Santa Barbara Museum of Art
1130 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA  93101-2746
(805) 963-4364 (Phone)   |   (805) 966-6840 (Fax)
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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 Categories:
    Art Museum,    Art Museum,    Museums/Attractions/Historic,    Visual Arts,

Business Hours:
    11 am - 5 pm (Tues-Sun); Closed Mondays

Payment Accepted:
    Cash,   Check,   Amex,   Discover,   MasterCard,   Visa,  

Location Type:
    Museum

Languages Spoken:
    English,  

Legal Entity:
    Non-Profit

Average Visit:
    1 hour

Guided Tours?
    Yes

Classes Offered?
    Yes.


 Recent News & Buzz!!
4/5/16 - Curator’s Choice Lecture: In The Flesh: Charles Long and Jonathan Lethem
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Thursday, April 7, 5:30 pm To celebrate SBMA's 75th anniversary and the re-installation of Charles Long’s sculpture Sundae Sculpting School (2000) in the Museum's Family Resource Center, this event brings together sculptor Charles Long and novelist, essayist, and cultural critic Jonathan Lethem to discuss their shared interest in the human body and how it distinctively informs their work. Sponsored by The Museum Contemporaries Free SBMA Members/$10 Non-Members/$6 Senior Non-Members, Reserve or purchase tickets at the Museum Visitor Services desks, or online at tickets.sbma.net.   Email
3/4/16 - Youth Symphony Concert at Santa Barbara Museum of Art Cancelled -- 3/5
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Due to the high chance of rain this Saturday, the Youth Symphony Concert at SBMA has been cancelled. The concert has not been rescheduled at this time, but we hope to bring it back next year! We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. ... Presented by: Santa Barbara Museum of Art ... Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art
12/4/15 - Wow!! SBMA Receives Charity Navigator’s Four-Star Rating & Ranks Second Nationally Among Art Museum
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The Santa Barbara Museum of Art (SBMA) has been recognized as a “Four Star Charity” by top, non-profit evaluator Charity Navigator. SBMA earned the second highest rating in the country among art museums ¯second only to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In addition, the Museum is fourth in the country among all arts, cultural, and humanities organizations (including museums, performing arts, libraries, and public broadcasting) as determined by Charity Navigator’s criteria of fiscal efficiency (administrative costs and overhead vs. programs and output) and financial transparency.
“We are pleased to be recognized for the efficacy and efficiency of our hard-working staff and volunteer groups, especially as we head in to the most significant renovation project in the Museum’s history,” notes Larry Feinberg, SBMA’s Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Director. “As we continue to friend-raise and fundraise, we can point to this as a demonstration to current and prospective donors that their contributions are used carefully and responsibly and their money will be applied very effectively¯with real results in the community.”
Founded in 2001, Charity Navigator has become the nation's largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities. In their quest to help donors, their team of professional analysts has examined tens of thousands of non-profit financial documents. They use this knowledge to develop an unbiased, objective, numbers-based rating system to assess over 8,000 of America's best-known and some lesser known, but worthy, charities.
Specifically, Charity Navigator's rating system examines two broad areas of a charity's performance; their Financial Health and their Accountability & Transparency. Ratings show givers how efficiently they believe a charity will use their support today, how well it has sustained its programs and services over time and their level of commitment to good governance, best practices, and openness with information.
The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is a privately funded, not-for-profit institution that presents internationally recognized collections and exhibitions and a broad array of cultural and educational activities as well as travel opportunities around the world.  Email
11/24/15 - Holiday Gift Workshop for kids ages 5 - 12 at SBMA on December 12!
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Gift Workshop, ages 5 - 12
This one-day workshop provides the opportunity for children to gain inspiration from works in the Museum’s collection and create handmade cards, prints, ornaments, and more. Students draw, paint, print, collage, and sculpt artful gifts to share with friends and family. Workshop size is limited to 30 children grouped by age.
Ridley-Tree Education Center at McCormick House, 1600 Santa Barbara Street
$60 SBMA Members/$70 Non-Members To register, visit www.sbma.net/kidsfamilies or contact Rachael Krieps at 884-6414 or rkrieps@sbma.net.
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11/11/15 - Saturday ... Wallbreaking Ceremony at Santa Barbara Museum of Art
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The public is invited to an evening at the Museum where we will celebrate the start of the most comprehensive renovation project in SBMA’s history. View renderings of the renovated spaces, talk with Museum and architectural staff, and enjoy art-making activities, art in the galleries, and refreshments.
RSVP to 805.963.4364 ext. 800 or online at my.sbma.net/wallbreaking
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9/11/15 - Studio Sundays on the Front Steps: Found Objects
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Visitors will create a mixed-media assemblage with found objects, sculpted clay forms, and details from Hebert Bayer’s black-and-white photograph "Shortly Before Dawn" (1936). All ages are welcome to participate in this hands-on workshop with SBMA Teaching Artists on the Museum’s front steps. FREE  Email
7/31/15 - Free Film Series -- August 13, 20 at Santa Barbara Museum of Art
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Programmed by Peter Bloom, Professor of Film and Media Studies, and Colin Gardner, Professor of Art, UC Santa Barbara, this three-part film series is offered in conjunction with the exhibition The Paintings of Moholy-Nagy: The Shape of Things to Come and addresses Moholy-Nagy’s involvement with cinema as filmmaker, production designer, and participant in the wide-ranging context of interwar, avant-garde art and documentary filmmaking culture, and highlights the function of urban space, abstraction, light play, and experimental design. A complete listing of films also at www.sbma.net. Mary Craig Auditorium

August 13: The Abstract City Presented by Peter Bloom (Department of Film and Media Studies, UCSB) Rain (dir. Joris Ivens, 1929, 12’) Urban Gypsies [Gross-Stadt Zigeuner] (dir. Lázsló Moholy-Nagy, 1932–33, 11’) Berlin, Symphony of a Great City (dir. Walther Ruttman, 1928, 65’)
August 20: Light Play Presented by Colin Gardner (Department of Art, UCSB) Rythmus 21 (dir. Hans Richter, 1921, 3’) Symphonie Diagonale (dir. Viking Eggeling, 1924, 5’) Ballet Mécanique (dir. Fernand Léger, 1924, 12’) Ein Lichtspiel Schwarz Weiss grau [A Lightplay black white gray] (dir. László Moholy-Nagy, 1930-32, 5’17”) Circles (dir. Oskar Fischinger, 1933, 2’) Allegretto (dir. Oskar Fischinger, 1936, 3’) An Optical Poem (dir. Oskar Fischinger, 1938, 7’) Scherzo (dir. Norman McLaren, 1939, 1’) [Unseen Cinema, vol. 3] Radio Dynamics (dir. Oskar Fischinger, 1942, 4’) Lapis (dir. James Whitney, 1963-1966, 10’) Arabesque (dir. John Whitney, 1975, 7’) Light (dir. Jordan Belson, 1971, 8’) Saugus Series (dir. Pat O’Neill, 1974, 18’)
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7/16/15 - FREE Film Series addresses Moholy-Nagy's involvement with the cinema...begins July 30 at SBMA!
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Programmed by Peter Bloom, Professor of Film and Media Studies, and Colin Gardner, Professor of Art, UC Santa Barbara, this three-part film series addresses László Moholy-Nagy’s involvement with cinema as filmmaker, production designer, and participant in the wide-ranging context of interwar, avant-garde art, and documentary film-making culture, and highlights the function of urban space, abstraction, light play, and experimental design. In conjunction with the current exhibition The Paintings of Moholy-Nagy: The Shape of Things to Come.
1/13/15 - Renowned art historian Michael Fried visits SBMA!
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Michael Fried holds the J.R. Herbert Boone Chair in the Humanities at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. Fried is one of the most influential art historians, art critics, and literary critics working today and has published richly and variously on a wide range of subjects, from Caravaggio through contemporary “art” photography. Mary Craig Auditorium Free 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.
1/6/15 - Studio Sundays at SBMA!
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Capture the fleeting quality of light on the landscape like the Impressionists by creating composition in broken brushwork, inspired by Claude Monet during this month's FREE Studio Sunday on the Front Steps! Join us from 1:30 to 4:30 pm January 11 for hands-on workshop with SBMA Teaching Artists. For more information and related events, visit www.sbma.net/kidsfamilies.
12/19/14 - Botticelli, Titian, and Beyond: Masterpieces of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums
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This beautiful and powerfully moving exhibition explores the evolution of Italian painting over five centuries, from late medieval works of the 14th century to Impressionist pictures of the 19th. Drawn from the Glasgow Museums’ outstanding Italian holdings, the show features works by some of the greatest masters of the these periods, including Giovanni Bellini, Sandro Botticelli, Domenichino, Francesco Guardi, Salvator Rosa, Luca Signorelli, and Titian; many of the pictures have never before been exhibited outside of Scotland. The Santa Barbara Museum of Art represents this travelling exhibition’s exclusive West Coast venue. The character of Glasgow’s Italian collection was largely determined by the tastes of Archibald McLellan (1797–1854), a coach builder and discriminating collector who spent much of his wealth on art and bequeathed his extensive collection to the city. McLellan acquired representative examples of all of the principal artistic schools of Italy. Most of the pictures are religious or mythological in subject and were obtained because of the moral and religious ideals they manifested rather than for any personal reasons or tastes. Botticelli, Titian, and Beyond: Masterpieces of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums is organized by the American Federation of Arts and Glasgow Museums. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities. This exhibition tour is generously supported by d'Amico Societa di Navigazione, the JFM Foundation and Mrs. Donald M. Cox. In-kind support is provided by Barbara and Richard S. Lane and Christie’s. The exhibition in Santa Barbara is generously supported by the SBMA Women’s Board, Elaine F. Stepanek Foundation, Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree, Willfong Family Trust, In Memory of Don and Alice Willfong, Robert and Christine Emmons, the Italian Cultural Institute, under the auspices of the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles and the Embassy of Italy in Washington DC, and the Robert Lehman Foundation, Inc. This project is funded in part by the Events and Festivals Grant Program using funds provided by the City of Santa Barbara in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission.
11/25/14 - Last minute gift ideas! Local designer Caron Miller wearable art at Museum Pop-Up Shop on 12/13
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Saturday , December 13, 12 – 5 pm .... Caron Miller Pop-Up Shop .... Caron Miller’s wearable art and fashionable accessories fit every style and size. Her beautifully handcrafted products are made in Santa Barbara with travel, fashion, and function in mind. Come meet Caron and Bootsie (Caron's Chichuahua/Terrier mix) and try on something that makes you feel “beautimous” (Caron’s word for fabulous, gorgeous, and divinely beautiful!) .... Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Art / Museum Shop, 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara
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.
Museum Shop
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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



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