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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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Kobayashi KIYOCHIKA, The Painter’s Gesture; Eye of the Needle; Blowing the Fire; Haircut, from the series “One Hundred Faces: Supplement to Thirty-Two Faces,” March 1883. Color woodblock print. SBMA, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Roland A. Way.

Curator's Choice Lecture: Miriam Wattles
Mastering Light and Darkness: The Art of Kobayashi KIYOCHIKA
Sunday, May 3, 2:30 pm

One of the last great ukiyo-e (floating world picture) masters of Japan, Kobayashi KIYOCHIKA (1847–1915) is well known for his intense engagement with Western artistic practices in his prints and paintings. Having studied under both Western and Japanese artists, his range and output was astounding. His oeuvre included radical experimentations with light and shadow in Tokyo landscapes, battle scenes of the Sino- and Russo-Japanese wars, biting political satire and militaristic propaganda, as well as paintings and prints that gave a comical twist to traditional themes. Miriam Wattles, professor of Japanese Art History at UC Santa Barbara, focuses on Kiyochika’s paintings and prints from the Museum's permanent collection, highlighting the way he combined dark and light humor in his satirical cartoons and propaganda series.

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

Stick Performance by Emmett Chapman
Thursday, May 7, 5:30 – 6:30 pm

In 1969, the Stick was created to embody the advantages of an electric guitar, while exploring the range of two-handed playing. This is a special opportunity to hear canonical pieces by Impressionist composers, such as Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel, as interpreted by the Stick’s inventor, Emmett Chapman, in conversation with important paintings from the ongoing exhibition Degas to Chagall: Important Loans from The Armand Hammer Foundation.

Ridley-Tree Gallery


Family 1st Thursday
May 7, 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 8 pm.

Kawase HASUI, Evening Snow in Terajima Village, from the series “Twelve Episodes of Tokyo,” 1920. Color woodblock print. SBMA, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Roland A. Way

Painting Prints
May 7, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Paint a snowy town scene in gouache and watercolor on Indigo paper inspired by the color woodblock print Evening Snow in Terajima Village by Kawase HASUI.

Ray Stanford Strong, Twilight, Mt. Hood (Near Cherryville, Oregon), 1927. Oil on linen. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Museum purchase with funds provided by Robert and Marlene Veloz.

Twilight Landscapes
June 4, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Sketch diffused sunlight on a landscape in chalk pastel on tan paper, then use a masking technique to create a dark tree line against the sky, inspired by Ray Strong’s Twilight, Mt. Hood (Near Cherryville, Oregon).

Jewels by Alisa Winston Pop-Up Shop

Saturday, May 9, 12 – 5 pm

Just in time for Mother’s Day! Alisa Winston creates jewelry that seems effortlessly glamorous. However, behind this stunningly simple jewelry are stones of the highest quality and exquisite artistry. Winston notes, “My raw materials range from semi-precious gems, lapis lazuli, carnelian, and pearls, to native fair trade stones. I never lose sight of comfort and durability. I find the perfect balance of beauty and everyday wearability.”

Museum Shop


Studio Sundays on the Front Steps

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.


Watercolor Wash
Birds and Blossom Ceramics in the Asian Galleries
May 10, 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Form a shallow pinch bowl with air-dry clay, carve delicate bird and blossom designs into the surface, and finish with a monochrome watercolor wash to create contrast.

Air-Dry Terracotta Clay
Fragment of Snake Goddess in the Asian Galleries
June 14, 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Sculpt your own version of an ancient Indian snake goddess in terracotta clay. Add texture to the form with patterns painted in red and black.

Docent Recruitment Reception

Tuesday, May 19, 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 this Docent Recruitment Reception or contact Rachael Krieps, Manager of School and Docent Programs at 805.884.6441 or

Mar Jewelry Pop-Up Shop

Saturday, May 23, 12 – 5 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 Shop

Ray Stanford Strong, Requiem for Maynard Dixon, 1946. Oil on linen. SBMA, Museum purchase with funds provided by Robert and Marlene Veloz.

Sketching in the Galleries: The Landscapes of Ray Strong
Thursday, May 28, 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Experience the tradition of sketching and be inspired by the dynamic landscapes on view in the intimate installation Ray Strong: Beyond Santa Barbara. All skill levels are welcome. Teaching Artists provide general guidance and all materials. This program is open to 10 participants (age 16 and above) on a first come, first serve basis. 

Sign-up begins at 5:15 pm at the State Street Visitor Services Desk.

Summer ArtVenture Camps

June 15 – August 21
Monday – Friday, 9 am – 3 pm

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.

For more information or registration, visit

Lansdowne Hermes, Roman, Hadrianic Period (117-138 CE); Marble; Gift of Wright S. Ludington.

Sketching in the Galleries: The Figure in Classical Antiquity
Thursday, June 25, 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Capture the contour lines of the classically rendered human form after guided viewing of select Greco-Roman sculptures in the Museum’s antiquities collection. Practice drawing light and shadow on musculature and drapery through the use of dark and light values.
All skill levels are welcome. Teaching Artists provide general guidance and all materials. This program is open to 10 participants (age 16 and above) on a first come, first serve basis.

Sign-up begins at 5:15 pm at the State Street Visitor Services Desk.

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