Bloom Projects

This exhibition series is programmed at MCASB’s Main Space location, in the Charles Bloom Foundation Gallery. Bloom Projects features newly commissioned artwork by regional, national, and international emerging or under-recognized artists. Bloom Projects gives contemporary artists whose work has begun to garner significant attention an opportunity to move beyond their studio practice, encouraging experimentation and giving them the resources necessary to further their careers as professional visual artists. An online brochure, with scholarly essays written by MCASB or guest curators, accompanies each exhibition.


Current & Future Bloom Projects

Brian Rochefort sculptures

Bloom Projects: Brian Rochefort, Absorption by the Sun

Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB) is pleased to announce the first solo institutional exhibition of Los Angeles, California-based artist Brian Rochefort. As part…

Past Bloom Projects

Bloom Projects: Beatriz Olabarrieta, Ask the Dust

*Please note the new closing date of January 20, 2019. Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara is pleased to present Bloom Projects: Beatriz Olabarrieta, Ask…

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

Bloom Projects Exchange Series: Midori Hirose, Of The Unicorn (and the Sundowner Kids)

In collaboration with Portland Museum of Modern Art (PMOMA), Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB) presents Midori Hirose’s first solo museum exhibition, Midori Hirose: Of…

Silvestre Pestana, Fractal Trees, 2003, Argon tubes and glass (7 elements), Dimensions Variable, Installation view from the exhibition, Silvestre Pestana: Tecnoforma, at Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, PT, 2016. Photo: Filipe Braga © The Serralves Foundation. Courtesy the Artist and The Serralves Foundation, Porto, PT

Bloom Projects Exchange Series: Silvestre Pestana, Breathless

The first solo museum exhibition of Silvestre Pestana’s work in the U.S., Breathless features an intimate view into the vast universe of one of Portugal’s…

Bean Gilsdorf, The Final Roles, 2015, Wool and polyester, 20 x 25 in., Courtesy the Artist

Bloom Projects Exchange Series: Bean Gilsdorf, Soft Actor

In collaboration with Art Practical, an online art publication based in San Francisco, CA, MCASB presents a solo exhibition by artist and writer, Bean Gilsdorf.…

Khvay Samnang, Human Nature, 2010-2011, Digital C-Print, 31.5 x 47.24 in., Courtesy the artist and SA SA BASSAC, Phnom Penh

Bloom Projects Exchange Series: Khvay Samnang, Footprints of Yantra Man

In collaboration with Sa Sa Bassac, a gallery and resource center based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, MCASB presents a solo exhibition by Khvay Samnang (b.…

Michael DeLucia, Exhibition view, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Brussels, 2014, Courtesy the Artist and Galerie Nathalie Obadia. Photo: WE DOCUMENT ART

Bloom Projects: Michael Delucia, Appearance Preserving Simplification

Michael DeLucia (lives and works in Brooklyn, NY) uses sculpture and installation to suggest a conflict between the digital and physical realms, underscoring a growing…