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SlingShot Art Studio & Gallery

SlingShot is an art studio and gallery for artists with developmental disabilities who want to create and sell art. The open studio environment is designed to encourage creative expression. Each artists is recognized for their talent and artistic vision. The  gallery offers an exhibition space that fosters a supportive link to the Santa Barbara art community.



SlingShot is a working art studio and gallery which supports 34 Santa Barbara artists. It is an expansion of the art studio program developed by Alpha Resource Center. Since 1980, Alpha has promoted artists with developmental disabilities through participation in gallery and juried art shows.



The artists are recognized for their talent and have developed dedicated collectors. SlingShot gives the artists greater visibility and access to the rich local art world. It also gives our community better access to their work.



Artists work in familiar mediums and as well as being introduced to new mediums with the intention of supporting creative growth.



SlingShot employs teaching artists to provide information and encouragement. They offer opportunities to work in a variety of mediums, including clay, wood, printmaking, fabric arts, photography, painting and drawing. The goal of the teaching artist is to support the creative development of all SlingShot artists.



Each SlingShot artist is valued and respected for their artistic expression and point of view. Being experienced artists themselves, teaching staff respect and understand the creative process.



As a working studio, visitors are able to meet the artists and view the art as it is created.

The SlingShot Gallery features a dynamic selection of unique folk and contemporary art at reasonable prices.



Visitors to the gallery enjoy meeting and talking to the artists as they work.


Photos courtesy of Kim Reierson


Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 am- 4:30 pm, or by appointment.

For tours or information contact:

Sue Dumm, Community Liaison, 805-770-3878
Tina Kerrigan, Program Manager, 805-964-3547



“SlingShot artists produce imaginative and compelling art that is notable for its uninfluenced raw creativity,” states Sue Dumm,  Community Liaison Director.   “Each piece, whether it’s a painting, drawing, sculpture or textile, tells a story reflecting the perspective of an artist with developmental disabilities. The gallery is filled with unique, fun and sometimes quirky contemporary art worthy of a second look.”



220 West Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara, CA


SlingShot’s Facebook page showcases new work and fun facts about the Slingshot artists and more information:


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