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Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara

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Address: 653 Paseo Nuevo Upper ARTS TERRACE, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3392
Phone Number: +1 805-966-5373
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Wed 11:00 - 17:00
Thu 11:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 17:00
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The Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum (CAF) is an alternative art space...

The Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum (CAF) is an alternative art space presenting cutting edge exhibitions in visual, new media, andperforming arts.  Celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2011, CAF is the premier venue for contemporary art between Los Angeles and San Francisco and is dedicated to the exhibition, education, and cultivation of the art of our time.  With FREE admission, CAF is the main scene for the arts in Santa Barbara!CAF is located at the Paseo Nuevo Mall Upper Arts Terrace in downtown Santa Barbara, CA and is open Tuesday - Saturday: 11 am to 5 pm, Sunday: noon to 5 pm during the run of our exhibitions and on First Thursdays for our popular Forum Lounge series.

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Museum is moving on up!

They are really making strides in the MCA. It's always been a bit of a sleeper but Micki and the new board are creating some exciting events and bringing some prominence into... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 June 2015
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Santa Barbara, California
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Santa Barbara, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016

glad that we have a contemporary art museum in santa barbara,.. i'm local and don't always remember to go there but have been there numerous time during the years.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2015 via mobile

We like art ; we really do. But this was the biggest waste of time in my life. Fortunately , there is so little to see that that waste of time won't run to more than 10 mins. Yes it's free but you are urged to make a $5 voluntary donation. I should have asked for my money back .... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2015

This is one of Santa Barbara's gems and is found in an unlikely place, a shopping complex. The space is small but well done. Pieces are mostly from local artists and the space hosts numerous events.

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2015

................always VERY INTERESTING "contemporary" exhibits!!!! situated in PASEO NUEVO.....the worlds greatest OUTDOOR SHOPPING MALL!!!!!! catch a movie......there's great food from around the world......GET A MASSAGE at BROOKSTONE......WOK-y WEDNESDAY at PANDA!!!!!.......100 kinds of WHISKEY at EUREKA!!!!

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Santa Barbara, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2015

They are really making strides in the MCA. It's always been a bit of a sleeper but Micki and the new board are creating some exciting events and bringing some prominence into this small museum.

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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2014

Ruchi Singhal is a Contemporary artist, Painting, She has no word for her madness to design paintings colours lead the way for her. Emotions and generally everything around here to create layer after colourful layer of colour and texture on the canvas. http://www.ruchisinghal.com

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2013 via mobile

Small but with an excellent selection of local modern art, a great space with free entry in the middle of a shopping area, everyone visiting Paseo Nuevo should spend 15 mins here

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2013

I appreciate that CAF is an arts space in the middle of far too much commercialism. State street is disappointingly mostly chain stores, so finding CAF and the adjacent Stage Theatre on the upper story of the mall was a nice surprise. All that said, the installation I saw made me say "Art? Really?". But I am not a modern... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2012

Always interesting exhibits of all sorts. Will beguile contemporary art lovers as well as neophytes. If you join, you get invited to cool talks, events and trips. The staff is great - friendly and knowledgeable. CAF is a Santa Barbara gem - I urge Santa Barbarians to visit often and visitors to the area to spend time at CAF to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2012

........you will experience up and coming artistes in the spirit of the greatest performance artiste LAURIE ANDERSON!!!!! at the 1st thursday events at the Contemporary Arts Forum...upstairs above Panda Express and Eureka Gourmet Burgers and California Pizza Kitchen down the walk from Brookstone Massage Chairs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and their new head massage machine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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