Upcoming Lecture


The Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara is pleased to announce a lecture by Prof. Jenni Sorkin, UCSB’s newest historian of contemporary art, hosted at the AFSB Art Gallery in downtown Santa Barbara.

Where & When:
January 14, 3:00pm, 229 E. Victoria St. at the Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara.

This talk coincides with AFSB’s current exhibition of the Abstract 10, a group of ten women artists who live and work in Santa Barbara, currently on display at the AFSB Art Gallery. Members of the Abstract 10 will be in attendance.

To reserve your $10.00 ticket please RSVP at info@AFSB.org, or pay at the door. Seating is limited to the first 35 attendees, and reserved tickets will be held until 2:50pm.

Refreshments will be provided, and there will be a reception at the conclusion of Prof. Sorkin’s talk.

Material Decisions: Women, Process, and Form

In the history of modernism, sculpture was a dominant and exclusionary medium for women. Yet through their persistence and ambition, women artists have transformed the culture of making since the 1960s. Jenni Sorkin examines the process of material discovery through abstract sculpture and object making, in relation to the gendered history of women’s sculptural practices in the post-war period through to the present moment.

Jenni Sorkin is Assistant Professor of contemporary art history at University of California, Santa Barbara and co-curator of the recent exhibition, Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women, 1947-2016, held at Hauser, Wirth & Schimmel in Los Angeles, USA.

Image credit: Phyllida Barlow installation, Revolution in the Making. Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, Los Angeles, 2016. Photographer: Brian Forrest. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth, London.

Current Exhibition


T H E A B S T R A C T 1 0 : S Y N E R G I E S

January 6 to February 11, 2017
Architectural Foundation Gallery
Opening Reception Friday, January 6, 5-7 p.m.

Santa Barbara, CA, November 22, 2016 – The Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara is pleased to announce the exhibition of The Abstract10 : Synergies, a group exhibition of ten women artists who live and work in Santa Barbara, CA. An opening reception with the artists and refreshments will be held on Friday, January 6 from 5 – 7 pm. All are welcome. The exhibition will continue through Saturday, February 11.

The Abstract10 group has been meeting monthly since 2010 to cultivate their work as contemporary abstract artists. The meetings are structured with art-related news, critiques, and support in developing new work. With diverse backgrounds, inspirations, styles, and mediums, these artists offer a view of the synergy engendered by the group gathering together on a regular basis and interacting through the common bond of abstract art.

Members of the group are Penny Arntz, Pat Calonne, Peggy Ferris, Madeline Garrett, Diane Giles, Bay Hallowell, Marilee Krause, Laurie McMillan, Julie Young, and Michelle Zuzalek. These ten artists have backgrounds in graphic design, business, teaching, art museums, and psychotherapy. Using a variety of techniques and mediums, their abstract art is inspired by nature, architecture, the figure, the subconscious, memory, gesture, and geometry.

The AFSB Gallery is located in the historic Acheson House on the corner of Garden and East Victoria Streets in Santa Barbara. Gallery hours are on six Saturdays from
1:00 to 4:00 pm: January 7, 14, 21, 28; February 4, 11 and by appointment.

For information and appointments, contact Bay Hallowell at 805-455-4787 or bayhallowell@gmail.com.

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