Frank Goss has been a tastemaker in the Santa Barbara arts scene since 1994 after opening his gallery with his wife Patricia Sullivan Goss. This year is one of changes: he’s selling the building that hosts the gallery and its adjacent cafe, and keeping the gallery next door. Plus, he is hoping, through Kickstarter to put out a monograph on the artist Ray Strong.
Keeping a gallery going in Santa Barbara is not easy, and so we sat down for a chat about the art scene, commerce, his history, and more.
Topics discussed include:
Dave Hickey’s art critique and the current state of the art business
Government funding of the arts back in the day
The business of running an art gallery
How he quickly learned hard lessons when opening his first gallery
His “welcome” to Santa Barbara from the owner of the Earthling
What kind of people buy art generally, and who buys art in Santa Barbara
How Montecito views Santa Barbara
The crossover of the non-profit and profit gallery worlds
The art coming out of our colleges
Who can afford to make art and live as an artist
Frank’s college background, and his dad’s career in jet propulsion
His engineering background
A childhood memory of art and Rodin
The rise and fall of printmaking and selling
More ruminations on contemporary art
The taste of Santa Barbara and why we’re still perplexed by abstract art
Will Santa Barbarans buy art made by Santa Barbarans in Santa Barbara?
Goss’ favorite non-living Santa Barbara artists: Thomas Moran, Edward Potthast
Ray Strong and Sullivan Goss’ Kickstarter
The future for art in Santa Barbara
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