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The variety of programs we offer range from experiential to educational to artistic. It can be a solo endeavor or a group activity, from visiting our new online gallery or our art gallery in person to attending an art opening. Or perhaps you want to attend a lecture or take part of a historic walking tour, there is something for everyone!

Current Exhibition - TIMELY by Joan Rosenberg-Dent and Caroline Kapp

June 1 - August 24, 2024

Artist Talk - Saturday, June 29, 2024 from 1 - 4 p.m.

Panel Discussion - Saturday, July 13, 2024 from 1 - 4 p.m.
Architectural Foundation Gallery

The Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara is pleased to announce the opening of TIMELY, an exhibition of porcelain, mixed media and photography by Joan Rosenberg- Dent and Caroline Kapp. An opening reception will be held at the Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara on Friday, May 31 from 5-7 pm. Joan Rosenberg-Dent and Caroline Kapp will present an Artist Talk on June 29th at 2 pm.

The porcelain sculpture of Joan Rosenberg-Dent and the experimental photographs and drawings of Caroline Kapp reflect and correspond with each other in remarkable ways. These artists first met by chance at the Channing Peake Gallery while picking up their work from a previous exhibition. Arriving at the same time in the Gallery, they observed their work hanging side by side and were struck by the strong visual resonances. After exchanging emails, then studio visits, over time they began to shape the idea of a two-person, collaborative exhibition.

“We found conceptual and visual similarities in our past creative works, as well as in our current themes. We were each independently exploring new work related to the concept of time: how time shapes our lives; how we shape the time in our lives; how time can leave visible marks on us and our surroundings. We asked the question: if our past work displays such an uncanny connection, what might future collaborations look like?”

TIMELY features a mix of past, present, and collaborative works which speak to the elusive qualities of time through a variety of perspectives and mediums. Rosenberg- Dent and Kapp consider elements of space, rhythm, form, and how combining small components can create a larger whole, like architecture. The artists’ intent is to activate the intimate gallery space at the AFSB with rhythm, tension, and dynamic play between their two- and three-dimensional pieces.

Joan Rosenberg-Dent received her Master of Fine Arts degree at Cranbrook Academy of Art. She has taught at many universities including Pennsylvania State University, University of Michigan, and was Chair person of Ceramics and Glass at Ohio University.

Caroline Kapp is a visual artist known for her quietly surreal photographic compositions that combine experimental and digital processes. She studied at Cornish College of the Arts (BFA, Visual Arts) and the University of Washington (MFA, Photomedia).

Gallery hours are Saturdays 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. and weekdays by appointment.

Images Shown:

Caroline Kapp

detail from Ellipse No. 2

Archival inkjet print, 2018

Joan Rosenberg-Dent 

Birth – Infinity 

Porcelain, 2024

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