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Museum Exhibitions

The Museum at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido is an inviting 9,000-square-foot exhibition space that boasts three galleries, a sculpture court, and a museum store.

During exhibitions, the Museum hours are as follows:

  • Mon – Wed: Closed
  • Thu – Sat: 10:00AM – 4:00PM
  • Sun: 1:00PM – 4:00PM

We welcome you to learn more and mark your calendars for our upcoming exhibitions:

“Colores de la Muerte
October 3, 2014 – November 9, 2014

Explore the rich history of Mexico and celebrate Dia de los Muertos at the Center’s museum exhibition, Colores de la Muerte. Amble through history with Tren de la Historia, a series of train car sculptures that recount the turning points of the Mexican Revolution along with 36 mixed media sculptures from the Mingei International Museum and an altar installation honoring the Mexican author, Octavio Paz. Chronicling Mexico’s history from early days of revolution to modern day independence this exhibition gives insight into the role of women, political life and Mexico’s perilous fight for independence.

During your visit, take a few minutes to view the short film, “Carmelo,” by Jorge Gutierrez which will be featured in our Museum’s Tower Gallery. This short won the Student Emmy Award at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in 2001 and went on to be screened at various festivals including Kodak’s Emerging Filmmakers Program at the Cannes Film Festival. Now a successful Director and Writer, Gutierrez’s latest movie success, Book of Life, releases in theaters this mid-October!

In addition, our Student Gallery Wall will showcase the art work of middle and high school students from Escondido and Valley Center school districts. Students were asked to submit their artistic interpretation of their choice of a short piece of literature by either Mexican writer Octavio Paz or Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez.

This exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Mingei International Museum, The University of Tijuana CUT, Centro Cultural de Tijuana (CECUT), Instituto Municipal de Arte y Cultura (IMAC), the Consul General of Mexico in San Diego, Museum of Popular Art in Mexico City and Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (CONACULTA).


The Center will proudly participate in the San Diego Museum Council’s “Kids Free in October” event alongside 40 other museums located throughout San Diego County. Visit for a full list of other participants and details.

Contemporary Art Collections of San Diego
January 22, 2015 – February 22, 2015
In honor of Museum Month, the Center Museum will offer half-priced admissions to anyone who has picked up a Museum Month Pass at a participating San Diego Macy’s store during the month of February.

Art in Nature: Legacy of the Land
March 22, 2015 - May 4, 2015

In honor of Balboa Park’s Centennial Celebration of the 1915-16 Panama-California Exposition, travel through the stunning landscape of California’s rural, urban, ocean, and park sceneries. Marvel at the stunning artistry representing The Golden State as it was yesterday, is today and will be in the future.

Today: View paintings created by artists’ just days before.

Yesterday: Reflect upon California’s seascapes and landscapes as captured by artists 100+ years ago.

Future: Cherish works created by local students in the school districts in and surrounding Escondido.

Join us as we celebrate this unparalleled collection telling the story of California’s historic ecological and artistic roots. This exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Art in Nature Alliance (ANA), a partnership consisting of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido (the Center), the Plein-Air Painters of America (PAPA) and the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy (SDRVC).

2nd Annual Art Illustrated Exhibition
The Art of Fantasia and Other Disney Classics: The David Yaruss Collection
July 26, 2014 – September 7, 2014
Enjoy this unprecedented debut collection of over 250 original Disney animation cels, concept sketches, painted backgrounds and storyboard drawings featuring beloved Disney characters including Pinocchio, Snow White, Peter Pan and Mickey Mouse in the Art of Fantasia and other Disney Classics. These masterpieces from the Golden Age of Animation are shared by local San Diego collector, David Yaruss whose passion for collecting was first ignited in 1975 at one of the first Comic-Cons, held in the basement of the El Cortez hotel. Yaruss credits that experience with changing his life forever and kick-starting his passion for collecting original Disney animation art, comics, historical items and books that has grown into a collection he characterizes as “too precious not to share.”

Regular admission is $8. Senior (60+), military, and student discounts are available for $5. Center Members and children 12 and under are FREE! Class tours start at $20.

For more information, please call (760) 839-4178.

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