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

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

June 1- August 24, 2024

Opening Reception Friday May 31, 2024 5 – 7 p.m.

The Architectural Foundation Gallery

The Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara is pleased to announce the opening of TIMELY, an exhibition of porcelain, mied 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. 

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?”

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. She currently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council, School of Art and Design, at the University of Michigan. Her work is in several permanent museum collections.

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). She has exhibited photography and video work nationally and internationally and has been selected as resident fellow at several institutions.

The Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara office and gallery are based in the historic Acheson House at the corner of Garden and East Victoria Streets in Santa Barbara. Gallery hours are Saturdays from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and by appointment.

Top Image Shown:

Caroline Kapp
Detail from Ellipse No. 2
Archival inkjet print

Bottom Image Shown:

Joan Rosenberg-Dent
Birth / Infinity

Save the Date – 2024 Scholarship Reception & Awards Ceremony – June 18, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Save the Date
2024 Scholarship Reception & Awards Ceremony this June

Join us in honoring the 2024 AFSB Scholarship recipients this upcoming June.
This is a celebration of higher education as we recognize and award Santa Barbara County students pursuing college-level studies in architecture and related fields.
Thank you to the sponsors, members, and volunteers that make this annual event happen.

Meet past Scholarship Recipients here.

Kids Draw Architecture 2024 Sketch Session at Old Mission Santa Barbara – Sunday May 19, 1-3 p.m.

New Date: Kids Draw Architecture (KDA) Sketch Session at the Old Mission Santa Barbara

Sunday May 19, 2024

Join us for on May 19th from 1-3pm at the Old Mission Santa Barbara on 2201 Laguna Street to draw with local architects and artists, materials provided! We will also be accepting mailed in drawings of the Old Mission Santa Barbara through June 21, 2024. See additional information below.  

Saturday and Sunday Architectural Walking Tours

Saturday and Sunday Architectural Walking Tours
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Saturday "Sabado" Tour leaves from the City Hall steps at de la Guerra Plaza

Sunday "Domingo" Tour leaves from Anapamu St. across from the Public Library

Learn about the Lobero Theatre on the Saturday "Sabado" Walking Tour.

Learn about the Bank & Trust Building on the Sunday “Domingo” Walking Tour. 
Click here for more information on the Walking Tours.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Architectural Design Competition!

2018 Santa Barbara County High School
Architectural Design Competition Winners

  Name School Grade
First Place Vivian Zhan Dunn 12
Second place Sullivan Israel Laguna Blanca 11
Third Place Lucy Cao Laguna Blanca 10
Honorable Mention Blanca Diaz St. Joseph’s 12
Honorable Mention Theo Soderman Dos Pueblos 11

A/V Equipment Matching Fund Campaign Goals Achieved!

Thank You to Our Generous Donors!
Thank You to Lucifer Lighting!

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$200 Donors
Fred Sweeny
Jeremy White
Barry Winick

$100 Donors
Cass Ensberg and Tom Jacobs
Chris Mason-Hing
Cold Spring Geologic
Brian Hofer
Elaine LaVasseur HIFI Club

$10 – $100 Donors
Kathleen Brewster
Stephanie Christoff
Roger Davidson
Michael Holiday
Thompson Naylor Architects
Van Sande Structural Engineers
Steve Olsen
Nancy Caponi

Thank you so much for your support!