In These Uncertain Times

Highlighting Santa Cruz County's creativity and compassion during a Global Pandemic with a community-sourced and co-created exhibition.

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Opens Fall/Winter 2020/2021

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Solari Gallery
2nd Floor

In these uncertain times, it's more important than ever to come together to create, celebrate, and heal.

The daily lives of people in our community, and all over the world, have changed dramatically in response to the rapid spread of COVID-19. While shelter in place orders have many people spending more time indoors, others continue to live and work outside the home with caution.

Opening in Fall/Winter of 2020, In These Uncertain Times will showcase the creativity and resilience of Santa Cruz County’s response to shelter in place and the COVID-19 global pandemic. Through community-sourced artwork, individual stories and objects from the MAH’s history collection, we will explore the ways that creativity and community can support us through times of uncertainty.

Exhibiting Artists

After an open call for participation in the Summer of 2020, we received over 150 submissions from our creative community. From those who applied here is the full list of artists that will be featured in the exhibition.

Anchor Artists

  • Abi Mustapha
  • Ann Hazels
  • Dana Peters
  • Gabriel Medina
  • Myra Eastman
  • Sarah Bianco
  • Shmuel Thaler
  • Tawnya Gilbert

Community-Sourced Artists

  • Angelina Reed
  • Camilla Schaeffer
  • Carol Sandford
  • Christina Salinas
  • Cristina Sayers
  • Beth Shields
  • Daniel Jay
  • Dawn Motyk
  • Erin Single
  • Gretchen Regenhardt & Anastasia Torres-Gil
  • Henry Zhou
  • Isaac Klotz
  • Jamie Keil
  • Jasmin Zafra
  • Jeff Alan West
  • Jennifer Chun
  • Jennifer Wildermuth Reyes
  • Jess Waidhofer
  • Jim Turner
  • John Babcock
  • Joshua Moreno
  • Linda Cover
  • Lisa Ekström
  • Liz Celeste
  • Lynne Todaro
  • M. James Becker
  • Madison McGain
  • Margaret Michel
  • Marilia Kaisar
  • Mary McNamara
  • Megan Gnekow
  • Megan O’Dea
  • Michael Lane
  • Montana Fowler
  • Mycah Miller
  • Noveena Wade
  • Oskar Elek
  • Patrick Stefaniak
  • Rachael Athens
  • Rachel Kippen
  • Robynn Smith
  • Samuel Oastler
  • Sara Friedlander & ARRT
  • Sheila Cremonini
  • Shelby Graham
  • Sofia Treadwell
  • Susan Hill
  • Sydney Zentall
  • Vivian Vargas
  • Wendy Meg Siegel

Downtown Displays

Created in partnership with the Downtown Association of Santa Cruz these pop-up displays highlight Santa Cruz County's creativity and compassion during a global pandemic.

Swing by to visit the two neighboring locations at 119 & 121 Walnut Ave, Downtown Santa Cruz on the 1918 Influenza. As well as, one standalone exhibit on finding joy at 1362 Pacific Avenue.

1918 Influenza History Exhibit

Created in partnership with the Downtown Association of Santa Cruz. The displays showcase objects from the MAH's archive, including Mary Ann True's December 6th, 1918 diary entry detailing how “everything shut uptight" as flu cases increased around town.

1918 Influenza History Exhibit

Bright Spots: In These Uncertain Times

Created in partnership with the Downtown Association of Santa Cruz, local artist and the MAH's Learning & Engagement Manager, Jamie Keil, shares how art has been her bright spot in these troubled times. The joyful window display highlight snippets of her art journal, inviting you to share your #brightspots of 2020.

Bright Spots: In These Uncertain Times

Find each window display and more downtown pop-ups with this interactive map. Click on the icons to learn more about each stop.

Artist Residency


Amidst the precarity of this moment, the MAH took some time to pause and reflect on the ways we use our spaces. From our gardens to our galleries, we want to explore how we can best make use of these spaces while our doors remain closed to the public.

As we transition into the fall and plan for our reopening, we want to embrace the latency of this unique time. To explore the unstructured capacity of this transitional moment, and create new opportunities to support and sustain creativity within our community.

Still Processing is a two-month artist residency that invites local artist Abi Mustapha to use the MAH’s Solari Gallery as an open workspace and studio to imagine new large-scale illustrations. The work created during this residency will be included in the upcoming exhibition In These Uncertain Times.

Call Out for UCSC Artists

Led by the University of California Santa Cruz Sesnon Underground Gallery

Artist Open Call

At the Present Moment, is an online exhibition created in collaboration with the Sesnon Underground Gallery. The exhibition will be comprised of pieces made by student artists and creators at UC Santa Cruz during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Each student has brought their unique perspective to this collective moment and their work is a testament to the enduring creativity of our campus community.

The deadline for students to submit work is February 2, 2021. Learn more and submit your work on their website >>

More MAH

Learn more about our exhibition philosophy and mission as we get ready to co-create this exhibition together.

Support the MAH

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