Barrett Art Gallery

SMC’s Pete and Susan Barrett Art Gallery is located at the SMC Performing Arts Center (Santa Monica Blvd. & 11th St., Santa Monica). For information and gallery hours, please call (310) 434-3434 or (310) 434-8204, or visit our gallery website.

   Exhibits, opening receptions, and gallery talks and lectures are FREE.


Don Bachardy:

“The Women, 50 Years of Portraits”

Tue, October 31 – Sat, December 2
Over the past 60 years, Don Bachardy has received worldwide recognition for his portraits of major 
creative, cultural and political figures, and has played an important role in defining Southern California as a center of artistic expression. 
Opening reception on Satur​day, November 4, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. 
Gallery talk by artist on Saturday, November 18, at 3 p.m.

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Holiday Student Art Sale

Fri & Sat, December 8 & 9 | 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sun, December 10 | 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Barrett Art Gallery | SMC Performing Arts Center

Art Lecture Series


Will Finn

A Conversation with Legendary Disney Animator Will Finn

Will Finn will talk about his 36-year career as an animator, director, character designer, and storyboard artist for a range of studios—including Walt Disney Animation Studios, Dreamworks, Warner Brothers, Reel FX, IMAGI, Filmation, Renegade Animation, and Don Bluth Films—working on titles such as The Secret of NIMH, Over the Hedge, and Pocahontas, among many others. He also co-directed and co-wrote Disney's Home on the Range and recently worked on The Angry Birds Movie. Sponsored by the SMC Associates (smc.edu/associates).

Tue, October 17 | 11:15 a.m. | Free | HSS 165


Nick Bontrager & Adam Fung

Autonomous Art Systems: Opportunities, Pitfalls, & Implications of Drones in Art

Nick Bontrager, currently developing the New Media Art program in the School of Art at Texas Christian University (TCU), is an interdisciplinary artist whose work and research explores the nature of the moving image, game-based interactions and exchanges, and the idea of replicas or facsimiles as tools of preservation. He will be joined by Adam Benjamin Fung—a painter who teaches in the TCU School of Art and has a dynamic range of research interests that touch upon issues such as climate change, landscape, energy, and the make-up of the universe—to talk about autonomous art systems, which offer new visual perspectives, production values, and aesthetics previously unattainable, or associated only with military or other government powers. The artists will also work with audience members on using drones, and showcase some of the systems that they have developed. Sponsored by the SMC Associates (smc.edu/associates), SMC Art Department, and SMC History Department.​

​ Fri, October 20 | 11:15 a.m.  Free | HSS 104

Emeritus Art Gallery

The Emeritus Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Emeritus Campus, 1227 Second St., Santa Monica (parking available next door in Santa Monica Public Parking Structure No. 2). Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For further information, please call (310) 434-4306, or visit the Emeritus website (www.smc.edu/emeritus). Exhibits and opening receptions are FREE.​​

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Milton Quon

Thu, September 28 – Wed, November 8

Don't miss this exhibition of imaginative watercolor creations and sketchbooks by award-winning animation artist Milton Quon, renowned as the primary creative force behind such iconic animation as the dancing mushrooms in Fantasia and Mr. Stork's delivery in Dumbo. Opening reception on Thursday, September 28, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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The Ongoing Moment
Literature and Art from Emeritus

Thu, November 16 – Wed, January 17

Come enjoy the results of collaborative original art and writing created by students in Monona Wali's memoir class and Catherine Tirr's watercolors studio class. Opening reception and author readings on Thursday, November 16, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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Bruce Trentham

Thu, January 25 – Wed, March 7

Enjoy the dramatic and colorful works of SMC Emeritus art instructor Bruce Trentham, renowned as a plein air painter and master of the pastel. Opening reception on Thursday, January 25, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.​

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SMC Photo Gallery

The SMC Photo Gallery is located on SMC's Main Campus, on the 2nd floor of Drescher Hall, opposite the elevators. For hours and up-to-date information, please call (310) 434-4289, or visit the Photo Gallery website (www.smc.edu/photo/events_newsletter/events.html). Exhibits and opening receptions are FREE.

Additional exhibits are planned. Please call (310) 434-4289 for up-to-date information.​

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