The 2013 Grandparent Portrait Show was the third of a series of bi-annual 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 in a variety of media, including drawings, paintings, sculptures, photographs, and assemblage.

“This is an extraordinary exhibit—brilliant and moving.”
—Tom Pope, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

“To see the reactions of grandparents and parents is extraordinary.  It’s not something that art teachers get to see very often—a connection, a human connection, between students and their work. And it’s been phenomenal.”
—John Houchin, art teacher

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Artist: First Last

The 2013
Exhibition Gallery

Over 350 student artists submitted their work in 2013. From these, 135 finalists were selected by the judges to be a part of the 2013 exhibition at the Faulkner Gallery, from March 3 – 30, 2013. You can view the pieces in the 2013 exhibition here.


The 2013
Award Winners

Awards of Excellence were made to outstanding entries through a formal jury process, sponsored by area businesses and individuals, with the Best of Show Award provided by American Riviera Bank. View the award-winning artwork here.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

The Grandparent Portrait Show is funded in part by the American Riviera Bank,
Santa Barbara Foundation, and the Community Arts Grant Program
using funds provided by the City of Santa Barbara in partnership with
Santa Barbara County Arts Commission, and the Santa Barbara Art Association Student Art Fund.  

Our appreciation goes to the following award sponsors:

American Riviera Bank  •  DeSha Family  •  Thomas and Willa Mann  •  Santa Barbara Art Association
Santa Barbara Foundation  •  Gene Hill  •  Sullivan Goss  •  Channel City Camera Club
Goleta Valley Art Association  •  The Aquiesse Company  •  Worldview Pictures