Past Exhibitions

Exhibition Chronology





The University Art Museum (UAM) began as an "Art Gallery" established in 1959 as a part of the art department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Its first Director, a member of the art history faculty, was appointed in 1961. The Museum became a separate department within the College of Letters and Science in  1973, with the Director reporting to the College Provost. The first full-time professional museum Director was hired in 1981. The UAM was accredited in 1973 by the AAM and reaccredited in 1988 and 2002. Renamed in 2011, the Art, Design & Architecture Museum has a rich and full exhibition history.

 View of Nachman gallery with sculpture on floor and paintings on the walls


Carefree California: Cliff May and the Romance of the Ranch House

February 26 – June 17, 2012

The Art, Design & Architecture Museum presents the first major exhibition based on the work of Cliff May, the designer who popularized the ranch house and made it an icon of casual California living in the post-war era.  The exhibition is co-curated by Jocelyn Gibbs, Curator of the AD&A Museum's Architecture and Design Collection, and historian Nicholas Olsberg. The curatorial team includes Christina Chiang, Laura Dizerega, Marta Faust, and Melinda Gandara.

The exhibition and accompanying catalog examine the modernization of the ranch tradition and its transition from regional designs in adobe, brick, tile, and stucco to the modest wood and glass tract house of the forties, to the near-minimal system-built ranches May designed and sold in the late 1950s and, finally, to his luxury ranch houses. Carefree California is based on the Cliff May archive and also draws upon the archives of more than twenty additional California architects, all part of the AD&A Museum's Architecture and Design Collection.


Cliff May - Ranch Rendering


Cliff May Homes, Plans for 1956, perspective, 1956, Rendered by Arthur Lonergan, gouache on board, ink on paper, Architecture and Design Collection


The Carefree California exhibition catalog, published by Rizzoli, is now available for purchase. For more information on the catalog and how to order it, click here.



This exhibition is generously supported by the Getty Foundation, and the Henry Luce Foundation. Additional support comes from ARC (American Reprographics Company), Bank of America, and Gensler. Thanks to the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation for support of the film series produced in conjunction with this exhibition.

Carefree California is part of Pacific Standard Time. This unprecedented collaboration, initiated by the Getty, brings together more than sixty cultural institutions from across Southern California for six months beginning October 2011 to tell the story of the birth of the L.A. art scene.

Catherine Opie Photographs Cliff May

February 26 – June 17, 2012

In conjunction with the exhibition Carefree California: Cliff May and the Romance of the Ranch House, the Art, Design & Architecture Museum at the University of California, Santa Barbara has commissioned renowned American artist Catherine Opie to photograph two homes designed by Cliff May as they appear today. Opie’s oeuvre explores the idea of identity through portraits of people situated in particularized landscapes and architectures.

In an exploration of the enduring appeal of May’s designs, fifteen new photographs by Catherine Opie investigate a custom home, May’s Experimental Ranch House, in which he lived for a short time, and a home included in one of May’s large planned communities. Considering May’s themes of the Western mystique, the relationship of interior and exterior space, and the notion of carefree living, Opie’s photographs will lend a contemporary perspective to May’s architecture and its function one half-century after its design. Catherine Opie, Professor of Photography at University of California, Los Angeles, has had her work widely exhibited throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. She was the subject of a mid-career retrospective in September 2009 at the Guggenheim Museum in New York entitled Catherine Opie: American Photographer.

Old Ranch Road #4, 2011, 20 x 26.5 inches, inkjet print. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles C Catherine Opie

Old Ranch Road #4, 2011, 20 x 26.5 inches, inkjet print. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles C Catherine Opie

Laurel Beckman: One Minute to Heaven

June 8–July 28, 2012

Opening reception: First Thursday, June 7th, 5-9pm

Laurel Beckman: One Minute to Heaven is presented as part of
128 E. Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Tuesday-Friday, 11am-5pm


For her latest exhibition, multi-media artist Laurel Beckman has created an installation that alludes to transcendent moments both in the everyday and under extraordinary circumstances. A focal point of the exhibition is a suite of seven new video animations by the artist.  Eschewing traditional narrative, each sixty-second vignette takes as its main character an animal or fruit that has been levitated in research labs exploring gravity and resistance. These whimsical characters undergo both comical and harrowing ordeals which point to ideas such as redemption, perfection, and agency.

The animations are offset by writings submitted by invited participants who describe personal, sublime experiences found in public spaces. Gallery visitors are encouraged to include their own writings about such encounters. Digital prints accompany some of the texts, bridging the written experiences with the video creatures.

Beckman is a Professor of Art at UC Santa Barbara.  With video/animation and public-space projects in Pittsburgh, New York, San Francisco, New Orleans and Los Angeles, Beckman's exhibitions include those in Istanbul, Berlin, Belgrade, Austin, TX, San Francisco, Palestine, New York, and Los Angeles. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the California Institute of the Arts.

Writers who participated in the project include: Dee Hibbert-Jones, Robert Dansby, Alex Bogdanov, Pat Gomez, Mary Ann Chafin, Samantha Fretwell, Barry Markowitz, Stephanie Washburn, Annetta Kapon, Katy McCarthy, Christine Lorenz , Erik Sultzer, Susan Lakin, Emily Halbardier, Kim Beck, Kate Sorensen, Terri Zitnick, Tracey Morris

Amy Cutler

July 14-September 16, 2012

Opening Reception: Friday, July 13th, 5:30-7:30 pm

Closing Celebration and walkthrough with Amy Cutler: Friday, September 14, 5:30-7:30 pm

The visionary, whimsical work for Brooklyn-based artist Amy Cutler will be featured in a one-person exhibition at the Art, Design & Architecture Museum during the summer of 2012. Cutler is internationally recognized for her works on paper executed in gouache, pen and ink, or graphite. In Cutler's highly engaging compositions, female figures are clothed in exquisitely patterned garments and participate in bizarre tasks which evoke the irrational state of the dream world yet find resonance with quotidian experience. Cutler’s sources are manifold, including 19th century graphic design and book illustration, Persian miniatures, folk art, and Victorian art.

The exhibition travels to AD&A Museum from SITE Santa Fe. Cutler’s work has been featured in one-person exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, the Museum of Contemporary Art Kansas City, and others. Cutler participated in surveys at MoMA PS 1, the 2004 Whitney Biennial and others. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Hammer Museum at UCLA, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Amy Cutler, Courtesy Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York

Bounded Chaos

July 13-September 16, 2012

Bounded Chaos includes contemporary prints, paintings and mixed media works that examine the opposing forces of order and chaos.  As a broad inquiry, Bounded Chaos looks at how order may emerge from chaos or vice versa, and demonstrates how new perspectives can be formulated by incorporating either or both in the conception of a work of art.

The exhibition is organized by Julianne P. Gavino, Curatorial Fellow  and Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of the History of Art and  Architecture, with assistance from museum interns Samuel Buck,  Samantha Coughran, Athena P. Do and Jamie Stoneman

Bounded Chaos installation



Active Abstractions: Recent Gifts from the Sharon & Terry Bridges Collection

July 14-September 16, 2012

This group exhibition, organized by student curator Jamie Stoneman, samples a selection of recent gifts to the Museum reflecting the collectors’ taste for an international roster of artists working in a variety of mediums. For the Bridges, heartfelt responses to works of art guided their collecting practice making for an eclectic group which reflects their passion for color, line and abstraction.


The Zodiac of Wit: Peter Meller and the Graphic Imagination

A complementary exhibition of Meller’s work will also be on view at the Art, Design & Architecture Museum @ Jane Deering Gallery on view August 3–September 29, 2012 with an opening reception on First Thursday, August 2, 5-8 pm.

July 14-September 16, 2012

Opening Reception: Friday, July 13th, 5:30-7:30 pm

Closing celebration and walkthrough with Amy Cutler: Friday, September 14, 5:30-7:30 pm

Using the simplest materials and techniques such as white-out, pen and ink, hand-carved stamps, markers and a Xerox machine, but in brilliantly imaginative ways, Hungarian-born, UCSB Art History Professor Peter Meller (1923–2008) created an impressive body of drawings and prints. Many of his designs reflect his training as a Classics scholar and feature traditional themes updated with comical, ironic, or poignant references to contemporary life. Sophisticated yet accessible, Meller’s work speaks to the full range of human experience - the passions of love, the pain of loss, the pleasures of life.

Ruinophilia Images of Destruction and Decay From the AD&A Museum’s Collection

128 E. Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Gallery Hours:  Tuesday-Friday, 11am-5pm

October 5–December 16, 2012


Ruinophilia, a companion exhibition of works from the museum's permanent collection that depict images of destruction and decay, will be at the museum's space at the Jane Deering Gallery.  Curated by student interns, Mariel Lacson '14 and Jamie Stoneman '13, Ruinophilia explores artists’ continued fascination with ruins from the 16th century to the present.  Through prints, photographs, sculpture and multimedia works, Ruinophilia ranges from depictions of crumbling buildings to bodies that display the infirmity of age. These works express a longing for the past, or an obsession with the passage of time.

photograph of skulls and crosses inside a convent

Artist unknown, Capuchin Convent Rome, 1882, albumen print, gift of Dr. Corlette Rossiter.


The Stumbling Present:Ruins in Contemporary Art

October 13, 2012 – January 20, 2013

The Stumbling Present: Ruins in Contemporary Art features an international roster of artists who use the imagery of neglected or willfully destroyed places and objects to address socio-political concerns and the failure of utopian ideals. For many of these artists, ruins register as symbols of loss but also as sites of possibility upon which they can impose their own potent narratives. The included films, paintings, photographs, and sculptures are part of the long trajectory of ruins in art as signifiers of transience but they also reveal pressing concerns affecting contemporary artists and the state of our world today.

Participating artists: Lara Almarcegui, Carlos Bunga, Nigel Cooke, Adam Cvijanovic, Carlos Garaicoa, Simryn Gill, Valerie Hegarty, Kristen Morgin, Melanie Smith, Rob Voerman


installation shot

This exhibition has been organized by Elyse A. Gonzales, curator of exhibitions. It is made possible by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; The Ceil & Michael E. Pulitzer Foundation, Inc.; Marcia and John Mike Cohen; The Mondriaan Fund, Amsterdam; and The Netherlands-America Foundation.

logo for the Mondriaan Fund




logo of the Netherland-America Foundation, Inc.





Painting of ruins and smoke from a wood building

Rob Voerman, Pressure, 2012.  Silkscreen, pencil, and soot on paper, 3 ft. 10 ½ in. x 6 ft. 6 in.; ed. 7/8 + 1 AP, Courtesy of the artist and C24 Gallery, New York


Figure in Flux: Selected Gifts From the Drs. J.W. and Sue Colin Collection


October 13, 2012–January 20, 2013

The Colin Collection witnesses a lifelong love of both the spiritual dimension underpinning art and the adventure of collecting. This selection focuses on the various ways artists have rendered the human figure from realistic to abstract depictions.


This exhibition has been curated by Maeve Coudrelle, Art History and Political Science ‘11.

 Fritz Scholder, Self Portrait, 1992, lithograph, 30 x 22 in., Gift of Drs. J.W. and Sue Colin


Mind/Map/Los Angeles: The Laurence Rickels Collection

February 16 - March 10, 2013

Mind/Map/Los Angeles is a visual accounting of the history of the Los Angeles art scene in the 1990s and 2000s as assembled by UCSB Professor, Laurence Rickels. This installation takes as its focus artists whose works dovetailed with Rickels’ own scholarship and interest in Freudianism, especially as it relates to memory, mourning and melancholia. The collection was given by Rickels in 2011/2012 and the exhibition is organized by Katrine Bruun Jørgensen, graduate art history exchange student from University of Copenhagen.

depiction of house under construction with wood structure

Liam Jones, Construction #25, 2003; acrylic on canvas; 12 x 24 in.; Gift of Laurence A. Rickels


Walter S. White (1917-2002):  A First Glimpse of the Archive

February 16 - March 31, 2013

A selection of drawings of Walter S. White’s work in the Coachella Valley put together by students in a graduate seminar of Prof. Volker M. Welter. The seminar is conducting preparatory research for a larger exhibition on the architect which will be at the Art, Design & Architecture Museum.

photograph of a White-designed house and a portrait of White



Gas Station DeSign: A Tour Through the Collection

February 16 - May 12, 2013

Gas Station DeSign surveys the architecture of gas stations from the widespread popularity of the automobile in the 1930s to the height of twentieth-century car culture in the mid-1960s. The exhibition includes photographs and drawings of gas stations from the museum’s Architecture and Design Collection.  This visual tour emphasizes the pivotal and contested role of signs used for advertising.  This exhibition is organized by Christina Chiang, the Assistant Curator of the Architecture and Design Collection.  Companion exhibitions are on display in Cheadle Hall, second floor and the Arts Library entry.

The exhibition at the Arts Library displays pages from two photography books about gasoline stations.  Twentysix Gasoline Stations (1962) by pop artist Ed Ruscha is considered to be one of the major early influences on the emerging artists' book culture.  His photographs of gas stations along iconic Route 66 between Oklahoma City and Los Angeles depict an era and culture devoted to the automobile.  Thirty years later, artist Jeff Brouws exploed the fate of similar gas stations in his Twentysix Abandoned Gasoline Stations (1992), a respectful riff on Ruscha's work and a poignant commentary on the vanishing independent gas station in America.  This companion exhibition was organized by Christina Chiang with the assistance of undergraduate intern Tara Kopp '13, who organized the display in Cheadle Hall.


drawing by Kem Weber of a Union Minute Man Station with two canopy wings

Kem Weber, Union Minute Man Service, Union oil station, 1945-1947, Architecture and Design Collection.


The exhibition is supported by Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck, in memory of Reuben Katz, who was the owner/operator of "Commercial Super Service" truck terminal, Los Angeles.



Fame and the Mundane: Andy Warhol’s Photography

February 16 – May 12, 2013

Examining the photographs Warhol took of celebrities and the affluent, as well as candid snapshots of the everyday, this exhibition presents two distinct aspects of Warhol’s photographic practice. This collection of photos was given by the Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. It has been organized by art history undergraduate Breanne Lewis ‘13.

Andy Warhol; Debbie Harry, 1980;  © 2013 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


Art on the Table: Food and Drink from the Permanent Collection

February 16–May 12, 2013

Art-making, eating and drinking: all fill basic human needs. This exhibition explores the diversity of approaches artists and craftsmen have taken to celebrating these essentials. Assembled from the permanent collection, the exhibition looks at a wide range of cultures and materials. It also highlights the theme of the All Gaucho Reunion Weekend, “Savor UCSB.”

Irma Cavat; The Japanese Basket, 2000; oil on canvas; 60 x 60 in.; The Cavat Family (Irma, Karina and Nika)


The Arts of Precolumbian and Spanish Colonial America

April 12 - May 12, 2013

This exhibition focuses on the seminar and survey classes taught by Jeanette Peterson, Ph.D. of the History of Art and Architecture department at UCSB. On the Matter of the Sacred: from “idols” to saints in the Americas will explore the role of sacred images and how they functioned in Spanish Colonial America of Mexico and South America. Students in the survey class, The Arts of Precolumbian America, will be required to identify objects within their cultural context.

Cristóbal de Villalpando, (b. Mexico, ca. 1645-1714), The Mystic Marriage of St. Rose of Lima, ca. 1700, Gift of Robert K. and Gene O. Wolf


Inside Out:  2013 UCSB Master of Fine Arts

May 25-June 16, 2013

OPENING RECEPTION:  MAY 24, 5:30-7:30 pm

This exhibition brings together work by graduating MFA students and is the result of two years of intensive artistic engagement.  Works on view will include a variety of mediums and techniques.  See the exhibition to learn what the next generation of artists are producing.

MFA Students: Alexander Bogdanov, Ryan Bulis, Sterling Crispin,

Alison Ho, Tristan Newcomb, Chris Silva, and Erik M. Sultzer

For additional information and websites for each student, CLICK HERE

This exhibition has been curated by Samantha Chang and Diva Zumaya, graduate students in the History of Art and Architecture at UCSB.


Outside In: The Architecture of Smith and Williams

April 13, 2013-June 16, 2013

Smith and Williams decisively shaped the modern vocabulary of architecture in post-war Pasadena and Los Angeles County.  Working in the wake of the first generation of avant-garde architects in Southern California and riding the postwar building boom, the partners Whitney R. Smith and Wayne R. Williams developed a pragmatic modernism that, through remarkable site planning and design, integrated landscape and building.

Despite the significance of their work, Outside In is the first monographic study of Whitney Smith and the Smith and Williams firm.  Co-curators Jocelyn Gibbs and Christina Chiang drew on the extensive archives within the museum's Architecture and Design Collection.  Kris Miller-Fisher designed the exhibition.  The catalog for the exhibition is scheduled to be available in August (delayed from June).  Please contact Marie Vierra at to reserve a copy.


drawing of the Orange County Home Show house with screens, opening between panels, and extended beams connecting indoor and outdoor spaces

Smith and Williams, Shoreline house for Orange County Home Show (Costa Mesa, Calif.), 1957.  Photograph of a drawing by Al Spencer mounted on board: 8 x 10 in.  Architecture and Design Collection.


Outside In: The Architecture of Smith and Williams is part of Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A.  This collaboration, initiated by the Getty, brings together several local arts institutions for a wide-ranging look at the postwar built environment of the city as a whole, from its famous residential architecture to its vast freeway network, revealing the city’s development and ongoing impact in new ways.

Major support for the exhibition has been provided by the Getty Foundation.

logo of the Pacific Standard Time presents Modern Architecture in L.A. with sundial and the words, "An Initiative of the Getty" with the Getty Foundation logo

Unbuilt Santa Barbara

June 14-September 7, 2013

Unbuilt Santa Barbara explores architects’ and planners’ visions for the city through drawings and a model of unrealized projects, including redevelopment schemes and alternative designs for landmark buildings. These drawings propose Spanish Colonial Revival romanticism and mid-century modern pragmatism for State Street and other areas of the City. This exhibition is drawn from the Architecture and Design Collection at the AD&A Museum and is curated by Christina Chiang, Assistant Curator, and Chris Marino, Project Archivist.


colorful drawing titled "Ambassador Ocean Front" Suggested Treatment with palm trees and a two-story, Spanish Colonial Revival building.

George Washington Smith, Ambassador Hotel, project (Santa Barbara, Calif.), 1922 Rendering by Lutah Maria Riggs; watercolor, pencil, and conte crayon on paper; 25 1/4 x 39 1/2 in.; George Washington Smith papers.


Goya: Disasters of War

July 13-September 22, 2013

From 1810-1820 Spanish artist Francisco Goya (1746-1828) made an extraordinary body of work, a suite of 80 prints that lay bare, in darkly comic, frightening and visceral ways, the harrowing events that took place during and after the Peninsular War between Spain and France.  Using allegory and striking images coupled with text, Goya's prints were one of first works of art to fully convey the brutal inhumanity of war.  This exhibition has been curated by Diva Zumaya, doctoral student in the History of Art and Architecture, UCSB.



July 13-September 22, 2013

Peake/Picasso looks at the unique friendship between two artists: Channing Peake (1910–1989) and Pablo Picasso (1881–1973). Through photographs, prints, sculptures, drawings, paintings and ephemera from the 1940s–60s the exhibition will examine similarities in their artistic practices and lay bare their playful camaraderie. Their shared love of abstraction and an interest in the American west served as an important lynchpin in their relationship. In Picasso, Peake found similarities with his own artistic vision which privileged abstraction over realism and was based on investigating form and color. In Peake, Picasso found not only a fellow artist with whom to discuss art, but an embodiment of the mythical American west as Peake not only owned a ranch but captured everyday scenes including images of the landscape, animals, riding and farm machinery. 

An accompanying installation of personal objects and photographs related to Channing Peake and his life will also be on view giving more insight into the life and career of this important Southern California artist.  The exhibition will be documented by an exhibition catalog and will be complemented by a roster of related programs such as talks and musical performances. 

*For additional information on Peake/Picasso, please listen to Elyse A. Gonzales's interview with Lance Orozco from KCLU.

photograph of Channning Peake and Pablo Picasso together

Channing Peake and Pablo Picasso, Vallauris, France, c. 1953. Photo taken by Frank Perls.


sketch of bull and matador by Picasso with annotation "For Peake, 8.12.59"

Pablo Picasso, Spanish, 1881-1973
Untitled (For Peake), 1959
Ink on paper
Private Collection
C 2013 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


Unbuilt UCSB

July 13-September 22, 2013

This exhibition displays building projects and designs that were intended for the University of California, Santa Barbara campus, but were never constructed or have yet to be completed. Organized by Tara Kopp ’13, political science and art history undergraduate, this exhibition presents several of the possibilities that architects have envisioned for the campus throughout UCSB’s history.


drawing of a fountain in front of the Main Library.  The fountain consists of strips of water with fog above the water.

Wallace Roberts & Todd, Library Plaza, perspective, project (University of California, Santa Barbara), circa 1997; reprographic print, 8 1/2 x 11 in.

Freedom Now! Forgotten Photographs of the Civil Rights Struggle

October 19-December 13, 2013

OPENING RECEPTION:  October 25, 5:30-7:30 pm

The best-known images of the civil rights struggle show black Americans as nonthreatening victims of white aggression. Though this imagery helped garner the sympathy of liberal whites in the North for the plight of blacks, it did so by preserving a picture of whites as powerful and blacks as hapless victims. Freedom Now! showcases photographs rarely seen in the mainstream media, which depict the power wielded by black men, women and children in remaking U.S. society through their activism. This exhibition has been curated by Martin Berger, Professor, History of Art and Visual Culture, UC Santa Cruz.

Freedom Now! Image

Unknown photographer, Woman Resisting Arrest, Birmingham, Alabama, April 14, 1963, courtesy of Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images, Los Angeles, California

Year of Rebellion: The 1970 Isla Vista Riots, Photographs by Joe Melchione

October 19-December 13, 2013

OPENING RECEPTION:  October 25, 5:30-7:30 pm

Year of Rebellion documents a tumultuous year in Isla Vista, filled with protests against the Vietnam War and UCSB policies. The violent and nonviolent confrontations of 1970 resulted in the burning of the Bank of America, one death, hundreds of arrests, as well as increased student involvement in UC governance. Joe Melchione, undergraduate photo-editor for the student paper at the time, documented these large-scale student movements with his first camera. Melchione’s suite of photographs will be accompanied by issues of the student newspaper, in which they first appeared, and ephemera produced by student organizations on campus. This exhibition has been curated by Chris Marino, Project Archivist for the Architecture and Design Collection at the AD&A Museum.

Joe Melchione Image

Joseph S. Melchione (b. United States, 1948-2013); Untitled (Nancy Rubin); gelatin silver print; 33 1/2 x 28 1/2 in; ©The Estate of Joseph S. Melchione.

Radio Interview KCSB 91.9

Listen in on curators Elyse Gonzales and Chris Marino discuss our current exhibitions, conducted by Dick Flacks. His KCSB radio show, "Culture of Protest" has thrived for more than 30 years! 


Ambiguous Histories: Selected Works from the Exit Art Portfolios

October 19-December 13, 2013

OPENING RECEPTION:  October 25, 5:30-7:30 pm

Ambiguous Histories: Selected Works from the Exit Art Portfolios explores contemporary artists’ use of history through their references to traditional artistic processes and canonical works of art and architecture. This exhibition highlights a recent gift of works from Exit Art, a now closed alternative art space that provided a platform for multicultural or emerging artists to respond to critical and controversial contemporary issues. This exhibition has been curated by UCSB alum, Anna Muriello ’13.

Allison Smith- Image

Allison Smith; The Compass Rose, 2008; 13 color screen print on linen; edition of 50; 30 x 22 in; Gift of Exit Art, New York. Courtesy of the artist.

Art and Its Discontents

October 19–December 13, 2013

OPENING RECEPTION:  October 25, 5:30-7:30 pm

The works in this group exhibition employ playful, serious and innovative means of addressing artists' discontent with issues surrounding, political figures and politics, identity, gender and race.  Drawn largely from the Museum’s collection, Art and its Discontentsfocuses on the vital role art continues to play in highlighting and combating abuses of power, stereotypes, inequality, and suppression. Artists include: Laylah Ali, Nancy Dwyer, Lyle Ashton Harris, Hung Liu, Rachel Lachowicz, Raymond Pettibon, Lari Pittman, Ellen Rothenberg, Ben Sakoguchi, Ilene Segalove, Travis Somerville and Fred Wilson, among others.

Laylah Ali Image

Laylah Ali; Untitled, 2001; softground, hardground, aquatint, drypoint, and roulette on Rives BFK paper; edition of 50; 22 1/2 x 22 1/2 in; Gift of Exit Art, New York. Copyright ©2013 Laylah Ali.


POP: Politics of Place

September 20-December 6, 2013

OPENING RECEPTION: October 3, 5:00-8:00 pm

POP brings together a selection of works that demonstrate the politically charged nature of real and imagined sites.  While some are overtly polemical, all of the works take on a loaded quality when viewed through the lens of environmental uncertainty or city planning techniques. Artists include: Kim Abeles, Isabella Kirkland, Barrie Mottishaw, Enoc Perez, Fran Siegel and LA Fine Arts Squad, and others.

Enoc Perez

Enoc Perez; Ponce Inter-Continental Hotel, Ponce, Puerto Rico, 2011; Screen print with acrylic and watercolor, unique, 35/50; Gift of Exit Art, New York, Art, Design & Architecture Museum, UC Santa Barbara

Alice Aycock Drawings: Some Stories Are Worth Repeating, Early Work

Jan. 25-Apr. 19, 2014

OPENING RECEPTION:  January 24, 5:30-7:30 pm

Alice Aycock is best known for her large-scale installations and outdoor sculptures.  Drawing, however plays a vital role in her creative process further revealing the full range of her ideas and sources which are inspired by architecture, systems theory, amusement parks, physics, and science fiction. The exhibition will be presented in two parts at the AD&A Museum, UC Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. At the AD&A Museum the installation focuses on the early years of the artist’s career, 1971–1984, and includes detailed architectural drawings, maquettes, and photodocumentation for both realized and imagined projects. The exhibition has been organized by the Parrish Art Museum Adjunct Curator Jonathan Fineberg, Gutgsell Professor of Art History Emeritus at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Alice Aycock

Image: Alice Aycock; Hoodo (Laura) From the Series, “How to Catch and Manufacture Ghosts” Vertical & Horizontal Cross-section of the Ether Wind (1981), 1990/2012; watercolor and ink on paper; 27 1/2 x 39 ¼ in.; collection of the artist.


Duke and the Masters: The Sedgwick Collection

Jan. 25-Apr. 19, 2014

OPENING RECEPTION:  January 24, 5:30-7:30 pm

Alice and Francis (“Duke”) Minturn Sedgwick, based in the Santa Ynez Valley, used their vast wealth to assemble a collection of premier Old Master paintings.  In 1960 the Sedgwicks donated a core group of their collection to the then newly formed University Gallery at UC Santa Barbara, which later became the Art, Design & Architecture Museum.  This exhibition will highlight their gift of works and explore these important local figures as art lovers, philanthropists and individuals.  This exhibition has been curated by Montana Flynn ’14 Art History.

Portrait of Infanta

Image: Juan de Flandes; Portrait of an Infanta, 15th c. oil on panel; 12 x 8 5/8 in.; The Sedgwick Collection of Old Master Paintings.

Artist-in-Residence: Fran Siegel, Translocation and Overlay

October 19-April 19, 2014

As an artist-in-residence, Fran Siegel has developed an innovative drawing project that examines the landscape, history and current state of the Santa Barbara region. Through 50 unique drawings and related porcelain components, Siegel visually deconstructs the city. Her drawings, based on typical and atypical data sets from different time periods are related to items such as topography, rock distributions, population dispersals, migratory pathways and the location of swimming pools. Her installation will construct an alternate, imaginary version of Santa Barbara that collapses time and space but is also built on the use of real data. This exhibition has been curated by Elyse A. Gonzales, Curator of Exhibitions.

Fran Siegel

Fran Siegel, Translocation and Overlay, installation view, ink, graphite and colored pencil on vellum; and porcelain. Courtesy of the artist and Lesley Heller Workspace, New York.

For more information click here for the official brochure or click here to see a private interview with the artist!

Alter: Graduate MFA Exhibition

May 17–29, 2014

Alter brings together work by graduating MFA students and is the result of two years of intensive artistic engagement.  Alter is both a reference to the artists’ own artistic transformation over the course of their studies and an allusion to their individual practices which incorporate alteration of bodies, nature, space, animals, memory, sound or time.  Works on view will include collage, drawing, installation, painting, photography, sculpture, sound, and video. 

Exhibiting artists: James Cathey; Cathy Ellis; Clare Little; Maria Rendon and Sommer Roman

Annual Undergraduate Art Exhibition


June 12–15, 2014

Reception: June 14; 3-5pm

The annual Undergraduate Art Exhibition presents paintings, drawings, sculptures, videos, installations and other multi-media works selected by Department of Art faculty. The included works represent the talent, skill, hard-work, and dedication of undergraduate students in the field of art.  Come see what these young artists have been making in their studios!

Image: Photo by Troy Small

Starting Here: A Selection of Distinguished Artists from UCSB

Image: Poster announcing 1969 MFA Exhibition, UCSB.

May 17-August 10, 2014

The Art, Design & Architecture Museum, in association with the Department of Art and the College of Creative Studies at UC Santa Barbara, is proud to present a large-scale exhibition that celebrates the legacy and continued vibrancy of the Visual Arts at UCSB. Starting Here, will show the work of 48 artists who attended UCSB from 1950–2010. Through the artists’ works and experiences the exhibition will chart changes in art and the teaching of art on the UCSB campus, all the while highlighting the value of peer-to-peer and interdisciplinary learning. The exhibition will include book arts, ceramics, drawing, painting, performance, photography, printmaking, sculpture and video.

The exhibition will open in two phases and be installed throughout the Museum and in the College of Creative Studies Gallery. The first phase will include the work of 16 artists, representing a modest overview of the range of accomplished artists who have attended UCSB. This initial group will be augmented by an additional 32 artists in the second phase in June.

This exhibition has been curated by Elyse Gonzales, Curator of Exhibitions, AD&A Museum; Jane Mulfinger, Professor and Chair, Department of Art; and Kim Yasuda, Professor, Department of Art.


Starting Here has been generously supported by Lillian Lovelace.

Additional funding has been provided by the Summer Sessions Cultural Enrichment Grant, UCSB; the Department of Art, UCSB; University of California Institute for Research in the Arts (UCIRA) and the Office of the Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts. In-kind support has also been given by the College of Creative Studies; UCIRA; KCSB-FM; Media Arts and Technology (MAT); and the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center (IHC).

The AD&A Museum 2014 is supported by the Ceil and Michael E. Pulitzer Foundation.

Image: Poster announcing 1969 MFA Exhibition, UCSB.