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SBCC Art Alumni Invitational

November 7 - December 5, 2014 

FEATURED ALUMNI ARTISTS: Ken Bortolazzo, Evelyn Contreras, Jules de Balincourt, Jessica Mei Flemming, Noel Korten, Miri Mara, Madeleine Tonzi, Cal Volner-Dison, Eric Vrymoed

Santa Barbara, CA - "This exhibit concludes a year-long celebration of our move back into our newly renovated building. We are celebrating the future by celebrating our past," explains Sarah Cunningham, director of the Atkinson Gallery when describing the impetus for Santa Barbara City College's first ever alumni exhibition that opens Friday, November 7th.  "This exhibit is the beginning of a larger effort to reconnect with our past students," says Joy Kunz, chair of the Art Department, "the Art Department serves over 2400 students a year and we want to celebrate their accomplishments as alumni of SBCC." 

The SBCC Art Alumni Invitational showcases work from nine artists who studied in the SBCC Art Department between 1966 and 2013. "We are extremely proud of our former students. It's very exciting to see the fantastic work they are making now," says Professor of Art Ed Inks. Working with faculty and community contacts, Cunningham identified a cross-section of talented alumni artists working in the many media taught in the Art Department including painting, printmaking, sculpture, installation and ceramics. Ken Bortolazzo is a Santa Barbara-based sculptor whose kinetic works are represented by Sullivan Goss, An American Gallery. Evelyn Contreras is a printmaker from Goleta who is pursuing her BFA from Cal State Long Beach. Jules de Balincourt is a painter from New York and whose first American museum retrospective is opening at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth later this month. Jessica Mei Flemming graduated from San Francisco Art Institute in 2012 and has recently exhibited at Ever Gold Gallery. Noel Korten retired as the director of the LA Municipal Art Gallery and is now a full time studio artist in Los Angeles. Miri Mara, who learned ceramics at SBCC after retiring as a fashion designer, recently opened his own production studio and gallery in Carpinteria. Madeleine Tonzi is a painter who lives and works in the Bay Area, and is a practicing artist at FaultlineArtSpace in Oakland's Fruitvale district. Cal Volner-Dison, a conceptual artist who received his BFA from SFAI, has exhibited at Yerba Buena Arts Center and the 10th Lyon Biennial. Eric Vrymoed is an UCLA-trained sculptor who also works as a mount maker and art installer.

The Atkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara City College Art Department's showcase for the visual arts, hosts six exhibitions of contemporary art each academic year featuring international, national, regional and student artists working in a wide range of styles and media. The gallery is located on SBCC's east campus in room 202 of the Humanities Building. Gallery hours are: M-Th 10am-7pm & Fr-Sa 10am-4pm. All gallery exhibits and lectures are free and open to the public. This exhibit is generously supported by the Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation and funded in part by the Organizational Development program using funds provided by the City of Santa Barbara in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission. 

Image credit: Poster featuring Evelyn Contreras, Pillars, lithograph, 2014


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2014-15 Art Scholarship Logo

Laguna Clay Gift Award,  $50 

Sarah Shank

Laguna Clay Gift Award, $50  

Tyler Zarker

Outstanding Student Award, Art Studio, $100 and a one-year Student Membership to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara 

Ryan Peters 

Outstanding Student Award, Art History, $150 and a one-year Student Membership to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara  

Valerie de Luca

Diane Handloser Award in Art History, $100  

Caitlyn Wild 

Cengage Publishers Art History Award, $100 

Lashon Halley

Santa Barbara Printmakers Award, $100 

Ray Barsante

Ventura Potter’s Guild Award in Ceramics, $150  

Kaitlyn Plante 

Adrian “Ozz” Osborne Memorial Art Scholarship, $500 

Isabella Manfredi

                   Frederick and Ursula Perl Endowed Art Scholarship, $500                      

Amber Silva 

Ben Eckert

Santa Barbara Art Association Scholarship Award, $1,000 

Sasha Colbert   

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2014-2015 Annual Student Exhibition Award Winners  

Primo Um, Advanced Ceramics 
Yanely Delgado, Intermediate Drawing 
Emma Clark, Intermediate Painting 
Sumio Ueda, Advanced Painting 
Veronica Ivanta, Beginning Printmaking 
Byron Blanco, Intermediate/ Advanced Printmaking 
Jose Solis, Beginning Sculpture 
Isaac Hernandez, Intermediate Sculpture 
Katilyn Plante, Advanced Sculpture
Brady Freeman, 3D Design 
Jennifer Ringer, Beginning Ceramics 
Jean-Dwight Ledbetter, Intermediate Ceramic  
Norman Krohn, Advanced Ceramics 
Yi (Sam) Xuen Zheng, Beginning Drawing 
Hugh Grant-Chapman, Intermediate Drawing 
Kathi Scarminach, Beginning Painting 
Karl Blasius, Intermediate Painting 
Stanley Holder, Advanced Painting 
Cedar Conway, Beginning Printmaking 
Sasha Colbert, Intermediate/Advanced Printmaking 
Mindy Cheng, Beginning Sculpture  
Trevor Zarker, Intermediate Sculpture 
Ben Eckert, Advanced Sculpture
Michael Alcantar 
Rand Boschee  
Mariah Moon 
Julia Paradiz 
J.G. Pattillo  
Sarah Shank 
Michael Young
Sasha Colbert, “Staying Late”

SBCC Art Students Who . . . . 

Have gone on to teach:

Virginia Ammons -- Santa Barbara High School
Jim Foley -- Marymount
Linda Foster -- Santa Barbara City College
Bill McVicar -- Ridley Tree
Scott Wagner -- Santa Barbara City College 

Are now successfully exhibiting:

Michelle Astore 
Andre Monleo 
Bill McVicar 
Teresa Zepeda

Have successfully transferred:

Virginia Ammons -- University of San Francisco
Sheryl Brock -- California College of Arts and Crafts
Landon Brown -- School of Art Institute, Chicago
Claire de Heecken -- UC at Santa Barbara
Brian Francis -- Cal Arts Valencia
Miki Habayashi -- University of San Francisco
Steven Hudosh -- School of Art Institute, Chicago
Patrick Johnston -- Rhode Island School of Design
Chen-Yi Lee -- Figurative Academy, New York
Roger Leonard -- Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
Mike Matheson
Jheri Redding -- School of Art Institute, Chicago

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