Artist Talks

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.

To view past Artist Talks visit our YouTube channel!

smART Talks

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.

Curated Cocktails

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 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 or call 805.966.5373 x110.

Art Study Tours (AST)

Travel with MCASB! Experience curated art travel like never before. MCASB curator-led Art Study Tours take guests to important private art collections, behind the scenes at major museums, art galleries, and into artist studios. These all-inclusive trips feature beautiful accommodations, the best and newest restaurants, and access to must-visit cultural hotspots. All trips are planned for a minimum of ten participants to ensure every attention to detail, with quality of experience paramount.

To inquire about upcoming Art Study Tours please contact our Development Department at

Past Events for Adults

  • Third Studio Studio | Seeing Stars: Documenting Phosphenes

    Come join us for this hands-on workshop, Seeing Stars: Documenting Phosphenes, led by teaching artist Madeleine Galas on Thursday, November 18, 2021 from 6 -…

  • Artist Talk | Rosha Yaghmai

    Join us for a conversation featuring LA-based artist Rosha Yaghmai where she will discuss her current exhibition, Rosha Yaghmai: Drifters, at MCASB. Alongside Chief Curator…

  • Curated Cocktails

    Curated Cocktails Come by Curated Cocktails at MCASB! Beer from Topa Topa Brewing Co, crafts with Rebecca Haas from Ink.Paper.Crafts, and contemporary art make for…

  • Curated Cocktails

    Curated Cocktails Cocktails. Tunes. Interactive art experiences. Fall cocktails, beer from Topa Topa, and Halloween-inspired crafts make for a memorable evening for you, and your…

  • College Night Out!

    College Night Out returns to Paseo Nuevo! Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barabra (MCASB) is delighted to participate in this event just for college students.…

  • ELA x Uproot | Community Art in a Digital Age Panel

    Join us for a virtual conversation highlighting Uproot Artist Coalition with artists Harvest Keeney, Leah Moment, and Amanda (Mandy) Harris Williams. Moderated by ELA Fellow,…