SBCC’s Atkinson Gallery presents new work by former graduate student Maria Rendón

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Missing Rib: Maria Rendón
February 27-March 27, 2015

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Opening Reception: Friday, February 27, 5pm-7pm, Atkinson Gallery

Artist Lecture: Wednesday, March 11, 4:30pm, Physical Science Building Room 101

Santa Barbara, CA – The Atkinson Gallery at Santa Barbara City College is pleased to present Missing Rib: Maria Rendón, Maria Rendón’s first solo exhibition since receiving her MFA from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2014. In an ambitious series of new paintings, the artist uses controlled improvisation to examine the space between the concrete and the ephemeral. As Rendón says, “The impression of what is not there interests me as much as what is there.” The exhibit opens with a reception from 5:00pm-7:00pm on Friday, February 27 and runs through March 27, 2015. The artist will give a lecture on her work on Wednesday, March 11 at 4:30pm in Room 101 in the Physical Science Building. The exhibit, reception and lecture are all free and open to the public.

Maria Rendón lives and works in Santa Barbara, CA. Her previous solo exhibitions include shows at the Universidad Anahuac in Mexico, and at Mount St. Mary’s College and Random Gallery, both in Los Angeles. Her work was featured in Crave, an art, food and social experience, at the Contemporary Arts Forum (now the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara) in 2012. She has also been in many group exhibitions at venues including the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, Lotusland, Gallery Nucleus and Santa Monica College. In her work as an illustrator, Rendón has received awards from American Illustration, the Society of Illustrators and the Society of Publication Designers. Her work has been commissioned by many businesses including American Airlines, Capitol Records, Dow Jones, Harvard Business School and NPR.

Santa Barbara City College’s Atkinson Gallery produces six exhibitions of contemporary art each academic year featuring international, national, regional and student artists working in a wide range of styles and media. The Atkinson Gallery’s exhibits and programs are generously supported by the Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation and funded in part by the Organizational Development Program using funds provided by the City of Santa Barbara in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission.


IMAGE CREDITS (left to right, all courtesy of the artist):
Missing Rib, 2014, acrylic on paper on panel, 12 x 9 inches
Lemur Like, 2014, acrylic on paper on panel, 12 x 9 inches
Untitled, 2015, acrylic on panel, 10 x 8 inches