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Current Exhibitions

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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 […]


Día de los Muertos Community Ofrenda: October 11th-November 30th

1st Floor Lezin Gallery This interactive exhibit invites members of the community to remember and honor loved ones who have passed on by bringing a photograph, memento or special object to place on our communal Day of the Dead altar.

Ester Hernandez

Making It: Chicano Artists from the Mexican Museum Collection: September 5 – November 30, 2014

2nd Floor Solari Gallery Exitoso! How do you measure success? This is a tough question for anyone to answer. For artists from marginalized backgrounds, the question is especially fraught. Is success being accepted or standing out? On whose terms? Carlos Almaraz, Enrique Chagoya, Rupert García, Carmen Lomas Garza, Gronk, Ester Hernandez, Patssi Valdez, and John […]


Shadow Play

1st Floor Lezin Gallery When was the last time you went swimming in a museum? Dive into Shadow Play in our first floor Lezin Gallery to create your own underwater scenes of marine magic and deep-sea mystery. Set the stage for a  gathering of sea turtles and ships by making their cut-outs swim in front of  a […]

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 […]