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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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September / October

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.

Watercolor Still Life
Thursday, October 2, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Paint in watercolor directly from flower arrangements, inspired by the five floral paintings on view in Degas to Chagall: Important Loans from The Armand Hammer Foundation.



Studio Sundays on the Front Steps
October 12
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


Art to Zoo: Animals in Art

Wednesdays, September 24 - December 17, 3:30 pm
Draw, paint, print, and sculpt amazing animal art inspired by photographs in the SBMA exhibition Art to Zoo: Exploring Animal Natures and other creatures in the Museum’s collections. Paintings of beloved pets, prints of exotic elephants, and sculptures of imaginary bugs keep young artists creatively engaged in this new after-school class.

SBMA's Ridley-Tree Education Center at McCormick House, 1600 Santa Barbara Street
$300 Members/$350 Non-Members
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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 in conjunction with the opening of Art to Zoo: Exploring Animal Natures.
 While you wait, sculpt your pooche's name in air-dry clay and arrange it on drawing paper to create a multi-colored sun print. Images available for download on the Museum’s Flickr page after the event.

Appointment times are available. Call 884.6423 or email for more information.

Front Steps of the Museum


Water festival ( Jal Vinar), Indian, Rajasthan, early 20th century. Ink and color on cotton, 78 x 91 in. Lent by Julia Emerson 

Fall Adult Studio Class
Lilies & Light: The Pond in Printmaking

October 11, 9 am – 3 pm 
In this full-day Adult Studio Class, inspired by works in the Asian Collection of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, create two projects: a multi-colored, layered monoprint and a chine-collé piece using delicate, abstractly printed papers. Both works explore the effects of adding shadows and highlights to water, creating the sense of reflection and movement in ponds, lakes, or river scenes. Use the large, on-site printing press and more easily accessible printmaking materials and methods.
Facilitators: Joni Chancer, SBMA Program Consultant and Teaching Artist, & Gina Rester-Zodrow, SBMA Teaching Artist
Ridley-Tree Education Center at McCormick House
$85 SBMA Members/$90 Non-Members (includes all materials for the class)
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Pasquier Trio

Wednesday, October 15, 7:30 pm
The French musicians that comprise this trio have been playing together for over three decades since they were students at the National Conservatory of Music in Paris. Each graduated with top honors from the Conservatory where they went on to hold important faculty positions and rapidly established major solo careers. In the years since, they have toured extensively throughout Europe, the United States, and Canada. Their performance includes Schubert’s Trio No. 2 in B-flat Major, D. 581, Schnittke’s String Trio, Op. 191, Machuel’s String Trio, “
Leçons Des Ténèbres” and Beethoven’s Trio No. 1 in E-flat Major, Op. 3.

Mary Craig Auditorium
$18 SBMA Members/$22 Non-Members
Purchase tickets at the Museum Visitor Services desks or online at


Curator’s Choice Lecture: William Ewing

Landmark: The Fields of Photography: From the Sublime to the Ridiculous
Thursday, October 16, 5:30 pm
William A. Ewing is a curator, author and museum director whose 40-year career has been split equally on both sides of the Atlantic. Former Director of the Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland, Ewing speaks about the rich tradition of landscape photography. A book signing of his newest publication Landmark: The Fields of Landscape Photography follows the lecture.

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

Curator's Choice Lecture: Jorge Pardo

Thursday, October 23, 5:30 pm
Artist Jorge Pardo is known for sculptures and large-scale installations that deftly straddle art, design, and architecture — challenging the conventional boundaries of these realms as well as the protocols of the museum exhibition. In conjunction with the Contemporary/Modern: Selections from the Permanent Collection exhibition, which features Pardo’s colossal lamp sculpture Untitled (Sea Urchin) (2012), the lecture is a special opportunity to hear the artist reflect on his work and process.

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


Stabiles Santa Barbara Pop-Up Shop
Saturday, October 25, 12-5 pm
Samuel Guzman is a Santa Barbara designer and artist in full swing and focused on the work he truly loves. Guzman’s Stabiles are hand-crafted wire sculptures made from a single wire accentuated by a Tillandsia (air plant) and constructed without the use of adhesives or welding. The structures embody a unique aesthetic by balancing weight and space in an organic form.

Museum Shop


Día de los Muertos

Sunday, October 26, 1 – 4 pm
The Museum honors the Mexican tradition of remembering the dead with a variety of family festivities in the galleries and back plaza including music and dance performances, art-making activities, bilingual storytelling, a special display of altars created by school and community groups, and traditional refreshments.




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