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2017 Past Exhibitions


Process in Progress: Hector Dionicio Mendoza

Monterey-based multi-media artist Hector Dionicio Mendoza will hold a one-month artist-in-residency and mixed-media art project.

Miniatures 2017

This year marks the 24th anniversary of Miniatures, the Monterey Museum of Art’s annual fundraising exhibition. Celebrate our local community of artists and Museum Members, who generously donate original artwork in support of the Museum. A unique opportunity to share their artistic talents with Museum guests.

Takin it to the Streets: Pirkle Jones & Robert von Sternberg

Documentary photography by Pirkle Jones and Robert von Sternberg

Capturing California

This presentation of works from the Monterey Museum of Art’s (MMA) permanent collection features works from some of the MMA’s most important early California artists and captures the atmospheric beauty of California’s natural and man-made features from the rocky coastlines, rolling hills, and distinct adobes.

California Watercolor Landscapes

Watercolor has been used by California artists since before turn of the 20th century, when many first began to live and work in Monterey Peninsula.

Color, Light & Form

Color, Light & Form are essential elements of art. The shade of a color can affect your mood, the brilliance of its light can catch your eye, and the shape or form of the subject can define the space of both what is being depicted, and of its surroundings.

Who Shot Monterey Pop! Photographs from the 1967 Music Festival

Who Shot Monterey Pop! Photographs from the 1967 Music Festival celebrates the 50th anniversary of the music festival that changed the world, through the eyes of the photographers who captured the historic event on film. Through images and memories, Museum members and visitors will be exposed to the exclusive world of Rock & Roll and learn how one moment in time can be life changing and world changing. 

Weston Scholarship Exhibition 2017

The Weston Scholarship keeps the traditional process of black and white fine art photography alive in the tradition of Edward Weston and Ansel Adams.
400 Calories, Kelly F., 2016

What We See: Photographs by Women Without Shelter

This Community Gallery exhibition features photographs taken by 11 of Monterey’s unsheltered women.

Art in Bloom 2017

Art in Bloom features floral displays by top Central Coast designers. The florists will interpret and respond to art throughout the MMA La Mirada galleries, including our special exhibition – Color, Light and Form: Selections from the Contemporary Collection, featuring a broad selection of post-1980 works from the Museum’s permanent collection.

Edward Weston: Portrait of the Young Man as an Artist

February 9 – April 10, 2017

2016 Past Exhibitions


Miniatures 2016

October 7, 2016 - January 13, 2017

Re: Pose: Photographs

July 28, 2016 – January 17, 2017

Re: Pose: Paintings

Re: Pose: Paintings presents figurative paintings from the MMA permanent collection as well as Charles Eckart figurative paintings on loan.

Dynamic Range: Photography Selections from the Permanent Collection

Selections from our photography collection shown in Dynamic Range emphasize regional photographers such as Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, and Edward Weston.

Active Voice

Active Voice presents contemporary landscapes from the Museum’s permanent collection, with a focus on community voices.

Art in Bloom 2016

April 28 – May 1, 2016

Monterey Places

Through August 29, 2016

Insignias of Fort Ord: Art in Everyday Military Life

February 11–April 18, 2016

2015 Past Exhibitions


Armin Hansen: The Artful Voyage

October 29, 2015 – March 7, 2016

The 2016 Weston Scholarship Exhibition

May 12, 2016–September 5, 2016

Miniatures 2015

October 2, 2015–January 15, 2016

Lasting Impressions—Pedro de Lemos

April 30 – September 28, 2015

Art in Bloom 2015

April 30 – May 3, 2015

Open Walls: You Are Here

February 5 – March 23, 2015

S.C. Yuan from the Museum’s Permanent Collection

February 5, 2015 – March 7, 2016

Evidence/Longevity/Celebration: Youth Arts Collective Alumni and Mentors

January 23 – May 4, 2015

2014 Past Exhibitions


Miniatures Big Ticket 2014

Miniatures is the Monterey Museum of Art’s annual exhibition fundraiser. Celebrate our local artistic community of artists, all museum members, who generously donate their original artwork to help raise funds in support of museum exhibitions and programming.

MMA Pacific Street Reimagined

Discover the Museum’s stellar collection at MMA Pacific Street.
Harvesters Resting

Monterey Now: Warren Chang

October 23, 2014 – April 6, 2015

Miniatures 2014

October 23, 2014–January 15, 2015

Iconic Masterpieces of Early California Painting

August 21, 2014 – March 7, 2016

The Spirit of Motion—Photographs by Michael Furman and Automotive Jewelry

August 7–18, 2014

Jules Tavernier: Artist and Adventurer

June 6–October 20, 2014

Monterey Now: Malin Lager

June 6–October 20, 2014

Define:/self/ – Exploring female identity

May 15 – October 1, 2014


Crossing the Bridge: Emiko Nakano—Abstract Landscapes

Emiko Nakano (1925–1990) is an abstract painter from the San Francisco Bay Area. One of the few Japanese-American women recognized as part of the Bay Area Abstract Movement, she is known for her colorful and expressionist landscapes.

SHIFT—Five Decades of Contemporary California Painting

May 1–September 22, 2014
Art in Bloom

Art in Bloom 2014

May 1–5, 2014

Bob Kolbrener: In Real Time, Celebrating Fifty Years in Photography

February 6–April 28, 2014

Extraordinary People—Portraits by Yousuf Karsh

January 16–March 31, 2014

Ansel Adams—Visions of Grandeur

January 16–March 31, 2014

2013 Past Exhibitions


Miniatures 2013

November 20–December 31, 2013

Monterey Now: David Ligare

November 20, 2013–April 28, 2014

In Process: Andrew Schoultz

July 5–November 17, 2013

Monterey Now: Lucas Blok

June 13 – October 27, 2013

Hanga Reinvented: The Creative Print

June 13 – October 27, 2013

Return to the Sea, Saltworks by Motoi Yamamoto

Through August 25

Facing Forward

April 24–June 9, 2013

California Landforms | At Home in Early California

February 1–December 29, 2013
Self-Portrait, 1980

Beth Van Hoesen

February 1–May 19, 2013

Henri Matisse: Improvisation

February 1–May 19, 2013
Umbrian Landscape

Monterey Now: Johnny Apodaca

February 1–May 19, 2013

2012 Past Exhibitions

Miniatures 2012

November 15–December 31, 2012

Chuck Close: Works on Paper 1975-2012

October 27, 2012–March 31, 2013

Monterey Now: Annette Corcoran

October 3-December 31, 2012

Monterey Now: Loran List

July 13–September 23, 2012

Monterey Artists Abroad

July 5–October 21, 2012

Auguste Rodin: Light and Shadow

July 5–October 21, 2012

In Sharp Focus: The Legacy of Monterey Photography

June 16–September 30, 2012

Monterey Modernism

April 6–June 17, 2012

A New Deal: Art of the Great Depression

April 5–June 17, 2012


April 5–December 31, 2012

Arline Fisch: Sea Jellies

March 24–July 22, 2012

California Impressionism: Selections from the Irvine Museum

March 24–May 27, 2012

2011 Past Exhibitions

MontereyNOW: Paul Roehl

November 17, 2011–June 17, 2012

Miniatures 2011

November 17–December 31, 2011

Pop Icons: Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein

October 29, 2011–February 26, 2012

John Haley: Berkeley School Abstract Expressionist

October 29, 2011–February 26, 2012

Cultural Collisions: Prints by Enrique Chagoya from the Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer

October 29, 2011–February 12, 2012

Monterey Masterworks: Paintings from the City of Monterey Collection

October 1, 2011–December 31, 2011

MontereyNOW: Greg Mettler

July 21–November 6, 2011

Edward Weston: American Photographer

June 18–October 9, 2011

Glorious Century: Modern and Contemporary Art, 1910-2010

April 29–May 29, 2011

Youth Art Collective Exhibition

April 24 – June 30, 2013

MontereyNOW: Mari Kloeppel

March 17–July 10, 2011

2010 Past Exhibitions

MontereyNOW: Beverly Rayner

November 18, 2010–March 6, 2011

Miniatures 2010

November 18, 2010–January 2, 2011

Hung Liu: Seven Poses

October 30, 2010–February 27, 2011

Cabaret Calaveras: Día de los Muertos Figures from Mexico

October 30, 2010–January 15, 2011

Miró, Matisse & Picasso: Celebrating Color and Line

October 30, 2010–February 27, 2011

In Process: Ingrid Calame

October 30, 2010–February 27, 2011

MontereyNOW: Robynn Smith

July 15–October 31, 2010

Ansel Adams: Portrait of America

July 10–October 3, 2010

Youth Arts Collective

April 21-July 18

MontereyNOW: Ryuijie

April 15-July 3, 2010

Roland Petersen: Fifty Years of Painting

March 13–June 20, 2010

Portraits of Meiji Japan—Photography from the 1880s

Through April 28, 2014 MMA Pacific Street

The Art of California, 1880 to the Present

January 28–October 30, 2011

From Dawn to Dusk: Gottardo Piazzoni’s Final Murals

April 27, 2011 – March 7, 2016

2009 Past Exhibitions

MontereyNOW: Pam Carroll

November 19, 2009–March 21, 2010

Miniatures 2009

November 19, 2009–January 3, 2010

In Process: Mark Licari

October 10, 2009–February 14, 2010

MontereyNOW: Kevin Miller

July 16–November 8, 2009

Over Rainbows and Down Rabbit Holes: The Art of Children’s Books

July 11–September 3, 2009

Made in Monterey

April 18–October 25, 2009

50/fifty: 50 Gifts for the Next Fifty Years

March 28–June 21, 2009