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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.

Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery • Fall 2016

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John M. Miller

John M. Miller was born in Lebanon, PA in 1939. He received a BFA in 1967 from San Diego State University in San Diego, CA and received his MFA from Claremont Graduate School in Claremont, CA.

He has had numerous solo exhibitions which include “John M. Miller: All Or Nothing (At All)” at Diane Rosenstein in Los Angeles, CA; “John M. Miller: Yesterdays” and “Now and Then” at Margo Leavin Gallery in Los Angeles, CA; “Path,” “Edit,” “Ritual” and “Passage” at Patricia Faure Gallery in Santa Monica, CA along with exhibitions at Fred Hoffman Gallery, Rico Mizuno Gallery, Watts Tower Art Center and Broxton Gallery, among others.

Recent group exhibitions include “Summer Group Show” at Peter Blake Gallery in Laguna Beach, CA; “California Abstract Painting: 1962-2012” at Nan Rae Gallery at Woodbury University in Burbank, CA; “Edith Baumann, James Hayward, Scot Heywood, John M. Miller, & Ed Moses” at Pete and Susan Barrett Art Gallery in Santa Monica, CA; “Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-1981” at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA; “Reading Standing Up” at Margo Leavin Gallery in Los Angeles, CA; “A Little So Cal Abstraction” at Mandarin Gallery in Los Angeles; “Driven to Abstraction: Southern California and the Non-Objective World 1950-1980” at Riverside Art Museum in Riverside, CA; “Oceans” at Western Project in Culver City, CA; “Structure” at Patricia Faure Gallery in Santa Monica, CA; “Departures: 11 Artists at the Getty” at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, CA; “Starting with McLaughlin” at Patricia Faure Gallery in Santa Monica, CA; “Selected Paintings and Works on Paper” at Modernism in San Francisco, CA; “In Plain Sight: Abstract Paintings in Los Angeles” at Blue Start Art Space in San Antonio, TX; “Percept/Image/Object” at Lannan Foundation in Los Angeles, CA; “Changing Trends – Content and Style” in Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, CA and “Coming Unraveled: LAX Biennial at Otis Gallery at the Otis School of Art and Design in Los Angeles, CA, among others.

His work is included in many permanent collections across the country including the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA; Creative Artists Agency, Beverly Hills, CA; The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Lannan Foundation, Los Angeles, CA; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Art, San Diego, CA; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA and San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA.

Miller has spent time teaching at the University of California, Los Angeles and at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He has also been the recipient of grants from the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation as well as fellowships with the National Endowment for the Arts.

John M. Miller currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. 

By David Pagel, Professor of Art Theory & History at Claremont Graduate University & Art Critic


David Pagel Lecture on John M. Miller Paintings

Saturday, September 17, 3 - 4 pm in The Edye Second Space

Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center

1310 11th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401​ 

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Collaboration is an exhibition of the work of 28 artists, curated by Kirk Pedersen from the roster of visionaries published by his imprint, ZERO+ Publishing. Running the gamut from street art to pop surrealism to illustration to fine art—and sometimes blending genres in ways that defy categorization entirely—this group of artists could hardly be more eclectic. Yet they all share a passion for exploring other dimensions—uncharted territories that are spatial and emotional, metaphorical and metaphysical. In addition to an original artwork by each artist, the gallery will display a number of unique artist-made deluxe box editions that have been created through the collaborative rapport that gradually evolved between these artists and their publisher.

Tue, October 25 – Sat, December 3

Lisa Adams, Jeff Alu, Chaz Bojorquez, Fatemeh Burnes, Roman Cho, Cryptik, Dabs Myla, Craig Deines, Eyeone-Raymundo T. Reynoso, Michael Falzone, Asad Fauwell, Blaine Fontana, Lawrence Gipe, Wendell Gladstone, Mercedes Helnwein, Andrew Hem, Yumiko Kayukawa, Augustine Kofie, Nathan Ota, Kirk Pedersen, Shark Toof, Jophen Stein, Edwin Ushiro, Sage Vaughn, Mark Dean Veca, Mark Whalen, Tatiana Wills & Tavar Zwacki “Above”.​

Holiday Art Sale 

Holiday Art Sale

Here’s your once-a-year chance to buy some truly unique works of art—prints, ceramics, jewelry, and more created by SMC art students—to keep for yourself or to give as gifts this holiday season.

Fri & Sat, December 9 & 10 | 10am-9pm |

Sun, December 11 | 12pm-6pm |

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An Invitation to Rome

Tue, January 10 – Sat, January 28

This exciting exhibition—curated by Marc Trujillo and featuring the works of Brian Booth Craig, Sean Cheetham, Hollis Dunlap, David Simon, and Marc Trujillo—represents several Rome Art Workshops participants with works created on site in Rome and drawn from the figure in the studio. The show is literallyyour invitation to come and join the artists next summer in Rome. Gallery talk by artists Brian Booth Craig, Sean Cheetham, Hollis Dunlap, David Simon, and Marc Trujillo on Saturday, January 14, at 5 p.m. Gallery reception on Saturday, January 14, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.​​

Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery

Santa Monica Blvd. & 11th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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