A 2022 California Art Exhibit Guide

A 2022 California Art Exhibit Guide

Start or grow your art collection and spend time with friends while you do it. Art shows and craft fairs are a great way to explore what’s out there and experience local culture.

At the Thomas Kinkade Galleries of Carmel, Monterey, and Placerville, we’ve put together this simple 2022 California art exhibit guide to help you plan an artful New Year.

Please make sure to verify exhibit details before planning trips or day outs.

January 2022

Is seeing more art one of your New Year’s Resolutions? The Golden State makes sticking to this one simple with art exhibitions featuring everything from paintings to textiles to photography.

Asian Art Museum

Seeing Gender

de Young Museum of Fine Art

Nampeyo and the Sikyatki Revival
To Teach and Inspire: The Julia Brenner Textile Collection
Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love
Jules Tavernier and the Elem Pomo

Legion of Honor

Color into Line: Pastels from the Renaissance to the Present
Michelle Erickson: Wild Porcelain
Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)
Contemporary Optics
Art of California: Greater than the Sum
Tatiana Bilbao Estudio: Architecture from the Outside In
Drawing the Line: Rael San Fratello at the US-Mexico Border, through
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Unstable Presence
Constellations: Photographs at Dialogue
Tauba Auerbah: S v Z
One Day at a Time: Susan O’Malley & Leah Rosenberg
Alexander Calder: Dissonant Harmony

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Family Album: Dannielle Bowman, Janna Ireland, and Contemporary Works
In the Now: Gender and Nation in Europe
Black American Portraits
Carmen Herrera: Estructura Verde
Golden Hour: California Photography
Legacies of Exchange: Chinese Contemporary Art
Mixpantli: Space, Time, and the Indigenous Origins of Mexico

California Center for the Arts

Surface, Substance, Structure

The San Diego Museum of Art

Masters of Photography: The Garner Collection
Pearls from the Ocean of Contentment
Fortuny: Master of Light and Line

Palm Springs Art Museum

Helen Frankenthaler: Late Works
Storm of Hope: Law & Disorder
The Modern Chair
Helen Lundeberg

Oakland Museum of California (OMCA)

Mothership: Voyage Into Afrofuturism
Remembering Artist Hung Liu
Edith Heath: A Life in Clay

Laguna Art Museum

California Cool Art Auction 2022
Sky Space Time Change

Monterey Museum of Art

Seeking Eden: James Fitzgerald in Monterey
Courage Within: Women Without Shelter

Long Beach Museum of Art

Alex Gardner: We All Exist Right Now

Benton Museum of Art

Sahara: Acts of Memory

The Broad

Since Unveiling: Selected Acquisitions of a Decade

February 2022

LACMA, The Getty Center, SF MOMA – February gives you plenty of reasons to get out and explore California art exhibits. Check out old Paris, get an in-depth view of anatomy, or start your art fair attendance early this year.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

City of Cinema: Paris 1850–1907

The Getty Center

Grand Design: 17th-Century French Drawings
Poussin and the Dance
Flesh and Bones: The Art of Anatomy

Magic Box LA

Superfine Art Fair

Sacramento Fine Arts Center

Magnum Opus 2022

The River at Rancho Mirage

Desert Arts Festival

Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

Nature × Humanity: Oxman Architects

March 2022

If the kids are getting a little stir crazy, head out to Palm Springs for the Palm Springs Chalk Art Festival. Or check out the lighter side of wall art with Power and Light at the Getty Center.

de Young Museum of Fine Art

Alice Neel: People Come First

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Barbara Kruger

Getty Center

Painted Prophecy: The Hebrew Bible through Christian Eyes
Imogen Cunningham: A Retrospective
Powder and Light: Late 19th-Century Pastels

Gallery 308, San Francisco

Superfine Art Fair

Palm Springs Art Museum

Palm Springs Chalk Art Festival

April 2022

Does your love of all things art include fashion design? You won’t want to miss 2022 art exhibits in California then. This month, the Legion of Honor presents Guo Pei, and LACMA features Alexander McQueen.

Legion of Honor

Guo Pei: Couture Fantasy

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Lee Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse

The Getty Villa

Persia: Ancient Iran and the Classical World

Indian Wells Tennis Garden

The Indian Wells Arts Festival

Streets of Little Italy Area

Mission Fed ArtWalk

Paso Robles Downtown City Park

Art in the Park

Central Park, Old Pasadena

Jackalope Pasadena: Indie Artisan Fair

West Valley College, Saratoga

Saratoga Fine Arts Show

May 2022

If Art in the Park, Art on Main, and Arts Festivals are what spring art viewing is all about for you, we have good news. The fairs and festivals are up and running, along with more traditional fine arts exhibits.

Sacramento Fine Arts Center

Watery Wonders Photography Exhibit

Getty Center

Judy Baca: Hitting the Wall
The Lost Murals of Renaissance Rome

Ojai Art Cente

45th Annual Art in the Park

Downtown, Carmel-By-The-Sea

Carmel Art Festival

Downtown, Walnut Creek

Art on the Main

Downtown on Crescent Drive, Pleasant Hill

Pleasant Hill Art, Wine & Music Festival

Gualala Arts Center

Fine Arts Fair

Hermosa Beach Community Center

Hermosa Beach Fine Arts Festival

June 2022

The Getty Center has us captivated in June 2022. Explore art by Dutch-American expressionist Willem de Kooning. See the artistic intersection where history meets fantasy in the middle ages and where sight meets sounds. Getty has it all in their early summer artistic exhibits.

Getty Center

Conserving de Kooning: Recovery of a Masterpiece
The Fantasy of the Middle Ages
In Focus: Sound

Heather Farms Park, Walnut Creek

Walnut Creek Art & Wine Festival

State and Grand Streets, Carlsbad

Carlsbad Art in the Village

July 2022

Don’t miss your chance to find out what makes Laguna Canyon an art lover’s must-visit destination each summer. The Laguna Art-A-Fair brings together dozens of fine artists and artisans from around the world.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Objects of Desire: Photography and the Language of Advertising

Laguna Canyon Festival Grounds

Laguna Art-A-Fair

August 2022

Cool off and spend some time out of the August heat with new summer art exhibits at LACMA and MOCA. Or, soak up some C with an Art Walk or Art in the Park outing.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Scandinavian Design and the United States, 1890–1980

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

Simone Forti

Arts District @ Liberty Station

Art Walk

Lincoln Park, Los Altos

Fine Art in the Park

September 2022

Make sure to make September 2022 one to remember with riveting contemporary art exhibits at MOCA. Check out a boutique art fair in San Diego. Or, make the most of mild nights with an arts festival in Santa Barbara.

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

Garrett Bradley: American Rhapsody
Judith F. Baca: The World Wall
Tala Madani

San Diego Convention Center

Art San Diego

Santa Barbara Earl Warren Show Grounds

Santa Barbara Sea Glass & Ocean Arts Festival

October 2022

Find out why Scandinavian design continues to capture our interest at the LACMA this month. If the ethereal effects of watercolor are featured largely in your art collection, make sure Watercolor West is on your art exhibit calendar.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Scandinavian Design and the United States, 1890–1980

Brea Gallery

Watercolor West International Exhibit

November 2022

November may seem light on art exhibitions, but that doesn’t mean your fall forays can’t include culture. MOCA, Marin is hosting a juried national exhibit, and your favorite venues are sure to have many fall shows not currently listed.

Marin Museum of Contemporary Art

Winter National Exhibit

December 2022

So far, December is a big unknown as far as art exhibits go, but that’s because the year is still young, and many museum plans are coming together. We recommend subscribing to your favorite museums’ newsletters or following them on social media to stay abreast of upcoming visiting opportunities and view something spectacular.

Shop Fine Art In California Year Round

As you explore all California has to offer to art collectors, make sure to stop by our fine art gallery in Monterey, our Carmel art gallery, and Thomas Kinkade Placerville. We look forward to helping you choose your new favorite showpiece.