2017 Teen Arts Mentorship Exhibition

Friday, September 15, 2017 at 05:00 PM
Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 05:00 PM

The Arts Fund Presents...

2017 Teen Arts Mentorship Exhibition

The Arts Fund is excited to announce the opening of the 2017 Teen Arts Mentorship Exhibition on Friday, September 15, 2017 from 5-8pm during the Funk Zone Art Walk. The exhibition will feature the work of 50 young artists from all over the Santa Barbara area that have participated in this year’s spring and summer Teen Arts Mentorship workshops, including Metal Sculpture with Ken Bortolazzo, Alternative Process Photography with Joyce Wilson, Watercolor painting with Ruth Ellen Hoag, Abstract Painting Using Words with Julie B. Montgomery, 3D Printing with STEL  Design, Japanese Woodblock Printing with Sara Woodburn, and Screenwriting with Benjamin Sutherland.

Represented in the exhibition are students from over 20 schools throughout South Santa Barbara County, including Santa Barbara High School, Dos Pueblos High School, San Marcos High School, Bishop Diego High School, Carpinteria High School, Laguna Blanca School, Crane Country Day School, Cate School, Providence School, Santa Barbara Middle School, Anacapa School, La Cumbre Junior High, Midland School, Garden Street Academy, Home School, Santa Barbara Montessori, La Colina Junior High, Coastline Christian Academy, Global Village Academy, Firinne Academy, and the Cornerstone Academy.

The Arts Fund sincerely thanks our supporters of the Teen Arts Mentorship Program: The Ann Jackson Family Foundation, Anonymous, Bermant Foundation, Claudia and David Chapman, Williams Corbett Foundation, Robert and Christine Emmons, Gracie Charitable Foundation, Ian M. Hassett Foundation, Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation, Ove W. Jorgensen Foundation, Looker Foundation, Montecito Bank and Trust, Maryan Schall, Santa Barbara County Arts Commission, Santa Barbara Foundation, Southern California Edison, Mary Dee Thompson, Towbes Foundation, Daniel and Dianne Vapnek, and the Wood Claeyssens Foundation.


A public reception will be held on the evening of Friday, September 15th from 5:00-8:00pm during the Funk Zone Art Walk. The exhibition will be held at The Arts Fund Gallery, located at 205-C Santa Barbara Street, and the show will be on view until October 1, 2017. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday-Sunday from 12-5pm. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

About the Teen Arts Mentorship Program

Initiated in 1993 with a three-year grant from the Irvine Foundation, the Teen Arts Mentorship is an in depth arts enrichment experience designed to expose teenaged artists to career paths in the visual, performance, multimedia, and literary arts. Working in small groups of 5-10 with creative professionals in our community, students develop specific art-making skills, learn exhibition techniques, and build strong portfolios, resumes, and professional networks to bolster college applications.

The Teen Arts Mentorship offers classes throughout the year in every media, including photography, drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, assemblage, murals, graphic design, creative writing, poetry, filmmaking, theater, and performance art. Our expanded program includes over 15 year-round classes, a new fall session for film and performance arts, and outreach to over 25 school, and a new branch of service to the underserved community of Santa Maria in Santa Barbara’s North County.



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