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Sam Francis Gallery

The Sam Francis Gallery, located in the Peter Boxenbaum Arts Education Centre on the 21st Street Campus, is dedicated to the display of student art and to presenting cutting-edge exhibitions of work by locally and nationally prominent artists.
Thematically-based group exhibitions are often organized by independent curators and participating artists give public lectures and student workshops. Each spring, a group of student curators works with the Gallery director to organize an exhibition of works by local artists.


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  • Crossroads Advanced Studies Visual Art Exhibitions

    The Crossroads School Visual Art Department is proud to present the 2020 CAS (Crossroads Advanced Studies) Visual Art Exhibitions. The students in CAS Ceramics, Graphic Design, Photography, Sculpture and Studio Art each created an independent body of work. These exhibitions reflect each student’s creativity, personal vision and engagement in the process of being an artist.
    CAS Exhibition #1: March 18-26
    Opening Reception: March 18, 4-6 p.m.
    Ella BrindleAriana KaliliAislinn Russell
    Kaia ChauCharlie KoppAnthilia Sklavenitis
    Skylar DarwenKai McAlileyAlden Smathers
    Lauren ElsonOliver OpieCourtney Thomas
    Lily GhodsiIsabella PearceHuck Triggs
    Lola HakimLiv Reinis
    CAS Exhibition #2: April 15-23
    Opening Reception: April 15, 4-6 p.m.
    Victor AguilarLucien FrankJasmin Jean-Louis
    Cole BardinEsther FuentesStella Koondel
    Nina CappellanoZane HankinYetlanezi Martinez
    Alana CotwrightSydney HayesDexter Mayo
    Isabella di RienzoSydney HelmerKadin Mesriani
    Elijah EzralowMichael JamesMatt Walley
  • nothing’s going on here.

    Organized by Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences curatorial students Kai McAliley and Davis Norma Ouriel, nothing’s going on here. is a multimedia exhibition featuring degrees of  the “uncanny valley,” as defined by Japanese roboticist Masahiro Mori, through works by Tiffany Trenda, Vincent Ubags, Anthony Lepore, Leegan Koo and Jacob Yanes. Through this exhibition, the students aim to showcase digital, physical and live forms supporting Mori’s theory—from the passionately un-lifelike to the formidably real—each piece striking a profound relationship with the viewer’s spectrum of affinity.
    The artists on view each explore the idea of the uncanny valley—described by Mori as “the proposed relation between the human likeness of an entity and the perceiver’s affinity for it.” Tiffany Trenda’s automaton-guise will appear in both performance and print through the works Body Code and Urban Devotion. In Junkfood is alive, high Kick and Inflated muscleman, Vincent Ubags explores the relationship between the body, technology and the natural world differently; he chooses to exploit the human form in animation. The Dada-flavored-futurism favored by nothing’s going on here. continues in Anthony Lepore’s photographic series Performance Anxiety, where the artist manifests illusory alternate dimensions. Leegan Koo’s paintings Searching and Whale WAtching disrupt any remaining sense of normalcy, as mass media becomes reality. Finally, sculptor Jacob Yanes roots the viewer into simple disquiet with Little Child, somewhat assuring them that, in fact, nothing’s going on here.

    Feb. 19-March 13

    Opening Reception
    Feb. 19, 4-6 p.m.

    Image credit: Leegan Koo. Searching, 2018. Oil on wood panel.

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Crossroads School
2nd Floor, Peter Boxenbaum Arts Building
1714 21st Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404


10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday - Friday