The 2017 Grandparent Portrait Show, 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, will take place at the Faulkner Gallery from April 2 – 30, 2017. The works pay tribute to the artists’ grandparents or other significant elders in a variety of media, including drawings, paintings, sculptures, photographs, and assemblage.
“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)
Grandparent Portrait Show Schedule:
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 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM 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.
This year’s Grandparent Portrait Show is juried by retired art teacher John Houchin.
Read more about John Houchin.
“Before seeing the work selected for the 2017 Grandparent Portrait show I felt confident that choosing a dozen prize winners would be an easy task. But after seeing the diversity of these highly professional works I soon recognized it would be no easy feat. There were so many highly skilled artists representing sculpture, photography, collage, mixed media, painting and drawing that I made an appeal to the committee to allow an additional five Honorable Mention awards, and they graciously agreed. The show had a record number of works, but if these are any indication of the caliber of art education that is offered in our community, we should all be grateful and very proud of students and teachers as well.”
—John Houchin, Juror 2017 Grandparent Portrait Show