Currently showing at the museum is the Puja and Piety collection. This collection focuses on the complex relationship between aesthetics and spiritual practice, or puja, as seen in three distinct religions: Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist. These are the three religions that are native to India. Each one has similar, yet different displays of art in a multitude of mediums. There are 160 pieces that span history from the first century to modern day. The pieces represent symbols of worship that were created for temples, shrines, and other such places of worship. There are paintings, terra cotta, sculptures of bronze and stone, chariots and other impressive pieces.
The Fearing Library, named after Constance and George Fearing prominent figures in Santa Barbara, is home to thousands of written works on art history with a focus on the art of American, Asian, European, Latin American, Contemporary art and Fine Art Photography. It is also home to art dictionaries and other reference materials, art journals and periodicals, and the Art Gallery exhibition catalog.
While the library is set up to serve the staff and members of the Museum, it is available to the public as well. There is also an online catalogue.
The Fearing Library is included in the major renovation project going on at the Museum and is closed until further notice.
Family & Community Events
The museum is host to many events throughout the year. Two of them are the Summer Art Camp and After-School Programs. Various types of art are available to experience throughout the summer months. The final art camp for summer 2016 is titled "Silk, Sand & Stone: Materials and Myth in Indian Art". So you can see your kids will be exposed to new forms of art and new cultures.
First Thursdays is a free program where families can join in to create their own special art. Teaching artists will be on hand to help with these special projects.
Studio Sundays (2nd Sunday of the month) is a free event open to the public to come and participate in art projects right on the front steps of the museum. There will be a variety of mediums to work with such as clay, wire, wood, paper, etc.
The Teen Program is set up for teens to volunteer in helping younger students experience art from a variety of mediums. Your teen needs to be between the ages of 15 and 18.
There is a cooperative program between the museum and the local schools. The museum offers a series of art education programs to the schools starting with kindergarten and going through high school.
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