Starting Here: A Selection of Distinguished Artists from UCSB

This special series of exhibitions will highlight the extraordinary contributions graduates from UCSB have made and continue to make in the field of art.  This series will include an alumni exhibition as well as a celebration of undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing a degree in the Arts.

May 16-Aug. 10, 2014

Opening Reception: May 16; 5:30-7:30 pm and June 27; 5:30-7:30 pm

The AD&A Museum celebrates the distinguished accomplishments in the visual arts by students at UCSB over the last fifty years, from the early 1960s to the present. Work by Richard Serra, Mark Di Suvero, Mary Heilmann, Mary Miss, and Suzanne Lacy will be included.


Image: 1969 MFA Exhibition, UC Santa Barbara.

Alter: Graduate MFA Exhibition

Annual Undergraduate Art Exhibition

June 12- 15, 2014

Opening Reception: June 14; 3:00-5:00 pm

Barton Myers: Works of Architecture and Urbanism 

Sept. 12-Dec. 12, 2014

With works as varied as a Vidal Sassoon Salon from 1968, the U.S. Expo Pavilion in Seville, Spain in 1992, and his steel houses, this exhibit will present an overview of almost fifty years of architecture. Barton Myers first attracted attention in the late 1960s for his civic buildings and urban projects in Canada. He returned to the United States in 1984 to open a Los Angeles office and became known for his performing arts centers, campus buildings, and steel houses among many projects. 

The Barton Myers papers were donated to the Architecture and Design Collection of the AD&A Museum, UC Santa Barbara in 2000.  The archive covers Myers’s work from 1968 through 2002 and includes sketches and computer drawings, watercolors, images by well-known photographers, detailed study models and models of blocks-long sections of cities, as well as research notes, correspondence, lectures, and writings. 

Image: A.J. Diamond and Barton Myers; Wolf House, 1974; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; designed by Barton Myers. Photo Credit: John Fulker, Courtesy of the West Vancouver Museum.

Artist-in-Residence: Eric Beltz

Sept. 12-May 1, 2015

As the 2014 Artist-in-Residence Eric Beltz will create an ambitious site specific wall drawing in the Museum’s Nachman Gallery. This will be a monumental departure for Beltz who is known for his intimately-scaled, highly-detailed graphite drawings on Bristol. Working in series with titles like Back to Eden, Trance Farm, Elementary Forces, and American Visions, Beltz deals with themes relating to psychedelics, Colonial American history, rural Americana, transcendence, herbal healing, and apocryphal religious writings. 

Bollywood: The Visual Culture of the Bollywood Film Poster

Sept. 12-Dec. 12, 2014

This exhibition explores the history of Bollywood posters and their influence on popular culture, religion and art.  Showcased alongside the posters are popular prints, calendars, and images of temples dedicated to Bollywood film stars, as well as wedding posters and other appropriations both personal and commercial.