Sagi Refael

SPring 2018 Curator in Residence

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Sagi Refael, photo by Gaby Nathan.

Sagi Refael, photo by Gaby Nathan.

Sagi Refael is an established art curator, writer, educator, and consultant to collectors and artists. Since 2004, he has contributed articles published in Israel and abroad, and has curated in leading venues such as the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and many galleries and non-profit institutions in Israel, Germany and the USA. Mr. Refael was a co-curator of a commercial art gallery in Tel Aviv, a lecturer at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Minshar Art College in Tel Aviv, and a guest lecturer in several art academies in Israel and in the USA, such as at The University of Southern California (USC) and Mt. San Jacinto College.

Sagi, along with Santa Barbara local Lynn Holley*, initiated and curated the exhibition 70.70.70. Israeli Artists in Santa Barbara. The exhibition will introduce a total of 70-emerging, mid-career and established working artists in three different venues over the course of three months. This exhibition is the result of a collaboration between The Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara (Art@theJCC), SBCAST (Santa Barbara Center for Arts, Science & Technology) and GraySpace Gallery.  This major group-exhibition of Israeli art in Santa Barbara celebrates the occasion of the 70th Anniversary/Independence Day of the State of Israel, which was formed on May 14, 1948. The exhibitions are graciously sponsored by The Squire Foundation. 

*Lynn M Holley is an executive consultant to the Arts. She is the resident curator of Art@the JCC, and of SBCAST. She also manages GraySpace Gallery. She has an MA in Museum Studies from The University of Leicester, England.

Artists participating in 70.70.70.

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Bilha Aharoni   

Nelly Agassi

Einat Arif Galanti

Adar Aviam  

Avital Avital Eshed

Anat Aviv

Sharon Balaban  

Ruti Ben Yaacov

Maya Bloch

Yael Caffrey

Iris Cintra  

Melanie Daniel  

Shasha Dothan  

Meydad Eliyahu

Mati Elmaliach

Moshe Gershuni  

Keren Gueller  

Gil Haller  

Dana Harel   

Hadas Hassid  

Roey Victoria Heifetz   

Dror Yisrael Hemed  

Orr Herz  

Oded Hirsch  

Oree Holban   

Orly Hummel   

Orit Ishay   

Erez Israeli  

Talia Israeli  

Alon Kedem   

Gabriella Klein  

Sally Krysztal Kramberg   

Hila Laiser Beja  

Doron Langberg    

Oren Lukatz  



Opening Reception: 70.70.70, Israeli Artists in Santa Barbara

70.70.70. is a three-galleries exhibition of the works of Contemporary Israeli Artists, celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the State of Israel. Each gallery will have a selection of Israeli artists, curated by Sagi Refael of Tel Aviv and Los Angeles, and Lynn M. Holley, of Santa Barbara. It is sponsored by the Squire Foundation.

Sunday, March 4th (Reception 1-3pm) - May 8th, Art@theJCC, Bronfman Family Jewish Community Center, 524 Chapala Street, with multiple works of art by numerous Israeli artists.

Friday, May 16th (Reception 5-8pm) - May 13th, GraySpace Gallery, 219 Gray Avenue, three Israeli artists, plus local artist Margaret Singer.

Thursday, May 3rd (1st Artist Reception 5-8pm) - May 26th, SBCAST, two Israeli artists, multiple Video artists' projections. 2nd Artist Reception May, 20th 2-4PM.