Slingshot is a progressive arts studio that supports the creative practice and professional visibility of artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in Santa Barbara County.

In Bloom | Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
July 27th - December 1st
In Bloom: Embracing Resilience in California's Native Flora explores the austere beauty of native plants that manage to survive and bloom during the dry, hot months of late Summer and early Fall.
Distinct linework and crip media highlight the austere beauty of these native plants and how they manage to survive and bloom in this unforgiving season.
Opening:
 Saturday July 27th / 1 pm - 3 pm
Pritzlaff Conservation Center Gallery / Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

James Jasper

Untitled [Portrait in Black & White], 2014


March 7th - November 30th
New Muralism: Inclusive Visions of Self and Place presents ten mural reproductions alongside other original works from 6 Slingshot artists. 
A nod to the history of muralism, the exhibition utilizes scale and the public forum of the Channing Peake Gallery to consider what these artists' depictions of self and place contribute to understanding ourselves and our surroundings.
Special thanks to the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission for your gracious invitation the Santa Barbara Country Office of Arts and Culture for your overall support of the exhibition.
Online Ceramics Sale
December 9th 
Join us for the annual holiday sale from 10 to 2 on Saturday December 9th.
Artwork and merch for your gifting reasons, plus handmade ornaments for all of the festive seasons!


Pride + Joy | Faulkner Gallery

Anais Lagunas

'Hush, Hush,' 2022


October 4th - October 31st
Slingshot artists present work in the Pride + Joy, a group exhibition coordinated by the Santa Barbara Public Library and SB Pride + Joy. 
A celebration of diversity and inclusion for the LGBTQI+ and BIPOC communities in Santa Barbara, this exhibition is staged in conjunction with the pop-up event  
Opening reception 
5 pm - 8 pm
40 East Anapamu Street
Studio Sale
Saturday September 9th
Join us at Slingshot for our next studio sale. As always there will be loads of fabulous ceramics and art exciting new merch -- totes featuring designs by a variety of different artists, new die-cut stickers to decorate your life with Slingshot art, cards, and a restock of logo tees. 
10 am - 2 pm
Big Time Sensuality
September 16th - October 28th
Big Time Sensuality, curated by Alexandra Terry, Curator of Contemporary Art, opens at Abigail Ogilvy on Friday September 15th.
Slingshot artists Maria Arroyo, Jane Hollick, and Leonard Wilson present work alongside a range of artists from across the Central and South Coast in this jubilent celebration of the vibrant, the bold, and the playful.
The inaugural exhibition of Abigail Ogilvy's new West Coast Gallery, Big Time Sensuality borrows its title from a track on Björk's debut album, Debut. The exhibition, according to Terry, "embarks on an exploration of the transformative power of potentiality. Referencing the unparalleled musicians call for vulnerability and courage as necessary tools for creativity."
Opening reception Saturday September 16th from 4 - 8 pm

Slingshot @ the Moxi
August 1st - November 30th
Re/play, a group exhibition featuring the work of six Slingshot artists, highlights the repetitions and variations that arise from the activity of practice. The repetitions, variations, and themes show how an idea or technique can give way to  a multitude of images. Replayed in sequence, the array gives us so much more than the single image alone.
Find Slingshot on the 2nd floor of MOXI: The Wolf Museum of Exploration and Innovation, through November 30th. MOXI is located one block from the Santa Barbara waterfront at 125 State Street. Visit daily from 10 am - 5 pm.
10 Years of Slingshot !
Saturday May 13th  | 10 AM - 2 PM
Join us for a special retrospective, art sale, and really (really) great coffee from considered CURBSIDE COFFEE.
We will take a look back at the ten years of Slingshot with some of the art and artists that have defined and continue to redefine the studio, its culture and artistic merit.
This exhibition will preview a number of works from our 3rd annual online art sale.
Follow us @slingshot_art for a sneak peek at new products + merch!


Deck the Halls
Saturday December 10th  | 1 - 5 PM
Join us for a festive afternoon of art and revelry as we open the doors of our new studio at 1911 De La Vina street
Ceramics, textiles, prints, and holiday cards straight from the presses will be up for grabs for everyone on your list!
Come for the art, stay for the cookies, and share some cheer. We look forward to seeing you there !!
Pianos on State
October 4 - 23 2022
It was a great honor to have, not one, but two Slingshot artists participate in this years @pianosonstate facilitated by the Santa Barbara Community Arts Workshop. Big congratulations to L Davidson and John McGrath  on your fantastic and wildly imaginative pianos!
Catch all of the beautiful and playable works of art on State street starting October 4th through October 23rd. You can find L's piano, Imaginary Friends, on the corner of Carrillo and State, and John's Piano one block down, on Canon Perdido.
Thank you to CAW and all of the other partnering organizations for providing this opportunity to our artists and to Santa Barbara year after year -- bringing art and music to the downtown corridor.
Special thanks to presenting sponsor Santa Barbara Bowl.
Hello, Hello
September 2022
At the end of September we gave a found farewell to the Canon Perdido studio,  our home since 2013 ... and without skipping a beat, the artists got to work at the new, beautifully appointed studio @ 1911 De La Vina.
While we are making preparations for the Open House and Holiday Sale (in December), our doors are always open !
Standing studio hours remain, M-F 8:30 - 4:30.
April 25th 2022
Maria Arroyo's Nature Dream Windows was selected from an open call to artists across the tri-counties as part of the annual Earth Day Mural project of the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara.
In two weeks of tireless effort, Maria's vision was brought to life by members of the Slingshot Team, Maria and a number of Slingshot artists, along with an extended community of helpers. Throughout which, the MCASB provided crucial support and facilitation.
We are immensely grateful to the members of the selection committee for their belief in Maria's talents and for extending this platform to Maria to leave her mark on downtown Santa Barbara for years to come.
Find the mural on the top deck of the Paseo Nuevo parking structure (western wall). Visit the mural page for a full mock-up, description, and process reel !
Special thanks to the Commuity Environmental Coalition (CEC), Paseo Nuevo (and Pacific Retail), along with the MCASB for the generous endowment.
Slingshot: A Vision of Ourselves
LUM Art Magazine No. 5

Marc Sucher | In Honor to Chris Mars, 2018

Winter / Spring 2022 
Alexandra Terry, Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Santa Barbara (MCASB), writes about Slingshot, our artists, and place within the broader contemporary art context -- including the studio's lineage to the Bay Area art complexes founded by Florence and Elias Katz.
Read the full article online or stop into the studio for your hard copy (No.5 pages 26 - 29).  LUM Art Zine can also be found at various cultural venues around Santa Barbara.
Big thanks to Alexandra Terry for her thoughtful words and ongoing support of our artists, and to the team at LUM Art for the beautiful publication.
Lum Art Magazine is a Santa Barbara-based contemporary art magazine for California’s Central Coast. Lum is independent and founded on a collaborative and open approach to arts writing. We aim to seamlessly blend the clarity of journalism with the power of art criticism. Lum’s online space and print magazine provide a forum for critical conversations, advocacy and discovery around art. Read more about Lum’s mission in the recent feature in ShoutoutLA.
P o P !
Decmber 2nd 2021
P o P ! highlights the work of Slingshot artists inspired and influenced by popular culture. Vibrant, humorous, nostalgic and revealing -- this body of work is animated with novel expression that complicates simple expectations of familiar iconography.
As with the pop art movement, this collection of work challenges the distinction between high and low art forms by utilizing graphic-comic-cartoon subjects and style to produce striking images and effects.
Featuring 2D media by Ben Watts, Issac Palato, Dylan Long, Erica Miller, Marc Sucher, Megan Isaac, and Tom Neumeyer; with ceramics by Jane Hollick, Mark Pasquini, and Rachel Mackenzie.
Check out our Instagram feed for a preview of featured work and other content related to the show.
Slingshot is moving >>>

Brian Douglas Wheatley | Cuba, 2015

October 2021
After all the planning, design reviews, waiting and more waiting for permits, the end appears to be in in sight. Construction is underway on our new studio at 1911 De La Vina and save for any further surprises (fingers crossed), we expect to welcome you into our new space in 2022.
Throughout the months of lock-down and reduced operational capacity, we took the opportunity to clean house, reassess and reorganize our spectacular inventory of work in preparation for this next chapter.
It is a real gratification to revisit the breadth and caliber of art that has been produced by Slingshot artists in this lovely sunlit studio in the past 8 years and we simply couldn't leave without installing a final show in our Canon Perdido gallery.
Mark your calendars for Thursday December 2nd and stay tuned for details ...