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.
Past Events for Adults
avaf NY Studio (I Love the Guerrilla Girls), 2014, 2016, Digitally printed carpet, 70 x 101.42 in., Courtesy the Artist
Join us for a special evening with Executive Director and Chief Curator Miki Garcia , as she discusses the exhibition and examines key concepts in…
Enjoy the beauty of warm summer nights, art, and music with a live set from KCRW DJ Travis Holcombe at the Museum of Contemporary Art…
What is abstraction? Experiment with a fun process to find and define shapes, then create abstract compositions in a variety of materials with guest artist…
A New Art-making Series! The Third Thursday Studio program invites you to explore techniques and themes of contemporary art inspired by artists in the exhibition through…
Enjoy the beauty of warm summer nights, art, and music with a live set from KCRW DJ Chris Douridas at the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara. Located…
Amie Siegel, RM # 1-21, 2014, Suite of 21 chromogenic color prints, Dimensions variable, Installation photo: Wayne McCall, Courtesy Ratio 3, San Francisco and Simon Preston Gallery, New York.
For the past decade and a half, American artist Amie Siegel has worked between film, installation, photography and performance, rigorously questioning the tropes of cinematic…