The Abstract Art Collective (AAC) is a Santa Barbara community-based group of artists who organized in 2011 to exhibit their work in an all-abstract environment. The co-founders, JT Turner and Thore Edgren are continuing members while the AAC now has 80-plus members.
The AAC has 4 exhibitions per year at various local venues including Channing Peake Gallery, Faulkner Gallery, The Karpeles Museum, the Bronfman Family Jewish Community Center, Bacara Resort, Cabrillo Pavilion, UCSB Faculty Club, the Meisel Gallery, TVSB Media Center, and the SB College of Law.
Several AAC exhibitions support the non-profit venues with donations from a percentage of art sales. Special benefit events have raised funds for the Waldorf School and the SMHS Performing Arts Department, and SEE International (Surgical Eye Expeditions).