Current Exhibitions

Exhibition
June 6, 2018 to October 21, 2018
SVMA features public art in Sonoma Plaza for a second season with artworks by Gwynn Murrill, Lisa Reinertson, and Alison Saar. Each of these women sculptors play an important role in evolving the canon of California art and in the craft of sculpture.
 
Each artwork features a shared concern for the natural world as well as human-animal interests concerning friendship, love, and the parent-child bond.
 
Free tours exploring the exhibition will be offered on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings at 11:45am. Visitors can meet the guides at the SVMA museum front doors and walk over to the square. Admission is free and donations are always welcome.
 
Photo Credit : Grace Cheung-Schulman
 
Presented by the Museum in partnership with the City of Sonoma. 
 
 
Sponsored by: 
Dana Simpson-Stokes and Ken Stokes
             
Exhibition
June 23, 2018 to September 16, 2018

In this exhibition, Amalia Mesa-Bains focuses on the importance of place and memory through botanical prints, mapping images, landscape shadow boxes, altars, folding books and installations. The themes of family geographies and historical displacements of Latino and native peoples are represented through border maps, archival images and native plants. The narratives of human geography help us to see that our private landscapes have always been part of larger public territories beset by histories of change, loss and memory. 

Sponsored by:
       

 

Upcoming Exhibitions

Exhibition
September 29 to January 6, 2019

Each art collection, like each picture, tells a story. 20 Sonoma Collectors brings the story of 20 art enthusiasts and their collections to SVMA. The exhibition provides a unique opportunity to view contemporary art from important Sonoma collections, including works by Squeak Carnwath, Shepard Fairey, Roy De Forest, Tom Friedman, Jacob Hashimoto, David Hockney, Robert Mapplethorpe, Claes Oldenburg, Kiki Smith, and Andy Warhol, among others.

Come join us to celebrate SVMA’s 20th anniversary!

Exhibition Sponsors:

Holly and Stephen Sorkin

   

 
Exhibition
September 29 to January 6, 2019

From Fire, Love Rises commemorates artists who were impacted by the October 2017 fires in Sonoma and Napa Counties. Many artists in these regions have relied on their artistic practice to recover from their losses and help restore the community around them. The exhibition features artists and writers who work in bronze, photography, ceramics, printmaking, new media, poetry, and prose to express their countless stories of loss, gratitude, and resiliency that have emerged in the year since the fires. 

We are moved by the community effort that has transpired since the fire and with this exhibition, and pledge to continue the Museum’s work in helping to rebuild safe spaces, preserve our collective memories, and create new artistic visions and dreams as we move forward from the fires in the years to come. Our interest in featuring artists and writers who were directly and indirectly impacted by the fires and its aftermath, was to highlight the restoration of emotional resolve, the ability to find beauty among the wreckage, and the knowledge that, in this community, it’s love that burns brightest.   

Participating artists and writers include: John Arntz, Lori Barron, Erick Benitez, Mima Cataldo, Arisbet Camacho, Ed Coletti, Sam Coturri, Alan Crisp, Ethan Davis, Camille Dungy, Iris Jamahl Dunkle, Erick Dunn, Brian Fies, Carole Flaherty, Jackie Huss Hallerberg, Peter Hassen, Katherine Hastings, Brenda Hillman, Kylie Hopp, Maya Khosla, Laura Kimpton, Ada Limón, Fran Braga Meininger, Gwynn O'Gara, Norma I. Quintana, Gregory Roberts, Mary Lee Rybar, Kala Stein, Bryan Tedrick, Bob Van Breda, Adam Wiedmann, Valerie Woods, and Breyanna Wright.

 

Exhibition Sponsors:

Holly and Steve Sorkin

Laura Kimpton

KSVY 91.3

(Arts Response Grant)

   

 
Exhibition
September 29 to January 6, 2019

SVMA is excited to announce that we will be installing Laura Kimpton's "LOVE" sculpture in front of Sonoma's City Hall as a part of our  From Fire, Love Rises: Stories Shared from the Artist Community exhibition. The internally lit steel letters embody "the love in the air is thicker than the smoke" spirit witnessed during the Northern California fires of 2017. The installation aligns with the one year anniversary of the fires, and pays tribute to the resiliency and strength of the Sonoma community.

More details to come!

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