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News and Events

Mondriaan Fund supports Visual Learning

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - In early October, MOPA said goodbye to Beauty and The Beast: Animal in Photography exhibition to make way for Boundless: A California Invitational. Read more

MOPA to host international CEC ArtLinks Fellow

Thursday, September 2, 2016 - MOPA is excited to announce it will be working with the CEC ArtLinks organization in New York to host an international photography fellow from Kyrgyzstan. Read more

Featured Exhibition

In October, MOPA will present Boundless: A California Invitational, the third triennial exhibition of contemporary California photographers. The triennial invitational began in 2010 as State of Mind and was followed in 2013 by Staking Claim. These exhibitions showcase the talent and diverse scope of artwork by photographers living within the museum’s home state.

The exhibition features 11 California artists with work created in the past five years. The artists are both established and emerging, and the variety of work is as varied as the state of California itself. Boundless embraces the spirit of the infinite, of having no restrains. The work explores and confronts the subjects and traditions of the past, re-imagining the medium in our time. The result is a dynamic exhibition that highlights the constant evolution of the art form.

Photographers in Boundless: A California Invitational:

Matthew Brandt
John Chiara
Kevin Cooley
Eileen Cowin
Jason Engelund
CJ Heyliger
Mona Kuhn
Michael Light
David Maisel
Carly Steward
Donna J. Wan

Thank you to our exhibition sponsors:







Boundless is accompanied by a full-color catalog produced in conjunction with Toki Design and Artron Art Printing. Buy your copy here.

Inspired by the San Diego Zoo's 100th anniversary, MOPA's 11th Annual Youth Exhibition will focus on the theme of animals.

We encouraged K-12 students in San Diego County and Tijuana to creatively explore the topic of animals and submit photographic or video art for a chance to be part of the exhibition. We had a record 473 exceptional submissions with 105 selected to be in the exhibition.    

See more images at the extension sites!

Central Library, Teen Center

Logan Heights Library, Art Gallery 

Visit for library hours.


Thank you to our exhibition sponsors:


Special Micro Exhibition

Coinciding with the centennial anniversary of The National Park Service in 2016, America’s Cathedrals celebrates the important role the visual image has played in the history and creation of our national parks.

Drawn entirely from MOPA's permanent collection, America's Cathedrals features work by Ansel Adams, William Henry Jackson, Carleton Watkins and many more.


Did you know that some early photographs were known as the “mirror with a memory”?

Discover the answers to this question and more in MOPA’s new gallery where you’ll explore the origins of photography, and its impact on how we view the world around us and ourselves.

And now, try out three types of 3-D viewers in our new interactive 3-D photography section. This new component in Seeing Is Believing? takes you through the history of 3-D photography for an immersive experience that shows how we see in three dimensions. From historic stereo cameras to your smartphone, look for the Anaglyphic Shadows box and make your own 3-D photograph to take home.

Exhibition presented in English and Spanish.