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June/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

July 13
Left Coast
Reimagine a setting for Elad Lassry’s Wolf (Blue) by making ink drawings of what you think is inside the box the wolf is standing on. Assemble the drawings and a transparency of the wolf into a shadow box.

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



Left: Robert Wecshler, Economies of Scale, 2005. Cast iron. Right: Sommer Roman, Aristolochia (detail), 2011.Micron archival ink on Arches Aquarelle (Cold Press) paper.  

Teen Master Classes

Sculpting in Concrete with Robert Wechsler 
 Friday, July 7  11, 9 am  3 pm
Ages 13  16

This class explores the sculptural potential of concrete, making this familiar, but largely industrial, material accessible. Learn the basics of using concrete as an artistic medium, investigate how to prepare, cast, and color it to create a variety of volumetric forms, and practice basic mold-making techniques to produce vessels, sculptural objects, and architectural structures.

Patterns in Nature: Exploratory Drawing with Sommer Roman
Monday – Friday, July 14 – 18 and July 21  25, 9 am – 3 pm
Ages 13  16

This class combines both drawing and design techniques to create original, nature-inspired drawings and repeatable designs. Practice looking closely at the natural world and explore hand-picked items found in nature, as well as microscopic images of plant and animal life, to act as the foundation for original works of art. The invisible is made visible and the micro becomes macro. Learn techniques of varying line quality, mark making, enlarging, transferring, inversion, and repeating patterns, and explore various drawing media including pencil, ink, and oil pastel. Each student is encouraged to engage fully in order to complete three to four portfolio-worthy art works over the course of the week.

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


Summer Art Academy for Adults
Unlocking the Secrets of Wabi-Sabi in Art
Monday – Friday, July 7 – 11, 9:30 am – 3:15 pm
Wabi-sabi is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, humble, and unconventional. Explore this inspiring aesthetic and philosophy through art and writing. This creative journey culminates in paintings, printmaking projects, photography, and mixed-media collages. Create innovative and exciting art pieces using techniques that render ideas and impressions with confidence, freedom, and fluency. Keep an illustrated artist's journal of the week, and observe how wabi-sabi emerges in your poems, observations, and memoirs.

Facilitators: Teaching Artists Joni Chancer and Gina Rester-Zodrow
Location: Crane Country Day School (SBMA Partner School)

$285 SBMA Members/$295 Non-Members
To register, visit

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


Llyn Foulkes, Mr. President, 2006. Oil and acrylic on wood, mounted on canvas. SBMA, Museum purchase.

Free Film Screening: Lost Frontier
Thursday, July 17, 5:30 pm
This documentary by Tamar Halpern and Chris Quilty provides an intimate glimpse into the mind and method of famed artist and musician Llyn Foulkes. Cited as illuminating and provocative, the film follows the artist for seven years as he creates, destroys, and recreates a contemporary masterpiece. 

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


A. Arthur Fisher Book Signing
Thursday, July 24, 5 – 8 pm
This 240-page coffee table book revisits the history of Old Spanish Days’ annual Fiesta celebration, which first began in 1924. The hardbound book contains 640 intriguing photographs from various perspectives and historic locations, from front row and on-stage with the dancers, to middle-of-the-street parade, to backstage and behind the scenes. Local photographer A. Arthur Fisher served as the Official Old Spanish Days photographer. Join him through 11 years of photography of this colorful celebration, framed by editor Jim Youngson's culmination of historic quotes and contemporary retrospectives.

Museum Shop


Kim Jones as Mudman, Venice, California, December 1975

Artist Lecture: Kim Jones
Sunday, July 27, 2 – 3:30 pm
Kim Jones became famous in Southern California as a performance artist, particularly for his alter ego, Mudman. Caked in mud, bearing a lattice appendage of sticks attached to his back, wearing a headdress and nylon mask, he appeared on city streets on and around Venice Beach and in Los Angeles in the 1970s. Part walking sculpture, part shaman, part urban cult figure, Mudman became a powerful icon for an era defined by the Vietnam War and a fascination with alternative lifestyles and non-Western religious practices. 

Now living and working in New York City, Jones has become known more recently for his "War Drawings," exhaustively detailed pencil and erasure drawings in which x-men and dot-men endlessly engage and disengage. One of these drawingsa tryptichis on view in the current exhibition Left Coast: Recent Acquisitions of Contemporary Art. The lecture offers a rare opportunity to learn more about the artist, who will also sign copies of his retrospective catalogue Mudman: The Odyssey of Kim Jones (MIT Press, 2007) directly following the lecture. 

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


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



Dada Disco and Left Coast Artists' Party
Friday, August 15, 5:30 
– 7:30 pm
Atelier goes outside the box with disco, donuts, live music, a chair that purrs, karaoke, rumpled sheets, and a bicycle trip to nowhere. 

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


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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