Inspired by MCASB's summer exhibition Barry McGee: SB Mid Summer Intensive, the 2018 smART Talks series features local emerging artists whose work references urban culture in distinctly different ways.
Santa Barbara native Danny Meza received his education in Graphic Design at the Art Institute of California - Los Angeles. After painting murals as a Youth Mentor with high school students, Meza ventured into being a full-time tattoo artist where he applies his graphic design skills along with his illustrative background to create a unique twist to his tattoo body art.
Artists in the 2018 series of smART Talks are represented by Sullivan Goss - An American Gallery as part of Sullivan Goss Extracurricular (SG:Xc), a gallery program taking advantage of off-site pop-up opportunities to build a market for the work of exciting young, emerging artists.
The smART Talks lecture series serves to increase awareness of regional contemporary art through a series of three talks a year by local artists about their work, careers, and creative process. The series, begun in 1996, was created in honor of Helen Rosenberg, mother of Susan Rose, and grandmother of Julie Weiner, and honors artists who live and work in the Santa Barbara area.