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Museum Admission - Early Entry

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is offering exclusive access to seniors (age 65+) or to those with health situations that require additional time/space in the galleries from 9 to 11 am. To ensure social distancing, advance ticketing reservations are highly recommended and guarantee your entry time.

Ticket Cost:
SBMA Member: Early Access (seniors age 65+ and high-risk visitors): FREE
Non-Member: Early Access (seniors age 65+ and high-risk visitors): FREE

Museum Admission

Welcome back to SBMA! To ensure social distancing in the galleries, advance ticketing reservations are highly recommended and guarantee your entry time.

Ticket Cost:
SBMA Member: Adult: FREE
SBMA Member: Senior (age 65+): FREE
SBMA Member: Child (ages 6-17): FREE
SBMA Member: Child (under 6 years): FREE
Non-Member: Adult: FREE
Non-Member: Senior (age 65+): FREE
Non-Member: Child (ages 6-17): FREE
Non-Member: Child (under 6 years): FREE

Fall After-School Multimedia Class (via Zoom, Ages 5 – 7): Land, Sea, and Sky

Tuesdays: November 3, 2020 – December 15, 2020
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Ages: 5 – 7

Move between painting and sculpting techniques as you reimagine the shapes, patterns, and textures of 2-dimensional landscapes, seascapes, and skyscapes from the Museum’s collection in 3-D. Drawing, painting, collage, and unexpected materials such as wood, wire, and modeling compound are utilized in the creation of three unique works of art during this class.

Instructor: Jason Summers

Jason Summers has been a teaching artist with the Santa Barbara Museum of Art for over 21 years. After years of outreach programs in schools, special events for families and educators, and seasonal art camps at our beloved Ridley-Tree Education Center at McCormick House, Jason’s heart is warm with the community connections and growing relationships with children and families through art! Jason loves to build with wood, sculpt with clay, collect rocks and plants to create artistic garden landscapes, and play just about any musical instrument he can find. Jason has a wonderful teenage son, they love to go on adventures in the Santa Barbara mountains and ocean together.

Class fees include custom art kits with all project materials. The kits will be available for curbside pick-up at the Ridley-Tree Education Center at McCormick House the Friday before the start of each session.

Ticket Cost:
SBMA Member: $100.00
Non-Member: $150.00

Parallel Stories (via Zoom) - Contained Restlessness: A Reading and Conversation with Terrance Hayes

Wednesday, November 4, 2020
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Terrance Hayes is an elegant and adventurous writer with disarming humor, grace, tenderness, and brilliant turns of phrase, and very much interested in what it means to be an artist and a black man. He has called poetry both "music box and meat grinder" and in his playful, almost improvisational approach to language, his writing takes on the energy and teasing rhythms of jazz. An athlete and artist as well as an award-winning poet, Hayes defies categorization or containment, just as his poetry uses and subverts canonical forms such as the sonnet to create both formal and rhetorical puzzles. Like many in these past months, he knows how to inhabit and make his own the space between flight and confinement. He moves fluidly, brilliantly, and unblinkingly in the space between word and image, between music and breath.

Terrance Hayes’s most recent publications include American Sonnets for My Past And Future Assassin (Penguin 2018) and To Float In The Space Between: Drawings and Essays in Conversation with Etheridge Knight (Wave, 2018). To Float In The Space Between was winner of the Poetry Foundation’s 2019 Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism and a finalist for the 2018 National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism. American Sonnets for My Past And Future Assassin won the Hurston/Wright 2019 Award for Poetry and was a finalist the 2018 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, the 2018 National Book Award in Poetry, the 2018 TS Eliot Prize for Poetry, and the 2018 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Hayes is a Professor of English at New York University.

Ticket Cost:
Virtual Experience via Zoom: FREE

Fall After-School Multimedia Class (via Zoom, Ages 8 – 12): Land, Sea, and Sky

Thursdays: November 5, 2020 – December 17, 2020
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Ages: 8 – 12

Move between painting and sculpting techniques as you reimagine the shapes, patterns, and textures of 2-dimensional landscapes, seascapes, and skyscapes from the Museum’s collection in 3-D. Drawing, painting, collage, and unexpected materials such as wood, wire, and modeling compound are utilized in the creation of three unique works of art during this class.

Instructor: Jason Summers

Jason Summers has been a teaching artist with the Santa Barbara Museum of Art for over 21 years. After years of outreach programs in schools, special events for families and educators, and seasonal art camps at our beloved Ridley-Tree Education Center at McCormick House, Jason’s heart is warm with the community connections and growing relationships with children and families through art! Jason loves to build with wood, sculpt with clay, collect rocks and plants to create artistic garden landscapes, and play just about any musical instrument he can find. Jason has a wonderful teenage son, they love to go on adventures in the Santa Barbara mountains and ocean together.

Class fees include custom art kits with all project materials. The kits will be available for curbside pick-up at the Ridley-Tree Education Center at McCormick House the Friday before the start of each session.

Ticket Cost:
SBMA Member: $100.00
Non-Member: $150.00

Art Matters Lecture - Race, Society, and Identity in 19th-century Mexican Costumbrismo with Mey-Yen Moriuchi (via Zoom)

Thursday, November 5, 2020
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Mey-Yen Moriuchi
Associate Professor of Art, La Salle University

Costumbrismo, a genre that took hold in Spain and Latin America, manifested itself through the visual and literary arts and sought to capture the customs, costumes, and traditions of everyday people and everyday life. In Mexico, it garnered particular momentum and prominence as the nation’s leaders tried to stabilize the country both politically and economically. Costumbrista artists desired to capture the corporeal physicality and presence of the Mexican people through their emphasis on naturalistic depiction and attention to detail. They created personal, constructed portrayals of Mexican life that were often romanticized and politicized. Ultimately, costumbrismo created a propagandistic, subjective language of representation that evaluated, critiqued, and celebrated 19th-century Mexican culture and traditions.

credit: José Agustín Arrieta, La Sorpreza (detail), 1850. Oil on canvas. Museo Nacional de Historia, INAH, Mexico City.

Ticket Cost:
Virtual Experience via Zoom: FREE

Adult Studio Art Workshop (via Zoom): Introduction to Drawing & Collage

Thursday, November 12, 2020
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Explore a contemporary approach to creating the illusion of space, gravity, and movement. Draw inspiration from Robin Vaccarino's Freeze Frame series, which combines an atmospheric background with detailed graphic elements. SBMA Senior Teaching Artist Tina Villadolid explores the value scale, thumbnail sketches, how to measure distance and angles with your pencil and eye, and going from sketch to collage and back again.

Required supplies:

  • paper
  • pencil (ebony drawing pencil recommended)
  • eraser
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • magazine pages with elements of sky, architecture, and nature (or whatever catches your eye)
  • charcoal or chalk pastels (optional)

Meet your instructor:
Tina Villadolid has been a Teaching Artist for the Santa Barbara Museum of Art for over 22 years. Connecting with the people in her community through art has brought her so much joy! Tina loves to paint with oils, sculpt with clay, create installation art, draw portraits with charcoal, and write songs. She is conversational in Spanish, has two grandchildren, is originally from New York City, and lives with her cat, Chappie James, Jr.

Adult Studio Art Workshop (via Zoom): Introduction to Drawing & Collage

Wednesday, November 18, 2020
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Explore a contemporary approach to creating the illusion of space, gravity, and movement. Draw inspiration from Robin Vaccarino's Freeze Frame series, which combines an atmospheric background with detailed graphic elements. SBMA Senior Teaching Artist Tina Villadolid explores the value scale, thumbnail sketches, how to measure distance and angles with your pencil and eye, and going from sketch to collage and back again.

Required supplies:

  • paper
  • pencil (ebony drawing pencil recommended)
  • eraser
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • magazine pages with elements of sky, architecture, and nature (or whatever catches your eye)
  • charcoal or chalk pastels (optional)

Meet your instructor:
Tina Villadolid has been a Teaching Artist for the Santa Barbara Museum of Art for over 22 years. Connecting with the people in her community through art has brought her so much joy! Tina loves to paint with oils, sculpt with clay, create installation art, draw portraits with charcoal, and write songs. She is conversational in Spanish, has two grandchildren, is originally from New York City, and lives with her cat, Chappie James, Jr.

Ticket Cost:
Workshop via Zoom: FREE

Artificial Intelligence and Art: The Case of Harold Cohen with Justin Underhill (via Zoom)

Tuesday, December 1, 2020
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This talk explores the work of Harold Cohen (1928 – 2016), a pioneer of art made by artificial intelligence. Cohen taught for decades at UC San Diego and wrote the art-making computer program AARON in the 1970s.

Justin Underhill, Ph.D., runs the Visualization Lab for Digital Art History at UC Berkeley and co-edits the International Journal for Digital Art History. He has published on topics ranging from Leonardo's Last Supper to Aztec architecture.

Ticket Cost:
Virtual Experience via Zoom: FREE

Art Matters Lecture - "What Matters is Boldness": Mexican Modernism in Context with Mark Castro (via Zoom)

Thursday, December 3, 2020
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Mark Castro
Jorge Baldor Curator of Latin American Art, Dallas Museum of Art

In the aftermath of Mexico’s violent civil war from 1910 to 1920, artists played a vital role in the construction of a new national identity. The works of the famous mural painters José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, and David Alfaro Siqueiros epitomized this transformation, capturing scenes from Mexico’s past, present, and an imagined future. Although of critical importance, these monumental works represent one facet of the rich history of Mexican modern art. This talk offers a glimpse of the complex history of innovation and debate that shaped Mexican art and in turn influenced modern art across the globe.

credit: David Alfaro Siqueiros, La colina de los muertos (detail), 1944. Duco on board. SBMA, Gift of Mrs. MacKinley Hel, 1969.35.51. © David Alfaro Siqueiros / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/SOMAAP, Mexico City.

Ticket Cost:
Virtual Experience via Zoom: FREE

Adult Studio Art Workshop (via Zoom): Watercolor Painting - Cloud SkyScape

Thursday, December 10, 2020
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Learn the basics of watercolor painting from SBMA Senior Teaching Artist Itoko Maeno. Focusing on painting the sky, this one-hour class is inspired by Frederic Church's Landscape at Sunset (1871). Study the artwork or take your own photograph of the sky to use as inspiration while you paint.

View the inspiration image for this class on the Museum’s online collection.

Required supplies:
  • Watercolor paper
  • Watercolor paint + brush
  • Two cups of water
  • Pencil
  • Paper towel or cloth

Meet your Instructor: Itoko Maeno

Itoko has been a Teaching Artist with the Santa Barbara Museum of Art for over 20 years. With specialties in painting, printmaking, and ceramics, she provides art lessons to all ages ranging from kindergarten students to adults. Celebrated for her watercolors, she also enjoys painting in oil and acrylic. Besides teaching art, Itoko has illustrated more than 20 picture book titles, including My Way Sally, awarded the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Picture Book, and Minou, nominated for the Caldecott Honor.

Ticket Cost:
Workshop via Zoom: FREE

Kwame S. Brathwaite in Conversation (via Zoom)

Sunday, December 13, 2020
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Kwame S. Brathwaite
Archive Director, The Kwame Brathwaite Archive

Kwame S. Brathwaite speaks with Charles Wylie, SBMA Curator of Photography and New Media, about the groundbreaking and enduringly relevant art of his father, the renowned photographer Kwame Brathwaite. With family and friends, Kwame Brathwaite created an irrepressible multi-faceted cultural movement in 1950s and 60s Harlem from which arose the affirmative personal and political statement, “Black is Beautiful.” Inspired by ideas of Pan-Africanism and attuned to the newly-derived central role of mass media in contemporary society, Brathwaite forged a new visual and cultural identity for African Americans via photography, fashion, and performance whose influence is still being felt. In an ongoing initiative, in 2018 the Santa Barbara Museum of Art acquired the first of its five photographs by Kwame Brathwaite, a selection of which will be on view at SBMA in the coming months.

credit: Kwame Brathwaite, Untitled (Self-Portrait) (detail). 1964, printed 2018. Archival pigment print, ed. 2/5. SBMA, Museum purchase with funds provided by PhotoFutures. © Kwame Brathwaite

Ticket Cost:
Virtual Experience via Zoom: FREE