Past Exhibitions



Summer Exhibitions: May 9, 2019 - August 24, 2019
Platinum: Photographs by Douglas Isaac Busch & E.F. Kitchen
Wake Up: Selections from Students in the BMoA ArtWorks Program
The Sublime: Visual Arts Festival


Winter Exhibitions: January 24, 2019 - April 27, 2019
The Prototype
: Gustavo Godoy
Golden State: Selections from the BMoA Permanent Collection



Fall Exhibitions: September 13, 2018 - January 12, 2019
Yvonne Cavanagh: Liminal Space
The Society of Six:
California Colorists


Summer Exhibitions: May 10, 2018 - August 24, 2018
Charles Arnoldi: Forms, A Fifty Year Survey
From Where I Stand: Selections from Students in the BMoA ArtWorks Program


Winter Exhibitions: January 25, 2018 - May 6, 2018
Mark Adams: Works on Paper
LINE: Selections from the BMoA Permanent Collection
Astrid Preston: Poetics of Nature
Historic Posters: From the Collection of Citizens Business Bank



Fall Exhibitions: September 7, 2017 - January 12, 2018
Astrid Preston: Poetics of Nature
Javier Carrillo: Nuestros Ojos
Gwynn Murrill: Early Wood Sculptures 1968 - 1985

Summer Exhibitions: May 18, 2017 - August 12, 2017
Visual Arts Festival: A Juried Small Works Exhibition
Mysterious Muse: Works by Tina Dille
Ethan Russell: The Best Seat in the House

Winter Exhibitions: January 26, 2017 - May 7, 2017
Bob Kolbrener: Vision of Place
Stephen Douglas: Paint + Process
Marc Trujillo: Urban Ubiquity


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September 1, 2016 - January 8, 2017
Edward Reep: Eight Decades of Painting
A Fresh Look: Children Curate from BMoA's Permanent Collection
Framing Edward Reep: A War Artist's Journey to Bologna, 1944-1945
Driven by Art: A Public Art Project

May 12, 2016 - August 21, 2016
Scenic View Ahead: The Westways Cover-Art Program 1928-1981
Bakersfield to Bakersfield: Photographs by Felix Adamo
ISM: Work by BMoA's 2016 ArtWorks Students

January 27, 2016 - April 17, 2016
Local Visions: Selections from Collectors in the Area
Wilson Call: Life Designed
BMoA Collected 1956-1986: Works on Paper by Phil Paradise
Celebrating 60 Years: The Life and Work of Marion Osborn Cunningham


September 10, 2015 - January 3, 2016 
Californian Idealism: Paintings by Kenton Nelson
Bradford J. Salamon: The Art of the Object
Woven in Tradition: Navajo Textiles from the Hilbert Collection
Collected Landscapes: Selections from our Permanent Collection

May 7, 2015 - August 23, 2015
Mitchell Johnson | Color as Content: A 25 Year Survey
Ray Turner: Population
Visual Arts Festival | Theme: Californians at Play
Surfacing: Works by BMoA's 2015 ArtWorks Students

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January 22, 2015 - April 19, 2015
Dennis Hare: Without Restraint
Kuzana Ogg: Rev Zero
Lead by Line: Drawings by Three California Artists
Recent Acquisitions from the Bakersfield Museum of Art’s Permanent Collection


September 11, 2014 - January 4, 2015
Photography in Mexico from the Collection of SFMOMA
Face to Face: 30 Years of Portraiture
You've Been Selected: A Community Curated Exhibition of BMoA's Permanent Collection
Celebrating Art Education: Select Works from BMoA's Education Programs

May 15, 2014 - August 24, 2014
Beth Van Hoesen: Works on Paper
David Ligare: River • Mountain • Sea
Magnificent Obsession: Gaming Relics from The Giumarra Collection
Kern County at a Distance: Three Artists Explore the Landscape, Residents, and Tradition of Kern County

January 23, 2014 – April 20, 2014
World on a String: Puppets from the Alan Cook Collection
Paintings by Suhas Bhujbal and Siddhart Parasnis
The Dust Bowl Series: Photographs by Horace Bristol
A Story of Immigration: Illustrations by Belle Yang


September 19, 2013 – January 6, 2014
Roland Petersen: A Retrospective
Back by POPular Demand: Work by Karen Shapiro and Robert Townsend
Diseño de Cultura: Paintings by Alfredo Arreguín
Celebrating Art Education: Select Works from BMoA’s Education Programs

June 27, 2013 – September 1, 2013
California Impressionism: Selections from The Irvine Museum
Garden of Eden: Photography by Andrzej Maciejewski
Eye Gallery: 96 Hours
Visual Arts Festival: Juried Fine Art Small Works Exhibition (Theme: Lost but not Forgotten)

March 28, 2013 – June 9, 2013
Architecture by Randal Stout
Museum Set: Photography by Harry Wilson
Vacancy: Paintings by Matt Condron
Drawings by Amy Rangel

December 13, 2012 – March 10, 2013
Embracing Diverse Voices: 80 Years of African-American Art
You, Me, Them: Mequitta Ahuja and Robert Pruitt
Textures of Place: John Cosby and William Wray
Abstract Works from BMoA’s Permanent Collection


September 13, 2012 – November 25, 2012
Out of Print: Altered Books
Christopher Stott: New Realism
Paul Strand: The Mexican Portfolio

June 14, 2012 – August 26, 2012
L.A.te: Photographs of Los Angeles After Dark
Americana: Installations by Nobuhito Nishigawara
Lost and Found: Paintings of the Central Valley (Dennis Ziemienski)
Visual Arts Festival: Juried Fine Art Small Works Exhibition (Theme: California)
Eye Gallery: A Day in the Life

March 22, 2012 – May 27, 2012
Legacy in Continuum: Bay Area Figuration
Untitled Journey: Paintings by Mark Harrington
Man-Made: Vessels by California Craftsmen

December 8, 2011 – March 4, 2012
Estampas de Revolución Mexicana
Shifting Landscapes: Paintings by Chelsea James and Ryan Reynolds
DE LA MANO: Print-Based Work from La Mano Press and La Mano Gráfica


September 15, 2011 – November 27, 2011
Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor
Convergence: Selected Work from the Art Faculty at Bakersfield College and Cal State Bakersfield
Art Sherwyn; Us: The Connecting Line

June 16, 2011 – August 29, 2011
California Art Club – Splendor: Paintings of the Tejon Ranch
Mini-Size Me: A Monumental Critique on Today’s Handheld Society
Ann Laddon; Celebrating Color: Impressions on the Central California Landscape
Visual Arts Festival: Juried Fine Art Small Works Exhibition

March 24, 2011 – May 29, 2011
California Fiber Art: Fiber Optics
Cathy Breslaw; Explorations: Space and Light
Simple Complexities: Still Life Paintings by Angus Wilson

December 9, 2010 – March 6, 2011
Space/Silence/Spirit; Maynard Dixon’s West: The Hays Collection
Marco Casentini: Grand Junction
Uniquely Ours: Modern Architects in Bakersfield; Exploring the Local Designs of Frank Lloyd Wright and Richard Neutra