Brooks Institute Galleries

Gallery 27 and Visions Gallery

Brooks Institute is proud to showcase the project, image and narrative-based work of its students, alumni, faculty, and other established artists at two public gallery locations in Santa Barbara and Ventura, Calif. These galleries, Gallery 27 and Visions Gallery, are intended to encourage an understanding of the dialogue in photography, film and graphic design with the culture it captures and those who view it.

The Brooks Institute galleries are open to the public. Whether you are a member of the Brooks Institute community or the community at large, you are invited to visit. Our vision is that the exhibitions should stimulate contemplation as you develop a dialogue with Brooks Institute’s academic community.

Read more about our galleries below and plan your next visit. To see some of the work recently displayed, visit the Exhibitions section of our online gallery.

Gallery 27

The Brooks Institute Gallery 27 is an exquisite exhibition space with more than 300 linear feet of wall display surface. The gallery has featured the work of world-renowned photographers including Joyce Tenneson, Chris Rainier, Michael Thompson, and Rodney Smith. The gallery also hosts exhibits of work by students, faculty, and alumni. Gallery 27 also participates in the Santa Barbara Downtown Organization’s Art Walk, held on the first Thursday of each month from 5 to 8 p.m.

27 E. Cota Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Upcoming and Current Gallery Exhibitions:

We Came For This: February 7 - March 29

We Came For This is a look at three different photographic projects that discuss social situations where people are brought together to share an experience. With his photographs of "Our Lady of the Rock," Stephen Tamiesie documents a spiritual ritual where people flock to see evidence of an apparition. Cara Robbins takes portraits of emerging indie bands that she and many fellow music devotees gather to listen to. Erika P. Rodriguez's project is a look at Isla Vista’s Annual Halloween event that garners an estimated 30,000 people to a costume party in the streets. We Came For This is just a small glimpse at what draws us together.

Today I Will Not Lie (South Africa Documentary): April 18 - June 27

Visions Gallery

Brooks Institute, in collaboration with the Marriott Ventura Beach, presents Visions Gallery to display a variety of specialized alumni, faculty and student exhibits. Visions Gallery allows the Ventura community and hotel guests to see the quality of the education at Brooks Institute through our student, faculty and alumni work and share the significance of artistic culture in our community.

2055 E. Harbor Boulevard
Ventura, CA 93001

Monday - Sunday: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Upcoming Gallery Exhibitions:

Men of the Beard: January 31 - April 11

Hundreds of bearded men strutted their stuff at the 2009 annual World Beard and Moustache Championships in Anchorage, Alaska, and photographer Matthew Rainwaters, a Brooks Institute alumnus, was there to capture it all. This resulted in a collection of portraits featuring the bushiest, most stylish, and downright weirdest beards from around the world and a photo book published by Chronicle titled BEARD. Taken straight on, the photographs are stark and stunning — the beards speak for themselves.

Today I Will Not Lie (South Africa Documentary): April 4 - May 30

Gallery hours and exhibits are subject to change.

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