Current Exhibitions

The Ninth Annual Art About Agriculture

November 12, 2016 through February 26, 2017

Art About Agriculture is a homegrown art exhibition rooted to our region’s agrarian heritage. Presented annually by the Ag Art Alliance, this year’s show―the ninth―features fresh works by 65 contemporary artists. The group exhibit illustrates the many ways in which agriculture enriches our lives―from food, fields, and farm workers to rural life, landscapes, and livestock.

The Ag Art Alliance was formed in 2007 by Santa Paula artists Gail Pidduck and John Nichols in an effort to raise awareness of the importance of agriculture through the medium of art. The Ninth Annual Art About Agriculture features over 75 incredible artworks inspired by both historic and contemporary agriculture. The works on display pay tribute to the nobility of labor, the richness of the earth, and the natural beauty of our rural landscape. 

The exhibition features art by Debbie Abshear, Karen Anable-Nichols, Paul Benavidez, Betsy Bland, Karol Blumenthal, Kit Boise-Cossart, Susan Brown, L.T. Bunning, Kent Butler, Sharon Butler, Shannon Celia, Duane Dammeyer, Ted Dayton, William Dewey, Janice Dickenson, Robert Diehl, Bernadette DiPietro, Celeste Evans, Bruce Everett, Katie Fagan, Gail Faulkner, Pausha Foley, Marian Fortunati, Lois Freeman-Fox, Carole Garland, Wendy Gordin, David Gordon, Michael Hardison, Ray Harris, Terry Hastings, Lance Higgins, Eul Hurley, Kathy Ikerd, David Isakson, Carolyn Jorgensen, Virginia Kamhi, Chuck Kovacic, Beverly Lazor, Leslie Lloyd, George Lockwood, Rhonda Magnus, Eileen Maloney, Barbara Mesney, Zoe Nathan, Gina Niebergall, Dorothy Orr, Roxie Ray, John Robertson, Mariann Romero, Carol Sahley, Lis Schwitters, Karen Scott Browdy, Helle Scharling-Todd, Teresa Shields, Jane Thorpe, Mark Tovar, Dolas Tubbs, Norma Warden, Nina Warner, Sharon Weaver, Roe Anne White, Michael Wood, and Chris Zambon.


The 1936 Mexican Snapshot Mystery

February 4, 2017 through June 11, 2017

The 1936 Mexican Snapshot Mystery is an exciting whodunit detective story-turned-exhibition. Over 900 vintage photographs - captured by three different photographers while on a 1936 trip through central Mexico - were recently discovered at an estate sale in Santa Paula, California. The journey to discover the truth behind these historic snapshots forms the basis for the exhibit, and museum visitors are invited to play the role of detective alongside the show’s curators.

The snapshots - most of which have never been seen before -  also provide an extraordinary glimpse of daily life in 1930s Mexico. Images of ordinary life in Mexico from that period are seldom found. Most contemporaneous photographs are professionally posed portraits of wealthy individuals. The snapshots in this exhibition, however, are incredibly candid and show honest portrayals of everyday people and customs. The artistic black-and-white images are accompanied by additional maps, illustrations, and decorative objects to help complete the collection’s story. 


Starting Point: Santa Paula High School Beginning Art Students

February 4, 2017 through March 6, 2017

The Museum's student gallery features rotating exhibitions of art by young artists from local elementary and high schools, colleges, and youth organizations. Starting Point is an exhibit of works created by beginning art students from Santa Paula High School.

Future Exhibitions

Between Heaven and Earth: The PAC6 Paints the Sierras

March 4, 2017 through July 9, 2017

The Photography of Bill Dewey

June 17, 2017 through October 15, 2017

California Art Club: Golden State Splendor

July 15, 2017 through November 5, 2017

The 24th De Colores Art Show

October 21, 2017 through January 28, 2018

Call to Artists available May 2017

The 10th Annual Art About Agriculture

November 11, 2017 through February 25, 2018

Call to Artists available June 2017