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

  • contemporary art UNLOCKED

    Be part of a conversation with museum professionals that provides insights into the institutional take-over Kunsthalle for Music. For this monthly one-hour art appreciation meet-up…

  • In Conversation | Exhibition Makers Vol. 4

    Have you ever wondered what it takes to make an exhibition? How to exhibit music? Ninette Paloma, Aerial Performer, and Robin Donaldson, Architect, share insight…

  • Curated Cocktails | Val-Mar Records

    Contemporary art. Cocktails. Local DJs. Interactive art experiences. Enjoy Curated Cocktails at MCASB inspired by the current exhibition Kunsthalle for Music. Delicious drinks, animated art…

  • In Conversation | Music – Dance – Performance

    How do sound, movement, spaces, and audiences converge? Join Dance Educator and Choreographer Meredith Cabaniss, Founder and Director at Selah Dance Collective, and Sound Artist…

  • Photo Courtesy Michael Chiu

    Artist Talk | Ari Benjamin Meyers

    Berlin based artist and composer Ari Benjamin Meyers will speak about his institutional take-over, Kunsthalle for Music and discuss its origin, its history, and its…

  • Last Look | Alexandra Terry & Special Guest Mike Orlando

    Reflect upon Bloom Projects: Brian Rochefort, Absorption by the Sun in its final hours over a glass of wine. Enjoy refreshments on the terrace before…