Meet the Members of the Student Art Fund Committee

The Student Art Fund Committee is composed of volunteers whose experience is in area schools, art classes, art media, curricula, art supplies, motivation and with young artists. Members include: Kris Buck, Sarah Carr, Anne Chesnut, Diane Giles, Bay Hallowell, Sally Hamilton, Yessy Kim, Brennan Linnecke, Audie Love (1941-2015) and David Sanchez and Brooke Van Der Kar.

Born and raised in Santa Barbara, Kris Buck taught art to kids in various local after-school and summer programs. She is an award-winning pastel artist who enjoys painting on location throughout the U.S. and Europe. She is happy to work with the Student Art Fund because it brings financial aid to art teachers and gives young artists opportunities to show their talent.

Anne Chesnut holds a BA degree inArt History from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a PhD Education, also from UCSB. She is an art teacher in Santa Barbara secondary schools, and a watercolor artist.

Sally Hamilton taught grades K-6 for 28 years for the Goleta Union School District. After retiring she focused on painting and life drawing and exhibits her work at 500 Maple Gallery in Carpinteria . Her website is SallyHamilton.net.  Sally served as President of the Santa Barbara Art Association in 2001 and 2003 and was a charter member of SCAPE (Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment.)  She has also served on several non-profit boards including Domestic Violence Solutions and the Santa Barbara Toba Sister City Organization.

Yessy Kim

Originally from Java, Indonesia, Yessy Kazali Kim moved to the United States at the age of fifteen. She is a member of Santa Barbara Printmakers Association. She holds a BA degree in printmaking from Westmont College.

Audie Love (1941-2015) was the founder and guiding light of the Student Art Fund.  He taught Drawing, Painting and Advanced Placement Studio Art at Dos Pueblos High School and briefly taught at Texas high schools and at Santa Barbara City College. In addition to life with a wonderful group of students, highlights of his life included selection as one of the seven writers of the National Art Teacher’s Exam and authoring booklets on Advanced Placement Studio Art content and strategy. He liked to draw and paint when not working with the SBAA Student Art Fund.

Read about Audie’s life and the inspiration he gave his students.

David P. Sanchez is a photographer by interest and a teacher by training.  He has BA in physics, an MA in science education, an MA in bilingual education and a PhD in language acquisition from UCSB. In the course of his teaching career, he has taught mathematics, physics, general science, reading, English, English as a second language, photography and computer skills.  Being bilingual/bicultural has also allowed him to view the world around him from different and often conflicting cultural perspectives.  This has been a great gift.

David has had an interest in photography since junior high school and continues to this day, a sixty-year span.  He is knowledgeable in all aspects in film and digital still photography.  He is skilled in the art of exposure, chemical processing and printing, in a variety of photo-editing software, and has developed and managed several websites.
David has served on the boards of the Children’s Creative Project, the Goleta Train Depot, and as a committee member of the Student Art Fund.

Lorie Stout got her BA in Art and her teaching credential at UC Santa Barbara. She has taught art and ceramics in Santa Barbara and Carpinteria for over 35 years.  Lorie recently retired from Carpinteria High School and now teaches ceramics to adults through the SBCC/CLL program. Her favorite things to do are travel, spend time with family, enjoy the beautiful place she lives, and throw pots!

Lorie is happy to work with the Student Art Fund committee because her student’s art experiences in high school were greatly enriched by supply and special project grants, and the Grandparent Portrait Show.

Brooke Van Der Kar was an Art Teacher at Santa Barbara High School for twenty years, teaching Beginning and Advanced Freehand Drawing. She was part of the Visual Art and Design Academy since it began in 2000. During that time she enjoyed planning the Field Trips to major California Museums and working with the students on their Mentorships and Internships. She also took all her classes on Walking Finals to downtown Santa Barbara to see art in our own backyard. Brooke has a collection of high school art she collected while visiting schools in 15 countries around the world. She enjoys printmaking, silk screening, drawing and ceramics.