Saint Mary's College Museum of Art


Current Exhibitions 

On view through June 23, 2024

Hours: Wed-Sun, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed: Mon & Tues.

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ΩA Omega Alpha

Harmonia Rosales

On view February 14 through June 23, 2024

Yemaya with Ibeji

Omega Alpha brings forward a visually enriched narrative that reimagines the traditional imagery of the black body in Christian art to empower lesser-known subjects through the canon of art history. Interweaving the oral histories and stories of Afro-Cuban religions, Rosales's depictions of the black body illuminate parallels in classical Western narratives while confronting the historical language of the Eurocentric male gaze. Referencing Greek, Roman, and European imagery, Omega Alpha inverts the narrative of how faith and orthodox-based stories are told, envisioning a new beginning rising from an end.

Image: Harmonia Rosales (b.1984) Yemaya with Ibeji, 2022, oil on wood panel, Courtesy of Azita and George Fatheree.

The Decisive Moment

PhotoUrbanism in San Francisco Bay, 1930s-1960s 

On view February 14 through June 23, 2024

skyscraper being built

Photographers interested in the ‘decisive moment’ often utilized the camera’s innate mechanical qualities to capture real-time experiences and explore modern art concepts of pattern, contrast, and light through the lens. The practice dominated mid-20th-century photography in the West. From the construction of the Bay Bridge to the revolutionaries of the Black Panthers, this exhibition features work by Ruth-Marion Baruch, John Gutmann, Pirkle Jones, Peter Stackpole, Brett Weston, and Max Yavno, whose photographs captured moments that came to define social urban history in the San Francisco Bay Area. This exhibition is organized in collaboration with Pier 24 and the Pilara Family Foundation.

Image: Pirkle Jones (1914-2009) High-rise Construction and Coit Tower from Russian Hill, San Francisco, 1962, Vintage gelatin silver print, Promised Gift of the Pilara Family Foundation.

Hold it Lightly

Lisa Congdon 

Continuing through June 23, 2024

Hold It Lightly by Lisa Congdon

Illustrator and fine artist Lisa Congdon's current body of work, Hold it Lightly, explores themes of joy, liberation, and radical inclusion displayed on printed matter featuring her bold, colorful illustrations and hand-lettering. Congdon's work elevates mundane, simple shapes into discourse with symbols from nature and the supernatural in pared-down, unfussy, colorful, organized arrangements and graphic renderings. Typically working in paint, Hold it Lightly represents the artist's first exhibit of printed matter. 

Image: Lisa Congdon (b. 1968) Hold it Lightly, 2023, Serigraph, ed.1/50, Courtesy of Lisa Congdon, Saint Mary's College Museum of Art Permanent Collection, 2023.3.17.


Art Practice Student Capstone Exhibition 

On view May 23 through June 23, 2024

art capstone

Across mediums of digital art, painting, photography, sculpture, video, and mixed-media, Chimeric bridges time, place, and perception. The artists hold a mirror up to the onlooker and invoke introspection on what it means to be human, commenting on identity, culture, and reality. Featured Artists include Alexa Andris, Olivia Bianic, Andrea Drenik, Bailey Drenik, Celeste Escobedo, Keaton Gershen-Lewis, Jade Johnson, Gabrielle Ly, Kylie Pavlik, Soren Peterson, Dominico Russo, and Kjersti Strong. 



Climate Smart for the Arts: SMC’s Museum of Art Wins Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities

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More than $50,000 in funding will be used to develop strategies that help protect the College’s extensive collection, mitigate extreme weather events, and attract new patrons.

Saint Mary’s College of California recently secured a competitive $50,035 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Climate Smart Humanities Organizations program. The funds will help the College protect the collections at the SMC Museum of Art (SMCMoA), enhance its physical surroundings, and become the first carbon-neutral building on the Saint Mary’s campus. 

Reaccredited in 2021 by the American Alliance of Museums—the highest national recognition afforded to museums in the United States—SMC’s Museum of Art is at a pivotal stage of its development, said Lauren MacDonald, Executive Director of the museum and Dean of the Library and Academic Resources. SMC’s museum leadership worked carefully and intentionally to align SMCMoA’s planning efforts with both the College’s Transformation 2028 strategic plan and its Climate Action Plan. The museum has also partnered with SMC’s Office of Sustainability to develop a “climate smart” operations model that can be used for other buildings on the Saint Mary’s campus.


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Public Tours

Wednesdays at 11 a.m. 

& Saturdays at 2 p.m.


Looking for a guided museum experience? Join us for our standard walk-in exhibition tours. These tours are designed to be interactive and inquiry-based. Walk-in tours are offered during fall and spring exhibitions. 


Happenings & Programs

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Explore art through doing!

Join us for a public tour, artist's talk, cello in the galleries, or art-making workshop. See what's coming up. 

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