The Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center

Today is Monday, September 24: Open 10am-8pm
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Current Exhibitions & Installations

To learn more about an exhibition or installation, please click on its title.

See, Be Seen: Community Portraits. May 4 – September 23 2018

“Historically in the West portraiture has been used to document the history of those in power who had the wealth to hire artists to paint their images. As artists we have chosen to uplift those in our community, making images of the people who have struggled to change the world we live in.” – Jesus Barraza […]

Coyote Now: RYAN! Feddersen. August 3 – October 21, 2018

You may have heard of Coyote’s epic feats, but what is he up to now? Part graphic novel, part coloring book this immersive installation brings the adventures of Coyote to life.  From land use and climate change to our relationship with nature and technology, Coyote’s tale helps us explain our current world. In North American […]

History Gallery

Long-term exhibit; History Gallery 2nd Floor.   Who makes history?  This gallery shares stories of people who made history here in Santa Cruz County. Farmworkers and fishermen. Street performers and surfers. Native Ohlone and migrants from around the world. Santa Cruz County is home to dreamers, artists, and activists. In this gallery, you will meet […]

Mary and Harry Blanchard Sculpture Garden

Permanent Exhibit The Mary and Harry Blanchard Sculpture Garden is a new exhibition space designed to showcase outdoor sculpture from the Museum’s permanent collection. The rooftop gallery is also an inviting space in which to view Santa Cruz and the surrounding mountains. The garden presently showcases a large scale granite sculpture by Davenport artist Richard […]

Semi Set Vertical Blue: March 20, 2018 – February, 2019 (Stairwell Installation)

Stroll while you scroll up and down three floors of digitally woven blue screen. “With computer-based media, the visual is built through lines of code, programming and directives being written out line by line. Tapestries are similarly built, with one line of code equalling a single thread: the textile and its image come together as […]