Santa Barbara Museum of Art
1130 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA  93101-2746

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Year Founded:
    1941
Description:
   The Museum has developed a unique identity in Ancient Art, Asian Art (Chinese, Japanese, Indian & Tibetan), 19th & early 20th Century French, English & American Art, International Modernism, Works on Paper, Photography, & Contemporary Art.
    Influenced by the community as a whole and by individual collectors of major importance, the holdings of the Museum have taken on a character specific to this institution.
    The Museum's strong education and outreach program is multi-faceted: docent-led tours for children and adults, classroom slide talks, family days at the Museum, teacher workshops, lectures, adult education classes, and studio art classes for all ages at the Ridley-Tree Education Center at McCormick House.
    Much of the educational programming at the Museum is carried out by docents, who together volunteer more than 10,000 hours of service each year. Before they become "the voices of the Museum," the docents spend a year in training, receiving rigorous art history and public speaking instruction. Docents who have been with the Museum more than five years may specialize in a certain area of expertise, such as Asian or French art.
Museum Category:
    Art


Business Hours:
    11 am - 5 pm (Tues-Sun); Closed Mondays
Location Type:
    Museum
Payment Accepted:
    Cash,   Check,   Amex,   Discover,   MasterCard,   Visa,  
Languages Spoken:
    English,  
General Business Classification:
    Arts, Music, Entertainment, Festivals
    Categories:
    Art Museum
    Art Museum
    Museums/Attractions/Historic
    Visual Arts

Legal Entity:
    Non-Profit
Number of Employees:
    26 - 50
Average Visit:
    1 hour
Guided Tours?
    Yes
Classes Offered?
    Yes.

www.sbmuseart.org
 Recent Buzzes!!
11/18/14 - 1st Thursday -- December 4 -- at SBMA!
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5–7:30 pm ... Felix vs. Fido ... Watch the Videos and Vote for Your Favorite. Gather on the Museum's Front Steps and watch a curated collection of looped cat and dog videos -— from six-second videos to short films and everything in between—curated by SBMA Curator of Photography Karen Sinsheimer and UCSB Professor of Critical Theory and Integrated Studies Colin Gardner. Then cast your vote (Cat vs. Dog) on slips of paper, and see who wins during 1st Thursday! Free.
5:30–7:30 pm ... Family 1st Thursday: Animal Locomotion ... Draw elephants or raccoons on sheets of acetate film to create the illusion of animals in motion after Eadweard Muybridge’s photographs in Art to Zoo: Exploring Animal Natures ... in the Family Resource Center. Free.
6:30–7 pm ... Quire of Voyces ... This dynamic a capella group returns to SBMA! The group was founded in 1993 to rediscover the sacred choral music of the Renaissance and modern age. Nathan Kreitzer conducts 25 professional singers from the Central Coast who volunteer their talents to present the highest quality of performance all in historic settings.... Ludington Court/Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Free
11/17/14 - Save the Date! Erin Graffy Book Signing -- 12/3 at Santa Barbara Museum of Art
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Local author Erin Graffy promotes her most recent publication Old Spanish Days: Santa Barbara History Through Public Art, with her other books also available. 5 – 8 pm at the Museum Shop
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10/27/14 - Award-winning Telegraph Quartet to perform at SBMA on November 12
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Out of 48 competing ensembles from around the world, the Telegraph Quartet recently won the coveted Grand Prize of the 2014 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the Gold Medal in the Senior String Division. Their program includes Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 74, No. 1, Henry Cowell’s String Quartet No. 4 “United” and String Quartet K. 465 “Dissonance” by Mozart. Mary Craig Auditorium
$18 SBMA Members/$22 Non-Members Purchase tickets at the Museum Visitor Services desks or online at tickets.sbma.net.
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10/22/14 - SBMA presents "Pop-Up Opera" on Thursday, Nov 6 at 5 PM
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As SBMA prepares for its exhibition of Italian masterpieces from Glasgow Museums in 2015, Opera Santa Barbara gets a head start by performing selections from Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto in the Museum galleries. Enjoy musical pieces also paired with the permanent collection presentation Art to Zoo: Exploring Animal Natures. Free. WHEN: Thursday, November 6 at 5 pm
6/26/14 - Save the Date! A. Arthur Fisher Book Signing -- 7/24
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"Fiesta: A Coffee Table Book" .... 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.
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6/24/14 - FREE Lunchtime Demonstration of Historical Dances on SBMA Front Steps July 1st @ Noon
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Participants of the Santa Barbara Historical Dance Workshop, produced by The New York Baroque Dance Company at UCSB, bring historical dances out of the studio and onto the steps of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art for a 45-minute lunchtime performance. Internationally acclaimed Richard Powers and his students―both professional and vintage dancers―will demonstrate waltz variations from the 19th century that are rarely seen today. Powers will speak about the unique aspects of the dance and then the students will perform variations which were all the rage across Europe. In addition, Bruno Benne, visiting guest artist from Paris, will demonstrate the Beauchamps Sarabande―a dance style at the root of what has grown into the classical French tradition and so beautifully captured in the paintings of Degas. Guest artists from The New York Baroque Dance Company Justin Coates, Carly Fox Horton, and Alexis Silver will perform in 18th-century costume, making a visual link between dance and the paintings and sculpture of the period, on view at SBMA. The New York Baroque Dance Company directed by Catherine Turocy is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. It is the leading historical dance company in the United States and has performed in Europe, Asia, Mexico and Canada. More information at www.nybaroquedance.org
Museum Front Steps Free
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6/12/14 - Pulitzer Prize finalist play by Will Eno "Thom Pain (based on nothing)" at SBMA on June 26 and 28!
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Local theatre artists Mitchell Thomas (Westmont, Lit Moon) and Maurice Lord (Genesis West) collaborate to bring Thom Pain (based on nothing) to SBMA! A theatrical experience that promises to be intimate, mind-bending and brutally funny. Thom Pain examines a history of lost love and lost innocence through recklessly reckoning the only three or four things that have happened to him in his life. The writing cleverly subverts the audience's every expectation in this celebration of the extraordinary wonder of being utterly ordinary. As Thom Pain desperately and uncomfortably searches for the answers we come to realize that He's just like us, except worse and it isn't really his story at all, but ours.
Will Eno’s internationally heralded play Thom Pain (based on nothing) had a year-long run at the DR2 in New York following a sold-out run at the August 2004 International Edinburgh Festival (Fringe First Award and the Herald Angel Award), and a subsequent transfer to the Soho Theatre in London. The play has been produced across the United States, as well as Italy, Germany, France, Norway, Denmark, Israel, Mexico, and many other countries. Thom Pain (based on nothing) was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize in Drama.   Website
4/24/14 - Free Film Screening: "A Sense of Place: Santa Barbara’s Public Art Legacy"
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This is the debut screening of a documentary highlighting recent public art projects in Santa Barbara and the City’s cultural legacy through a series of interviews with artists and community leaders. It was produced by the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission in collaboration with City TV. (60 min.) This screening is made possible through a partnership with the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Mary Craig Auditorium Free Seating is limited. First come, first seated.   Website
4/18/14 - Become a Docent ... Recruitment Reception ... Tuesday, May 6, 3 – 5 pm
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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 the Docent Recruitment Reception or contact Rachael Krieps, Manager of School and Docent Programs at 884.6441 or rkrieps@sbma.net.   Website
4/14/14 - Docent Recruitment Reception
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Tuesday, May 6, 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 the Docent Recruitment Reception or contact Rachael Krieps, Manager of School and Docent Programs at 884.6441 or rkrieps@sbma.net.   Website
4/14/14 - Free Summer Concert Series
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2 p.m. on Thursdays, July 10, 17, 24, 31; August 31 Join us for a series of 60-minute concerts featuring Music Academy of the West Fellows. Mary Craig Auditorium Free 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   Website
4/14/14 - Free Film Screening: Lost Frontier
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Thursday, July 17, 5:30 pm This documentary by Tamar Helpern and Chris Quilty provides an intimate glimpse into the mind and method of farmed artists and musician Llyn Foulkes, who is featured in the Museum’s exhibition Left Coast: Recent Acquisitions of Contemporary Art. Cited as illuminating and provocative, the film follows the artist for seven years as he creates, destroys, and recreates a contemporary masterpiece. Introduced by UCSB Critical Theory and Integrative Studies Professor, Colin Gardner Mary Craig Auditorium Free Reserve tickets at the Visitor Services desks or online at tickets.sbma.net.   Website
4/11/14 - Free Film Screening: Mama of Dada
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Thursday, June 19, 5:30 p.m. ... This documentary, written and directed by Thomas L. Neff, tells the story of Beatrice Wood, the renowned ceramist and member of the Dada art movement in the 1910s. The film adeptly examines this mercurial figure and her relationships with renown figures Marcel Duchamp, Henri-Pierre Roché, and others. (1994, 53 min.) Introduced by UCSB Critical Theory and Integrative Studies Professor, Colin Gardner Mary Craig Auditorium Free Reserve tickets at the Visitor Services desks or online at tickets.sbma.net.   Website
4/11/14 - Summer Art Venture Camps
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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 includes painters and sculptors, a children's book illustrator, a ceramicist, a graphic designer, and an art historian who are all experienced art educators. $215 SBMA Members/$250 Non-Members To register, visit www.sbma.net/kidsfamilies   Website
4/11/14 - Mar Jewelry Trunk Show
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Thursday, June 5, 5 – 8 p.m. ... 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 Store   Website
4/11/14 - Curator's Choice Lecture: Francis M. Naumann Not the Mama of Dada: Beatrice Wood's Early Career in N
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Thursday, May 22, 5:30 p.m. ... This lecture by renowned Dada scholar Francis M. Naumann traces Beatrice Wood's early artistic career and involvement with the New York Dada community. Exploring her significant relationships with collectors Walter and Louise Arensberg, artist Marcel Duchamp, writer and diplomat Henri-Pierre Roché, and others, Naumann contextualizes the formative experiences that shaped Wood’s unique persona and art. 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 tickets.sbma.net.   Website
4/11/14 - Walking While Talking: Daumier and the Salon
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Thursday, May 8, 6:30 p.m. ... Former SBMA exhibition intern Elizabeth Saari Browne provides an introduction to Honoré Daumier’s series of entertaining lithographs on view beginning March 23. Ridley-Tree Gallery FREE   Website
4/11/14 - Pearls of Whimsy Trunk Show
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Saturday, May 3, 12 – 5 p.m. ... With every piece of Pearls of Whimsy jewelry, artist Roxanna Keyani strives to create works of art that can be worn and enjoyed every day. Luxurious semiprecious stones, pearls, and Swarovski crystals are combined in delicate strands of wire crochet, which are sometimes braided together and sometimes left free to create unique "cloud" pieces. The results are light, brilliant, and whimsical pieces of jewelry that are unique and never duplicated. Museum Store   Website
4/11/14 - Pop-Up Opera
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Thursday, April 24, 6 p.m. ... Opera Santa Barbara returns to present another pop-up opera performance in the Museum's galleries. This concert pays tribute to SBMA's exhibition Michelle Stuart: Drawn from Nature and connects to contemporary American music. Museum galleries FREE   Website
4/11/14 - Exhibiting the Art of Yoga
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Sunday, April 13, 2:30 p.m. ... Debra Diamond, Associate Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and the Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution Yoga is a global phenomenon practiced by millions of people seeking spiritual insight and better health. Debra Diamond, curator of the Sackler’s exhibition, Yoga: The Art of Transformation, presents an illustrated lecture demonstrating how sculptures and paintings can shed new light on yoga’s centrality in Indian culture and its diverse manifestations in the past and present. She also addresses the interpretative and display strategies employed in this exhibition, in order to convey some of the challenges in exhibiting the artworks related to what is today a highly contested tradition. Yoga: The Art of Transformation, the world's first exhibition of yogic art, is currently on view at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum until May 25. This lecture is presented by SBMA’s Friends of Asian Art in collaboration with Drishti Yoga, the White Lotus Foundation, and UCSB's Department of Religious Studies, the South Asian Reading and Focus Group at the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center and the Department of History of Art and Architecture. Mary Craig Auditorium Free to SBMA Members and Students/ $10 Non-Members/ $6 Senior Non-Members Reserve or purchase tickets at the Visitor Services desks or online at tickets.sbma.net.   Website
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