ART Awards

Leadership in Art Award

The Leadership in the Arts Award was established in 2006 by the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission as an annual award “to honor and recognize individuals or organizations that have made a significant impact on the arts and culture of our region through innovative thinking and exemplary commitment to promoting sustaining, and advancing our quality of life through the Arts.” Established in 1977, the Arts Commissioners are appointed by the five County District Supervisors. 

PAST Recipients

  • 2016 - Vicki Andersen, Lompoc Mural Society
  • 2015 - Kathy Koury and the Children's Creative Project
  • 2014 - Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation
  • 2013 - Connie Rohde-Stanchfield
  • 2012 - Rod Lathim
  • 2011 - Zaveeni Kahn-Marcus, founding director of the Multicultural Center at the UCSB.
  • 2010 - Kerry Methner and Mark Whitehurst (CASA Magazine)
  • 2009 - Bill Cirone and Tina Fanucchi
  • 2008 - Joe and Margie Talaugon
  • 2007 - Nat Fast
  • 2006 - Susan Rose

2017 recipient: the arts fund

The 2017 Leadership in Art Award Recipient is the Arts Fund of Santa Barbara. 


Business in Art Award

In 2005, the City Arts Advisory and the Visual Art in Public Places committees initiated an annual Business in Art Award. The award is given to “an individual or entity that meets the following criteria: 1) conducts business in the Santa Barbara area, which may include being a retail or commercial establishment, being a sole practitioner, a partnership or professional corporation; and 2) exhibits outstanding support of arts activity in our community, creating a stronger, more vibrant arts environment in Santa Barbara and enriching the lives of both residents and visitors."

2016 Recipient: SBCAST

This year’s 2016 Business in Art Award recipient, Alan Macy, is the founder of the Santa Barbara Center for Art, Science and Technology (SBCAST).

In addition to founding SBCAST, Alan Macy is the Research and Development Director, past President, and a founder of BIOPAC Systems, Inc. He designs data collection and analysis systems, used by researchers in the life sciences that help identify meaningful interpretations from signals produced by life processes. Trained in electrical engineering and physiology, with over 30 years of product development experience, he is currently focusing on psychophysiology, emotional and motivational state measurements, magnetic resonance imaging, and augmented/virtual reality implementations. He presents in the areas of human-computer interfaces, electrophysiology, and telecommunications.  His recent research and artistic efforts explore ideas of human nervous system extension and the associated impacts upon perception. As an applied science artist, he specializes in the creation of cybernated art, interactive sculpture, and environments.
This year’s Business in Art Award, The Macijauskas, is named after Alan Macy’s Lithuanian origin name and tailored to the essence of his passionate interests in art, science and technology. The Macijauskas is a work of art envisioned, engineered, and custom-built by a team of Macy’s impassioned comrades in art.