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Words: R&D Collaborative 

Thursday, November 21 | 5 to 7 p.m.

Join the Museum of Art for our Third Thursday of November.  The contemporary artists, Diane Rosenblum and Joe Doyle (R&D) will discuss their artistic practices and collaborative approaches to digital painting in the exhibition, New Formalism in Painting and Photography.  Times are subject to change. 




Study Salon | Finals

Gaze at some artwork and prepare for finals! Free snacks and beverages will be provided. 

Sunday, December 8 | 4 to 10 p.m.

Monday, December 9 | 4 to 10 p.m.

Tuesday, December 10 | 4 to 10 p.m. 



Past Happenings




Sausalito Studio Visit & Heath Ceramic Factory Tour

Saturday, November 2 | 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Join the Museum of Art for a Sausalito excursion! Enjoy brunch and beverages with curator April Bojorquez at the artist Diane Rosenblum's studio. Learn about Rosenblum's approach to photography and her creative process. Experience the artisan behind-the-scenes tour of the legendary Heath Ceramics factory. Transportation is offered, but space is limited. RSVP to reserve your place today! Members are free, and nonmember guests are $25.


Meditation in the Galleries 

Wednesday, November 6 | 11 a.m.

Clear your mind, relax, and reflect.

Brother Camillus will lead guided meditation in the galleries. No registration necessary, but space limited. 


This is Hip-Hop

Friday, November 8 | 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

In conjunction with SMC Theater's fall production, This is Modern Art, MoA will feature the "Five Elements of Hip Hop." Community artists and students will perform break-dancing, DJing, rapping and graffiti tagging. A panel discussion featuring playwright Kevin Coval will begin at 6:00 p.m.

5:30 p.m. Rapping by Michael Singletary ('21) and John Huez; DJ Lex in the museum courtyard 

6:00 p.m. Playwright Kevin Coval engages in conversation with Davey D, a Bay Area DJ and hip-hop journalist/scholar. Davey D is featured in Netflix's "Hip-Hop Evolution, Episode: Out the Trunk East Bay."  A Q &A will follow.

6:45 p.m. Hip-hop dancing with Traci Bartlow and guests; DJ Lex and graffiti tagging demo with DJ Agana in the courtyard   




Machines & Mysticism: Artist Dialogue

Thursday, October 10 | 6 to 8 p.m. at the Soda Center

Machine artist Kal Spelletich engages with SMC professor Brother Charles Hilken in a dynamic discussion examining art, spirituality, and technology. Discussion moderated by Natalia Mount. 


Third Thurs | Draw on Walls: Conceptual Art Night

Late Night in the Museum, October 17 | 4 to 9 p.m.

Collaboratively create, draw, and install monumental scale lines on the wall! Inspired by conceptual artist Sol LeWitt's wall drawings, this activity will be ongoing until 9 p.m. Themed snacks and beverages will be provided. 


Study Salon | Midterms 

Gaze at some artwork and prepare for midterms! Free snacks and beverages will be provided. 

Sunday, October 20 | 4 to 10 p.m.

Monday, October 21 | 4 to 10 p.m. 


Haunted Galleries

Wednesday, October 30 & Thursday, October 31 

For Halloween, the Museum of Art is transforming our mysterious exhibitions into an all-around haunting experience! Visit with your friends and family between regular business hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a spooky time!


Dark Harvest | Norman Partridge

Wednesday, Oct 31 | 7 p.m.

Join the Museum of Art as author Norman Partridge reads from his award-winning book, Dark Harvest. Dark Harvest has been celebrated by Publishers Weekly as contemporary writing at its finest! Experience this spooktacular book for yourself! 


Halloween Storytime in the Museum 

Thursday, October 31 | 11 a.m.

Join the Museum of Art with your little ones (1-5 yrs) for a spooky storytime and reading hour. 





Exhibition Reception

Thursday, September 5 |  6 to 8 p.m. 

Join the Museum of Art in celebrating our Summer & Fall Exhibitions: Kal Spelletich: Significance Machines and Purposeful Robots and New Formalism in Painting and Photography. Meet the collaborative team of R&D (Rosenblum and Doyle) at the reception. Refreshments and appetizers will be provided. 

Members | 5 to 6 p.m. 


Yoga at the Museum

Saturday, September 14 | 9 to 10:15 a.m.

Stretch, clear your mind, and relax! Join the Museum of Art for a free morning yoga session. The galleries will be open following the session with a special hour tour at 10:30 a.m. and coffee. Please bring your own mat. 

Leading instructors: Tara Rochlin & Heather Thorton 


Third Thurs | Late Night at the Museum

Afro-Latinx/Latinx/Indigenous Heritage Month Kick-Off Party

Thursday, September 19 | 4 to 9 p.m.

Join Saint Mary’s College in celebrating Afro-Latinx/Latinx/Indigenous Heritage month with art-making, food, and music! The evening will feature the Sanctuary Print Cart, a mobile print shop created by artists Sergio De La Torre and Chris Treggiari. The Sanctuary Print Cart raises awareness about the impact of immigration policies on our communities and support immigrants’ rights through community silkscreening. This Third Thursday will also include El Molino’s Taco Bar from 5 to 7 p.m. and showcase the DJ collective, Chulita Vinyl Club

Free and open to the public. All are welcome! 

Co-sponsored by Mission and Ministry Center and CCIE (College Committee on Inclusive Excellence) 


Meditation in the Galleries 

Wednesday, September 25 | 1 p.m.

Clear your mind, relax, and reflect.

Brother Camillus will lead guided meditation in the galleries. No registration necessary, but space limited. 




Meditation in the Galleries 

Wednesday, August 21 | 11 a.m.

Clear your mind, relax, and reflect.

Brother Camillus will lead guided meditation in the galleries. No registration necessary, but space limited. 




How to Read a Play

Thursday, May 2, 3:15 to 4:30 pm 

Plays are blueprints for live performance; but minimal stage directions and narrative description, coupled with distant historical settings, can frustrate readers hoping to imagine "the stage beyond the page." Join us for an interactive workshop to discover the craft and artistry of dramatic works.


With Amissa Miller, Zahra Ahmed, & Rashaan Menese


Things Known: Public Poetry Workshop

Saturday, May 4, 10:00 to 12:00 pm

Join Bay Area poetry group, Fresh Ink, and write from a series of prompts in response to the exhibition Foad Satterfield: THINGS KNOWN 


Third Thurs | Yoga in the Galleries 

Thursday, May 16, 4:30 to 5:45 pm | 7:00 to 8:15 pm

After hours, join us for a relaxing, renewing and refreshing yoga session in our galleries amongst the large, abstract paintings of Foad Satterfield: THINGS KNOWN. Two yoga sessions offered. All are welcome!

Afternoon Dove | 4:30 pm 

Night Owl | 7:00 pm 

Registration for sessions required | Sessions cap at 20. 


Art Chat: A Conversation Between Artist and Curator

Saturday, May 18, 1:00 to 2:00 pm

Join guest curator, Megan Wilkinson, and artist, Foad Satterfield, for a conversation exploring Satterfield's new body of large scale paintings featured in the exhibition THINGS KNOWN. 


Things Known: Poets Respond | Public Poetry Reading 

Saturday, May 18, 2:00 to 4:00 pm

Reading will feature Bay Area poetry group, Fresh Ink, followed by an open mic of poems written in response to the Foad Satterfield: THINGS KNOWN exhibition. 


Study Salon | Finals 2019

Sun | May 19 | 4-10 pm

Mon | May 20 | 4-10 pm

Tues | May 21 | 4-10 pm 

Join the Museum of Art for quiet study. Snacks and beverages will be provided.


Opening Reception | Emerge: Student Art Exhibition 

Thurs | May 23 | 4-6 pm

Join us for the opening of our student group exhibition in printmaking, painting, sculpture, digital art, and photography on view May 20 through June 9, 2019. Co-sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History. 




The museum will be closed the week of Easter,  Monday, April 15 through Tuesday, April 23, 2019. We will resume regular hours on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Third Thurs | Late Night will not occur. 


Open Studio: Revealing Interdisciplinary Art Process

Wednesday, April 3, 1:00 to 2:00 pm 

Join SMC MoA Curator April Bojorquez and Professor Laura Miller for a conversation exploring the distinct curatorial approach for the exhibition Open Studio: Interdisciplinary Art Practice in Progress.


Poetry and Environmental Crisis

Saturday, April 6, 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Poets from the prize-winning online literary magazine of the environmental crisis, Canary, read their poems. For more information about Canary literary journal visit: canrlitmag.org


Arndt on Arendt 

Thursday, April 10, 1:00 to 2:15 pm 

In "On Violence, "political philosopher Hannah Arendt probes the nature of power and its relation to violence. Arendt scholar David Arndt will briefly introduce her life work; then a small-group discussion will invite students to explore their own ideas on violence, in dialogue with Arendt's.

Presented in collaboration with Seminar 104. 


Meditation in the Galleries

Tuesday, April 30, 11:00 am 

Join the Museum of Art as we explore mindful ways of engaging with art. Brother Camillus will guide meditation and exploration into Foad Satterfield's abstract landscapes. 

No registration necessary, but space is limited. Chairs will be provided.