MCASB offers several artist talks each year featuring visiting and local artists, scholars, curators, and other special guests. These conversations provide the Santa Barbara community with the opportunity to engage with exhibiting contemporary artists, learn about their processes and inspirations, and participate in creative, intellectual discussion.
The smART Talks lecture series serves to increase awareness of regional contemporary art through a series of three talks a year by local artists about their work, careers, and creative process. The series, begun in 1996, was created in honor of Helen Rosenberg, mother of Susan Rose, and grandmother of Julie Weiner, and honors artists who live and work in the Santa Barbara area.
Enjoy Happy Hour with art, music, and friends at Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara during Curated Cocktails -- a popular culture and libations series, presented in conjunction with Downtown Santa Barbara’s monthly 1st Thursdays.
Located on the beautiful Paseo Nuevo Upper Arts Terrace in the heart of Santa Barbara, Curated Cocktails feature unique themes inspired by the current exhibitions.
Enjoy after-hours museum access, signature cocktails, DJ sets, and interactive art experiences.
Third Thursday Studio
Third Thursday Studios provide unique opportunities to explore techniques and themes of contemporary art inspired by selected artworks in current exhibitions through hands-on experimentation under the guidance of a featured guest artist. Materials are provided and experience not needed.
Space is limited to 12 participants. Please RSVP to the Coordinator of Engagement at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot.
Visiting Artist Series
MCASB’s Visiting Artist Series (VAS) pairs teaching artists with select non-profit organizations for (multi-visit) educational workshops that combine conversation and hands-on experimentation, inspire creativity and critical thinking, and promote meaningful engagement through contemporary art. Visiting Artist Series workshops can be held on site and off site.
To inquire about Visiting Artist Series (VAS) workshops please contact our Engagement Department at email@example.com or call 805.966.5373 x110.
Lara Favaretto, Snatching (detail), 2003 Courtesy the Artist; and Galleria Franco Noero, Turin, Italy. Photo: Norbert Miguletz / Kunsthalle Mainz.21 Feb, 19Upcoming
Join us for an engaging evening of creation, experimentation, and conversation over art and a glass of wine from Presqu’ile Winery. The Third Thursday…07 Mar, 19Upcoming
Contemporary art. Cocktails. Local DJs. Interactive art experiences. Let’s do it again! Curated Cocktails is back with an Italian twist inspired by the current…
Past Events for Adults
Investigate the lighter side of your dark side with writer and artist Simon Kiefer who will help participants explore the gifts hidden in our shadows…
London and Berlin-based artist Beatriz Olabarrieta will provide a performative Artist Talk in conjunction with her current exhibition on view at Museum of Contemporary Art…
Join us for a special seasonal celebration at Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara on the beautiful Paseo Nuevo Upper Arts Terrace! Mingle with friends,…
Kota Ezawa, Empty Frame, 2015, Duratrans transparency and LED lightbox, 24 x 33 in., Courtesy the Artist; Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica; and Haines Gallery, San Francisco.
Inspired by the exhibition Kota Ezawa: The Crime of Art, create original works of art using appropriated images including those that inform the work of…
Kota Ezawa, Kota, from the series The History of Photography Remix, 2006, Courtesy the Artist
For the past 15 years Kota Ezawa has transformed films, videos, photographs, and paintings into digital animations, light box installations, and outdoor sculptures. In this…
Enjoy an evening at Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara with delicious signature cocktails, interactive art activities, tunes by DJ Free Range, and after-hours admission…