Director’s Welcome

Happy Spring!


Spring has sprung in Monterey and brought with it not only warm weather and sunny skies, but a significant downward trend in COVID 19 rates. Now that Monterey County has reached the Red Tier status, the Monterey Museum of Art can finally reopen to the public. We are thrilled to welcome visitors back to our galleries, just in time for our blockbuster summer exhibitions “Color Duets: Kaffe Fassett and Erin Lee Gafill” and “Transformations: Photography by William Giles”. Starting Thursday May 12, MMA will reopen on a modified schedule: Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. For the public’s safety we will limit our visitor capacity to 25% of normal and ensure special COVID safety protocols, including advanced online timed ticketing.  The weekend of May 13 will be reserved as a special preview for MMA Members followed by  admissions for the general public beginning Thursday, May 20.


Our reopening could not come at a more exciting time as we debut our summer exhibitions. “Color Duets: Kaffe Fassett and Erin Lee Gafill” explores a life-long creative conversation between Big Sur natives, Kaffe Fassett, an internationally exhibited designer and artist, and his niece Erin Lee Gafill, a regionally renowned artist and educator. Next door, in MMA’s Outcault gallery, we present a fascinating selection of photographs by William Giles. In his exhibition, Giles explores abstraction and transformation through the use of Polaroid prints, found locations and the photographer’s frame.


As part of your visit remember to check out our digital wing: MMA’s new and improved website offers you 24/7 access to fascinating lectures, enlightening videos, as well as virtual visits. From the entire staff and Board of Trustees, thank you for your support. Our Museum would not be possible without your generosity and we are all grateful.


In Gratitude,

Corey Madden