Platform Gallery

Originating from the French word plateforme, meaning ‘ground plan’ or ‘flat shape’, Platform is a public exhibition space at the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, UC Santa Barbara, that features the work of emerging and established artists displayed as two-dimensional printed media. The artwork displayed in the Platform exhibition gallery brings the University’s academic and community guests into dialogue with the IHC’s annual public events series theme in creative ways.

Platform is located on the 6th floor of the Humanities and Social Sciences Building (HSSB), UC Santa Barbara. Visitors to the Platform gallery must adhere to current UCSB Covid-19 protocols. Visitors and those without a UCSB affiliation must complete this symptom screening survey before coming to campus.


Currently on View

Platform 2021-22

Previous Exhibitions

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What kinds of art are you accepting for submission?
A: We are accepting two kinds of artwork:

  1. Digital images of two-dimensional artwork that is originally in digital form (e.g. a digital photograph or a digitally designed image) or a digital image reproduction of a non-digital artwork (e.g. a scan or photograph of a drawing or collage).
  2. Time-based artwork, of which a still or representational image will be displayed in the gallery with a QR code to the complete artwork online. If submitting a time-based artwork, please send an image to be used for the exhibition and the URL to the complete artwork.

Q: What do you do with my art once it has been submitted?
A: If your art is selected for the exhibition, the IHC will print the image on 11 x 17 inch paper. You will have the option to take home the unframed printed image at the conclusion of the exhibition. The digital image will become part of the permanent online Platform Gallery. All image rights remain the property of the artist. If your submission is not selected for the exhibition, the IHC will delete the digital images from its files.

Q: What will the matting and frame look like?
A: The frame is 20 ½ x 28 ½ inches and is white; the mat displays an area of 10 ½ x 16 ¼ inches and is also white. To see the exhibition frames, please visit the 6th floor of the Humanities and Social Sciences Building, UC Santa Barbara.

Q: How many pieces may I submit?
A: You may submit between one and fourteen artworks. There are fourteen frames in the gallery.

Q: May I submit a series of works?
A: Yes. Please note in your submission if some or all of your artworks are part of a series that may only be exhibited together.

Q: What if my files are too large to submit via email?
A: You may share a link to an online folder where they can be viewed and downloaded (via Box.com, Dropbox, etc.).