state of the art gallery exhibition - 2018 Artists & programs

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Michael irwin

Michael Irwin is an artist and educator whom has lived and worked in Santa Barbara for over 40 years. He received his MFA at UC Santa Barbara and teaches as an art professor at UCSB and Santa Barbara City College. His artwork has been shown in galleries across the west and his works are in collections across the United States. Currently, Irwin maintains a studio in the Funk Zone of Santa Barbara where he creates large outdoor sculptures, ceramic sculptures and large-scale paintings. 

Irwin invites the public to see his process firsthand on First Fridays each month from 5-8 p.m. at his studio, located at 121 Santa Barbara St. in the Funk Zone. This spring, he will weave a pampas grass shift for Hammerhead onsite at the State Street pad as a public demonstration.

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patrick melroy

Patrick Melroy currently maintains a studio practice in the city of Santa Barbara, California, which exists most often as interactive objects and experiences designed to engage an audience. His work has appeared in shows from Belgrade Serbia to Los Angeles. He received his MFA from the Department of Art at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Currently he works with Tiger Strike Asteroid in Los Angeles and is the host of the Santa Barbara based podcast "Towned" produced by Pullstring Press. 

Have a great idea for a flag? Email Patrick and yours may be selected! Patrick will crowdsource flag ideas before sewing and hosting weekly ceremonies. He will also host a lock-painting workshop Downtown.

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Pattie porter firestone

Pattie Porter Firestone is a sculptor working across the United States in a variety of media including metal, wood and stone. Firestone creates a language about energy, movement and rhythm for both indoor and outdoor sculpture and in using the simple vocabulary of metal sheets and lines in space, she creates three-dimensional objects anchored in the earth yet breaking away from their gravitational limitations. 

She will conduct a public reading of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass as well as a sculpture-making workshop at the Santa Barbara Central Library or Channing Peake Gallery.

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Danielle Siano

For more than 10 years, Danielle Siano has worked as a freelance artist within the Santa Barbara community, since her arrival in 2003. Her work has included logos, branding, and marketing graphics for local businesses such as Backyard Bowls, The Fund for Santa Barbara, The Public Market, and more. Recently, Siano helped to establish Studio Underground and she continues to be an active member of the graphic arts community within Santa Barbara. 

Danielle will invite guest speakers to conduct weekly readings of Letters of Grief and Praise at the Story Catcher Mailbox. The readings will be broadcast on local radio and streamed at the project 's conclusion.


Brooke smiley

brooke smiley is an artist and somatic educator teaching at UC Santa Barbara. She received her MA in Performance Studies with Distinction from TrinityLaban in London with her improvisational research exploring masks, identity and transformation published in the UK and Ireland. Her work spans disciplines ranging from dance performance, improvisation and earth buildings often investigating the relationship to land and the stored history in the bodies that live on the land. 

brooke will hold a healing, mindful movement workshop at the Santa Barbara Central Library.

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Daria Izad

Daria Noor Izad is an Iranian-American female artist and current Master of Fine Art Fellow at UCSB. She uses her hands and instincts to create clay records, often working alongside horses in nature. Daria believes that both Art and Equine therapy can heal people and bring communities together. Her goal is to create site specific clay happenings to give a voice to all people, especially those that need to be heard the most. 

She and brooke will build Permission to Heal onsite and they invite the community to join them to learn about the process of creating earth structures, as well as to participate and smooth mud over the structure.

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Nathan snyder

Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Nathan Snyder is currently a Santa Barbara based artist, whose focus ranges from detailed two-dimensional work to large scale installations and sculptures. Driven both by contemporary inspirations and deeper philosophic questions, his work is birthed out of the precarious balance between feeling and reason.

He will host a public gathering at his studio in the Milpas corridor to offer the community a chance to learn more about his multi-media artistic process.

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Luis velazquez

Born and raised in the State of Jalisco, Mexico, Luis Velazquez is an artist whose work reflects a combination of the past with the present in the form of bright colors and raw materials, inspired by his daily life along with the unexpected and spontaneous derived from nature and social issues. In 2000, he moved to California to attend Santa Barbara City College, later transferring to UC Santa Barbara to earn his BA in Studio Arts. Currently, Velazquez works in the Department of Art at SBCC and continues his studies in art and environmental horticulture.

Luis will conduct a paper airplane making workshop with the Central Library's Curiosity Lab Program.