30th Anniversary


30 Year LogoAt the February 26, 2013 meeting of the City Council,  Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider presented the Architectural Foundation with a commendation and letter of recognition in honor of its 30 year anniversary. Throughout the year special events are being planned to honor  and celebrate AFSB.


Landscape Architect Robert Adams assists young artist at April 5th KDA session.

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Peggy Ferris: “All Atwitter”

March 7 – April 11, 2014


Architectural Foundation Gallery

Opening Reception: Friday, March 7, 5-7 pm

The Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara is proud to present a new exhibition of abstract paintings by Peggy Ferris entitled “All Atwitter.”  You are invited to attend a festive opening reception with the artist on Friday, March 7th from 5-7 pm.  Refreshments will be served.  Ferris’s new solo show, “All Atwitter,” features outward manifestations of the energetic inner vibrations of modern living. Drawn from her two recent series, Man on Street and Etherea, the abstracted forms reflect the nervous complex impulses and random sensation-driven overload from being fully engaged in modern living (Man on StreetSeries) and the moments of escape from this into a more contemplative daydream state (Etherea Series). Departing from her more structured work of the last 6 years, spontaneous gritty strokes disrupt free-form organic shapes in a helter-skelter interplay as the collision of psychic and earthly landscapes unfolds. The work is executed in acrylic and mixed media on a synthetic paper called Yupo, and on canvas and panel.

The artist was formally educated in art and design at the Royal Academy of Art at The Hague in Holland and at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Her return to the fine arts follows a successful career as a graphic designer. Breaking free of the regimentation of graphic design, her current work is loose and spontaneous, but the designer’s eye for color and composition prevail. Ms. Ferris states, “As I paint, I seek the moment of recognition when the forms I’m creating and the inspiring impulse are in resonance.”  The art of Peggy Ferris is shown throughout California, and has been featured in the Los Angeles Art Show and at the Bakersfield Museum of Art. A major retrospective of her work was held at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art.  Her work is held in public and private collections throughout the United States and Europe.

The Architectural Foundation Gallery is located in the historic Acheson House at the corner of Garden and East Victoria Streets in Santa Barbara. The entrance on Garden Street is ramp-accessible. Gallery hours are Tuesday- Friday from 9 am to 2 pm. Please call 805-965-6307 for more information.  We look forward to seeing you!


Architectural Foundation

229 East Victoria Street

Santa Barbara, CA  93101




Gallery Exhibit: Santi Visalli: “A Walk through Urban America”

Architectural Foundation Gallery, October 18-November 22, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, October 18, 5-7 pm
Santi Visalli Gallery Talk: Friday, November 1, 7 pm, Tickets $10

Visalli 8Skyline with snow from Kenneth Hahn Park LA.April 91The Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara is proud to announce a new exhibition of architectural photographs by Santi Visalli entitled “A Walk through Urban America.”  The public is invited to attend a festive opening reception with the artist on Friday, October 18 from 5-7 pm.  Refreshments will be served.  Join us for a special gallery talk with Santi Visalli on Friday, November 1st at 7 pm; admission will be $10 per person.

Santi Visalli focuses on architectural imagery for this solo exhibition, which includes 21 color photographs.  A master of traditional film techniques, the artist produced his own digital prints from film.  For more than 40 years, this award-winning photographer traveled the globe as a news photographer and photojournalist for some of the world’s leading magazines, newspapers and book publishers.  He has been acclaimed for the range, precision and poetry of his fine art photography.

City skylines, famous buildings and significant architectural details from U.S. cities including Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Washington D.C., Las Vegas and our own Santa Barbara will be presented. Visalli captures the essence of powerful monuments in a unique way, using precise timing to record momentary lighting effects at twilight, sculpture dusted with fresh snow, or a full moon rising over an intricate tapestry of urban architecture.  Unusual viewpoints of major bridges and buildings include technically difficult photographs taken from high above the ground.

-¬14Stairway at the Rookery Chicago2003In the words of Santi Visalli, “A responsible architect creates a good environment for humanity.  In this walk through urban America, with the proper light and the right lens, stone comes to life.” Buildings designed by top architects are portrayed, including Charles Bulfinch, Louis Sullivan, H.H. Richardson, Frank Lloyd Wright, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Richard Neutra, Charles Le Corbusier, Alvar Aalto, I.M. Pei, Helmut Jahn, Michael Graves, Eric Owen Moss, and Frank O. Gehry. Continue reading