Scott Johnson: Uncommon Ground, The Gallery at Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara, October 30 – December 31, 2021

Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation is pleased to present Uncommon Ground, a solo exhibition project by Scott Johnson for the Gallery at Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara. The exhibition will be on view October 30 – December 31, 2021. 

There will be a public reception to celebrate the opening on Saturday, October 30, 2021, from 5-7pm. 

Uncommon Ground features recent works that incorporate collage and three dimensional surfaces in an array of experiments in shape and form. Johnson, a voracious visual consumer of contemporary culture, creates layer upon layer of image, paint, and board to create dynamic and often colorful compositions. Our world of glossy magazines, models, actors, political figures and the anonymous are embedded, torn, and turned every which way. One experiences his artwork in almost a bricolage fashion, as disparate materials are brought together in an idiosyncratic visual language of his own making. Johnson references and pays homage to many artists and cultural producers past and present all the while steadfastly building his own path forward. 

Scott Johnson was born in California and educated at Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley (BA in Architecture) and the Harvard Graduate School of Design (Master in Architecture), Johnson worked variously at The Architects Collaborative in Cambridge, the Los Angeles and San Francisco offices of Skidmore Owings Merrill, and the office of Philip Johnson and John Burgee in New York City. Joining Pereira Associates in Los Angeles in 1983 as Principal and Design Director, he and William Fain acquired the firm now known as Johnson Fain in 1988. 

Recent exhibitions of his artwork include, It’s Art If I Say It’s Art. Otherwise It’s Not, Eastern Projects Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Looking at Architecture, Porch Gallery, Ojai, CA, and HÔTEL: A Concert Exhibition, Ojai, CA.

In addition to designing nearly 100 built projects in the past 20 years, Johnson has also taught and lectured at various universities. He served as Director of the Master of Architecture Programs at the University of Southern California’s School of Architecture from 2004 through 2007. 

He is the author of the publications Uncommon Ground:  Notes on the Visual Arts + Architecture (2021), Essays on the Tall Building and the City, as well as Performative Skyscraper Tall Building Design Now, Tall Building: Imagining the Skyscraper, Tectonics of Place: The Architecture of Johnson Fain, and The Big Idea: Criticality and Practice in Contemporary Architecture.

The Gallery at Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara is a unique public-private partnership that seeks to raise funds to support the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation’s Ojai Institute artist residency and education programs. You may learn more online at and

Lobby Chat with Alison Andersson & P.lyn: Friday, March 19, 2021

Lobby Chat with Alison Andersson & P.lyn
Friday, March 19, 2021, 5:00 PM
Zoom Meeting


You are invited to join us for a virtual lobby chat on Zoom with artists Alison Andersson and P.lyn. These Ojai based artists both work in ceramics, functional and sculptural, and will share insight into their inspiration and practice. The lobby chat series of conversations with artists is produced on the occasion of the exhibition Cave Painting, Painted Cave. The exhibition is currently on view at The Gallery at Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara, a satellite fundraising partnership to benefit the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation.

All of our virtual events are currently feature live closed captions.

Artist websites:

Alison Andersson


XANADU at The Gallery at Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara: August 1, 2019 – February 6, 2020


Presented by Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation at the gallery at Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara with the support of JC Connelly, Inc.


Cassandria Blackmore, Matthew Brannon, Paul Demuro, Cameron Gainer, Gary Lang, Ruth Pastine, Enoc Perez, Aaron Spangler, Wolfgang Tillmans, Russell Young, Beatrice Wood.

On View: August 1, 2019 – February 6, 2020

Opening Reception: Thursday, August 1, 2019, 5:00 – 7:00 pm 

Additional events to be announced

Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation is pleased to announce our second exhibition partnership with the Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara. XANADU opens to the public Thursday, August 1, 2019, and features artworks from the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation Study Collection, artworks on loan from local collections, augmented with works available for sale through a partnership with JC Connelly, Inc. to benefit the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation. The exhibition is curated by Frederick Janka, Executive Director, and John Connelly, principal of JC Connelly, Inc. and will be on view through February 1, 2020. 

The exhibition is a hybrid model of public-private partnership between the Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara and the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation, with the support of JC Connelly, Inc. The exhibition is inspired, in part, by the name of the summer palace of Kubla Khan, the Mongol ruler and Emperor of China from 1260 – 1294.  Xanadu, an alternative to Shangdu, gained popularity after the publication of the poem Kubla Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1816. Earlier literary visions of Shangdu were inspired by Marco Polo’s visit to the area in 1275 where he described encountering a wondrous park and palace, walled for miles around, with fountains, rivers, brooks, beautiful meadows and wild animals. 

Describing his own vision of the summer capital, written in 1797 and published in 1816, Coleridge wrote:

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan

A stately pleasure-dome decree :

Where Alph, the sacred river, ran

Through caverns measureless to man

Down to a sunless sea.


So twice five miles of fertile ground

With walls and towers were girdled round:

And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills,

Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree;

And here were forests ancient as the hills,

Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.

Since Coleridge’s poem was published the name Xanadu gained recognition and has been appropriated and used in popular culture, film, literature and music to symbolize or suggest an idyllic Eden-like setting. However, beneath the often colorful references to paradise and the riches and pleasures it offers,  Xanadu also suggests the dark and dangerous side of the natural world, and the possible vagaries of man’s intrusion into it. 

Among other cultural references and points of inspiration, Xanadu is the name (or part of the name) for: a mansion in the fictional biographical film Citizen Kane (1941); a 1980 film starring Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly (and a 2007 Broadway musical based on it); a bright feature on the surface of Saturn’s moon Titan; a series of experimental homes built in the early 1980’s to showcase computers and automation; the nickname (with “2.0”) for Bill Gates’ private estate and the alternative name for American Dreams Meadowlands, a proposed mall in New Jersey. 

Daniel Alvarado, Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara’s General Manager, says, “Our hotel is excited to be partnering with the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation to share unexpected art encounters with both locals and guests in the unique space of our hotel and to create a connection to our community that extends beyond our front door.”

Special Thanks:

The Artists, Beatrice Wood Center For The arts, Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara, OHI Home, JC Connelly, Inc., Santo Mezcal, Laurie & Marc Recordon, Lila Glasoe Francese & Dines Francese, Chris Bailey, and Bruce Mason

About Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara:

Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara blends historic splendor with sophisticated design to offer artful lodging in the Funk Zone. As Santa Barbara’s closest hotel to the Amtrak station, with complimentary bike rentals and nearby bike and foot paths to downtown, the beach, and Stearns Wharf, this hotel is the perfect car-free lodging choice. Contemporary art graces this 41-room boutique hotel which features pet-friendly, micro guestrooms with room service available from the award-winning Santo Mezcal restaurant, free WIFI, modern appointments, and some rooms with private, outdoor gardens. Facilities include an art library, open-air lounges, business center, fitness room, and boardroom. 

Exhibition Images:

Russell Young
Enoc Perez
Russell Young
Russell Young
Russell Young
Russell Young
Beatrice Wood
Matthew Brannon, Cassandria Blackmore
Ruth Pastine
Ruth Pastine, Paul DeMuro
Cameron Gainer
Aaron Spangler
Gary Lang