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Past Exhibitions

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The Cradle Project: February 7-March 23

3rd Floor Art Forum What do a local museum and an international health organization have in common? They inspire action. This exhibition was inspired by the work of Naomi Natale, an artist and activist who was moved to action when she visited Kenya in 2002. There, Natale witnessed that the far-reaching effects of AIDS that […]

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Toy Trains 2013

Join us for a rotating cavalcade of  operating toy trains from the 1920s to the 21st century. Watch a massive standard gauge steam engine from the 1920s start up-headlight flashing, drive wheels spinning, smoke flowing from the smoke stack and of course a mighty whistle. On another track, see a remote controlled modern production of […]

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Rydell Visual Arts Fellows: December 20, 2013 – February 23, 2014

This winter, our main Solari Gallery features the work of the four recipients of the Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship in 2012 and 2013: Ian Everard, Isabelle Jenniches, Rocky Lewycky, and Encyclopedia Pictura (Sean Hellfritsch, Daren Rabinovitch, and Isaiah Saxon). These four artists are all trailblazers, exploring new formats and content in their artwork. This exhibition […]

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Susana Arias: Santa Cruz County Artist of the Year: July 19 – September 22, 2013

Each year, the County of Santa Cruz honors an incredible creative leader who has made a significant impact in our community. 2013 Santa Cruz County Artist of the Year Susana Arias will share new sculptural work from her Sailmaker series along with stories of her many projects as a community artist and educator in this […]

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Santa Cruz Is in the Heart: August 30-November 24, 2013

  Local historian, writer, and filmmaker Geoffrey Dunn’s rich and eclectic narratives are the foundation for this exhibition. Developed in conjunction with Dunn’s soon-to-be-published second edition of his book, Santa Cruz is in the Heart, this immersive exhibition will focus on contested and counter-histories, the diversity of Santa Cruz history, and the nobility of a simple […]