Current Exhibitions

The Bakersfield Museum of Art proudly presents the following Exhibitions:

Ethan Russell: The Best Seat in the House

May 25, 2017 - June 30, 2017

In 1968 Ethan Russell was a young American with a Nikon camera living in London and aspiring to become a writer. Just a few years later he was one of the foremost rock photographers in the world with subjects like The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and The Who. This limited exhibition is a rare opportunity to go behind-the-scenes with someone who witnessed rock and roll history in the making.

Visual Arts Festival 2017: Looking Up

May 18, 2017 - August 12, 2017

The Visual Arts Festival juried small works exhibition has been a tradition at BMoA since 1989. For the 17th biennial festival, the Museum hosted an open call to all artists living in California. This year’s theme was Looking Up. Read more...


Tina Dille: Mysterious Muse

May 18, 2017 - August 12, 2017

Tina Dille understands the mystery of this bird firsthand. Dille, who lives and works in the Tehachapi mountains, had the experience of sharing her home with a grounded raven. As the artist began to witness the bird’s daily behavior and antics, she became interested in understanding more about the species. The raven quickly became her muse.


Stephen Douglas: Paint + Process

January 26, 2017 - August 5, 2017

The works in Paint + Process simultaneously challenge and honor the traditions of painting and portraiture, making the argument that process stands face to face with subject, and that the transparency of each is the dialogue for contemporary art. 

Sierra Wave Cloud

Bob Kolbrener: Vision of Place

January 26, 2017 - August 19, 2017

This exhibition celebrates Bob Kolbrener’s expansive fifty-year adventure with photography, and includes both iconic images and some rarely seen works from all five decades of his career.

Exhibition proposals are welcome. Click here for more information.