Tropicana Student Living’s Resident Artist Shines at I Madonnari Festival

SANTA BARBARA, CA – May 26, 2015 – Students from East Palo Alto Phoenix Academy high school created a beautiful chalk art drawing during the 2015 I Madonnari street painting festival at the Santa Barbara Mission this Memorial Day weekend. Brandon Teris is an Art Instructor at East Palo Alto Phoenix Academy, and he has been bringing his students to participate in I Madonnari for the past five years to help benefit the Children’s Creative Project. This year, 3 students from Phoenix Academy made up Tropicana’s student team. Brandon collaborated with local artist Christopher Romo, who worked with students on a piece sponsored by Lime Design. Brandon and Christopher worked on their own square, sponsored by Tropicana Student Living. 

(Left) East Palo Alto Phoenix Academy’s student artists, David A., Jazlin B., and Tandra M. 

(Right) The Tropicana Student Living sponsored square encouraging honey bee awareness.

“We are very proud to host Brandon and his team,” said Dave Wilcox, Executive Director of Tropicana Student Living. “We love supporting their work and always look forward to seeing their new designs each year.”

In 2015, Brandon returned to Tropicana on sabbatical from East Palo Alto Phoenix Academy to focus on building his art portfolio and live at Tropicana as their resident artist. Last year Brandon transformed the Tropicana Del Norte study lounge into an academic oasis with a calming ocean scene. To see more of Brandon’s work visit

Brandon Teris, former Resident Assistant, with the mural he painted in the study lounge at Tropicana Del Norte.

About Tropicana Student Living

Tropicana Student Living operates private residence halls and apartments for students attending the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) and Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) in Santa Barbara, California.  Tropicana Del Norte Residence Hall (, conveniently located adjacent to UCSB's Main Campus is a small and friendly community with spacious suite-style units, an unlimited meal plan and resort-style living. Tropicana Villas ( is an Isla Vista apartment community that caters to upperclassmen with furnished apartments and flexible leasing options. Tropicana Gardens (, located an express bus ride away from Santa Barbara City College, is a private residence hall that provides an attractive alternative to apartments for SBCC students with its suite-style units and social and recreational activities organized by its large team of energetic RAs. For more information about housing options for UCSB and SBCC students, please call 805-968-4319.