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

The 2017 Grandparent Portrait Show

Sara Weitzel, Dos Pueblos High School

The 2017 Grandparent Portrait Show is the fifth in a series of biennial exhibitions of secondary school student artwork to communities of the greater Santa Barbara area served by the Student Art Fund. The works pay tribute to the artists’ grandparents or other significant elders in a variety of media, including drawings, paintings, sculptures, photographs, and assemblage.

Grandparent Portrait Show Schedule:

On January 20, 2017 artwork will be picked up at schools by SAF committee members.
April 2 through April 30, 2017 The Grandparents Portrait Show will be open to the public in the Faulkner Gallery at the Main Branch of the Santa Barbara Public Library 40 Anapamu Street Santa Barbara, CA.  The Gallery is open from 10:00 AM – 7:00PM, Monday – Thursday, 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM Friday and Saturday, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Sunday.
April 7, 2017 Reception and Awards Ceremony from 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM.

“Relationships between grandparents and their grandchildren are unique, significant and often fleeting. The Grandparent Portrait show…aims to strengthen and preserve those bonds.”
— Commentator Diane Bock, the NPR show, California Report (KQED)

View the Grandparent Portrait Show

View the Grandparent Portrait Show Award Winners

Announcing Audie’s Legacy Show:

The Artwork of Audie Love and His Students

Audie Love Self Portrait

Audie Love Self Portrait

Audie Love (1941-2015) was the founder and guiding light of the Student Art Fund.As a high school art teacher, Audie provided AP students a strong foundation in art history, life drawing, composition, and 2D/3D design principles. Rarely seen at the high school level, Audie taught his AP students how to build a quality, 40-piece portfolio — an effort that took students three to four years to complete and opened doors to top art schools. Upon graduation, portfolios were submitted to the College Board AP Studio Art Exam. Notable automotive illustrator and fabricator Chip Foose was also one of Audie’s former students.

Audie’s joy was to keep connected with his students, especially those who pursued art. His former AP art student Jeffrey Baykal-Rollins, who was named a Presidential Arts Scholar, wrote, “Audie prepared me to study at the best art schools in the world, and although I subsequently studied with many great teachers, to this day I have ONE true teacher: Audie Love. I often say that I am a student of Love, which means to live my life doing what I love and doing it as passionately as Mr. Love did.”

Natalie Cederquist Levin

Natalie Cederquist Levin

This online show was created by the Student Art Fund as a way to honor Audie by showcasing examples of his former students’ accomplishments since graduating from high school together with examples of Audie’s own artwork. We hope that these images will truly inspire today’s art students. We want them to see how art continues to nourish and sustain Audie’s former students — professionally and personally — during their adult years.

Please continue to visit the show, as more images from Audie’s former students will be added as they are received.

View the Legacy Show Gallery
View the Artists’ Works and Their Statements
Audie Love: In Memoriam

Our Online Student Art Shows

The Student Art Fund is committed to inspiring young artists. To that end we produce online exhibitions biennially, including the Online Ceramics Show, the Online Photography Show, the Online Jewelry Show, and the Junior High and Middle School Online Art Show. Submitted works of art will be exhibited in galleries for each show on this site. In this way parents, friends, teachers and other interested members of the community can view the quality artwork produced in public schools in Santa Barbara, Goleta, and Carpinteria. The exhibitions are juried and outstanding artworks receive awards. Congratulations to the winners of our February 2016 Photography Show and Ceramics Show.

In addition, we produce a variety of special local art exhibits, such as the Drawing Show. The winning artwork is displayed in a gallery on this website, as well as in a traveling art exhibit that circulates among local secondary schools.








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