Adults

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.

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.

Special thanks to The Goodland Hotel, Outpost at the Goodland, Telegraph Brewing Company, and The Bobcat Room.

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 engagement@mcasantabarbara.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 engagement@mcasantabarbara.org or call 805.966.5373 x110.


Past Events for Adults

  • Curated Cocktails | KCRW Summer Nights

    Contemporary art. Cocktails. KCRW DJs. Interactive art experiences. Enjoy a summer night art party at Curated Cocktails: Summer Nights with KCRW, an unforgettable evening of art…

  • Artist Talk | Brian Rochefort

    Join artist Brian Rochefort for an exclusive walk through the current exhibition Bloom Projects: Brian Rochefort, Absorption by the Sun as he shares about his…

  • CANCELLED | Third Thursday Studio | Alchemy: Bath Bombs and More

    *Note that this event has unfortunately been cancelled* Come play with soap, scents, and suds and create bath bombs inspired by the explosively colorful vessels…

  • Curated Cocktails | Summer Nights with KCRW

    Contemporary art. Cocktails. KCRW DJs. Interactive art experiences. Enjoy a summer night art party at Curated Cocktails: Summer Nights with KCRW, an unforgettable evening of art…

  • Photo Courtesy Michael Chiu

    COMING SOON: Ari Benjamin Meyers

    Meet the artist and the curator, Abaseh Mirvali, and enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and as we kick off MCASB’s new series, Coming Soon,…

  • Third Thursday Studio | Mini Movies

    Join filmmaker Ted Mills as he leads you through a mini filmmaking workshop! Create visual poetry, video haikus, and miniatures of light, color, and sound.…