"Through Vincent's Eyes: Van Gogh and His Sources" Community Partners

Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890), "Roses," 1890. Oil on canvas, 27 15/16 × 35 7/16 in. National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, gift of Pamela Harriman in memory of W. Averell Harriman

In conjunction with the exhibition Through Vincent’s Eyes: Van Gogh and His Sources, on view at and organized by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, please enjoy a variety of performances, activities, and visuals occurring throughout the community with the participation of the following partner organizations. Taking cues from themes in the SBMA exhibition and serving art lovers of every age, the community partners across the Santa Barbara community will immerse visitors in the visual imagination of one of the most idolized artists in the world.


Van Gogh Family Workshop

February 27, 10 am – 12 pm, 1 – 3 pm
Location: Lotusland

The whole family is invited to sketch and paint in the open air on the beautiful grounds of Ganna Walska Lotusland, inspired by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s exhibition Through Vincent’s Eyes: Van Gogh and His Sources.

Van Gogh Adult Workshop

March 5, 1 – 4 pm
Location: Lotusland

Santa Barbara Museum of Art Teaching Artists and Loutusland guides will accompany and instruct participants in plein air painting in the beautiful gardens. Artists of all levels are invited to paint in the garden under the heady double influence of Lotusland and Van Gogh.


MCASB Collectors' Series: Vincent Van Gogh's Influence on Collecting Contemporary Art

Thursday, March 3, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Location: Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara

Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara's 'Collectors' Series' brings together experts in the field of contemporary art and beyond to examine trends and movements within the realm of art collection. Through conversations with artists, patrons, curators, and galleries this series aims to make sense of the 'art market' and how it pertains to the support of artistic production.

Opera Santa Barbara

Pop-Up Opera

Thursday, March 3, 5:30 pm
Additional dates TBD

Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Opera Santa Barbara is presenting two works inspired by the exhibition in a special Pop-Up Opera: The Starry Night by Jake Heggie with texts from Anne Sexton, Van Gogh, and Emily Dickinson; and Dear Theo by Ben Moore which are based on letters of Vincent Van Gogh to his brother Theo.

MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation

Van Gogh Virtual Reality Experience

Saturdays, March 5 – May 21
1 – 5 pm
Location: Onsite at MOXI

Step into the vivid colors of Van Gogh’s palette and explore worlds featured in his paintings with MOXI’s virtual reality (VR) experience, “The Night Cafe.” Included with general admission to MOXI, the immersive VR environment allows users to explore the world of Vincent Van Gogh in 3D.

Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative

March 10, 2022

The Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative is presenting an immersive and interactive experience to inspire through the influences of Van Gogh.

Ensemble Theater Co.


Date and Time: TBD

Vincent is the critically lauded one-man play, written by Emmy-nominated actor Leonard Nimoy, that movingly reveals Vincent van Gogh as few knew him. Based on more than 500 letters exchanged between van Gogh and his brother Theo, the play examines the passion and torment of the extraordinary artist's life and death as seen through his brother's eyes. Theo recollects these letters and speaks about him to a gathering of peers. This version of Vincent co-produced by The Santa Barbara Museum of Art and Ensemble Theatre Company will be presented as a reading with a multimedia experience displaying Van Gogh’s works through projection as Theo talks about them, allowing you to view these paintings and drawings while listening to their fascinating backstories. This production, presented at the museum, is bound to pique your curiosity about one of the world’s most renowned artists and offer a brand new perspective on his works.

Santa Barbara Symphony

Sonic Boom and Romance in a New Key

Sonic Boom

March 19, 7:30 pm & March 20, 3 pm
Location: The Granada Theatre

Featuring guest artist Cameron Carpenter, the Santa Barbara Symphony is performing “Sonic Boom,” a performance of two works from the era of Van Gogh, Poulenc's “Concerto for Organ,” and Saint-Saens' "Romance in a New Key" famous organ symphony.

Romance in a New Key

April 23, 7:30 pm & April 24, 3 pm
Location: The Granada Theatre

The Santa Barbara Symphony is also presenting "Romance in a New Key," featuring guest artists, the Silver/Garburg piano duo performing an interpretation of a piano concerto (for 4 hands) by Schumann and interpreted by Brahms, which was originally written in Van Gogh's time.

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Art Meets Science: Pigments from Nature, Inspiration from Van Gogh

April 23, 11 am – 1 pm
Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History will present Art Meets Science: Pigments from Nature, Inspiration from Van Gogh, with participants exploring the colorful world of natural pigments used by artists for centuries and learning the process of natural dyeing and the art of shibori textile folding techniques from a local fiber artist.

Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture

Ongoing, February 27, 2022 – May 22, 2022
Location: State Street

The Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture is presenting larger-than-life sunflower sculptures on State Street inspired by Van Gogh’s well-known sunflowers series. The six sculptures will be custom-crafted by Santa Barbara artists and artisans and customized by local students. The sunflowers will be viewable during the run of the exhibition.

Downtown Organization

Live Painting

March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
April 7, 14, 21, 28
May 5, 12, 19
Location: 1000 Block, State Street

The Downtown Organization is hosting artists for painting Van Gogh inspired pieces en plein air at the 1000 block of State Street. See an artist at work every Thursday during the Promenade Market throughout the run of the exhibition. Additionally, as part of the State Street Flag Program, the Downtown Organization is excited to facilitate the flying of the Van Gogh flags as part of this exhibition. As you are enjoying everything this exhibition is offering, make sure to look up!

Sullivan Goss

January 28 – April 1, 10 am – 5:30 pm daily
Location: Sullivan Goss Gallery

Sullivan Goss is presenting En France Encore, an exhibition from the estate of Leon Dabo, a french-born American artist who became well known before the First World War as a Tonalist painter. After his time spent in Europe as an intelligence officer for France during the war, his work took a dramatic turn towards post-impressionism with pieces that show the obvious influence of Van Gogh's work.

La Arcada

Special Offerings

Location: La Arcada Plaza, next door to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art

La Arcada is celebrating the exhibition with Van Gogh-inspired décor and offerings throughout the plaza including shop items and specialty drinks and entrees. On March 5, enjoy sunflower face painting to show some Van Gogh appreciation.

La Cumbre Center for Creative Arts

Inspired by Van Gogh

March 7 - April 3, 2022
La Cumbre Center for Creative Arts is introducing “Inspired by Van Gogh,” a one-month juried art show featuring art by local artists. Each selected artist displayed will give gallery visitors insight into how Van Gogh continues to inspire artists. All work will be available for purchase.

Mid-February to the beginning of May
LCCCA is hosting a student program to engage young artists in learning about Van Gogh’s style and influences including a judged competition to highlight the outstanding works created during the program.

February and April
LCCCA is sponsoring lectures by outside speakers regarding Van Gogh, his life, and his art.

El Encanto, a Belmond Hotel

Location: El Encanto

Guests can purchase a special Van Gogh Hotel Package when booking their room that includes a VIP ticket to the exhibition, as well as special in-room amenities such as a sunflower bouquet.

Once a month during the exhibition, El Encanto is opening their infamous ocean-facing terrace after hours where guests will be invited to sip on a themed cocktail under the stars while enjoying a special speaker series, poetry readings, or music inspired by Van Gogh's art.

Also, enjoy an outdoor art class on the property inspired by Van Gogh's work. To top off the experience, El Encanto will partner with local artists and participants can enjoy a glass of wine while they paint.

10 West Gallery

10 West Gallery is hosting artists as they paint live from a vibrant bouquet of flowers inspired by Van Gogh’s well-known floral works. When the paintings are finished, they will be available for purchase online or at the gallery as they dry.

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