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Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara

653 Paseo Nuevo Upper ARTS TERRACE, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3392
+1 805-966-5373
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Not what you may think

It's small and somewhat amateurish sometimes, local talent mostly. Occasionally interesting... read more

Reviewed 15 December 2016
IdeasAndOpinions
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Santa Barbara, California
SOME FAR-OUT ART!

glad that we have a contemporary art museum in santa barbara,.. i'm local and don't always remember... read more

Reviewed 19 May 2016
karenraders
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Santa Barbara, California
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The Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum (CAF) is an alternative art space presenting cutting edge exhibitions in visual, new media, andperforming arts. Celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2011, CAF is the premier venue for contemporary art between Los Angeles and San Francisco and is dedicated to the exhibition, education, and cultivation of the art of our time. With FREE admission, CAF is the main scene for the arts in Santa Barbara!CAF is located at the Paseo Nuevo Mall Upper Arts Terrace in downtown Santa Barbara, CA and is open Tuesday - Saturday: 11 am to 5 pm, Sunday: noon to 5 pm during the run of our exhibitions and on First Thursdays for our popular Forum Lounge series.
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14 Dec 2016
“Not what you may think”
18 May 2016
“SOME FAR-OUT ART!”
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653 Paseo Nuevo Upper ARTS TERRACE, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3392
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Reviewed 15 December 2016

It's small and somewhat amateurish sometimes, local talent mostly. Occasionally interesting installations, but if you're thinking NY, SF or even San Jose, you'll be disappointed. A better bet, if you have the time, is touring the spate of independent galleries on the "First Thursday" map....More

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Reviewed 19 May 2016

glad that we have a contemporary art museum in santa barbara,.. i'm local and don't always remember to go there but have been there numerous time during the years.

Thank karenraders
Reviewed 5 October 2015 via mobile

We like art ; we really do. But this was the biggest waste of time in my life. Fortunately , there is so little to see that that waste of time won't run to more than 10 mins. Yes it's free but you are urged...More

Thank 2016-Paul
Reviewed 13 September 2015

This is one of Santa Barbara's gems and is found in an unlikely place, a shopping complex. The space is small but well done. Pieces are mostly from local artists and the space hosts numerous events.

Thank Sarah H
Reviewed 10 September 2015

................always VERY INTERESTING "contemporary" exhibits!!!! situated in PASEO NUEVO.....the worlds greatest OUTDOOR SHOPPING MALL!!!!!! catch a movie......there's great food from around the world......GET A MASSAGE at BROOKSTONE......WOK-y WEDNESDAY at PANDA!!!!!.......100 kinds of WHISKEY at EUREKA!!!!

Thank steve p
Reviewed 24 June 2015

They are really making strides in the MCA. It's always been a bit of a sleeper but Micki and the new board are creating some exciting events and bringing some prominence into this small museum.

Thank maryanne c
Reviewed 19 June 2014

Ruchi Singhal is a Contemporary artist, Painting, She has no word for her madness to design paintings colours lead the way for her. Emotions and generally everything around here to create layer after colourful layer of colour and texture on the canvas. http://www.ruchisinghal.com

Thank raj970
Reviewed 12 October 2013 via mobile

Small but with an excellent selection of local modern art, a great space with free entry in the middle of a shopping area, everyone visiting Paseo Nuevo should spend 15 mins here

Thank Njhammers
Reviewed 24 February 2013

I appreciate that CAF is an arts space in the middle of far too much commercialism. State street is disappointingly mostly chain stores, so finding CAF and the adjacent Stage Theatre on the upper story of the mall was a nice surprise. All that said,...More

Thank AmandaTravelGal
Reviewed 1 December 2012

Always interesting exhibits of all sorts. Will beguile contemporary art lovers as well as neophytes. If you join, you get invited to cool talks, events and trips. The staff is great - friendly and knowledgeable. CAF is a Santa Barbara gem - I urge Santa...More

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