Plenty is happening at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art this Summer!


The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is the perfect destination for a summer day trip, a weekend stop or a great place to stop by on a longer Santa Barbara Trip. Stop by and enjoy some of the many activities taking place at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art this summer!


Like most art museums, the SBMA rotates their exhibits, here’s what will be on rotation this summer.


Exhibits running throughout summer!

Living in the Timeless: Drawings by Beatrice Wood (May 11th- August 31st) – Though she became a famous artist for her lusterware pottery, Beatrice Wood was also skilled at drawing, a craft she continued to hone throughout her career. Wood described her drawings as allowing her to “live in the timeless” 


Daumier’s Salon: A Human Comedy (March 23rd– October 5thHonore Daumier was an artist who specialized in creating comics that reflected a satirical view on his world. This exhibit features a selection of lithographs of those types of work.


Left Coast: Recent Acquisitions of Contemporary (May 25th – September 14th)The SBMA has a special fondness for artwork produced on the west coast. The “Left Coast” exhibit features a wide variety of media and artists that all share the common bond of being linked to Southern California.


From pros to those completely new to creating art, anyone can benefit from the SBMAs recurring events. These events offer opportunities ranging from simply observing a performance to learning a craft through interactive sessions.


Recurring events

Free Summer Concert Series (July 10th, 17th, 24, and 31st)  – These hour-long musical performances begin at 2pm and feature Fellows from the Music Academy of the West. Tickets will be given out on a first come first serve basis.


Family 1st Thursdays (First Thursday of each month) – Family 1st Thursdays feature learning and interactive events for the whole family. These events are a the SBMAas family resrouce center, located across from the Museum Café. Each event features a different theme, and they all last from 5:30-7:30pm.

This year’s topics:

June 5th – Drawing with Watercolor

July 3rd – Abstract Acrylics

August 7- Color Field Landscapes


Studio Sundays  – Every Sunday from 1:30-4:30pm the museum features an interactive workshop on the front steps. Taught by teaching artists, the events feature a new skill each week. These workshops are suitable for all ages.


Other events

Mar Jewelry Trunk Show (Thursday June 5th, 5-8pm) – Here’s a great opportunity to buy handmade jewelry from a local Santa Barbara jeweler. Mar Jewelry has made and designed pieces for over 30 years and collected several awards along the way.


Free Film Screening: Mama of Dada (Thursday June 19th, 5:30pm)- This 1994 film about Beatrice Wood, will be shown in the Mary Craig auditorium. The title comes from the Dada art movement, of which Wood played an instrumental role.


Thom Pain (Based on Nothing) (Thursday June 26th 6:30pm-7:30pm and   Saturday June 28th  3-4pm) Described as “stand-up existentialism” by the New York Times this play blends lost love,  and misfortune with a philosophical outlook,  It takes place at the Mary Craig Auditorium, tickets are $19 dollars each.



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