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Past Exhibitions


Toy Trains 2014

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 […]

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 […]


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 […]

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Poets, Symbols and Songs: August 1, 2014-October 26, 2014

3rd Floor Art Forum Each year, the County of Santa Cruz honors an incredible creative leader who has made a significant impact in our community. We put our stories down on paper. What stories does paper tell us? 2014 Santa Cruz County Artist of the Year John Babcock will share a range of handmade paper work, […]