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5 – 8 pm FOR FREE!

Chase Free Thursday Evenings include:
  • Access to all galleries
  • Brief docent talks in select exhibitions
  • Refreshments available for purchase
  • Family Resource Center and Museum Shop open
  • Special programming – check back here for details


Every Thursday

Docent "Ten-Talks"
6:10 pm and 7:10 pm

Ten-minutes, one work of art, and informal, interactive conversation in the galleries.
Please meet at the State Street entrance.

Special Programming


Catalyst Quartet

Thursday, March 12, 7:30 pm

Mary Craig Auditorium
$18 for
SBMA Members/$22 Non-Members
Purchase tickets at the Museum Visitor Services desks, or online at


Family 1st Thursday
April 2, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Bring the whole family and enjoy 1st Thursday together in SBMA's Family Resource Center located across from the Museum Café on the Lower Level. Museum Teaching Artists will assist families in creating special exhibition-based art projects. Afterwards, enjoy selected galleries until 8 pm.

Gaudenzio Ferrari, Head of Madonna, n.d.  Black and colored chalks on blue paper. Lent by the Joseph B. and Ann Koepfli Trust

Pen and Ink Portraits
April 2, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Draw the delicate lines of Gaudenzio Ferrari’s Head of Madonna in pen and ink on tracing paper and finish by mounting on tan board.

Titian (Tiziano Vecellio), Head of a Man, ca. 1508–10. Oil on canvas, 21 1/4 x 17 1/4 in. (53.8 x 43.6 cm). Glasgow Museums, Purchased by Glasgow Museums, 1971 (3283). © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection. Courtesy American Federation of Arts.

Curator’s Choice Lecture: James Clifton
The Italianness of Italian Art
Thursday, April 9, 5:30 pm
James Clifton is director of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation and curator in Renaissance and Baroque painting at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He earned his doctorate at Princeton University with a dissertation on Neapolitan painting of the 17th century. Clifton has curated exhibitions, written film scripts, and published widely on the arts of early-modern Europe.

Mary Craig Auditorium
Free SBMA Members
/$10 Non-Members/$6 Senior Non-Members
Reserve or purchase tickets at the Museum Visitor Services desks or online at

Poetry in the Galleries: "...the beginning of always."
Thursday, April 16, 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Santa Barbara poet laureates Perie Longo, Paul Willis, and Chryss Yost as well as Jon Snyder, Dante scholar and Professor of Italian Studies and Comparative Literature, Department of French and Italian at UCSB, read from selected works and original compositions inspired by the exhibition.

Preston Morton Gallery

An Evening of Period Music

Thursday, April 30
5:30 – 6:30 pm   The Rosary Sonatas and early 17th-century Italian selections
6:30 – 7 pm   Quire of Voyces
7 – 7:45 pm   The Rosary Sonatas and early 17th-century Italian selections

The Rosary Sonatas were composed in the 1670s by Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, and are being performed by Andrew McIntosh and Arthur Omura with baroque violins, harpsichord, and organ. This brilliant, sublime, and famous set of works epitomizes many of those aspects of baroque music that are most compelling: inventiveness, reverence, eccentricity, wild virtuosity, meditative austerity, and unusual tunings. Early 17th-century selections from the violin repertoire complement Biber's pieces. 

The Quire of Voyces is a dynamic a capella group that was founded in 1993 to rediscover the sacred choral music of the Renaissance and modern age. Nathan Kreitzer conducts 25 professional singers from the Central Coast who volunteer their talents to present the highest quality of performance all in historic settings.

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