The Santa Monica College Pete and Susan Barrett Art Gallery opened at its new location, in 2000, as part of the new Performing Arts Center, to include the Broad Theater, Edye Second Space, the East Wing Performance Space and the Music Department. The new location and design of the SMC Barrett Art Gallery has created a dynamic space for exhibiting art.
Our mission for the Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery is to present a global approach to art making that generates an interest in both new and established concepts of art for a diverse population of students and community. The Santa Monica College Pete and Susan Barrett Art gallery continues to be an important resource and viable teaching tool for faculty, students, and community alike.
Currently in 2017 we are presenting Andy Moses: A 30 Year Survey, of his paintings
Through the years the gallery has provided a type of visual sanctuary for many artists giving them an opportunity to exhibit artwork from a different perspective. This is a list of exhibits that showcase the Barrett Art Gallery range of exhibits starting with the reopening of the Barrett Art Gallery in 2008 with Emphasis Santa Monica, Exhibit of Santa Monica Artists, curated by Bruria Finkel, (2008) "Endangered Species", artists and scientists concerned with the conservation and awareness of endangered species (2009) Gwynn Murrill, Early Wood Sculpture; (2010) The Painted Song, an exhibit of Australian Aboriginal Women Artists, loaned by the Kelton Collection of Aboriginal Art; (2010) Peter Shire, Sapporo Steel Sculpture; (2012) Martha Alf, Realist Drawings & Paintings; (2013) The Kinsey Collection of African American Art and Artifacts. (2014) Roxanne Sexauer, print making exhibit (2015) Fondamenta- 4 person show Furniture Design: (2015) Ann Page, Computer-based drawing and sculpture: and a series of one-person exhibits that include: (2016) John M. Miller, Scot Heywood, Edith Baumann, and Raymond Saunders. All of these listed gallery exhibits included lectures by artists, critics and panel discussions on issues like "Endangered Species" and Abstraction: with Ed Moses, Scot Hayward, Jimmy Heywood, and Roxanne Sexauer, printmaking demonstration.
Exhibitions like these have helped to establish the galleries solid reputation for presenting interesting and thoughtful exhibits. The positioning of the SMC Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery provides an opportunity to choose from an amazing selection of art and artists that showcase the huge diversity of artwork being created in Los Angeles today. Offering greater opportunities for the public and our students to experience the culture of Southern California Art, and to bring much deserved recognition and support for artists exhibiting in our space.