Press Releases

Kelly “RISK” Graval – Solo Exhibition

The California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO) will present a solo exhibition of “Kelly “Risk” Graval focusing on new and popular works by the influential artist. The exhibition will cover more than 2,600 feet of gallery space utilizing traditional and non-traditional media. The exhibit opens on May 9, 2019 and is on view through September 4, 2019.

Ansel Adams Highlights from Lawrence Janss Collection

Works by one of the world’s most widely recognized and acclaimed photographers will go on view as part of a limited engagement at the California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO). “In Focus: Ansel Adams Highlights from Lawrence Janss Collection” features several of the artist’s iconic photographs, on loan from entrepreneur, community leader and CMATO Board of Directors member, Larry Janss. “In Focus,” runs February 21 through March 24, 2019. Admission is free (a $6 donation is suggested).

California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks Announces New Location At The Oaks – a Macerich Property

To accommodate its continued growth as one of Conejo Valley’s premier art museums, the California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO) has entered into a strategic partnership with The Oaks – a Macerich property. The museum will vacate its current location on Thousand Oaks Blvd. and move into a new 5,500 square-foot facility at The Oaks, located at 350 West Hillcrest Drive. The new location will feature expanded exhibit space, new resources for educational programming and special event space. The museum will be located on the second floor between Nordstrom and Macy’s, across from JCPenney, and will be easily accessible from the parking structure.

PAWcasso Event at CMATO

Unleash your dog’s inner Pawcasso with this unique art activity at CMATO!

Each dog will paint their own framed masterpiece to take home and cherish (or give as a gift to their moms!)

As sponsors, The Barkley Pet Hotel & Day Spa and VCA Westlake Village Animal Hospital will be there to support our local community museum. Stop by our booth for chances to win raffle prizes and giveaways with lots belly rubs for your pooches!

Strings: Data and the Self

CMATO is pleased to announce the opening of a new media exhibition, Strings: Data and the Self. Curated by ArtSlant Senior Editor Joel Kuennen and Riccardo Zagorodnev, Strings: Data and the Self crystallizes the conversations surrounding self representation in the age of Big Data through the work of 5 artists who share a concern for the manner in which data increasingly determines our behavior, our interactions, and our overall relationship to the self.

California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks receives $100,000 donation from art patron and philanthropist Larry Janss

The California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO) accepted a $100,000 donation from local businessman Larry Janss. This generous contribution furthers CMATO’s positive financial momentum toward becoming the region’s preeminent art museum.

Janss’ major gift came only days after art patrons Shawn and Letal Skelton donated $100,000.

A descendant of one of Thousand Oaks’ founding families, Janss increased his financial support to CMATO after a formal review of the museum’s building plans for its current location at Civic Arts Plaza West.

Exposed: The Female Lens in a Post-Identity Era?

Curated by: Lynn Farrand and Laura PG Lewis

A photographic examination of identity through the artistry of some of the most compelling female photographers working in California today.


Jo Ann Callis, Arden Surdam, Sant Khalsa, Andréanne Michon, Gay Ribisi & Sandra Klein

CMATO Founder and Board Director Michael Yee Passes Away

“Michael has been a very big part of CMATO since its inception and has dedicated much of his time towards beautifying the property and doing some of the hard work behind the scenes on a day-to-day basis. Michael will be sorely missed,” said Tony Principe, Chairman of the Board at CMATO.

Michael Yee was a renaissance man. His life was filled with a zeal for exploration, mastery of the arts and all things creative, and he believed in the interconnectedness of all mankind and the practice of genuine philanthropy.

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