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.
Barry McGee, Untitled (detail), 2018, Courtesy Ratio 3, San Francisco, and Cheim & Read, New York.19 Jul, 18Upcoming
Look for Barry McGee’s signature cartoon faces throughout the exhibition, Barry McGee: SB Mid Summer Intensive, then create your own cast of cartoon characters…25 Jul, 18Upcoming
Michael Matheson will speak about his work that combines historical references to folk art, Americana, and popular culture in large woodblock prints as well…02 Aug, 18Upcoming
FREE. ALL AGES. OUTDOORS. Savor warm summer nights with art, cocktails, and live music from KCRW DJ Marion Hodges at Museum of Contemporary Art…16 Aug, 18Upcoming
Explore words, letters, and typography in the exhibition Barry McGee: SB Mid Summer Intensive! Develop a personal type or font and then design a one…06 Sep, 18Upcoming
FREE. ALL AGES. OUTDOORS. Savor warm summer nights with art, cocktails, and live music from KCRW DJ Travis Holcombe at Museum of Contemporary Art…20 Sep, 18Upcoming
Play with color and patterns and create geometric designs inspired by the colorful abstract paintings in the exhibition Barry McGee: SB Mid Summer Intensive.…28 Sep, 18Upcoming
In conjunction with Barry McGee: SB Mid Summer Intensive, join the MCASB Contemporaries at Channel Islands Surfboards for an evening dedicated to the art…
Past Events for Adults
If those skateboards could talk! Join Inga Guzyte in conversation with Nathan Vonk, owner of Sullivan Goss - An American Gallery, discussing how her one-of-a-kind…
FREE. ALL AGES. OUTDOORS. Savor warm summer nights with art, cocktails, and live music from KCRW DJ Aaron Byrd at Museum of Contemporary Art Santa…
Join local artist Danny Meza in conversation with Nathan Vonk, owner of Sullivan Goss - An American Gallery, as they examine Meza’s unique artistic style…
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…
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
Explore the connections between traditional handcrafting and digital processes with sculptor Emily Baker, MFA, after discussing the 3D scanned and printed works in the exhibition…
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 Indigo…