Providing support, opportunity, and encouragement to help young artists in public junior high and high schools discover their potential.

Santa Barbara Art Association

What We Do

We supplement art supplies in more than ninety art classrooms in the greater Santa Barbara area.

“Thank you for doing this for us. We really could not provide quality programs otherwise.” —Art Teacher, Santa Barbara High School

What We Do

We fund event transportation for art students.

“Thank you so much for Portfolio Day! It was a lot of fun, really helpful and a great experience.” — Anna, High School Student

What We Do

We sponsor student art shows.

Grandparent Portrait Shows

Online Art Shows:




Junior High Art Show

What We Do

We provide support for individual art students and art teacher projects of merit.

“Thank you so much for your generosity and vision in helping these young people develop their visual skills…” — Art Teacher, Dos Pueblos High School

Art Grants

The Student Art Fund makes monetary grants to teachers for unique art related projects that would not be attempted without additional support.  Learn more.

How You Can Help

There are many ways you can help: by donating art supplies, by making a tax deductible cash donation, or by making a gift to our endowment fund. Donate.

Student Art Exhibitions

Announcing the 2015 Grandparent Portrait Show

The 2015 Grandparent Portrait Show features portraits of grandparents or of significant elders in painting, sculpture, drawing and photography by junior high and high school artists of Santa Barbara, Goleta, and Carpinteria. Working under the guidance of their art teachers, young artists created over 400 portraits for consideration. Of these, 153 pieces were selected for the show. You can view the online gallery for this show here.


Awards of Merit for eleven outstanding entries were announced at the Family Reception, held on Friday, April 10. These awards are designated through a selection process that includes SAF Committee members—many are retired art teachers—and a professional juror.  The awards are made possible by: American Riviera Bank, the DeSha Family, Thomas and Willa Mann, Hilary Peattie, the Santa Barbara Art Association, Channel City Camera Club, Gene Hill, Gwen Taylor Dawson, Village Properties, The Aquiesse Company, and Worldview Pictures. You can read interviews of the award-winning student artists, and view their artwork here.


>Media: Download a Press Release for the 2015 Grandparent Portrait Show

Traveling and Online Shows

The Student Art Fund’s newest student art exhibit, the Drawing Show, features drawings by high school students in the Tri-Cities area. The works are selected by local art teachers and independently judged. The winning artwork is posted on this website, and was exhibited as a traveling show that circulated among local high schools in April, 2014.

Please also visit our online photography, ceramics, jewelry, and junior high art shows.

What others say about us

Laura Wooster

The kids are so proud of their work being online. It’s a great way to show relatives, who may not be here, their work, and it’s so much fun for everyone to see what other schools are up to!

Laura WoosterArt Teacher, Santa Barbara High School
Diana Hemsley

Last year the Student Art Fund made it possible for all my students to paint on canvas for the first time. You have already made a difference for students with your contribution.

Diana HemsleyArt Teacher, Dos Pueblos High School

Our visit to Otis Art Institute for Portfolio Day was fun and inspiring. It definitely changed the way I look at art. We are so grateful to you for making this possible.

JuliaStudent, Dos Pueblos High School
Santa Barbara Mayor, Helene Schneider

Impressive! So much talent in our community from our youth showing their love for their elders. Kudos all!

Santa Barbara Mayor, Helene SchneiderAbout the Grandparent Portrait Show