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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.


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April / May 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.




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

May 11
Acrylic Paint
Beatrice Wood

Mix acrylic paint with water to create washes to colorize your Beatrice Wood inspired portrait on canvas then finish by outlining the features in bold black lines.


Michelle Stuart, Niagara Gorge Path Relocated, 1975. Rocks, earth (red Iron Oxide) from site, Lewiston, NY, on muslin-backed rag paper, 460 x 5.2 feet. 2013 © Michelle Stuart, Courtesy Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York.

Pop-Up Opera
Thursday, April 24, 6 – 6:45 pm
Opera Santa Barbara returns to present another pop-up opera performance in the Museum's galleries. This concert pays tribute to SBMA's exhibition Michelle Stuart: Drawn from Nature and connects to contemporary American music.

Museum galleries


Cayetana Conrad

Off the Wall
Saturday, April 26, 6 pm
Back by popular demand, the SBMA Women's Board announces Off The Wall. The fun evening features terrific suspense as tickets are randomly drawn and guests select a work of art donated by local artists to take home.

The $350 ticket price admits two people and guarantees one piece of art.
For tickets and more information, visit


Pearls of Whimsy Trunk Show
Saturday, May 3, 12 – 5 pm
With every piece of Pearls of Whimsy jewelry, artist Roxanna Keyani strives to create works of art that can be worn and enjoyed every day. Luxurious semiprecious stones, pearls, and Swarovski crystals are combined in delicate strands of wire crochet, which are sometimes braided together and sometimes left free to create unique "cloud" pieces. The results are light, brilliant, and whimsical pieces of jewelry that are unique and never duplicated.

Museum Store


Docent Recruitment Reception
Tuesday, May 6, 3 – 5 pm
For visitors to SBMA, docents are the institution's welcoming face and informed voice. A volunteer corps comprised of approximately 65 men and women from all backgrounds,
docents support the arts by giving gallery tours to both adults and students. The Museum is currently looking for volunteers to participate in a training program that begins in September.

For more information, attend the Docent Recruitment Reception or contact Rachael Krieps, Manager of School and Docent Programs at 884.6441 or


Walking While Talking: Daumier and the Salon
Thursday, May 8, 6:30 pm
Former SBMA exhibition intern Elizabeth Saari Browne provides an introduction to Honoré Daumier’s series of entertaining lithographs on view beginning March 23.

Ridley-Tree Gallery


A Sense of Place: Santa Barbara’s Public Art Legacy

Free Film Screening

Thursday, May 15, 5:30 pm
This is the debut screening of a documentary highlighting recent public art projects in Santa Barbara and the City’s cultural legacy through a series of interviews with artists and community leaders. It was produced by the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission in collaboration with City TV. (60 min.)

Mary Craig Auditorium

Seating is limited. First come, first seated.
This screening is made possible through a partnership with the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.


Beatrice Wood, A Nun’s Dream, 1996. Pencil and colored pencil on paper. SBMA, Gift of Francis M. Naumann and Marie T. Keller.

Curator's Choice Lecture: Francis M. Naumann
Not the Mama of Dada: Beatrice Wood's Early Career in New York
Thursday, May 22, 5:30 pm
This lecture by renowned Dada scholar Francis M. Naumann traces Beatrice Wood's early artistic career and involvement with the New York Dada community. Exploring her significant relationships with collectors Walter and Louise Arensberg, artist Marcel Duchamp, writer and diplomat Henri-Pierre Roché, and others, Naumann contextualizes the formative experiences that shaped Wood’s unique persona and art.

Mary Craig Auditorium
Free to SBMA Members and Students / $10 Non-Members / $6 Senior Non-Members
Reserve or purchase tickets at the Visitor Services desks or online at


Mar Jewelry Trunk Show
Thursday, June 5, 5 – 8 pm
Mar Jewelry has been designed and made in Santa Barbara for over 30 years. Each piece is meticulously handmade in the studio using a variety of high-quality materials, including sterling silver, gold, seaglass, and pearls. The innovative designs have collected numerous awards and the pieces are showcased in galleries and museums stores throughout the United States.

Museum Store


Free Film Screening: Mama of Dada
Thursday, June 19, 5:30 pm
This documentary, written and directed by Thomas L. Neff, tells the story of Beatrice Wood, the renowned ceramist and member of the Dada art movement in the 1910s. The film adeptly examines this mercurial figure and her relationships with renown figures Marcel Duchamp, Henri-Pierre Roché, and others. (1994, 53 min.)
Introduced by UCSB Critical Theory and Integrative Studies Professor, Colin Gardner

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


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



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