5 pm Happy Hour: Wine provided by La Tour Wine Merchants and music by Warbler Records & Goods
7 pm Performance
LA-based artist Cindy Derby combines a mix of stop-motion animation, intricate puppetry, and handcrafted scenic elements to create an existential narrative told through the perspective of Edward the Skeleton. As Derby manipulates Edward through the world of unseen forces that influence and transform the psyche, she illuminates the power of memory and rumination.
We invite you to view UCSB MFA 2012 Exhibition: Headgear for Tony between 5 and 7 pm.
Special thanks to: Endever Music Productions, Santa Barbara, CA; Franciscan Inn, Santa Barbara, CA; KCSB, Santa Barbara, CA; La Tour Wine Merchants, Santa Barbara, CA; National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC; Santa Barbara Independent; and Warbler Records & Goods, Santa Barbara, CA. Forum Lounge is presented in association with the Santa Barbara Downtown Organization’s 1st Thursday.
Since the 1960’s, artists have debated the benefits of a graduate degree in visual art. With the rise in graduate program costs and the increasing globalization of the contemporary art market, is an MFA still seen as "the first legitimator in an artist’s career,” as Sarah Thornton concludes in Seven Days in the Art World? Join us for a panel discussion considering the pros and cons of the Masters of Fine Arts. Panelists include Ann Bermingham, professor and researcher at the University of California Santa Barbara; Jane Chafin, gallery owner and writer; Piero Golia, LA-based artist; Nathan Hayden, MFA graduate and artist; Kori Newkirk, MFA graduate and LA-based artist; and Hank Pitcher, Santa Barbara-based artist and BFA graduate.
Main Gallery : UCSB MFA 2012 Exhibition: Headgear for Tony presents fresh talent from the Fine Art graduate department at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). The work of MFA recipients Tim Brown, Jared Flores, Emily Halbardier, Bessie Kunath, Jae Hee Lee, Nick Loewen, Ruby Osorio, Rimas Simaitis, and Van Tran is shaped by their experiences in the UCSB Department of Art’s graduate program, which emphasizes interdisciplinary and innovative approaches to art-making and the utilization of campus resources. The artists also engage in programs outside the required MFA curriculum to both expand their interdisciplinary scope and supplement their own artistic focus, interests, and goals. Co-organized by Laurel Beckman, Professor and Graduate Program Chair, Department of Art at UCSB, and Karla Blancas, CAF Curatorial Associate, the exhibition presents the artists’ unique perspectives composed of diverse mediums and viewpoints.
Special thanks to: Casa Magazine, Santa Barbara, CA; The Daily Sound, Santa Barbara, CA; Montecito Messenger; Santa Barbara Independent; Santa Barbara News-Press; UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA; UCSB Arts Research Initiative, Santa Barbara, CA; UCSB Department of Art, Santa Barbara, CA; UCSB Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, Santa Barbara, CA; and Wayne McCall & Associates, Santa Barbara, CA.
Bloom Projects: Susanna Vapnek, Sundowner
Inspired by the 2008 Tea Fire, Susanna Vapnek’s paintings tap into the intensity of shared community experience with emotive, apocalyptic representations of the Santa Barbara fire season. The exhibition is titled Sundowner, a reference to dangerous and uncontrollable hot winds that descend from the mountains to the sea fueling fires into raging infernos. Her Southern California landscapes expose the fluidity, energy, and dark side of a region often viewed as an eternal paradise.
New York-based Susanna Vapnek received a BA, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH, and a MFA, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY. A painter and collage artist, as well as documentary filmmaker, Vapnek spends time in Santa Barbara, CA.
Special thanks to: Andrea Lang Fund; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, New York, NY; Susan E. Bower Exhibition Fund; Brush & Associates, Santa Barbara, CA; Casa Magazine, Santa Barbara, CA; The Daily Sound, Santa Barbara, CA; Montecito Messenger; Santa Barbara Independent; Santa Barbara News-Press; and Wayne McCall & Associates, Santa Barbara, CA.
Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB), formerly the Contemporary Arts Forum (CAF), is a non-profit, non-collecting institution dedicated to exhibiting the highest quality of contemporary art while recognizing "the artists of tomorrow," and was founded in 1976 by artists and art supporters seeking a venue dedicated solely to contemporary art. What once began as a grassroots, artist-run organization with nominal funding now serves as the leading contemporary arts presenter in Central California. MCASB offers its innovative education and exhibition programming to the region primarily free of charge. There is no admission fee because MCASB believes that the arts should be accessible to all audiences of all persuasions.
MCASB advances creativity and inspires critical thinking through meaningful engagement with the art of our time.