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UPCOMING EVENTS

Museum Admission

Tuesday – Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm
Thursdays, 11 am – 8 pm

Welcome back to SBMA! Advance ticketing reservations are highly recommended and guarantee your entry time.

Special Exhibition - Through Vincent’s Eyes: Van Gogh and His Sources

February 27 - May 22, 2022
Tuesday – Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm
Thursdays, 11 am – 8 pm

ADVANCE TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE

Through Vincent’s Eyes: Van Gogh and His Sources seeks to immerse viewers in the visual imagination of one of the most beloved artists in the world. Presenting 20 works of art by Van Gogh alongside some 75 objects selected to reflect the surprisingly varied art that he most admired, the show firmly reconnects Vincent to his late 19th-century context. Over 60 artists are represented in the exhibition, including Jules Breton, Anton Mauve, Jean-François Raffaëlli, Eugène Delacroix, Claude Monet, and Paul Gauguin.

Advance ticketing reservations are highly recommended and guarantee your entry time.

General Museum admission is included with this ticket.

credit: Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853-1890), Wheat Field (Le Champ de Blé) (detail), 1888. Oil on canvas. Honolulu Museum of Art, Gift of Mrs. Richard A. Cooke and Family in memory of Richard A. Cooke, 1946.

Sketching in the Galleries

Thursday, February 10, 2022
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

All skill levels are invited to experience the tradition of sketching from original works of art in current exhibitions. Museum Teaching Artists provide general guidance and all materials.

Ticket Cost:
General Admission: FREE

Writing in the Galleries

Thursday, February 17, 2022
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Writers of all levels are invited to participate in this informal exploration of the Museum’s galleries as an impetus to writing. Monthly sessions are led by a visiting writer who begins with a conversation and prompts, partially inspired by works on view. Participants write on their own, then reconvene to share and comment on each other’s work. Please bring something on which to write.

In February, essayist, and lecturer at UC Santa Barbara, Ellen O’Connell Whittet leads her second winter session in Meditated Nature.

Ticket Cost:
General Admission: FREE

Members Opening Preview Day: Through Vincent’s Eyes: Van Gogh and His Sources

Saturday, February 26, 2022
11 am – 4 pm

This event is for Members Only. If you would like to attend, you may Join today.

Larry J. Feinberg, Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Director, and the Board of Trustees of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art cordially invite all Museum Members to celebrate the exhibition opening of Through Vincent’s Eyes: Van Gogh and His Sources.

Directions for Entry

  • Please check in at the State Street entrance.
  • Reservations for timed entry are required.
  • Event subject to change due to COVID conditions.

credit: Vincent Van Gogh (Dutch, 1853-1890), Les Vessenots in Auvers (detail), 1890. Oil on canvas. Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, inv. no. 559, 1978.41. (c) Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza. Madrid.

Ticket Cost:
SBMA Member: FREE

Sketching in the Galleries

Thursday, March 10, 2022
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

All skill levels are invited to experience the tradition of sketching from original works of art in current exhibitions. Museum Teaching Artists provide general guidance and all materials.

Ticket Cost:
General Admission: FREE

Vincent (in Person)

Sunday, March 20, 2022
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Vincent is the critically lauded one-man play, written by Emmy-nominated actor Leonard Nimoy, that paints a thoughtful, imaginary scenario about one of the most famous names in the art world, Vincent van Gogh. Based on excerpts from the hundreds of letters exchanged between the artist and his brother Theo, this version of the intimately scaled play features Charles Pasternak, award-winning actor and Designate Artistic Director of Santa Cruz Shakespeare, in the dual roles of Vincent and Theo.

A co-production of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and Ensemble Theatre Company.

This event is in person at Santa Barbara Museum of Art's Mary Craig Auditorium.

Ticket Cost:
SBMA Member: $10.00
Non-Member: $15.00

Vincent (in Person)

Sunday, March 20, 2022
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Vincent is the critically lauded one-man play, written by Emmy-nominated actor Leonard Nimoy, that paints a thoughtful, imaginary scenario about one of the most famous names in the art world, Vincent van Gogh. Based on excerpts from the hundreds of letters exchanged between the artist and his brother Theo, this version of the intimately scaled play features Charles Pasternak, award-winning actor and Designate Artistic Director of Santa Cruz Shakespeare, in the dual roles of Vincent and Theo.

A co-production of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and Ensemble Theatre Company.

This event is in person at Santa Barbara Museum of Art's Mary Craig Auditorium.

Ticket Cost:
SBMA Member: $10.00
Non-Member: $15.00

Arod Quartet (in Person)

Tuesday, March 22, 2022
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

With all four members only in their twenties, the Paris-based Arod Quartet has already dazzled awestruck chamber-music lovers in concerts at such prestigious venues as the Auditorium of the Louvre in Paris and the Verbier Festival in Switzerland. The Arod quickly skyrocketed to international attention when they won the coveted First Prize of the 2016 ARD International Music Competition in Munich, having already taken First Prize at the Carl Nielsen Chamber Music Competition in Copenhagen. In April 2019 the Quartet undertook its American debut tour, which featured its inaugural Carnegie Hall performance—one of the only European chamber ensembles ever to make its Carnegie Hall debut on its first trip to the United States. This will be the Arod Quartet’s first performance at SBMA.

They will perform Mozart’s String Quartet No. 19 in C Major, K 465 “Dissonance”, Bartók’s String Quartet No. 1 in A minor, No. 1, and Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major.

This event is in person at Santa Barbara Museum of Art's Mary Craig Auditorium.

Ticket Cost:
SBMA Member: $20.00
Non-Member: $25.00

Parallel Stories - On Freedom: A Conversation with Author Maggie Nelson (in Person)

Thursday, March 31, 2022
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Author Maggie Nelson returns to SBMA’s Parallel Stories with a reading and discussion of On Freedom: Four Songs of Care and Constraint, a boundary-pushing, provocative work that explores the notion of freedom through four lenses: art, sex, drugs, and the climate. In this highly anticipated follow-up to the award-winning The Argonauts, Nelson continues to astound as “one of the most electrifying writers at work in America today, among the sharpest and most supple thinkers of her generation” (The Guardian).

This event is in person at Santa Barbara Museum of Art's Mary Craig Auditorium.

Ticket Cost:
SBMA Member: $5.00
Non-Member: $10.00

Chamber Music Concert: Valencia Baryton Project (in Person)

Thursday, April 28, 2022
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The Valencia Baryton Project was formed by colleagues from the opera of the Palau de les Arts (Valencia) and the Orchestre Nationale de Montpellier with the vision of performing the nearly 160 works written by Franz Joseph Haydn for the baryton as well as compositions by other composers, both modern and classical. At the heart of the ensemble is the traditional baryton trio—baryton, viola, and violoncello—for which Haydn wrote 123 works of outstanding beauty during his time as the court composer for the Prince Esterhazy of Austria. The Valencia Baryton Project's debut CD with Naxos Records saw them as the cover feature of Spain's principal classical music publication, Ritmo, and the album has been met with glowing reviews such as "delightfully inventive" (The Strad), "and exquisite work of chamber music playing" (Ritmo) and "a deep and stylish sound" (American Record Guide).With Alex Friedhoff (former Music Academy of the West student, 2004 and 2005) on cello, Estevan Reis on viola, and Matthew Baker, who is one of only a handful baryton performers in the world, the Valencia Baryton Project have delighted audiences in North, Central and South America as well as Europe with what is considered to have been the pinnacle of aristocratic instruments of the classical era. This will be Valencia Baryton Project’s first time performing at SBMA and they are “really looking forward to showcasing this beautiful but nearly unknown chapter in Haydn’s life.”

Their program features Haydn’s Baryton Trio n. 58 in D major, Hob. XI:58, Baryton Trio n. 87 in A minor, Hob. XI:87, Baryton Trio n. 9 in A major, Hob. XI:9, Baryton Trio n. 55 in G Major, Hob. XI:55 and Baryton Trio n. 69 in D major, Hob. XI:69, as well as John Pickup’s Prelude n. 1 and Steve Zink’s The River.

They will perform Mozart’s String Quartet No. 19 in C Major, K 465 “Dissonance”, Bartók’s String Quartet No. 1 in A minor, No. 1, and Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major.

This event is in person at Santa Barbara Museum of Art's Mary Craig Auditorium.

Ticket Cost:
SBMA Member: $20.00
Non-Member: $25.00