A Place for Art Lovers of All Ages

By Giving List Staff   |   November 17, 2023
Santa Barbara Museum of Art by Kupiec Architects.

Throughout its history, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art has been bringing people of all ages through a broad array of art experiences. Enjoy exciting and interesting exhibitions in their convenient location in the heart of the State Street Arts District. It is a lively social destination that offers tours, lectures, concerts, and films, while serving as an important community and educational resource for all. A variety of learning opportunities give individuals access to the Museum’s collections and resources, and build community connections through individual growth and cultural exchange. Staff of the Museum are knowledgeable and passionate about art, and committed to providing an enriching experience for all visitors.

Galleries dedicated to the Museum’s Asian Art collection celebrate the region’s diverse aesthetics with selections from China, Japan, Korea, the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, and the Himalayas. Additional galleries for contemporary art, photography, and new media enable the Museum to display even more of its impressive 25,000-object permanent collection. Highlights of the permanent collection on view include an impressive selection of the Museum’s classic Roman statues, intermixed with African and pre-Columbian antiquities.


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External Affairs Deputy Director: Susan Bradley


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

Begin to Build a Relationship

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