Barrett Art Gallery

SMC’s Pete and Susan Barrett Art Gallery is located at the SMC Performing Arts Center (Santa Monica Blvd. & 11th St., Santa Monica). For information and gallery hours, please call (310) 434-3434 or (310) 434-8204, or visit our

Exhibits, opening receptions, and gallery talks and lectures are FREE.

Roy Lichtenstein, Foot and Hand

Pop! Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation

Tuesday, September 4 – Sat, October 13

Come see an exciting exhibition of culturally important Pop artwork from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation. The Pop Art movement transformed imagery from mass media, comic books, and popular culture into iconic visual expressions. Also included are contemporary artists who have elaborated on the traditions established by the Pop artists, as this exhibition merges art that reflects and comments on popular culture from the 1960s until the present. This exhibition is paired with a concurrent Pop exhibition at the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art on Pepperdine University's Malibu Campus. Barrett Gallery reception on Saturday, September 8, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Pepperdine Weisman Museum reception on Sunday, September 9, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Griffith's Strangers and Relatives

James Griffith: "Relative" The Tar Paintings of James Griffith

Tuesday, October 30 – Sat, December 8

From its evolutionary origins to the contemporary ecological crisis, Nature inspires James Griffith's paintings. Over the last decade, he has made detailed paintings of animals with tar collected from the La Brea Tar Pits. By substituting tar for paint, his depictions of living animals suggests the transformative cycles of evolution and extinction. Gallery reception on Saturday, November 3, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Holiday Student Art Sale

Here's your once-a-year chance to buy some truly unique works of art — prints, ceramics, jewelry, and more created by SMC art students — to keep for yourself or to give as gifts this holiday season.​​

Friday & Saturday, December 14 & 15 | 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Sunday, December 16 | 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Barrett Art Gallery | SMC Performing Arts Center​

Les Christensen, 2000

Why Should I Walk if I Have Wings to Fly

Courtesy Les Christensen

Emeritus Art Gallery

The Emeritus Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Emeritus Campus, 1227 Second St., Santa Monica (parking available next door in Santa Monica Public Parking Structure No. 2). Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For further information, please call (310) 434-4306, or visit the Emeritus website. Exhibits and opening receptions are FREE.

Photography Department

Earleen Ahrens & John Tillman

Thursday, September 27 – Wed, November 7

Don't miss this exhibition juxtaposing Emeritus student Earleen Ahrens' eclectic mixed media sculpture, jewelry, and painting, with Emeritus student John Tillman's rhythmic black-and-white photographs. Opening reception on Thursday, September 27, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The Ongoing Moment: Literature and Art from Emeritus

Thursday, November 15 – Wed, January 16

Come enjoy the results of collaborative original art and writing created by students in Monona Wali's memoir class and Catherine Tirr's watercolors studio class. Opening reception and author readings on Thursday, November 15, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Kenneth Buckner

Thursday, January 24 – Wed, March 6​

Take a look at an outstanding exhibition of new photographs and digital renderings created by Emeritus photo faculty member Kenneth Buckner. Opening reception on Thursday, January 24, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Photography Deptartment

SMC Photo Gallery

The SMC Photo Gallery is located on SMC's Main Campus, on the 2nd floor of Drescher Hall, opposite the elevators. For hours and up-to-date information, please call (310) 434-4289, or visit the Photo Department website. Exhibits and opening receptions are FREE.

Additional exhibits are planned. Please call (310) 434-4289 for up-to-date information.

SMC Photography Department