Art Exhibitions | Ventura College East Campus

Art Exhibitions at the Ventura College East Campus in Santa Paula offers students and members of the community a gallery and forum for the presentation, interpretation, and discussion of artworks, from a variety of media within an educational setting.  An on-going series of exhibitions by visiting artists and private art collections encourage individual thinking, develops visual literacy, supports local artists, and inspires a lifelong commitment to the arts. Parking and admission are free.  Spring gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Current Exhibition 

5th Annual Student Art Exhibition, SPRING ON.
Opening reception Thursday, April 11th, 2019, 6:00pm to 7:30pm at the Ventura College East Campus (957 Faulkner Road, Suite 106, Santa Paula). Free and open to the public with free parking and refreshments.

The exhibition features a range of media taught in studio art courses including drawing, painting, photography, digital art, and mixed media. The artwork is from Santa Paula High School Art students and faculty, and the artwork is available for purchase.

The exhibition will be on display through May 30, 2019. Exhibit gallery hours are Monday to Thursday 8:00am-8:30pm.

Previous Art Exhibitions

I AM WHAT I AM Presented by the International Women Artist Group ROOTLESS
January 14 – March 21, 2019

“I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday” - Eleanor Roosevelt. Ventura College East Campus celebrates women in the arts with a special exhibition featuring, Rootless, a network of international women artists exploring the diversity of life through art. Featured Artists include: Anne Bendig (Germany); Belinda di Keck (Germany); Phyllis Doyon (USA); Ursula Gallenkamp (Germany); Dorothea Heger (Germany); Ulli Langenscheidt (Germany); Mariana Peirano (Argentina); Anu Subramanian (India); Nahzy Tabrizi (Iran); and Renate Wetzstein (Germany)


An Artistic Heritage: Artwork from the Santa Paula Art Museum Collection
August 20 - December 19, 2018
In fulfilling the Santa Paula Art Museum's mission to preserve the artistic heritage of the Santa Clara River Valley, the Museum has established its own permanent art collection that has grown to include over 200 significant works of art. This exceptional collection is designed to reflect the diverse peoples, events, and landscape of the local region. Meaningful selections from the permanent collection are on exhibit at the Ventura College East Campus. Featured artists: Jessie Arms Botke; Bert Collins; Robert Clunie; Norman Kirk; Sally Miller; Xavier Montes; Gail Pidduck; Richard Rackus; Douglas Shively; Robert Percy Smith; and Hiroko Yoshimoto. 


Tiny Art ImageSpring On.

Annual Student Art Exhibition

April 16 - May 31, 2018

Artist Reception May 3, 2018, 6:00-7:30 PM

A Collection of Artworks by Ventura College and Santa Paula High School Art Students, Faculty, and Alumni. 

Ventura College EaMariana Peirano Art Posterst Campus Welcomes the Art of Mariana Peirano
tion Dates: January 22 - April 5, 2018
Closing Art Reception: Thursday, April 5, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Mariana is an award winning figurative artist and art educator living in Ojai, California. Born in Argentina, she has spent most of her life in Southern California. Although mainly self-taught, she received her basic atelier instruction at the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art.  Her work reflects a passion for beauty in all its forms and a deep concern for the human condition. Preserving the realness of emotions and expressions in the people she paints, she captures humanity in its truest form. Her nontraditional portraits painted in the classical way capture emotions that evoke a strong response in the viewer. Her paintings come from a deep source of inspiration combined with a fascination for beauty of the human form and spirit with the emotional perplexity of facial expressions. For information on art classes and workshops taught by Mariana, visit:

Reflections: Art PosterReflections: Art from Colonial New Mexico to Contemporary Chicano
Exhibition Dates: October 15 - December 14, 2017

Retablos and Artwork Featuring: Carlos Almaraz, Charlie Carrillo, Roberto Gil de Montes, Xavier Montes, Leo Limón, Frank Romero, Marie Romero Cash, and Jimmy Trujillo. 


Spring On . . .
Exhibition Dates: April 10 - June 1, 2017
Art Reception: Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 6:00-8:00 PM
Featuring art by Santa Paula High School & Ventura College students. 
Art Exhibition Poster - Click for PDFThe Imagery of Chicano Art
A Perspective of Chicanismo in Contemporary Art
Exhibition Dates: September 26 - November 17, 2016
Art Reception and Lecture: Thursday, October 13, 2016, 6:00-8:00 PM
Featuring renown Chicano artists:  Carlos Almaraz; Roberto Tito Delgado; Elsa Flores; Salomón Huerta; Leo Limón; Roberto Gil de Montes; Frank Romero; and Patssi Valdez.
Spring On.
Student Art Showcase.
April 4 - May 26, 2016
Artist Reception April 19, 2016, 6:30-8:30 PM
Ventura College, in partnership with Santa Paula High School, presents Spring On. Student Art Showcase, featuring the art of Ventura College students and Santa Paula High School students and faculty. Come celebrate our artists as their talents blossom and bloom.

Via 126
Exhibited by Artists Guild of Fillmore

January 19 - March 11, 2016
Artist Reception February 2, 2016, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Via 126 showcases ten diverse artists who utilize a variety of media including watercolors, oils, acrylics, pastels, and more. Works from Fillmore artists Paul Benavidez; Judy Dressler; Lady Jan Faulkner; Lois Freeman-Fox; Joanne King; Jeremy Kirsch; Virginia Neumann; Doris Nichols; Luann Heber Perez and Lia Verkade will be on display for the community to enjoy.


From the Collection of Ivor Davis
Every Picture Tells a Story. . .
Book Signing and Reception
July 20 – December 18, 2015

From Presidents to pop stars, every picture tells a story! Author and Journalist Ivor Davis shares his photo collection of over half a century featuring some of the greats of showbiz and the world.  View favorites and some never before seen images of Marlon Brando, Muhammad Ali, Elizabeth Taylor, Bobby Kennedy, Prince Charles, Jonathan Winters, the Beatles, and more! Ivor Davis


Past, Present, and Future
Faculty. Students. Alumni.
A Santa Paula High School Art Retrospective
March 23 through June 5, 2015
Reception Tuesday, March 24, 6:30-8:30 PM
From the Chumash to the city's public murals and sculptures, the Santa Paula community cannot deny that art is part of its soul. Join us at Past, Present, Future, an exhibition featuring faculty and student artists from Santa Paula High School and Ventura College, to celebrate the past, present, and future of Santa Paula's artists.


End of Bees
The Artwork of Elena Horowitz-Brookes
January 12 through March 12, 2015
Meet the Artist Reception Tuesday, February 3, 6:30-8:00 PM
Elena Horowitz-Brookes’ recent series, End of Bees, is a lyrical depiction of altered reality concerned with depth and space. Defying her own post-apocalyptic world with whimsy, the alluring colors and flower-like shapes are juxtaposed with a sense of anxiety, urgency even.  Striped teardrop shapes echo powerless bees—frustrated without their stinging power, as they spit and ooze into the primordial garden. Elena's often complimentary color scheme is tweaked, creating an acidic charge unexpected in the abstracted fields, while hints of feminism dance in egg shapes around her acrylic works on canvas. Elena's work is a tantalizing look into a world made of earthly elements but still not our own. She explores the richness of those elements and creations just beyond our grasp; not in an attempt to define or categorize, but simply to ponder and admire. In this manner, Elena's paintings and works on paper do not force their viewer to believe any which way. Open for interpretation, they are open arms to exploration and expression. Elena Horowitz-Brooks Art


Nine Points of View
Exhibited by the Artists Guild of Fillmore
October 13 through December 19, 2014
Artist Reception Thursday, October 23, 6:00-9:00 PM

The Artists Guild of Fillmore was founded in 2009 to create interest in original work created by local artists. Nine Points of View showcases nine diverse artistic styles in a variety of media which include watercolors, oils, acrylics, pastels, mixed media and more with contributing Fillmore artists: Doris Nichols, Joanne King,  Judy Dressler, Lady Jan Faulkner, Lia Verkade, Lois Freeman-Fox, Luanne Hebner Perez, Virginia Neuman, and Wana Klasen. 
The Artwork of the Late Carlisle Cooper
September 1 through October 9, 2014
Carlisle Cooper (1919 - 2013), renowned in the community, highly collected, and beloved by a legion of students of over 40 years of teaching at Ventura College, Art Professor Carlisle Cooper’s artwork was exhibited at the Ventura College Santa Paula site through October 9, 2014. The Ventura College Art Department is selling the artwork of late Carlisle Cooper. Per his request, all sales are in support of the VC Art Department.
Women in the State of Grace
March 17 through May 16, 2014
Meet the Artist Reception March 21, 2014, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Live music and poetry readings.

In recognition of Women’s’ History Month, the Ventura College Santa Paula Campus presents, Women in the State of Grace, curated by Vanessa Acosta, an art exhibition featuring 18 women artists from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Ventura Counties. Featured artists include: Angela Ortiz; Pola Lopez; Cola Smith; Gayel Childress; Isabel Martinez; Jacqueline Biaggi; Jenchi Wu; Judy Baca; Juliane Backmann; Lois Freeman-Fox; Christine Morla; Lynn Creighton; Margaret Garcia; Marianne Sadowski; Paty Diaz; Silvia Huerta; Sylvia Raz; Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta.


ArtLab Student Art Show
January 13 – March 13, 2014
Reception Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Student Art Show curated by Cathy Day-Barroca and Michelle Onstot.  ArtLab: Ventura’s New Art School! Drawing, Painting, Design, Printmaking, and Children’s Classes.


Chicano Art Collection of Ben Saiz
October 14 - December 18, 2013
Art Reception Friday, October 25, 2013, 6:00-9:00 PM

Xavier Montes, former director of the “De Colores Art Show” curates some of the Chicano art collection of Ben Saiz, Professor of Chicano Studies at Ventura College. The artwork reflects the cultural, historical, and political struggles of the community. In addition, signed pieces of “Los Tres Grandes,” Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Jose Clemente Orozco, will be on display.


The Fine Art of Rima Muna
March 18 – May 16, 2013
Meet the Artist Reception, Tuesday, April 16, 5:30-7:30 PM

Born in Lebanon, and raised in a diverse cultural background, Rima Muna’s work is influenced by her love of travel. Places like Bali (Indonesia), Andalusia (Spain), and San Miguel de Allende (Mexico) are symbolic in creating Rima’s intense palette of deep, rich colors. Rima’s style is influenced by the abstract expressionists who believed that nonrepresentational painting could express spiritual and emotional truths. Rima creates her paintings with a passionate immediacy and you are left looking at the energetic expressions on canvas. Rima Muna Art


Inside Latin American Art from an Outsider
The Art of Denis O'Leary
January 7 – March 14, 2013
Meet the Artist Reception with Poetry Reading of Pablo Neruda, February 26, 2013

Ventura College Santa Paula welcomes the art of Educator, Activist, and Painter, Denis O’Leary.


Xavier Montes:  Some Works Past and Present
Meet the Artist Reception with live music by Trio Tricolor, Xavier Montes’ newest all female trio, Friday, March 2, 2012, 5:00-7:00 PM

Xavier, affectionately known by his nickname, Big X, for both his size and talents, is a practicing visual artist (acrylics), a musician (folk harp, guitar, and vocals), community activist, and education teaching and promoting the cultural arts. One of Xavier’s major accomplishments was to establish the De Colores Art Show which he ran and curated for 18 years. The De Colores Art Show has become one of Santa Paula’s most popular art and cultural events.