Oceanside Museum of Art

The Oceanside Museum of Art promotes and fosters the appreciation and study of contemporary and modern art through its collections, exhibitions, and educational programs. Annually, the museum features over 15 exhibitions in a variety of media, from art quilts and painting to photography and installation art, along with special traveling exhibitions of international and national art.

Primary to the Oceanside museum’s mission is the encouragement of a deeper understanding and enjoyment of contemporary and modern art by the diverse local, national and international audiences that it serves. OMA fosters an environment that responds to the issues of contemporary art, and encourages cultural diversity through historically significant and culturally relevant exhibitions that broadens the museum’s footprint.

OMA features four to five major exhibitions and eight to twelve rotating exhibitions annually, offering group and individual displays of significant emerging and well-established artists, along with special traveling exhibitions of an international and national scope. From botanical photographs and traditional landscape paintings to neon sculpture, art quilts and assemblage, OMA’s galleries are redesigned for each exhibit, surprising visitors with an exciting and fresh visual transformation for each show. The museum has four rotating galleries with over 4,500 square feet of exhibition space.

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Recent Exhibits

Volcanos and Full Moons:
Ernes Silva

From May 25 – September 15, 2013
The Groves Gallery and Auditorium

Contemplative, comic and expressive of the human condition, Ernest Silva’s work reflects his interest in using multiple-narratives to explore universal and personal images. Recognized for his metaphoric imagery of lighthouses, deer, water, birds and figures, Silva presents an engaging conversation between his earlier and more recent work occupying two exhibition galleries.

Silva’s imagery is derived from various sources: vintage story book covers from the 1950’s, family photographs of his childhood in Rhode Island, and popular culture and art history. His imagery is also informed by memory, featuring an array of symbols that combine to activate a strong emotional response. Interested in the interplay between sculpture, painting, and installation, his exhibition reflects a combination of the three that transforms the galleries into a stage set with drawings and paintings on the walls and props on the floor. Silva prompts the viewer to become part of the painting and the story, losing the separation between art, artist and audience.

Silva moved to San Diego from Rhode Island back in 1979 to accept a teaching position at the University of California San Diego where he is a Professor of Visual Art. Since then he has been an active force not only in the Southern California art community but also on a international and a national scope. His public art projects have included an installation at the Centro Cultural Tijuana, Tijuana, Mexico, and he has a major long-term project called the Rain House at The New Children’s Museum of San Diego.

Museum hours:
Tuesday through Saturday
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
1p.m. – 4 p.m.

704 Pier View Way
Oceanside, CA 92054
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