Through-line: Brooks Institute

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Sat, Mar 02 1:00 PM

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229 East Victoria Street Santa Barbara,CA 93101

The Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara is pleased to present Through-line: Brooks Institute, a culture for photographic education an exhibition which looks at the experience of the school through the art of three alumni who became educators, bringing with them pieces of the Brooks legacy to be passed on in their own classrooms. For over 70 years Brooks Institute provided a visual arts education to an international gathering of students in Santa Barbara. Brooks was unique in its immersive focus on imaging arts photography, film, photojournalism and in its educational philosophy of hands-on learning provided by practitioners in their field. Christopher Broughton, Christy Gutzeit, and Ralph Clevenger came to Brooks with a passion for the art and craft of photography. What they encountered was an intangible mixture of location, pedagogy, and mentoring which fueled their unique professional paths. Through-line showcases moments from each photographers career. Christopher Broughtons photographic black and white series, Anhydrous – Our Unquenchable Thirst, explores the anthropogenic landscape shaped by our endeavor to control water in the west. Ralph Clevenger exhibits a selection of work that demonstrates the connection between the photographer, the subject, and the viewer. In this case, the subjects are animals from around the world, each animals portrait revealing a story in a single frame. Christy Gutzeits personal work is inspired by the ebb and flow of the oceans energy, calm one moment and forceful the next. Using multiple layers of materials combined with photography, she explores the transient nature of the waves of water and the power they have to imprint and erase. Each of these image-makers has continued the legacy of their education by becoming educators themselves, teaching craft and professionalism while imparting their passion for photography to new generations of students. Currently, they are all part of a new collaboration established by The Ernest Brooks Foundation called Brooks at UCSB which is hosted by UC Santa Barbaras Professional and Continuing Education department.


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