Current Exhibitions

In addition to rotating gallery displays of its renowned permanent collection of California Art and Photography, the Museum hosts a continually changing series of engaging loan and traveling exhibitions that allow our visitors the opportunity to experience the vast diversity of California Art, past, present and future. As public hours may be limited until the coronavirus pandemic has passed, these exhibitions will also frequently be accompanied by extensive virtual programming.

The Califas Legacy Project: The Ancestral Journey/El Viaje Ancestral

January 8 – April 11, 2021 The Califas Legacy Project is a multi-year, multi-medium, collaborative endeavor launched by Museo Eduardo Carrillo in Santa Cruz to document the legacy of our region’s Chicano/a cultural treasures. In 1982, Professor Eduardo Carrillo conceived of the Califas conference to bring […]

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Postponed: Dora Lisa Rosenbaum in Virtual Currents

Postponed  dora lisa rosenbaum b. 1979 Pacific Grove, CA Performative Memory Performative memory is defined as a “means through with societies remember.” Household day to day tasks, routines, rituals, consumption practices, and use of space within the home are all forms of performative memory. Focusing […]

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Felicia Rice in Virtual FLUX

On view January 8 – April 11, 2021 Felicia Rice b. 1954 Santa Cruz, CA As a printer, my job is to confront complex issues and render my response in book form. As an artist, my job is to do so with profound integrity. As […]

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California Art Before 1945 Online Gallery

Ongoing Exhibition The Museum’s important collection of early California paintings and works on paper celebrates the Monterey Peninsula’s legacy as an influential art colony. You can now view an expanded gallery of our permanent collection on our website along with image information. Image: Francis Mc Comas […]

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William F. Ritschel Memorial

Ongoing Exhibition William F. Ritschel (1864-1949) was a German-born painter who lived and worked in Carmel from 1911 until his death in 1949. A free-spirited bohemian, Ritschel was an important part of the California Impressionist movement. Most of the paintings, watercolors and ephemera on display […]

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John H. Marble Galleries of California Art

The Marble Galleries were established in 2006 by a gift in memory of Louise Bougie Beland from the John H. Marble Endowment Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County. The upstairs galleries feature changing installations of California Art in diverse media from early California […]

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