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 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.

Past Events for Adults

  • Summer Roman, Ormosia, 2011, reclaimed fabric, 5.5" x 6", Courtesy the artist.

    Third Thursday Studio: Soft Sculptures

    Experiment with fiber art at March’s Third Thursday Studio. Sommer Roman will lead attendees in stitching, stuffing, wrapping, and rolling provided textiles to create their…

  • Curated Cocktails

    March’s Curated Cocktails features a special set from DJ Persian House Cat in addition to signature cocktails and hands-on art activities. The Museum is open…

  • Bean Gilsdorf, DoubleDouble RR, 2015; wool and polyester; 87 x 66 in.

    Third Thursday Studio: Dismantling Icons

    February’s Third Thursday Studio offers attendees the unique opportunity to work with Warsaw-based artist Bean Gilsdorf to explore processes and ideas that motivate her work.…

  • Bean Gilsdorf, courtesy the artist.

    Artist Talk with Bean Gilsdorf

    Bean Gilsdorf is an artist, writer, and editor who combines the methods of each to produce hybrid objects, performances, texts, and installations. Her projects have…

  • In Conversation with Bean Gilsdorf and Patricia Maloney

    Are you an aspiring writer for the arts? We invite you to join local, national, and international arts writers in conversation and discuss questions like:…

  • Curated Cocktails

    Sip on signature cocktails and enjoy a set from DJ Magneto while you explore two new exhibitions, Rimini Protokoll: City as Stage and Bloom Projects…