The Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center

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Our Exhibition Philosophy

At the MAH, we believe that great exhibitions make our community grow stronger and more connected.

We are committed to creating exhibitions that inspire diverse audiences to engage deeply with contemporary art and Santa Cruz County history. We see our visitors as partners in actively interpreting and exploring exhibition content.

We produce four kinds of exhibitions at the MAH:

  1. Borrowed and broadened exhibitions, in which we showcase powerful artwork and artifacts from artists, collectors, or institutions worldwide and link that content to local projects with local partners.
  2. Community-sourced exhibitions, in which we invited creative residents of Santa Cruz County and the greater Bay Area to contribute and showcase their own artwork, stories, and objects.
  3. Community issue exhibitions, in which we work closely with local partners to create new artwork and installations that spark dialogue and action on local issues, like foster care or senior isolation.
  4. Immersive exhibitions, in which we invite diverse artists and storytellers to take visitors deep into specific creative and cultural experiences that ignite unexpected connections.

Interested in showing your work here at the MAH? Every two years we organize community-sourced exhibitions featuring the work of artists from all across Santa Cruz County. Join our mailing list to receive updates on upcoming opportunities to share your work in one of these community-sourced exhibitions.

SIGN UP TO RECEIVE UPDATES ON COMMUNITY SOURCED EXHIBITIONS.

Got an idea for an exhibition you’d like to see here at the MAH? We’re always on the lookout for new art and ideas. If you are looking to partner with us on an exhibition, you can expect that museum staff will design multi-modal, participatory, and immersive experiences around your work.

LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR EXHIBITIONS PHILOSOPHY OR SUBMIT AN EXHIBITION PROPOSAL

Want to know more about our Community Issue exhibition process? Every other year, we go deep on a local issue in partnership with diverse collaborators. Check out the COMMUNITY ISSUE EXHIBITION TOOLKIT to learn more about this process.

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