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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 805.966.5373 x110.
02 May, 18Upcoming
Hear artist Andy Coolquitt talk about his exhibition Andy Coolquitt: i need a hole in my head, opening at MCASB’s satellite space at Hotel…03 May, 18Upcoming
Enjoy an evening at Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara with delicious signature cocktails, interactive art activities, vintage Latin tunes by the duo Transatlantic…09 May, 18Upcoming
Hear artist Andy Coolquitt talk about his exhibition Andy Coolquitt: i need a hole in my head, opening at MCASB’s satellite space at Hotel…Sculpture included in Midori Hirose’s installation at Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara: Of the Unicorn (And the Sundowner Kids), 2017, Polymethyl methacrylate, electronic components, paint, Dimensions variable. Courtesy the Artist
Past Events for Adults
MCASB Associate Curator Alexandra Terry examines the idea of repetition as rehearsal and homage of source materials and direct references in the work of Cecily…
Cecily Brown, Untitled (Bestiary)(detail), 2011, Watercolor on paper, Courtesy of the Artist.
Bring out the beast in you! Hunt for animals in the drawings in the exhibition Cecily Brown: Rehearsal and then create your own watercolor sketches…
Enjoy an evening at Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara as DJ Crash brings the sounds of the British Invasion to Paseo Nuevo’s beautiful Upper…
Cecily Brown, Strolling Actresses (After Hogarth), 2015. Watercolor and ink on paper. 51 1/2 x 79 inches. Courtesy of the artist.
Don’t be puzzled by Cecily Brown’s abstract figurative paintings! After exploring the exhibition Cecily Brown: Rehearsal, draw in front of the original works, then create…
Enjoy an evening at Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara with delicious signature cocktails, a special set of groovy cocktail tunes by DJ SkyPounce, an…
Cecily Brown, Untitled (Ladyland), 2012. Watercolor, gouache, and ink, 18 1/8 in. x 24 in. Courtesy the Artist. Photo by Genevieve Hanson
Join us for a very special date night at the museum! Enjoy an evening of working with original source materials used in drawings in the…