Opening Celebration

Thursday, February 15, 5 to 7 p.m.

Join Saint Mary's College Museum of Art for the opening celebration of Spring 2024 exhibitions from 5 to 7 p.m.

  • Engage with new exhibitions 
  • Enjoy live music
  • Meet the artist Harmonia Rosales
  • Mingle with art lovers, colleagues, and friends 

This event is free and open to all. Light refreshments will be provided.


Relocation, Race, Love & Revolution: Meet Nobuko Miyamoto

March 6 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

  • 12:30-1:30 Meet Nobuko Miyamoto & Tarabu Betserai Kirkland: Welcome Reception & Lunch 

Join us in welcoming 2024 International Women's Day artists in residence: Nobuko Miyamoto, singer, songwriter, dancer, activist, and author of Not Yo' Butterfly, and Tarabu Betserai Kirkland, film director of '100 Years from Mississippi.' 

  • 1:30-2:30 'Not Yo Butterfly' with Nobuko Miyamoto

Join us in welcoming author, activist, and artist Nobuko Miyamoto as she shares her life story and work. Published in 2021, Not Yo' Butterfly is a mold-breaking memoir of Asian American identity, political activism, community, and purpose. Nobuko will read excerpts from her book and share stories through song. An intimate Q&A with Nobuko and her partner, filmmaker and activist Tarabu Betserai Kirkland, will follow. 

This program is presented in collaboration with the SMC Center for Women & Gender Equity in celebration of Women's History Month and is supported by the CCIE Subcommittee on gender equity and women's history.


Great Women Artists: Coffee & Guided Tour

March 14, 10:30 to 12:30 p.m. 

Enjoy java and pastries while celebrating women artists!  Engage in a gallery walk at 11:00 a.m., exploring stories in art from the female perspective. Tour highlights include contemporary solo exhibitions of work by Harmonia Rosales and Lisa Congdon, as well as classics from art history by modernist Marie Laurencin and photographer Ruth-Marion Baruch. This event is free and open to all. 

The Great Women Artists is co-sponsored by the CCIE subcommittee on gender equity & women's history.


Muse at the Museum: Ekphrastic Poetry Workshop

Thursday, April 11, 12 p.m.

Does art inspire your creativity? Join us for an ekphrastic poetry workshop led by Hannah Briner, the recipient of the SMCMoA Museum Apprenticeship and a graduate student in Saint Mary's MFA in Creative Writing Program.

  • Learn about poetry inspired by works of art.
  • Engage with current museum exhibitions.
  • Write your own poem(s).

This event is free and open to all, including those who are new to writing poetry. Expect it to last approximately 90 minutes. Bring something to write with.


Artist's Sketch Crawl

Saturday, April 27, 2024, 1 to 3 p.m.

Join Saint Mary's College Museum of Art (SMCMoA) and the Town of Moraga in our 1st Artist's Sketch Crawl!

Here's how it works!

To begin, meet at the SMCMoA at 1 p.m. Bring your own artist's materials and sketchpad. This can be pencils, ink, watercolor, charcoal, etc. Artists will select a place on campus to sketch for 30 minutes; after the first 30 minutes, they will move to a new location and start a second sketch, then a third location for another 30 minutes and a third sketch. Artists will meet at the museum to share the three sketches at 3 p.m. 

This program is best suited for 12+ and up. Free and open to all.


Harmonia Rosales: In Conversation with ΩA visual artist

Thursday, May 2, at 1:30 p.m. Moraga Room in the Soda Center. 

Join visual artist Harmonia Rosales in conversation with art historian Sophia Q. McCabe on May 2nd at 1:30 p.m.

Rosales’s work, currently on view in the exhibition “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. 


Art For You!
Student Acquisition Pitch 

Tuesday, May 7 at 3 p.m.

Join MoA and the students of CORE 370: Acquiring Art for their presentations supporting contemporary artists. During their presentations, each student will pitch a work of art to be acquired into the museum’s permanent collection. Attendees will cast votes, and a work will be selected.


Yoga in the Museum (ongoing) 

Saturday, February 24 at 10:30 a.m. | Wednesday, March 20 at 4 p.m. | Saturday, April 13 at 10:30 a.m. | Wednesday, May 8 at 5 p.m.

Move with us! This Spring, Saint Mary's College Museum of Art is delighted to introduce a Yoga in the Museum series. Join us for gentle flow yoga to integrate your mind, body, and breath. This accessible class is suitable for all fitness/age levels. Please bring your own mat. Space is limited. Instructor: Tara Rochlin


Cello in the Galleries (ongoing) 

Sunday, March 10 at 2 p.m. | Saturday, March 23 at 11 a.m. | Saturday, April 13 at 3 p.m. | Sunday, April 28 at 2 p.m. | Sunday, May 19 at 2 p.m. 

Join us for a peaceful hour of music in the galleries. Listen and enjoy the tranquil strings of the cello while exploring spring exhibitions.

Featured music by SMC student and cellist Desiree Sturrock.




Student Program: Study Salon Midterms

Sun-Tues, March 17, 18, 19 from 4 to 10 p.m.

Join the Museum of Art (MoA) for a late-night study session! For midterms week (Sun–Tues), MoA is open late.

  •  Gaze at some art.
  •  Set up a study spot at the gallery tables.
  •  Enjoy quiet time and a few laughs.


Student Program: Study Salon Finals

Sun-Tues, May 19, 20, 21. 

Join the Museum of Art (MoA) for a late-night study session! For finals week (Sun–Tues), MoA is open late.

  •  Gaze at some art.
  •  Set up a study spot at the gallery tables.
  •  Enjoy quiet time and a few laughs.








Staff Led Tours

 Wednesdays - 11 a.m.

Join us for our standard staff-facilitated walk-in tours. These tours offer insights into current exhibitions. Walk-in tours are offered from September 20 through December 6, 2023.  


Cello in the Galleries


Join us for a peaceful hour of music in the galleries. Listen and enjoy the tranquil strings of the cello while exploring spring exhibitions. Featuring music by cellist Desiree Sturrock. 


Student Led Tours

Saturdays – 2 p.m.

Looking for a guided museum experience? Join us for student-led walk-in tours. These tours are designed to be interactive and inquiry-based. Student tours are offered from September 23 through December 9, 2023.