ART Awards

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 SBCAST, Alan Macy is the Research and Development Director, past President and a founder of BIOPAC Systems, Inc.

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. The Macijauskas incorporates the architectural aesthetic and ethos of SBCAST in an elegant fusion of order, chaos, and interactivity. Each artist contributed to this multi-media award with individual specialties, including research and design (Mark Goerner), engineering and technology (John Lawrence), light and digital projection (Jon Smith, Ethan Turpin), sculpture and fine art finishing (Kym Cochran, Tracy Beeler), and calligraphy (Jill Littlewood), fabrication and production (Ryan McCullough, Andrew Garrard, Justin Harmon). Additional direction and artistic consultation were provided by Maiza Hixson, Ron Glover and Zachary Rosen.  

Artists Tracy Beeler, Kym Cochran, Andrew Garrard, Ron Glover, Mark Goerner, Maiza Hixson, Justin Harmon, John Lawrence, Jill Littlewood, Ryan McCullough, Zachary Rosen, Jon Smith, and Ethan Turpin live and work in Santa Barbara and their works have been exhibited nationally and internationally.

Leadership in Art Award

The Leadership in the Arts Award was established in 2006 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.” The Arts Commission was established in 1977 is a 15-member panel with three representatives appointed by each of the five County District Supervisors. 

The 2017 Leadership in Art Award Recipient is Vicki Andersen, a painter and muralist from Lompoc. Known for her vivid impressionistic paintings, Vicki works mainly in acrylic and oils often with a palette knife as her major tool. Vicki´s mural work includes the 12' x 48' "Mission Vieja" (Lompoc´s Lost Mission) and a trip to Fiji as a Teacher/Artist, painting a mural with combined Fijian and California youth. 

Vicki's work may be viewed at:  & and the Alexander & Wayne & Arthur Earl Wineries located at 2922 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, CA.

PAST Recipient

Zaveeni Kahn-Marcus, founding director of the Multicultural Center at the UCSB.