Current Exhibition: Attention to Loss by Pecos Pryor

Current Exhibition: Attention to Loss by Pecos Pryor

The Architectural Foundation Gallery


January 7 – March 5, 2022. The Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara is pleased to present Attention to Loss, an exhibition of drawing, printmaking, and sculpture by Pecos Pryor.

Pecos Pryor is an interdisciplinary artist who enjoys working concepts out through drawing, printmaking, and sculpture. Earning an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and currently residing in Carpinteria, CA, Pryor teaches Sculpture and 2D Design for Westmont College and Printmaking for Santa Barbara City College School of Extended Learning. Significant honors include the Francis William Vreeland Award in Art for 2018 and the Wendy Jane Bantam Graduate Exhibition Award.

Image shown: After the Memorial: Cone 2020 monoprint on BFK paper.

Local Treasures

September 18th - November 12th 2021

High Tide by Cynthia Martin
Chloe 3 by Rosemarie C. Gebhart


The Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara is pleased to present Local Treasures, an exhibition of artworks by thirty artists who have exhibited at the Architectural Foundation Gallery during the past seven years. The exhibition runs from Saturday, September 18th through November 12th, 2021. 

Local Treasures honors the extraordinary quality, diversity, and vitality of the artists whose work has recently graced the walls of the Architectural Foundation Gallery. Initiated during the 1990s, the Gallery exhibited watercolor paintings by local architects of Santa Barbara buildings. Later, the Gallery committee expanded its mission to present exhibitions of contemporary art, architecture, and design.  Throughout the pandemic, following all COVID-19 protocols, the Gallery has maintained its schedule of exhibitions with the support of dedicated volunteers.  

The Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara has been dedicated to expanding our community’s appreciation of the built environment since 1983. The AFSB Gallery is located in the historic Acheson House at the corner of Garden and East Victoria Streets in Santa Barbara. Regular gallery hours are Saturdays from 1:00 to 4:00 pm and weekdays by appointment.

The exhibition will be installed in a celebratory salon style (works of different sizes and media will hang next to and above each another), creating dynamic groupings on the Gallery’s walls.  Two-dimensional work including an abstract print by Tony Askew, a collage by Dug Uyesaka, and plein air paintings by Libby Smith and Nina Ward will be complemented by several reliefs—a surreal box construction by Michael Long and a geometric structure in styrene by Marilyn Helsenrott-Hochhauser.  A weaving by Minga Opazo and a screen print by Claudia Borfiga will join photographs by Sara Yerkes, Jeffrey Sippress, Pat McGinnis and Matt Straka, as well as a sewn paper composition by architect Cass Ensberg and a hard-edge, environmental painting by Cynthia Martin.  Two husband/wife duos—printmakers Siu and Don Zimmerman and painters Judy and Warner Nienow will also be featured.

Kids Draw Architecture Gallery Exhibition Closes December 11th

Kids Draw Architecture Gallery Exhibition Closes December 11th

Last Day to View Exhibition Saturday December 11th 1-4pm
The Architectural Foundation Gallery

Saturday December 11th is the last day to view the Kids Draw Architecture Exhibition at the Architectural Foundation Gallery. The gallery is open 1 – 4pm.

You can purchase the KDA 2022 calendars featuring the exhibition drawings at local bookstores Chaucers, Book Den, Tecalote, the Santa Barbara Museum Store, Folly and AFSB.

Kids Draw Architecture (KDA) program is designed to help the participants learn about architecture and the skill of drawing. This year, with the continuing Covid 19 pandemic, instead of meeting in person as is the norm, the participants masked up and kept their distance while venturing out to find architectural inspiration in our built environment to sketch, learn, and to work on drawing skills.

Calendar cover drawing by Gweneth McTigue, age 13