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News and Events

Photo Walks & Photo Talk

Join Sony Electronics Inc at MOPA for a packed day of photo gear, hands-on learning and more in partnership with Sony’s Artisans of Imagery. The day will include three unique Photo Walks with an artisan, and an evening conversation to learn more about their work. Read more

Shop & Support MOPA

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - The countdown to the holidays is upon us. Remember to shop local, and make a statement with your gift-giving. Everything purchased from the MOPA Shop goes back to funding the museum's programs and exhibitions. Read more

Featured Exhibition

Special Micro Exhibition

Ansel Adams: What Majestic Word features a portfolio of prints organized in memory of Adams’ dear friend, Russell Varian. Varian was a scientist and dedicated conservationist. Each of these 15 photographs aims to capture the sensual environments that Varian adored and the natural geometry that sparked his scientific curiosity.

Ansel Adams: What Majestic Word features a portfolio of works generously on loan from Sally and Einar Gall.

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:







For more resources, articles, and videos about the artists in Boundless: A California Invitational, please visit

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 focuses 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 and on the digital monitor in MOPA's gallery!

Central Library, Teen Center | 330 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

Logan Heights Library, Art Gallery | 567 S 28th St, San Diego, CA 92113 

Visit for library hours.

Congratulations to the student artists selected to be part of MOPA's 11th Annual Youth Exhibition, Animals Among Us!

On Display at MOPA:

Nikki Astor

Abby Ausmus

Kayla Berg

Jacob Black

Eiden Brewer

Mark Cahill

Kathryn Carroll

Gabi Cary

Rebecca Chitlik

Sara Clark

Emma Considine

Narly Correa

Vanessa Crisologo

Zavian de Leon

Malia Douglas

Jackson Driver

Cooper Edgar

Miles Gallegos

Stella Gerson

Katrina Giannini

Nicholas Gizzo

Ursula Hardianto

Quinten Hoffman

Matthew Holloway

Shawn Holt

Samira Ibrahim Hassan & Sandra Salgado (Collaborative video)

Erika Iglesias

Erik Iglesias

Katey King

Caitlin Lewis

Adriana Lopez Munoz

Savannah Magallon

Gisselle Maldonado

Jacob Mandel

Ava Manoochehri Farr

Olivia Marquez

Tyler Merritt

Luke Netzley

Dallas Oleson

Maxfield Payne

Tylisha Pisana

Mark Pratt

Harley Randazzo

Emily Rogers

Andres N Roman

Kaitlin Salkeld

Matthew Sandubrae

Simon Schaffer

Jack Sperow

Shannon Spragg

Daniella Tapia

Aiden Taylor

Tracy Truong

Matthew Villena

Richard Walcher

Daniel Wang

William Whiteley-Ross

Jillian Wilson

Steven Young

Kathryn Zix


On Display at the Central Library:

Erika Alvarez

Besma Bahia

Johnny Clement

Kaitlyn Francisco

Lauren Kapp

Retta Karpinski

Vanessa Lopez

Aurora Masse-Brown

Jacob Polacheck

Grace Postle

Alex Ruiz

Emilio Saldivar

Jessica Samuels

Brynn Shaffer

Prajna Shreedar


On Display at the Logan Heights Library:

Colin Ballow

Domenic Cardella

Meredith Carterette

Jane Clark

Bennett Compton

Luke Davy

Emily Egbert

Taylor Erickson

Nomi Heidari

Austin Heikkila

Caitlin Holmes

Lauren Infantino

Christopher Jaime

Daniel James

Caroline Komenda

Shea Leonard

Zoe Morgan

Ishaq Muhammed

Christian Murillo

Josephine Pretre

Kiana Raagas

Juliana Riley

Vannia Rodriquez

Isaac Simler

Savvy Smith

Emerson Tadder

Keaton Tracy

Samantha Ward

John Youhanna

Trevor Zagarella


Thank you to our exhibition sponsors:



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.