Atkinson Gallery hosts 30th Small Images exhibit

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The “Small Images” exhibit returns to the Atkinson Gallery for its thirtieth annual show this October.

A variety of artwork of all mediums will be on display starting at 5 p.m. on October 3. From murals on tree stumps to micro scale sculptures, a range of work will be represented that is no bigger than 18 inches in all dimensions.

Tif Sigfrids, the Los Angeles Gallerist will be this year’s juror. She will also be lecturing at 4 p.m. on Oct. 3, inside the Administration building in Room 211 before the Small Images exhibit. The lecture will focus on her career and elaborate on how her gallery has become known as one of the funkiest L.A. art spaces to date.

Sigfrids has chosen 39 pieces from the 300 different pieces that were submitted by over 100 artists from around Santa Barbara, according to the press release put out by Atkinson Gallery Director, Sarah Cunningham.

City College student and artist, Benjamin Eckert’s work will be featured in this year’s “Small Images” exhibit. His work has previously been seen in many of the Atkinson Gallery shows, such as “The Alchemy of Light and Space” exhibit, last spring.

Eckert’s work is easily recognizable with the amount of solid, bright colors that he incorporates into his miniscule sculptures. True staples of his work are the tiny wire configurations resembling some sort of molecular compound that complement his futuristic style.

Last year’s exhibit was comprised of photographs, linocut drawings, acrylic portraits and simplistic designs on paper plates.

The Atkinson Gallery has put together a series of prizes and awards for different places. The first place award is a prize of $1,000 and will be announced opening night at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 3.

The previous year’s first place winner was Dan Levin for his 3D sculpture, “Astronauts Love Cheese.” His unique perspective of a memory is represented through a series of hysterical objects effortlessly combined into something meticulous and humorous.

The “Small Images” exhibit will be on display until Oct. 31, inside the Atkinson Gallery.

The exhibit is open to the public and information about the art will be available during the show.

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