Santa Barbara Museum of Art

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Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Santa Barbara Museum of Art exterior.JPG
Established 1941

1130 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA

United States
Coordinates 34°25′22″N 119°42′12″W / 34.422789°N 119.70345°W / 34.422789; -119.70345
Type Art museum
Director Larry J. Feinberg

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art (SBMA) is an art museum located in downtown Santa Barbara, California.

Founded in 1941, it is home to both permanent and special collections, the former of which includes Asian, American, and European art that spans 4,000 years from ancient to modern.


The Santa Barbara Museum of Art opened to the public on June 5, 1941, in a building that was at one time the Santa Barbara Post Office (1914–1932). Chicago architect David Adler simplified the building's façade and created the Museum's galleries. The newly renovated Park Wing Entrance and Luria Activities Center opened in June 2006.

Over its history the Museum has expanded with the addition of the Stanley R. McCormick Gallery in 1942 and the Sterling and Preston Morton Galleries in 1963. Significant expansions came when the Alice Keck Park Wing opened to the public in 1985 and the Jean and Austin H. Peck, Jr. Wing in 1998. The Ridley-Tree Education Center at McCormick House, a center for art education activities, was established in 1991.

Today, the Museum's 60,000 square feet include exhibition galleries, a Museum Store, Café, a 154-seat auditorium, a library containing 50,000 books and 55,000 slides, a Family Resource Center dedicated to participatory interactive programming and an 11,500-square-foot off-site facility, the Ridley-Tree Education Center at McCormick House.

Permanent Collection[edit]

SBMA's permanent collection includes more than 27,000 works of art, including paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs, ceramics, glass, jades, bronzes, lacquer and textiles. These works represent the arts of Asia, Europe and the Americas spanning over 5,000 years of human history. Particular strengths of the permanent collection include:


SBMA presents shows of art and artists of the past, such as Degas, Leonardo, Picasso, Rothko, and Van Gogh, and of artists of recent years.


The Santa Barbara Museum of Art maintains a diverse curatorial staff, including, Assistant Director and Chief Curator Eik Kahng,[1] Karen Sinsheimer, SBMA's Curator of Photography,[2] and contemporary curator Julie Joyce.[3]


  1. ^ Davis, Taylor Micaela. "“Delacroix and the Matter of Finish” Opens This Weekend". Custom Media Group inc. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Kasson, Jim. "Interview". Center for Photographic Art. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Donelan, Charles. "Review: Labour and Wait at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art". Santa Barbara Independent, Inc. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 

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