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The Butterfly Effect, 2014

Atrium Lea de Wit, hand-blown glass Courtesy of the Artist Glass artist Lea de Wit created this installation as an homage to the Monarch butterfly.  Disappearing food sources and habitat loss due to climate change threaten the survival of the Monarch butterfly.  “The Butterfly Effect” is the idea that something as small as the flutter of […]

Felix Lucero, Blind Curve, 2010; courtesy William James Association

The Cell and the Sanctuary: Art and Incarceration: November 7, 2014 – February 22, 2015

3rd Floor Art Forum Overcrowded? Inhumane? Necessary? In a California prison, what does art look like? See for yourself. Explore the paintings, drawings, sculptures and writing made by incarcerated individuals from prisons around California. These will be alongside installation, audio/video and 2-D works by teachers from their impactful art-in-prisons programs. The incarcerated artists in this exhibition […]

Amelie Rider  "Border Walled," 2014,  Acrylic on Canvas, 18" x 24"

Everybody’s Ocean: December 19th, 2014 – April 19, 2015

2nd Floor Solari Gallery Open to the public December 19th Opening reception: January 2nd 5-9 PM with special performances by Henry Kaiser, Kadet Kuhne, Elia Vargas and Jason Wyman. Find out more here. Everybody’s Ocean works just like our relationship to the ocean: it constantly evolves. That means this exhibition will feature art by you. […]

Where the Redwoods Meet the Sea

Where the Redwoods Meet the Sea: A History of Santa Cruz County and its People

Long-term exhibit; History Gallery 2nd Floor. The Museum’s installation is devoted to a thematic and topical interpretation of county history, from its earliest days to its more recent past. Dedicated to the uniqueness and diversity of Santa Cruz County and its residents, the exhibit describes native peoples, the Mission period, early immigrants, early industries, and […]

Mary and Harry Blanchard Sculpture Garden

Mary and Harry Blanchard Sculpture Garden

Permanent Exhibit. The Mary and Harry Blanchard Sculpture Garden is a new exhibition space designed to showcase outdoor sculpture from the Museum’s permanent collection. The rooftop gallery is also an inviting space in which to view Santa Cruz and the surrounding mountains. The garden presently showcases a large scale granite sculpture by Davenport artist Richard […]