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SMC|Pete and Susan Barrett Art Gallery|Exhibits



Sight Readings: A 35-Year Survey of Work by Roxanne Sexauer, an exhibit organized by the Central California Museum of Art and curated by Gordon Fuglie, Director and Head of Curatorial Affairs.   

Exhibition Open: September 2 to October 11, 2014

Reception: September 13, 2014, 6 to 8pm

Lecture: By Gordon Fuglie, Exhibit Curator, Saturday September 13, 5pm, Edye

Print Demonstration: By Roxanne Sexauer, September 24, 3pm, Rm 126, Art Department, Main Campus


            Curator Gordon Fuglie writes: "As a young art student in 1973, Roxanne Sexauer fantasized about studying with the last surviving German Expressionist woodcut master, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff (1884 – 1976). Her earliest works crackle with the anxious and dark angularities of classic German Expressionism, her homage to a modernist movement in which woodcut printmaking played a major role. Eventually her youthful enthusiasm cooled, and by the 1980s, Sexauer embraced post modernism, developing a hybrid, multi-layered approach that mixes botanical and zoological forms with ideas and images from the history of science, printmaking and mythology. Finding this direction fruitful, it continues to inform her oeuvre.


            Now at mid-career, the Long Beach artist continues to work mainly in woodcut, though in recent years she has combined lithography, silkscreen and collagraphy in her images. Of her work, curator Gordon Fuglie says, 'I have seen her imagery progress for two decades. Roxanne’s art is distinctive because it is complex, vibrant, and always recognizable for its adroit use of technique with multiple images bearing layers of meaning. Connoisseurs regard her as one of the best woodcut artists in the region.'


            Despite her strong accomplishments, Sexauer’s art has not enjoyed the wider exposure it deserves. In recognition of her role as an influential educator, leading printmaker and contemporary artist, Sight Readings addresses this oversight in presenting the first career survey of Sexauer's work. Comprising 35 key graphics, the exhibition is organized chronologically, beginning with a 1973 self-portrait in the German Expressionist style, concluding with works completed this past summer."



         The exhibit will open to the public on Tuesday, September 2, and closing on Saturday, October 11, 2014. 

A reception for the artist will take place on September 13, from 6pm to 8pm.  Preceding the reception at 5 pm will be a talk by curator Gordon Fuglie in The Edye Second Space (adjacent to the gallery). The public is invited to both free events.

A Print Demonstration by Roxanne Sexauer will be held on Wednesday, September 24, from 3pm, in 

room 126, of the Art department, on the Main Campus.

            The Barrett Art Gallery is located in the SMC Performing Arts Center on the corner of Santa Monica 

            Boulevard and 11th Street, in Santa Monica, CA.  Due to building construction, please enter the Barrett 

            Art Gallery and Edye Second Space, through the 11th Street side of the building.  Hours for the Barrett 

            Art Gallery are noon to 5pm, Tuesday through Friday and Saturday from 11am to 4pm.




  1. Grenade, woodcut, 1993
  2. The Schleswig Variation 2, linocut & monotype, 2014
  3. The Schleswig Variation 3, linocut, monotype, & chine collé, 2014
  4. The Bleeding Heart, woodcut, lithograph & collagraph, 1999


       Franklyn Phillips- Pyrometrics: A Retrospective in Ceramics

  Opens: October 28, 2014 through December 6, 2014

  Reception: October 25, 6-8 pm

  Gallery closed: Nov., 11 & Nov. 27 -29

     Franklyn Phillips’s primary artistic medium is ceramics where he has continued to redefine himself for the past fifty years as a professional studio artist, ceramic sculptor and ceramic painter.  His earlier large-scale sculptures were influenced by previous undergraduate studies in Biology and Comparative Anatomy while later ceramic paintings and sculptures evolved as expressions of his growing involvement with the mysteries of meditation, metamorphosis and the hidden drama of nature.  Franklyn is Head of Ceramics at Santa Monica College. 





1.  Bone Spiral, Telecom Series 3, ceramic sculpture, 2014                  

2.  Humming Bird Call, Telecom Series 4, ceramic sculpture, 2014     

3.  Desert Storm, Event Horizon, ceramic wall sculpture, 1991

4.  Three Corners Fly Over My Window 1, ceramic wall sculpture, 1996

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 Student Christmas Sale

Student works are available in Ceramic, Glass, Drawing, Painting, & Jewelry for sale in the Barrett Art Gallery.

    Opens:   December 12, (Fri) 10 am to 9 pm

            December 13, (Sat) 10 am to 6 pm

            December 14, (Sun) Noon to 6 pm