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Art Exhibits in Santa Barbara

Do you love a good gallery hop? Or are you looking for the latest opening exhibits? Maybe you just want to escape to the sanctity of the nearest coffee shop art show. Whatever your palette, Santa Barbara's art exhibits are sure to excite. Explore them below.

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Friday Oct 24, 2014


Arte Intimo, Arte Publico: Spirit, Vision, and Form: The Art of Judy Baca
  • October 24, 2014 - December 19, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring every week day
  • Times: 9AM-10PM
  • Address: University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106
  • Phone: 805-893-8411
  • Venue: UCSB MultiCultural Center

Judy Baca is a world-renowned painter and muralist, community arts pioneer, scholar and educator. Currently a professor of Chicano/a Studies and World Arts and Cultures at UCLA, she was the founder of the first City of Los Angeles Mural Program in 1974.

Contemporary/Modern: Selections from the Permanent Collection
  • October 24, 2014 - January 04, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues-Sun: 11AM-5PM; Thurs: 11AM-8PM; closed on Mon
  • Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-884-6474
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

 Works in the exhibition date from 1958 to 2014, and together highlight the persistent influence of modernism. The most recent works inventively reference and reinterpret the past-including both popular and obscure forms of painting, architecture, and design.

Saintly and Spirited: Art Made of Tin
  • October 24, 2014 - December 31, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues - Sat 12-4PM
  • Address: 1023 Bath Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-1032
  • Venue: Casa Dolores

Casa Dolores is pleased to present the new exhibition, Saintly and Spirited: Art Made of Tin. The story of tin traverses continents and mining trails, centuries and cultures. Once meant for utilitarian purposes, it grows to become an important material that crosses the creative spectrum in Mexico: from painting the divine on retablos and symbolic offerings for milagros, to domestic ornament, the carnivalesque and recycled product for design. Mexican tin art is both private in devotion and publi... Details

Sideways at the Elverhoj Museum
  • October 24, 2014 - November 02, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Wed - Sun: 11AM-4PM; Closed Mon & Tues.
  • Address: 1624 Elverhoy Way, Solvang, CA 93464
  • Phone: 805-686-1211
  • Venue: Elverhoj Museum of History & Art

Sideways at the Elverhoj Museum - show will feature Film Stills by Merie Weismiller Wallace, SMPSP highlighting local areas seen on the film.  Reception will be held on Oct. 4, 4-6PM. Please contact museum for more details.    

Under the Umbrella: Lutah Maria Riggs & Her Santa Barbara Style
  • October 24, 2014 - March 20, 2015
  • Times: Tues-Sat 10AM-5PM; Sun 12-5PM
  • Address: 136 E. De La Guerra Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Historical Museum

Explore the life and work of architect and draftswoman Lutah Maria Riggs and her contribution to what has become "Santa Barbara Style". The special exhibition celebrates the iconic architectural elements that define America's Riviera - white walls with arched openings, red-tile, wrought iron, classical Mediterranean mixed with Art Moderne, and a focus on outdoor living and enjoying the views.

Artist-in-Residence: Eric Beltz, The Cave of Treasures
  • October 24, 2014 - May 01, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring every week day
  • Times: Wed-Sun; 12-5PM
  • Location: Art, Design & Architecture Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Address: Art, Design & Architecture Museum, UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA 93107-7130
  • Phone: 805-893-2951

As the 2014 Artist-in-Residence, Eric Beltz will present an ambitious new project, The Cave of Treasures, a dramatic departure for the artist who is known for his intimately scaled, highly-detailed graphite drawings.

Barton Myers: Works of Architecture and Urbanism
  • October 24, 2014 - December 12, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Wed-Sun; 12-5PM
  • Location: Art, Design & Architecture Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Address: Art, Design & Architecture Museum, UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA 93107-7130
  • Phone: 805-893-2951

Barton Myers first attracted attention in the late 1960s for his civic buildings and urban projects in Canada. He returned to the United States in 1984 to open a Los Angeles office and became known for his performing arts centers, campus buildings, and steel houses among many projects.

Bollywood 101: The Visual Culture of Bollywood Film Posters
  • October 24, 2014 - December 12, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Wed-Sun; 12-5PM
  • Location: Art, Design & Architecture Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Address: Art, Design & Architecture Museum, UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA 93107-7130
  • Phone: 805-893-2951

This exhibition explores the history of Bollywood posters and their influence on popular culture, religion, and art. Showcased alongside the film posters are prints, calendars, images of temples dedicated to Bollywood film stars, as well as wedding posters.

Casa Dolores: Mexican Objects from the Permanent Collection
  • October 24, 2014 - February 28, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues-Sat 12-4PM
  • Address: 1023 Bath Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-1032
  • Venue: Casa Dolores

On view from the Permanent Collection of Casa Dolores, works of art in clay, leather, wood, textile and silver, representing the vast regions of Mexico and artisan craft traditions of the 20th century. Roger Brown ceramics in garden. In English and Spanish. Exhibition ongoing.

Degas to Chagall: Important Loans from the Armand Hammer Foundation
  • October 24, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues-Sun 11AM-5PM, Chase Free Thursdays 5-8PM
  • Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Art
  • Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-966-6840
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is delighted to present a selection of important paintings that are on extended loan by the Armand Hammer foundation and augmented by several works from the private collection of Michael Armand Hammer.  

Surface: The Handcrafted Object
  • October 24, 2014 - December 12, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring every week day
  • Times: Wed-Sun; 12-5PM
  • Location: Art, Design & Architecture Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Address: Art, Design & Architecture Museum, UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-7130
  • Phone: 805-893-2951

This exhibition brings together handcrafted sculptures that highlight the enduring appeal of objects that emphasize process and materials. Artists in the exhibition include former UCSB faculty and students.

The Vastness is Bearable
  • October 24, 2014 - December 05, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring every week day
  • Times: 11AM-5PM
  • Address: 121 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-966-5373
  • Venue: Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara

MCASB presents a satellite exhibition at the Hotel Indigo that features artists who contemplate the vastness of the cosmos and whose works reflect human fascination, curiosity, and awe with the universe.

Saturday Oct 25, 2014


Contemporary/Modern: Selections from the Permanent Collection
  • October 25, 2014 - January 04, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues-Sun: 11AM-5PM; Thurs: 11AM-8PM; closed on Mon
  • Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-884-6474
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

 Works in the exhibition date from 1958 to 2014, and together highlight the persistent influence of modernism. The most recent works inventively reference and reinterpret the past-including both popular and obscure forms of painting, architecture, and design.

Saintly and Spirited: Art Made of Tin
  • October 25, 2014 - December 31, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues - Sat 12-4PM
  • Address: 1023 Bath Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-1032
  • Venue: Casa Dolores

Casa Dolores is pleased to present the new exhibition, Saintly and Spirited: Art Made of Tin. The story of tin traverses continents and mining trails, centuries and cultures. Once meant for utilitarian purposes, it grows to become an important material that crosses the creative spectrum in Mexico: from painting the divine on retablos and symbolic offerings for milagros, to domestic ornament, the carnivalesque and recycled product for design. Mexican tin art is both private in devotion and publi... Details

Sideways at the Elverhoj Museum
  • October 25, 2014 - November 02, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Wed - Sun: 11AM-4PM; Closed Mon & Tues.
  • Address: 1624 Elverhoy Way, Solvang, CA 93464
  • Phone: 805-686-1211
  • Venue: Elverhoj Museum of History & Art

Sideways at the Elverhoj Museum - show will feature Film Stills by Merie Weismiller Wallace, SMPSP highlighting local areas seen on the film.  Reception will be held on Oct. 4, 4-6PM. Please contact museum for more details.    

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