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Tickets for most events may be purchased online at, at the Visitor Services desks during Museum hours or by credit card by calling 805.884.6423. Please check event details for further information.


SBMA offers Otojoy hearing loop technology to hearing aid users for events that utilize the Museum's sound system. Those interested in utilizing the technology are encouraged to contact their audiologist or Otojoy at 805.728.9114 or

July/August 2014

1st Thursday
Thursdays, 5 – 8 pm

Family 1st Thursdays, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Bring the whole family and enjoy 1st Thursday together in SBMA's Family Resource Center located across from the Museum Café on the Lower Level. Museum Teaching Artists will assist families in creating special exhibition-based art projects. Afterwards, enjoy selected galleries until 8pm.

August 7
Color Field Landscapes
Left Coast
Apply a color base coat with liquid tempera using a palette knife, then overlay transparent sheets of contrasting hues to create a “heat sensor” landscape, inspired by Jack Goldstein’s Untitled.



Studio Sundays on the Front Steps
Sundays, 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Visitors of all ages are welcome to participate in this hands-on workshop with SBMA Teaching Artists on the Museum’s front steps. Each month explore a different medium, including clay, metal, ink, wood, photography, and paper, and gain inspiration from works of art in the Museum’s permanent collection or special exhibitions. In the event of inclement weather, activities will be moved inside to the Museum’s Family Resource Center.

All participants receive a Free Family Pass to the Museum.
Front Steps of the Museum

August 10
Air-Dry Clay
Left Coast
Build and paint a tower of wood and clay blocks inspired by Brian Bress’ video portrait The Architect.


Summer ArtVenture Camp
June 9 August 15
Monday – Friday, 9 am – 3 pm
Ages 5 – 12

At ArtVenture Camps children spend their day immersed in hands-on art making, cultural history, and creative problem solving. All camps include a visit to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art to learn about and be inspired by original works of art. The Museum's exceptional team of Teaching Artists include painters and sculptors, a children's book illustrator, a ceramicist, a graphic designer and an art historian who are all experienced art educators.

For more information or to register visit or contact Rachael Krieps at 884.6441 or


Free Summer Concert Series
Thursdays, July 10, 17, 24, 31; August 7, 2 pm
Join us for a series of 60-minute concerts featuring Music Academy of the West Fellows.

Mary Craig Auditorium
Complimentary tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 1:30 pm at SBMA’s Park Entrance. No advance ticket distribution

Wild Jewels Pop-Up Shop
Thursday – Sunday, July 31 – August 3
Wild Jewels presents a stunning collection of designer handcrafted sterling silver, Paua (New Zealand Abalone), mother-of-pearl, semi-precious stones, and freshwater pearl jewelry. Their passion for superb quality ensures truly unique pieces that you will fall in love with and want to wear for a very long time.

Museum Shop


JOJI Pop-Up Shop
Thursday, August 7, 5 – 8 pm
Jean Mendillo Babbe started designing at a young age but made it her career after attending The Academy of Art in San Francisco. She has recently started designing a handbag and accessory line, JOJI. These pieces are created from colorful hand woven fabrics from Guatemala, blended with soft leathers and ethnic details.

Museum Shop

Mike Kelley, Apple Tree, 1982-83. Acrylic on paper. SBMA, Gift of Gerald Ayres.

Free Film Screening: Three Films by Mike Kelley
Thursday, August 14, 5:30 pm
The Banana Man, Kappa, and Family Tyranny/Cultural Soup
All three films highlight artist Mike Kelley's predilection for appropriating and then subverting already established socio-cultural archetypes and showcasing his ability to collaborate with equally provocative auteurs such as video artists Bruce and Norman Yonemoto and performance artist Paul McCarthy. 

This film will be introduced by UCSB Critical Theory and Integrative Studies Professor Colin Gardner. 

Mary Craig Auditorium
Reserve  tickets at the Visitor Services desks or online at



Left: Santa Barbara band The Kinds photo by Blue Caleel. Middle: Robert Wechsler, Circular Bike, Salvaged bikes, tube steel, yellow paint. Courtesy of the Artist. Right: Dada Disco

Dada Disco and Left Coast Artists' Party
Friday, August 15, 5:30 
– 7:30 pm

The Museum takes Atelier outside the box for an eccentric evening inspired by Left Coast: Recent Acquisitions of Contemporary Art and Living in the Timeless: Drawings by Beatrice Wood. Drawing on the avant-garde spirit of Beatrice Wood — also known as the Mama of Dada-and designed to celebrate West Coast individuality and edge, this event offers a playful evening of art, live music, dance, interactive installations, funky finger food, and specialty cocktails.

Tickets include funky finger foods, wine and signature cocktails.

This event is sponsored by Echelon A/V, The Brander Vineyard, Cutler's Artisan Spirits, and the Santa Barbara Independent.

$25 SBMA Members/$30 Non-Members
For more information or tickets, email, call 884.6423, or visit


Special Offer!
Buy one Atelier ticket, get one free, when you join as a new Member!

Folk Art International Pop-Up Shop
Saturday, September 13, 12 – 5 pm
Jewelry artist Patty Nulph creates contemporary sterling silver designs using freshwater pearls and semi-precious gemstones as well as limited edition hand-knotted necklaces. She began by importing and selling one-of-a-kind jewelry, beads, and textiles. Twice a year, Patty debuts a fresh exciting collection, each inspiring new "Accessories For Life."

Museum Shop


Canines on Camera: Pop-Up Portrait Studio
Sunday, September 28, 1 – 4 pm
Dogs and their people are invited to pose for a free portrait. Images available for download on the Museum’s Flickr page after the event.

Front Steps of the Museum


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