Art Matters Lecture Series


Art Matters is presented by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and is a premier lecture series intended for continuing adult education in the history of art. Distinguished speakers come from the Santa Barbara area, as well as across the country, and occasionally, abroad. Art historians, curators, and conservators offer fascinating insights into their areas of specialization.


Since 2017, Art Matters speakers have been selected, introduced, and mediated by SBMA Deputy Director & Chief Curator, Eik Kahng.

Art Matters Lectures


Lucia Moholy: Documentary Absurdities

Jan Tichy
Artist, Educator, and Associate Professor at SAIC

Thursday, October 6
5:30 – 6:30 pm PT
What Might Have Been: The Promise of Thomas Cole’s Late Career

Frank Kelly, Ph.D.
Senior Curator and Christiane Ellis Valone Curator of American Paintings, National Gallery of Art

Thursday, November 3
5:30 – 6:30 pm PT
Looking at Impressionism and Thinking About Climate Change

Harmon Siegel, Ph.D.
Junior Fellow, Harvard Society of Fellows

Thursday, December 1
5:30 – 6:30 pm PT
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