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ColinGrayColin Gray - Colin Gray departed England's shores for Santa Barbara 26 years ago, and since that time has exhibited in solo shows locally as well as in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles as well as places in between. Primarily working in sculpture and drawing, he has also completed three permanent Public Art Projects, two in the Santa Barbara area and one in Los Angeles. His Artwork has been described as being simultaneously horrific and ecstatic, monuments to the imagination, whimsical, wild, funny, scary, improvised but ancient, and strange, and more recently ?trash? by the art critic Dr. Laura Schlessinger!  He has been awarded several grants, including the Santa Barbara County Individual Artists Award, as well as a Pollock/Krasner. He taught sculpture at the College of Creative Studies, UCSB, for nine years, and still teaches drawing at various places including Santa Barbara City College's Adult Education program, and to the homeless at Casa Esperanza, with the Peoples Institute. Colin is also an avid dancer. The Official "W" site from artist Colin Gray.

Rita FerriRita FerriRita Ferri, Curator of the 2006 State of the Art Gallery exhibition on
State Street is also the Visual Arts Coordinator and Curator of Collections for the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission. She has been an arts administrator and award-winning arts educator for over 25 years in Santa Barbara. She has taught Santa Barbara City College continuing education classes in contemporary art, outsider and folk art, assemblage and collecting to the greater Santa Barbara community for many years. She is a life-long passionate art lover, introducing thousands of students, from pre-school through senior citizens to the challenging and intriguing world of contemporary art.  Ferri is staunch advocate for artists and their rights, independent curator, arts juror, and arts writer. In 2000 she was named a Local Hero by the Santa Barbara Independent.

Josef WoodardJosef Woodard - Josef Woodard has been a freelance journalist/critic on the arts--music, art and film--since 1980, and has been a longtime contributor to the Los Angeles Times, publications including Artweek, Rolling Stone, and Down Beat, and, in Santa Barbara, the News-Press and the Independent. He won an ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for jazz writing in 1998. He is also a musician, involved in numerous projects, including the 20-year-old "indie mom and pop label,"Household Ink Records.

John NavaJohn NavaJohn Nava studied art at UC Santa Barbara and did his graduate work in Florence, Italy. His work is found in numerous private, corporate and public collections throughout the United States, Europe and Japan including the National Museum of American Art in Washington D.C.  His work is represented in such publications as Post-Modernism: The New Classicism in Art and Architecture (Rizzoli, New York) by Charles Jencks who coined the term “post-modernism” and American Realism (Abrams, New York) by Edward Lucie Smith, a comprehensive history of realist painting in the United States. Nava has done large-scale public works including a 45’ wide mural for the Tokyo Grain Exchange in Tokyo, Japan and a 56’ wide fountain sculpture at 100 Brand Blvd. in Glendale, California. In 1998 he was commissioned by the Seattle Symphony to paint a life-size double portrait of Jack and Rebecca Benaroya for Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle. In 1999 Nava was commissioned by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to create three major cycles of tapestries for the new Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. The primary cycle of 25 tapestries depict The Communion of Saints and comprise 136 saints from all parts of the world. The tapestries were woven in Belgium and range in size from 18’ to 48’ high with figures averaging 10’ tall. Our Lady of the Angels, the largest Catholic cathedral in the United States, opened in September of 2002.  In 2003 Nava’s tapestries for the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels won the National Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture (IFRAA) Design Honor Award for Visual Art.

Frank GossFrank GossArt Dealer, Owner Sullivan Goss, An American Gallery. Sullivan Goss - An American Gallery has represented the work of American artists for 21 years.  The contributions of these artists, from the 19th century to today, can be found in our galleries in Santa Barbara and Montecito, California.  With an inventory of over 6,000 works, including paintings, watercolors, drawings, prints and sculptures, Sullivan Goss is the primary West Coast gallery positioned to help build private and public collections of important American art.

Dane GoodmanDane GoodmanDirector, Atkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara City College. 




Ed InksEd Inks – Professor and Chair, Santa Barbara City College Art Department. 




Craig SmithCraig Smith - Legal Analyst and blogger, Adjunct Professor of Law, Santa Barbara/Ventura Colleges of Law, 1984 to Present , Program Director, Paralegal Studies, UCSB Extension, 2004 to Present.  Deputy County Counsel, Santa Barbara County 1999-2003.



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