Director’s Welcome

Charlotte_EyermanJune 2015

Welcome to the Monterey Museum of Art!

It is an exciting time at the Museum. We have had an active Spring season, with a beautiful and very successful Art in Bloom event at the Museum and our annual Gala that exceeded its goal, providing vital support to our programs so that we can connect art and community. To see our positive impact, click here.

The engaging exhibition, Pedro de Lemos: Lasting Impressions opened in April at MMA La Mirada and remains on view until September 28. The first museum retrospective dedicated to his work, the exhibition celebrates de Lemos’ artistic achievement and his role as an educator. He believed everyone has creative capacity and in that spirit, we offer art-making opportunities in the galleries and are delighted to offer an active Printmaking Studio throughout the run of the show, as well as workshops, lectures, panel discussions and tours with artists, scholars, museum educators and docents.

The Museum always offers a broad array of educational and public programs. Please subscribe to our e-news, like MMA on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, where you can share your #montereyart photos. Visit our website and events calendar often for updates on exhibitions, educational programs, and happenings at the Museum.

In keeping with our mission, the Museum’s collections and exhibitions focus on California art—past, present, and future. We are proud to present works from the Museum’s distinguished collections at both locations.

The galleries at both locations celebrate dialogues between past and present. MMA Pacific Street offers dynamic presentations of the Museum’s permanent collection, as well as the Community Gallery, which now features the Boys and Girls Clubs of Monterey County’s Annual Marti Mulford Youth Arts Exhibit, on through September 7. The Museum is proud to collaborate with the BGCMC, as well as many other community partners on exhibitions, educational programs, events and projects, including the Youth Arts Collective, Veterans Transition Center, Youth Music Monterey County, Carmel Bach Festival, Philip Glass Days and Nights Festival among many. A spirit of collaboration and making a difference in the community inspires and guides our work.

MMA Pacific Street as a gathering place where art, ideas, and community intersect, anchored by our permanent collection. Our strengths are in historical, modern, and contemporary art: paintings, prints and drawings, and photographs (our largest collection area, representing 40% of the Museum’s collection). Look for new presentations in the galleries over the coming months, as we rotate galleries to keep seeing the art in the Museum’s collection with fresh eyes and perspectives.

Miniatures, our annual exhibition fundraiser featuring works donated by artists who are Museum Members, opens at MMA Pacific Street October 2. We are very excited to present Armin Hansen: The Artful Voyage this Fall at MMA La Mirada, on from October 29-March 7.

The Museum offers complimentary membership to active military and full-time college/university students with valid I.D. Children under 18 are always free. The benefits of Membership are many and we invite you to join. This summer we are launching special new “Members Only” events and there are special offers and experiences for Members at all levels.

As of July 2015, there is a new schedule for evening hours: Third Thursdays at MMA La Mirada starting in July and First Fridays at MMA Pacific Street starting in August, until 8:00pm. Regular hours at both locations Thursdays through Mondays, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.

As a cultural leader in Monterey County, the Museum puts visitors first, offering a wide array of accessible, welcoming, and substantive experiences with art for all ages.   We are also incorporating more interactive experiences and activities in our galleries—inviting visitors to create, respond, and participate in both high-tech and low-tech ways.

Connecting people with art is our primary goal. We look forward to seeing you at the Museum, and for our virtual visitors, we hope that MMA will be a destination soon.

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Charlotte Eyerman, PhD
Executive Director