Barry Berkus and Family Art Collection

Noted Santa Barbara architect, philanthropist and art collector Barry Berkus generously donated a 43-work collection framing the evolution of the local contemporary art scene over the past three decades. The gift includes paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, mixed-media works, prints, collages, ceramics and digital media art that he and his wife Gail purchased from local and regional artists starting in the 1970s. A portion of the collection is exhibited to the public every other year.

Channing Peake Collection

Channing Peake (1910-1989) was a California Cubist Painter and Muralist who was born in Marshall, Colorado. An early proponent of Modernism, he attended the California School of Arts and Crafts and the Santa Barbara School of Fine Arts. He traveled and worked in Mexico, Central America and Europe, and was friends with notable artists Diego Rivera, Pablo Picasso and Francoise Gilot. Channing Peake's own work is distinguished by his strong, abstracted shapes and bold use of blacks, red and blues.

Colin Campbell Cooper Collection

Colin Campbell Cooper, Jr. (1856–1937) was an American Impressionist painter, perhaps most renowned for his architectural paintings, especially of skyscrapers in New York City, Philadelphia, and Chicago. Cooper moved to Santa Barbara, California in January 1921. Santa Barbara would be his home base for the rest of his life, though he would spend two years in northern Europe and Tunisia. He went on to become Dean of Painting at the Santa Barbara Community School of Arts.

Ray Strong Collection

Ray Stanford Strong (1905–2006) was an American painter from Corvallis, Oregon. Strong identified as an artist from a young age, painting landscape and murals as well as writing poetry. His landscapes are among the best representations of the California coast and Oregon. As a founding member of the Oak Group, Strong influenced an entire generation of painters in Santa Barbara County.