Past Exhibitions

Life Interrupted

Life Interrupted is the result of an art competition initiated by the California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO) to capture the perspective of Generation Z artists. Generation Z is defined by people born after 1997, and who will turn ages 8 to 23 in 2020.

Empathy: Beneath the Surface

October 18, 2019 to March 29, 2020

Empathy: Beneath the Surface presents a multi-disciplinary perspective on the idea of empathy and personal agency, with works that explore the universal themes that confront, and ultimately bind, us.

Through six distinct gallery spaces covering 5,000 sq feet, visitors will view paintings, sculpture, virtual reality, mix-media installation, photography and tapestries all bound together by the idea of empathy and personal agency.

Featuring: Hung Liu, John Nava, Simphiwe Ndzube, Ami Vitale, Marisa Caichiolo, Marjorie Salvaterra and Tom Everhart.


May 9, 2019 to September 4, 2019

Writing under the pseudonym RISK, Graval rose to prominence as the originator of a bright, colorful, west coast graffiti style. Graval’s mixed-media work follows in the rich tradition of Pop Art. Iconography from Buddhism, rock and roll, advertising, and cartoons figure prominently in his work. Working in neon translates his bright palette into light while painting on metal calls back to the many nights spent in the rail yards of Los Angeles County. Graval’s work plays with visual and material juxtapositions to both draw in and push back on the viewer. Metal, lights, paint, grit, and shine are the materials of Graval’s practice and the materials of the city that raised him.

In Focus: Ansel Adams

February 21, 2019 to September 4, 2019

This exhibition is about the art of photography and the transformative impact an artist can have on an individual and society. In Lawrence Janss’ exquisite collection of Ansel Adams works, visitors will encounter the most popular landscape photographs in history.

Kevin Sloan: A Collection of Rarities

November 8, 2018 to February 17, 2019

Kevin Sloan is a Denver based painter whose work is characterized by a deep reverence for the natural world. Sloan’s allegorical realism, a term he has coined to refer to his use of objects and environments that are painted in a realistic way but because of the inclusion of unexpected elements, the narrative in the work takes on an allegorical quality. His work is found in numerous private and public collections worldwide including the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Phoenix Art Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, Tampa Museum of Art and the Tucson Museum of Art.


July 12, 2018 to September 7, 2018​

Power is CMATO’s 2nd Annual International Juried Art Exhibition. Featuring Michele Benjamin-Miki with contributing artists Douglass Turner, Luciana Abait, and David E. Weed.

Strings: Data and the Self

January 19, 2018 to April 15, 2018

Strings: Data and the Self, is the West Coast premiere exhibition of groundbreaking new media artists that challenge “traditional” notions of art making. Strings explores the manner in which data increasingly determines our behavior, our interactions and our overall relationship to the Self.

Exposed: The Female Lens in a Post-Identity Era

September 7, 2017 to December 9, 2017​

This photography exhibition aims to provide the viewer with a wide range of female artists examining life in their own terms. With exclusively female photographers, the cliché that women see the world (and themselves) differently is examined. Under inspection as well, is the evolving Californian aesthetic and growing prominence in the contemporary art scene.

32 Degrees Latitude: Landscapes

June 15, 2017 to August 5, 2017

The California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO) proudly announces the winners from our Inaugural International Juried Art Exhibition – 32 Degrees Latitude. Out of hundreds of applications received from around the globe, only three artists were selected to exhibit at CMATO this summer.

Mass Appeal: Corita Kent

January 27, 2017 – April 3, 2017

One of America’s icons, Sister Mary Corita became known as the rebel nun in the tumultuous 1960s. Like Pop giant Andy Warhol, she borrowed from advertising, bill posters and pop culture to make her works, and quoted everything from the Bible to Thoreau, Jefferson Airplane, Philip Roth and Gertrude Stein.

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