Bloom Projects

This exhibition series is programmed at MCASB’s Main Space location. Bloom Projects features newly commissioned artwork by regional, national, and international emerging or under-recognized artists. Bloom Projects gives contemporary artists whose work has begun to garner significant attention an opportunity to move beyond their studio practice, encouraging experimentation and giving them the resources necessary to further their careers as professional visual artists. An online brochure, with scholarly essays written by MCASB or guest curators, accompanies each exhibition.


Current & Future Bloom Projects

Past Bloom Projects

Yara El-Sherbini, The Current Situation, 2014, Mixed media participatory sculpture (Buzzwire), 7.8 M x 3.5 M, Commissioned by the NAE, Courtesy the Artist and La Caja Blanca

Bloom Projects: Yara El-Sherbini, Border Control

Yara El-Sherbini (b. 1978, London, UK; lives and works in Santa Barbara, CA) is an artist who uses humor and play to address structures of…

Conrad Ruiz, Knuckles, 2012, Oil on canvas, 20 x 20 in., Courtesy the Artist and Jessica Silverman Gallery

Bloom Projects: Conrad Ruiz

loom ProKnuckles and Bubbles In his large-scale paintings and new explorations in sculpture, Conrad Ruiz (b. 1983, Monterey Park, CA) delves into the concept of…

Lisa Tan, Sunsets, 2013, HD video with sound, Courtesy the Artist

Bloom Projects: Lisa Tan

Sunsets Sunsets (2012) is a video by Stockholm-based artist Lisa Tan that confronts the limits of language in giving meaning to creative work. In an informal…

Zack Paul, Shield #A1-F6, 2013-2014, Sandpaper and vinyl on wood panel, 147 x 147 in., Courtesy the Artist

Bloom Projects: Zack Paul, Geometric Landscapes

Santa Barbara-based artist Zack Paul presents an immersive installation experience made of building materials. It refers to the architectural aerial photos of roofs that denote…

Ro Snell, Sorry, 2012, Sage root and hemp, 9 1/2 x 20 x 5 in., Courtesy the Artist. Photo: Wayne McCall

Bloom Projects: Ro Snell, All That is Left

Santa Barbara-based artist Ro Snell has been invited to create a new body of work for Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara’s Fall 2013 iteration…

Edgar Orlaineta, Sophie as Kachina (Detail), 2012, Carved walnut, acrylic paint, turned wood from fallen trees, fabric and filter, Dimensions variable, Courtesy the Artist and Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA

Bloom Projects: Edgar Orlaineta, Katsina Horizon

Orlaineta's work focuses on the minutiae of everyday life, thus transforming them into sculptural forms. Inspired by modernist design and its legacy, the artist combines…