Events and Exhibits

Speaking Of Ventura County – Neal Barr

Speaking Of Ventura County – Neal Barr – 2018

Renowned photographer, and Ventura native, Neal Barr will be the featured speaker at the next “Speaking Of Ventura County“ speaker series, Tuesday, February 13, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. at the Main Street location

Barr will share highlights and personal stories from his amazing career spanning five decades as a fashion and celebrity photographer, during which time he photographed some of the world’s most famous faces, including Sophia Loren, Halston and Warren Beatty. Barr’s iconic images are currently on display as the museum’s featured exhibit, In High Style: The Photography of Neal Barr. Free for members; $5 for non-members. Light refreshments will be served.

Mr. Barr's photo display will also be at the Ventura Museum for viewing through April 8, 2018.

Gallery at the Marriott Ventura Beach

Neal Barr Photography on Display Through February, 2016 at the Marriott Ventura Beach Hotel

The sampling of work exhibited here honors Neal Barr as Brooks Institute's 2015 Distinguished Alumnus, an award presented annually to an alumnus or alumna who has demonstrated personal and professional success throughout their career. This award is a testament to a life devoted to creative pursuit and the enduring impact Barr's ground-breaking photography has had in the field of fashion photography.

The Marriott Ventura Beach Hotel has collaborated with the distinguished film & photography school, Brooks Institute in Ventura, California to display a variety of specialized alumni and student exhibits.

Ventura Star Article Jan 2016

Ventura County Star - Jan. 23, 2016

Fashion still drives Ventura photographer Neal Barr's latest project

In a 43-year career as a fashion photographer, Neal Barr photographed some of the world's most famous faces. People like Sophia Loren, Halston and Warren Beatty.

Now Barr has returned to his hometown of Ventura to pursue his dream of creating a record of 1920s fashion.

Annenberg IRIS Lecture

Neal Barr—A Passion For Fashion
Thursday, July 18th, 2013 • 6:30-8:00pm

IRIS Nights Lecture Series at the Annenberg Space for Photography.

The Iris Nights lecture series, is a public program offered free of charge, by online reservation on a first-come, first-served basis. The series brings to life the most current exhibit with presentations by exhibit featured photographers and other notable experts and guest artists at the Annenberg Space for Photography, Century Park, 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067, 213-403-3000.

March - April 2013: Museum of Ventura County, Ventura, California.

A special selection of Neal's work is on display for an undetermined period of time at the Museum of Ventura County, 100 East Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001, 805-653-0323

Ventura Country Museum

Splash! Exhibit - Beach Culture

July 2 - September 18, 2011: Museum of Ventura County, Ventura, California.

Take the plunge into summer with Splash!, an exhibition highlighting ocean-inspired art and Ventura’s beach resort past. A few pieces from Neal Barr's 1920's swim attire collection will be on display:


September 24, 2011: Focus on the Masters will feature Neal Barr—interview by Donna Granata

Meet the artists and experience their work first hand. The artists exhibit their original work, share their personal experiences and give advice to the gathered audience.

Brooks Institute Ventura Campus
5301 N. Ventura Ave. in Ventura
5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Saturday Artist Spotlight Interview Series

Sunday, August 30, 2009 - Fine Art & Lifestyle Auction featuring works by Neal Barr and other local artists. The auction will be held in conjunction with the Katherine Hoffman Haley Award Celebration. Contact the Museum of Ventura County for more information. Barr will be offering up for auction prints from his Mini-Gallery Series, which were printed in the early 1990's by Barr himself, celebrating 30 years in business. Market value from sales by the Staley-Wise Gallery in New York was $500.00 each. Prints varied in size. Mat size is 7 X 9 inches

Saturday, October 17 to Sunday, December 13, 2009 - FIDM Museum at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles, CA - "High Style: Betsy Bloomingdale and the Haute Couture" which will feature several of Barr's photos, taken for Harper's Bazaar in the 1970's, in the gallery and in a video documentary.