OMA fosters and promotes the study and appreciation of all realms of art through its exhibitions, collections and educational programs. The museum presents more than fifteen exhibitions annually, both on-site and off-site, in a variety of media each year, from painting and art quilts to photography, as well as site-specific art installations.
OMA produces an array of inspiring and engaging events throughout the year. Such seasonal events include the popular 333's Music at the Museum concert series, the dynamic Art After Dark, the festive Mardi Gras Brunch, and the highly anticipated annual fundraiser, The Museum Ball. OMA is a gathering place where friends meet to share and enjoy rich cultural experiences.
OMA offers a full spectrum of educational programming to inspire and enlighten artists and patrons of all ages. Each month includes a wide array of youth and adult classes in Studio O, as well as lectures and exhibition programming led by the exhibition's curator or artists. OMA also invites families to enjoy Free Family & Music Days throughout the year.
- Friday, May 8, 2:00–4:00pm Exploring Engagement director James Enos will lead a dynamic conversation with international guest Tsutomu Okada, Chief Curator of Spiral Art Center, Tokyo, and Artistic Director of Zou-no-hana Terrace, Yokohama, as Exploring Engagement launches into its fourth project, Oceanic Horizons: Port Journeys & Liminal Cities. A reception will follow the public presentation, including music by master guitarist Phil Boroff and light refreshments.
- Friday, May 15, 7:00–10:00pm OMA presents its ongoing series of one-night-only thematic art events with this season’s Art After Dark: Modern Madonnas. Each Art After Dark event is curated to educate, engage, and entertain museum guests, tastemakers, and art entertainment enthusiasts by featuring a variety of music, live and interactive art, artistic performances, wine and beer tasting, and more!
- Wednesday, May 27, 6:30–8:00pm Save the date! We will be hosting a "Walk & Talk" style discussion on 100 Artists, 100 Years with the curator of the exhibition and members of the San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild. Don't miss out!
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