Through our exhibitions, the Wildling Museum offers visitors a unique perspective on the importance of preserving our natural heritage. Through the eyes of artists and interpretive materials, guests can renew their relationship with nature and wilderness – hopefully leaving more committed toward ensuring that those spaces remain for future generations.
Since we opened our doors in 2000, the Wildling has hosted and/or organized over 65 exhibitions. We’ve shared the awe-inspiring works of giants like Ansel Adams, Georgia O’Keeffe, Maynard Dixon, Carl Oscar Borg, and so many more. Our exhibitions have surveyed the early history of wilderness art and showcased contemporary artists like Clyde Butcher, dedicated to bringing awareness to specific wilderness areas.
We moved our facility to Solvang in 2013 where our exhibition space has grown from 900 sq. ft. to over 2000! At any one time you can enjoy three to five different exhibitions and artists.
Our first floor gallery features our larger shows but can also be subdivided into different exhibitions. Our second floor gallery is now known as the Valley Oak Gallery and is dedicated to telling stories of our tri-county area (Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo). A permanent feature of that gallery is the marvelous wall mural executed by local artist John Iwerks. The mural is an excellent educational tool about our local oak habitats and is perfect for use by school groups (and the museum does have lesson plans based on curriculum standards for several grade levels).
On the third floor our Barbara Goodall Education Center regularly features rotating community art shows by school groups, senior residence facilities, fellow art organizations, junior photography exhibitions and more. The nearby Overlook Gallery also features artworks from our permanent collection and selections from our library for the public to enjoy
With a busy exhibition calendar, we rely on foundations and individuals like you to help support those expenses. Please consider sponsoring an exhibition or making a donation to our special Patti Jacquemain Exhibition Fund! Call 805-686-8216 for more information.