The Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery is an important resource for both students and the community, exposing visitors to a wide range of contemporary art. Our gallery has a culturally varied program of exhibits that range from California artists, to international exhibits, including the annual student and faculty shows. Providing a valuable teaching tool for the faculty as well as a forum for hosting guest speakers in the arts. It also gives students a first experience in exhibiting their own art.
The gallery is part of SMC’s long history of excellence in preparing students for careers in the visual and performing arts, whether it is for professions in the entertainment industry, fine arts, dance, theater, music or photography. Each of these departments has many gifted alumni that have gone on to successful careers in the arts.
Santa Monica College Performing Arts
Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery
Santa Monica Blvd. & 11th Street,
Santa Monica, CA 90401
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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.
Open: September 2 to October 11, 2014
September 13, 2014, 6 to 8pm
By Gordon Fuglie, Exhibit Curator, Saturday September 13, 5pm, Edye
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."
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.
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.
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
Art Gallery and Edye Second Space, through the 11th Street side of
the building. Hours for the Barrett
Gallery are noon to 5pm, Tuesday through Friday and Saturday from 11am to 4pm.
Schleswig Variation 2, linocut & monotype, 2014
Schleswig Variation 3, linocut, monotype, & chine
Bleeding Heart, woodcut, lithograph &
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
Student Christmas Sale
Student works are available in
Ceramic, Glass, Drawing, Painting,
& Jewelry for sale in the Barrett Art Gallery.
December 12, (Fri) 10 am to 9 pm
December 13, (Sat) 10 am to 6 pm
December 14, (Sun) Noon to 6 pm