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Santa Barbara Museum of Art

The museum is located at 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, California. The Ridley-Tree Education Center at McCormick House is located nearby at 1600 Santa Barbara Street. It is the nearest landmark for the museum. The museum is a well known museum and attracts thousands and lakhs of visitors every year. It also offers spectrum of events and programs for families and kids. Besides, there are special programs for teachers, schools and docents.

Collections at the Santa Barbara Museum

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art was founded in 1941. Santa Barbara Museum of Museum or SBMA, as it is generally known, is a storehouse of wide collection of ancient art; Chinese, Japanese, Indian and Tibetan art. These are collectively called Asian art. Besides, nineteenth century French art and early twentieth century English art are also part of its exclusive collection. Moreover, there are 19th and early 20th century American Art, International Modernism, Works on Paper, Photography and Contemporary Art too. The major holdings of the museum are inspired by the individual collectors as well as the community. In fact, this aspect has provided the museum with greater significance and recognition worldwide.

Exhibitions of the Museum

The museum exhibits current, special and upcoming exhibitions. The current exhibitions of the museum include:

  • A Gift for Santa Barbara: The Dwight and Winifred Vedder Collection.
  • Ansel Adams over Time: Recent Photographic Acquisitions.
  • From Geisha to Ghosts: Leading Ladies of Japanese Woodblock Prints.
  • Picture Stories: The Art of Europe and the Americas.

The museum has wide number of special exhibitions. Besides, there are numerous permanent exhibitions too. These special and permanent exhibitions are put to display beyond the scheduled dates and timings. These are The Siqueiros Mural Project and Summer Youth Mural. Check out some of the upcoming exhibitions also:

  • Made in Santa Barbara: Contemporary Photographs, scheduled for July 1 – October 7, 2007.
  • Identities, scheduled for November 3, 2007—January 2008.
  • Asian Art Renovation, scheduled for early May, 2008.
  • Highlights of Asian Textiles, scheduled for November 10, 2007 - February 17, 2008.

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