A Place for Art Lovers of All Ages

By Giving List Staff   |   November 26, 2022
Installation view of the Ridley-Tree Gallery

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art has distinguished itself through its track record of informative and fascinating exhibitions and programs of international significance. These shows have covered almost the entire range of the history of art, from ancient works (Chinese, Greco-Roman, and Pre-Columbian) to the contemporary and diverse. 

Highlights of the permanent collection on view include a reimagined installation of the Museum’s monumental Roman marbles, intermixed with African and pre-Columbian antiquities. Galleries dedicated to the Museum’s superb Asian collection celebrate the region’s diversely rich aesthetics with selections from China, Japan, and Korea, the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, and the Himalayas. 

A new installation in the Preston Morton and Ridley-Tree Galleries highlights the influence of American and European women artists, as well as the impact of women donors whose gifts to the Museum helped shape the permanent collection. In 1959, Sophia ‘Preston’ Morton funded the 3,200-square-foot Preston Morton wing of the Museum, with one of its galleries later named to honor the support of Lady Leslie and Lord Paul Ridley-Tree. Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree continued to support the work of the Museum in many ways throughout her life and was a major supporter of the recent $50 million renovation. More information about current and upcoming exhibitions can be found on the Museum website.


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The mission of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art is to integrate art into the lives of people.

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We know you care about where your money goes and how it is used. Connect with this organization’s leadership in order to begin to build this important relationship. Your email will be sent directly to this organization’s Director of Development and/or Executive Director.

I am thrilled to be joining the Santa Barbara Museum of Art with its important mission ‘to integrate art into the lives of people.’ That inspiring charge is a call to engage the different communities of the Santa Barbara region. I look forward to working with the staff and Board to build upon the strong foundation of scholarly exhibitions and robust educational programs established under my predecessor, Larry Feinberg.
Amada Cruz, Eichholz Foundation Director and Chief Executive Officer

What We Need… Program Support

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art provides in-person and online resources for art makers, art educators, and art enthusiasts. Your donation supports educational programs and engagement opportunities for the community; classroom and after-school activities for students; in-person and virtual school field trips; adult studio classes and workshops. The Museum is committed to engaging the community in new and substantial ways through a varied series of lectures and programs, including mission-enhancing literary, musical, and theatrical events. Please visit sbma.net/support or call 805.963.4364 to speak to one of their friendly staff for information on how you can participate.

2023 – 2024 Board of Trustees

Nicholas Mutton, Chair
Richard De Schutter, Vice Chair
Lynn Cunningham Brown, Secretary
Marta Holsman Babson
Susan Drymalski Bowey
Karen Lombardo Brill
Robert Castle
Joan Davidson
J. Raj K. Dhawan
Kathleen Feldstein
Martha Gabbert
Christine Vanderbilt Holland
David Jackson
Norman A. Kurland
Michael C. Linn
Kandy Luria-Budgor
Carol MacCorkle
Christian McGrath
Betsy Newman
Doug Norberg
Jeanne Towles
Martha Townsend
Michael G. Wilson
Barry Winick
Bruce Worster
Laura Selwyn Wyatt