Santa Barbara, CA (July 2016) — Internationally acclaimed photojournalist Colin Finlay will serve as the inaugural artist in residence at Impact Hub Santa Barbara, the city’s new collaborative entrepreneurial center. In addition to showcasing a selection of his own award-winning photographs and mixed-media works throughout the facility, Mr. Finlay will curate an ongoing series of exhibits involving other local artists. Related projects under discussion include the creation of a formal gallery space, publications, and on-site music and art events.
“Impact Hub Santa Barbara is all about bringing entrepreneurs together, providing them with the resources and the setting to encourage open collaboration. We are striving to create a synergistic, innovative environment that maximizes the community aspect of our area’s young ventures, entrepreneurs, and startups,” said Impact Hub co-founder Dan Ferrick. “Colin’s inspiring images and entrepreneurial roots coincide with the Impact Hub’s founding mission.”
The initial 34 Colin Finlay images mounted in the Impact Hub span his remarkable 28-year career, and include several aerial photographs that powerfully document landscapes scarred by mining and other industrial practices.
“The goal is to create an aesthetic experience befitting the Impact Hub’s unique environment for social entrepreneurship,” said Mr. Finlay, whose compelling images of conflict, famine, genocide, and environmental devastation have appeared in TIME, Vanity Fair, Wired, U.S. News and World Report, and Los Angeles Times Magazine, among numerous publications.
One of the world’s foremost documentary photographers, Mr. Finlay has been awarded the prestigious Picture of the Year International (POYi) honor six times, and his work is in the permanent collections of the George Eastman House, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, LACMA, and MOCA. Also an accomplished writer, musician, and painter, Mr. Finlay in recent years has increasingly developed mixed-media works, including portraits of musicians, actors, and others of note. These “Evolving Focus” portraits combine his distinctive photography and painting in one-of-a-kind likenesses that capture his subjects’ unique essence.
Impact Hub Santa Barbara is located at 1117 State Street.
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