Rimas K . Simaitis
MFA Thesis Exhibitions
Closing Reception: Friday, June 1, 6-8 pm
Exhibition on View: May 28 through June 1st
Gallery 479, University of California Santa Barbara
Performance schedule is TBA and will be posted on the artist’s website:
Gallery 479 is located on campus at the University of California, Santa Barbara. It is located in building
479, near the main bus circle on campus. Parking is available in lots #27 and #29.
A solo exhibition by Rimas K. Simaitis, Transmissions will investigate cultural relationships with space
through experimentation in the electromagnetic spectrum. FM and UHF (microwave) frequencies will be
at play in order to examine modes of contact; sound systems, radio telescopes, coconuts, cellular phones…
Developments in telecommunications have shortened distances between individuals and communities,
prompting the creation and homogenization of unique cultures. Our island Earth is growing smaller;
Transmissions will examine the symptoms of island fever, and the search new forms of space.
This exhibition is occurring in conjunction with the UCSB MFA 2012 group thesis exhibition, Headgear for
Tony, at the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum. The group exhibition runs May 20 – July 8, with the
opening reception on May 19 from 6:30-8 pm.
Rimas K. Simaitis was born and raised in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and currently lives and works in
Santa Barbara, CA. He holds a BA in Music and a BA in Business Administration from Seattle University,
and is currently a Masters of Fine Arts candidate at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has
exhibited at SOIL in Seattle, the Boise Art Museum, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and the
Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. He was a featured artist at Art Platform – Los Angeles in 2011 for the
opening weekend of Pacific Standard Time, and has completed residencies at the Ox-Bow School of the
Arts and Vermont Studio Center. He has received public funding from the National Endowment for the
Arts, the Idaho Commission on the Arts, and the University of California Regents.