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About us


Santa Monica Art Studios is a 22,000 square foot hangar where artists work in private studio spaces and can participate in classes, lectures, and exhibitions and take advantage of discussion critique and collaboration. An integrated and vibrant community of artists, it was initially conceived by founder Yossi Govrin four years ago at the height of competition from dot com companies and film studios for affordable spaces in Santa Monica. A study commissioned by the City of Santa Monica documented that more than half the artist studios in the city had been eliminated in a three-month period while the report was being finalized.

Drawing on 18 years experience of creating and running one of the first such art centers in Santa Monica, Govrin approached the city of Santa Monica in 2000 and was awarded the project in early 2001. With partner Sherry Frumkin who has owned a gallery in Santa Monica for the past 14 years, the project was finally approved for construction in December 2003.

As part of the project, 2400 square feet were dedicated for ARENA 1 Gallery, an exhibition space where cutting edge work is featured in shows organized by curators across the globe. Santa Monica Art Studios is at the heart of a series of arts related improvements at the airport that will anchor the area and contribute to the growing reputation of Santa Monica as a cultural mecca.

Designed by Villya Karalius, with concept design by Tanja Rector and construction by Uri Mizrachi of AVI, the interior takes full advantage of the soaring airplane hangar roofline. Skylights and a Plexiglas opening cut around the entire building allow light to pour in at all angles. Twelve foot white walls against the aged patina of the exposed metal structure provide the perfect environment for creative endeavors.

Directors:

Yossi Govrin
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Sherry Frumkin
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gallery website

Assistant Director:

Sabine Pearlman
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Arena 1 Gallery

Arena 1 is a not for profit contemporary visual arts organization dedicated to promoting cultural exchange through international curatorial projects. Based in an historic hangar at the Santa Monica Airport, Arena 1 has an exhibition space where younger, newly established as well as internationally known curators will be invited to organize exhibitions representing the most innovative and compelling artists from their countries.

In the Los Angeles area, we have a unique opportunity to address the cultural "trade imbalance" by creating a contemporary arts environment that accentuates the vision of our community as a cultural port. Arena One is committed to importing unique and divergent international viewpoints and exporting innovative and challenging views of American culture.

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ARENA 1 Gallery website

Artists Studios

Santa Monica Art Studios
is a new arts complex in a 22,000 square foot historic hangar at
the Santa Monica Airport. A community of visual artists who areat various levels in their profession careers work in private studio spaces under a soaring roof dotted with skylights that spread natural light year round.

Studio artists may participate in classes, lectures, exhibitions and take part in formal and informal discussion, critique and collaboration. Our annual Open Studios event brings thousands of visitors. Artists open their studios during the year to museum groups and arts organizations. Local school children visit our exhibitions and work with studio artists to create their own artwork. Each studio is equipped with wireless internet connection.

Designed by Villya Karalius and constructed by Uri Mizrachi of AVI Construction, the interior takes full advantage of the soaring roofline of the hangar.


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Resident Artists Web Links
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Event & Exhibition Celendar

Santa Monica Art Studios
3026 Airport Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Phone: 310.397.7449 Fax: 310.397.7459
Public Hours: Wednesday through Saturday 12 to 6

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