in that intimate space. One subject discussed what the air felt like when they reached the summit of a treacherous mountain, another shared what it felt like to slowly count their breaths after hearing about crippling loss of a loved one. The water became a vehicle of intimacy, and a conduit for human connection. The shower turned into a pious space of confession that was bound by the fabric of several stories and portraits experienced over the span of three years."

Manjari Sharma born and raised in Mumbai, India has recently transplanted to Southern California after spending twelve years in New York City. Manjari says she is delighted to have this opportunity to be a residency artist under the auspices of The Squire Foundation. After Debuting the project in 2013 in Chelsea, NYC, The Shower Series gets to be resurrected again in Santa Barbara, says Manjari. Manjari looks forward to making work in a home that celebrates the legacy that Morris Squire so passionately left behind. The Squire Foundation plans to have an unveiling of the work created during this residency in March 2019. More details to come.

Introducing our FALL 2018 Artists in Residence

Graham Keeble, image courtesy of the artist

Graham Keeble, image courtesy of the artist

Toni Scott, image courtesy of the artist

Toni Scott, image courtesy of the artist

Our Fall Artist in Residence (AIR) Season is here!!

We are particularly proud to welcome Toni Scott and Graham Keeble into the Squire Foundation Artist In Residence Family. We have anticipated working with these artists for some time, and that is a story in itself.

Both Toni and Graham came to us by way of what we like to call the Squire Network - Toni through her time spent with our Spring 2016 AIR Peter Bradley, and Graham through our wonderful relationship with the Lifshitz Family.

An amazing benefit of our AIR program has been the exposure given to us through our Alumni artists and their supporters. Without them we would hardly know where to go next.

With every AIR season, cross-pollination ensues, and Squire is left with the best result - our artists referring other artists and their supporters to Squire. Inevitably, organic relationships are built, and Squire benefits from what a commitment to the Arts has always facilitated most - a personal and generational continuity, which inevitably leads to sustained creative innovation and support.

Both Toni and Graham will be working closely with Youth Interactive this season, and we are very excited to be partnering with them at their brand new location on State Street across from the Granada Theatre. Toni and Graham will be hosting artist talks, conducting workshops, and each will be featuring work in the Youth Interactive Gallery during First Thursday Events in October and November.

Exciting News from Jodie Hollander, Alumni Artist in Residence

We are very proud to announce that our 2016 Alumni Artist In Residence (AIR), Jodie Hollander, has been accepted as the first-ever Poet-in-Residence with the Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA) in Flagstaff!!

Congratulations Jodie and well done!!

Jodie’s residency will include events like an “ekphrastic” style teaching workshop, based from the exhibitions in the Museum, as well as local public readings. And what’s really exciting is that MNA has provided Jodie with a studio overlooking the Colorado Plateau - where she will be working on new projects. Not a bad view to write from I would say!!

As some might recall, Jodie was also Squire’s first Poet-in-Residence, and we at Squire are absolutely thrilled with her success. Indeed, Jodie seems to be going from strength to strength. In addition to her MNA residency (which begins September 1st), she will also present her book My Dark Horses at this year’s Miami Book Fair (she presents Nov. 17th and 18th). The Miami Book Fair is one of the largest and most important book fairs in the world - and an invitation to present is a really big deal. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention, My Dark Horses will also be one of the required texts for a poetry course at Penn State University this fall.

It gives us so much pleasure to update the Squire community about our Alumni AIR’s and their progress after leaving Squire, because their achievements are the most direct evidence we have of Squire’s impact.

Celebrating our Alumni AIR’s continuing success and achievements gives Squire the 20/20 hindsight it needs to see how our AIR programming has been successful-and how to make it better.

Please visit Jodie's website to see a list of her upcoming events, and if you haven’t already picked up My Dark Horses, I encourage everyone to pick up a copy and see for themselves the work that bolsters and propels Jodie’s success as an artist.

Solvang Public Art Unveiling - Morris Squire's "The Golden Stein"

Golden Stein sculpture, Morris Squire, 2014

Golden Stein sculpture, Morris Squire, 2014

The City of Solvang is excited to announce the unveiling of The Golden Stein!
The piece is on loan to the City of Solvang from The Squire Foundation, and will be placed for
exhibition in the center median of First Street between Copenhagen and Molle Way. The
Morris B. Squire Foundation is a lending resource of contemporary art which makes the late Morris Squire’s art available for exhibition at locations throughout the world.

The public unveiling event will be Friday, August 31, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. with a reception to
follow at The Copenhagen Sausage & Beer Garden located at 1660 Copenhagen Drive.

Click here to read about the upcoming unveiling at The Santa Maria Times.

JuxtaPOSE Art Review in This Week's Independent

The following is an excerpt of the article written by Charles Donelan for the Santa Barbara Independent, originally printed July 2, 2018.  Click here to read the full article.

‘JuxtaPOSE’ at The Arts Fund

Four Artists Expand the Field of Portraiture

Monday, July 2, 2018
By Charles Donelan

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Nothing says anthropocentric like a good old-fashioned portrait. Isolated, regally upright, and centered among objects chosen to enhance its prestige, classical portraiture celebrates men and women as the measures of all things. In JuxtaPOSE, the group exhibit currently on view at The Arts Fund, curator Ashley Woods Hollister has gathered works by four artists — Connie Connally, Sommer Roman, Lindsey Ross, and Leslie Lewis Sigler — into a provocative examination of what portraiture might become in an expanded field extending beyond the limits of unaided human perception.

For millennia, human understanding has been confined to our species umwelt, meaning the world as it is experienced by a particular organism, in this case that of Homo sapiens. As we learn more about how other species perceive the world — and in particular how they depend for evolutionary survival on senses we lack, such as a bat’s sonar hearing or a migratory bird’s internal magnetic compass — our knowledge of the world is revealed to be what it has been all along: a small sliver of the fabric of physical reality as a whole.


Blue Sky Center 555 Artist in Residency Exhibition Coming Up!

In April we partnered with the Blue Sky Center for their inaugural artist in residency program, 555 Rural Artist Residency.  In a few short weeks, on July 26th, Blue Sky Center will be coming to Santa Barbara to exhibit the work of the five artists who were in residence, Seeing Rural, Through the Eyes of Visiting Artists in the Cuyama Valley.  The exhibition will be at the Art from Scrap Gallery.  We hope you will join us!

From The Blue Sky Center:
"The Blue Sky Center team invites you to join us in celebrating the completion of our first ever artist residency program in the Cuyama Valley. Generously supported by the Squire Foundation, Santa Barbara County Department of Arts & Culture, and in collaboration with Explore Ecology and the Art From Scrap Creative ReUse Store, we hosted five artist teams for five days in our five Shelton Huts on the Blue Sky Center campus, encouraging artwork made in, with, and about the Cuyama Valley communities. Just a two hour drive north of Los Padres National Forest, the Cuyama Valley is home to three unincorporated townsites and its own school district in the northeast corner of Santa Barbara County. With this exhibit, we invite the Santa Barbara community to learn more about the valley and support the arts in our rural place."


  • Ben Guzman and Angela Wood  // Small Medium Large Productions — Los Angeles CA
  • Noé Montes — Los Angeles CA
  • Tom Gottelier and Bobby Petersen // Designers on Holiday — Los Angeles and Oslo
  • Butchy Fuego — Talkeetna AK
  • Nicole Lavelle — Lagunitas CA
  • RESIDENCY FACILITATOR: Mary Rothilsberger — Palouse WA
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Ruben Espinoza and a Mural at the Far West Tavern Building in Guadalupe

photo by Ashley W. Hollister

On Sunday, June 24th the Dunes Center, in partnership with The Squire Foundation, held a mural unveiling celebration.  Ruben Espinoza, one of The Squire Foundation's Artist in Residence, began working on this new temporary mural on June 18th.  The mural is on the side of the former Far Western Tavern building.  Perhaps some of you were able to see the work in progress.

The mural is the result of a collaborative effort between The Squire Foundation and the Dunes Center in Guadalupe with the goal of sharing public art pieces that bring the community together.

The painting, designed and installed by Ruben Espinoza, will be representative of the dynamic community of Guadalupe.

Ruben Espinoza is a local artist born and raised in Santa Maria and currently an Artist in Residence with the Squire Foundation. Espinoza’s work can be found around the Central Coast and Southern California and he is known for his installations that facilitate public engagement.

Click here for more about Ruben and the project.

Animal Sculptures Visiting Preisker Park

News Release
June 25, 2018

The City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department is pleased to host a temporary exhibition of animal sculptures this summer at Preisker Park, 330 Hidden Pines Way. The exhibition will be brought to the park on Wednesday, June 27th and consists of four sculptures.

The animal sculptures were created by late Santa Barbara County artist Morris Squire and are on loan from the Squire Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to civic and educational programs for artists, curators, and all manner of creative people.  The four sculptures, Reclining Tiger, Golden Jaguar, Flying Eagle, and interactive ram, are part of the Squire Foundation’s mission to bring more public art to the North County.

Residents will have the opportunity to decorate the interactive ram during the reception and community painting on Saturday, July 7th from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.    

This program made possible through a partnership with the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission and The Squire Foundation.

Questions may be directed to the Recreation and Parks Department at (805) 925-0951 extension 2260.

The Dunes Center to Work with The Squire Foundation to Install Mural on the Former Far Western Tavern Building

Local artist set to capture the charm of Guadalupe’s vibrant community on local landmark.

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GUADALUPE, CA— One of the Squire Foundation’s Artists in Residence, Ruben Espinoza, will soon begin working to install a new temporary mural on the side of the former Far Western Tavern building.

The building was originally constructed in 1912 as The Palace Hotel where it remained until the Minetti family established the Far Western Tavern there in 1958. When the restaurant moved to Old Town Orcutt in 2012, the building was donated to the Dunes Center as the location for a new museum.

The mural will be the result of a collaborative effort between Santa Barbara’s Squire Foundation Artist in Residence Program and the Dunes Center in Guadalupe with the goal of sharing public art pieces that bring the community together.

“We are excited to continue the tradition of art with the building that holds a special place in the heart of this town,” says Dunes Center Executive Director, Doug Jenzen, “Those who frequented the old Far Western Tavern probably remember the remarkable murals painted on the walls in the bar. Those murals still remain and we’re looking to continue that tradition by adding another piece of art that community can enjoy together.”

Join the Dunes Center on Sunday, June 24th as it hosts a public event to celebrate local art with the unveiling of the new mural. The painting, designed and installed by Ruben Espinoza, will be representative of the dynamic community of Guadalupe.

Ruben Espinoza is a local artist born and raised in Santa Maria and currently an Artist in Residence with the Squire Foundation. Espinoza’s work can be found around the Central Coast and Southern California and he is known for his installations that facilitate public engagement.

Though the event for the mural’s reveal is to be held on June 24, Espinoza will start working on the mural on Monday June 18. Visitors are encouraged to come watch the mural’s progress and post photos on social media with the hashtag: #thesquirefoundationpublicart

The Dunes Center is a natural history museum in the heart of historic Guadalupe, CA that works to conserve the unique ecosystem of the local dunes through education, research, and cooperative stewardship. Well known for its display of artifacts from Cecil B. DeMille’s 1923 The Ten Commandments, the Dunes Center also offers a variety of guided community hikes, classroom education programs, and nature field trips that focus on the history of the area, as well as local flora and fauna.

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About Ruben Espinoza: Born and raised in Santa Maria, first generation Mexican American, and first in my family to graduate from college. After graduation I spent 6 years working in the animation industry as a designer. I moved back to Santa Maria four years ago this August. I’ve been creating public art and painting murals in Southern and Central California for the past 8 years.

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