The museum hosts a program entitled, “Art Talks”. It is a series of public talks about a particular artist, collection, or other topic pertinent to art and the museum. These programs are open to the public. You can buy season passes or buy just one for the specific talk you are interested in. No matter how you do it, you are sure to learn something about art that you didn't know before you participated in the Art Talk. Some of the interesting current titles include: “Art & the Antique”; “Introduction: Emulation and the Antique”; and “Images of Empire and Individuals: Roman Art from Caesar to Constantine”.
The museum is happy to host a variety of travel opportunities to explore different lands, art history, art works, and artists. Upcoming trips include a cruise on the Adriatic and Aegean Seas with stops at six world heritage sites; a cruise on the Black Sea; a trip on the Eastern & Oriental Express; a trip to Oaxaca delving into its ancient civilization; springtime in Japan; and many more options. The website details each trip and has an option to register.
The museum's store is filled with gifts and keepsakes that are reminders of the artwork at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Also available are children's gifts, learning toys, and a variety of books about art and art history. Handmade jewelry and other handcrafted, custom products are available. The store is located in the lower level of the museum.
The café serves up delicious artisan menu items including salads, soups, sandwiches, pasta and sweet treats. Now operated by Fire & Ice Events, the café celebrates the art of food. The café is open for lunch and early dinners.
A large fundraising campaign is underway to fund one of the largest museum renovation projects. The goal is to provide improved gallery spaces; increased community spaces and an overall enhanced museum experience. The renovation is comprehensive in that it will touch every inch and corner of space from gallery improvements down to retrofitting foundations and spaces that can withstand seismic activity. Green technologies and products will be incorporated into the renovation project. With a project of this magnitude it has been broken down into stages. Stage 1 got underway in December, 2015 and should finish around June, 2017.
If you live in the Santa Barbara area of southern California, a trip to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art is a must. If you are planning a business or vacation trip to southern California try to fit in a trip to this museum. To explore with your own eyes the artworks from centuries and even millenniums gone by would be very inspirational and remarkable. The pieces housed at this museum are antiquities and artworks that cannot be seen at just any museum. The curators at the museum have made it their goal to offer the best works available; for example, boasting the most works of Claude Monet than any other West Coast museum. Offering works in a variety of mediums from paint, to paper, to bronze, to stone, to wood – this museum's mission is being accomplished every time the doors are open – integrating arts into the lives of people.
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