Bloom Projects

This exhibition series is programmed at MCASB’s Main Space location, in the Charles Bloom Foundation Gallery. 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 Bloom Project

Past Bloom Projects

Bloom Projects: Glen Fogel, Recent Video

CAF invites New York-based artist Glen Fogel for the next installment of Bloom Projects. Inspired by a recent visit to Santa Barbara, Fogel explores the…

Bloom Projects: Molly Smith, Root

Molly Smith's Bloom Project is a response to her experiences and records from visiting Santa Barbara. Natural matter and found refuse collected during walks and…

Bloom Projects: Ethan Turpin, Video Feedback: Pixel Behaviors

Pointing a live video camera at it’s own projection gives what is known as a "video feedback loop." The camera reads the screen and then…

Bloom Projects: Annie Lapin, History =ing

Annie Lapin's artworks mine from a wide swath of art historical references and search for an intersection where image and memory become another material that…

Bloom Projects: Susanna Vapnek, Sundowner

Inspired by the 2008 Tea Fire, Susanna Vapnek’s paintings tap into the intensity of shared community experience with emotive, apocalyptic representations of the Santa Barbara…

Bloom Projects: Afruz Amighi, Suspended City

Afruz Amighi will create an on-site sculptural installation, which highlights the often ignored and unmonumental architecture of poverty and desperation. Drawing inspiration from the ever-expanding…