Morris Graves Museum of Art to Reopen July 22


"At this extraordinary moment in time, we believe that the need for art has never been greater," a press release from Humboldt Arts Council, owner and operator of the Morris Graves Museum of Art, states. "We believe in its ability to lift people up, and to give them hope, comfort and strength."

The Morris Graves Museum of Art. - PHOTO BY TERRENCE MCNALLY
  • Photo by Terrence McNally
  • The Morris Graves Museum of Art.
In that spirit, the art museum will reopen to the public on July 22.

According to the release, precautions have been taken "to create a clean, comfortable and enjoyable visit," including hand sanitizing stations placed throughout the museum and a rigorous cleaning schedule. Both staff and visitors are required to wear face masks while inside the art museum.

For more information and a schedule of exhibitions, see the press releases below:


Date: July 1, 2020

Contact:  Jemima Harr   [email protected]   (707) 442-0278  ext. 205

Headline:  The Morris Graves Museum of Art is Re-opening!

Re-opening Date:  July 8, 2020

Museum Hours:  Wednesday - Sunday 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.


The Humboldt Arts Council is pleased to announce the reopening of the Morris Graves Museum of Art. For 20 years the Morris Graves Museum of Art has been welcoming visitors from around the world into our galleries and sculpture garden to experience firsthand the beauty and power of art. At this extraordinary moment in time, we believe that the need for art has never been greater. We believe in its ability to lift people up, and to give them hope, comfort and strength. We are looking forward to welcoming you back to the MGMA and are taking numerous precautions to create a clean, comfortable and enjoyable visit. 


“Our reopening is the result of weeks of behind-the-scenes work to guarantee the safety of your visit – and to ensure we meet or exceed every single guideline from the Centers of Disease Control, the State of California and the County of Humboldt,” HAC Executive Director Jemima Harr said in a statement. The following guidelines will be enforced to ensure the safety of staff, volunteers and museum visitors:

·        Face coverings are required for staff and visitors 

·        Social distancing will be enforced

·        Museum attendance will be limited

·        Hand sanitization stations throughout the museum

·        Increased hourly sanitization schedule for all public areas and surfaces

·        All public programming including Arts Alive has been suspended at this time


The MGMA will be open for HAC Members only from July 8th through 19th, Wed through Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m. During this time all new memberships will be 50% off to welcome new members into the HAC family. Annual memberships start at $15 and the popular Circle of 100 Membership, which is part of the North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) Association, is only $50. The Circle of 100 Membership offers reciprocal benefits to the network of 1,178 art museums and galleries, historical museums and societies, botanical gardens, children’s museums, zoos and more across North America.


On July 22nd the MGMA will open to the general public.


The Morris Graves Museum of Art, located at 636 F Street, Eureka is open to the public noon-5p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults; $2 for seniors (age 65 and over), military veterans, and students with ID; children 17 and under free; Families with an EBT Card and valid ID receive free admission through the Museums for All initiative, Museum members are free.

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Elijah Howe: A Voyage Home

July 8 through September 27

As a graduate of HSU, Elijah Howe combines the fragmentation of images seen in David Hockney’s photographic work and imbues it with the photo-diary narrative structure of JH Engstrom’s projects. “My work explores place by combining individual details to construct a whole scene. The recurring themes that are present in this work are isolation and fragmentation. I am interested in the way that a photograph captures an instant in time and reveals small details of the surrounding world. This project takes many different images of one scene. Each frame exists as its own unique picture and only when combined, will they tell the whole story.” In 2019 Howe received the Tom Knight Award for Photography and this exhibition is appropriately installed in the Tom Knight Gallery at the MGMA.

Artnauts: Globalocation II

July 8 through August 23

Artnauts: Globalocation II gives insight into the 24-year history of the collective. The mission of the Artnauts is to use the visual arts to help address global issues while connecting with artists and communities from around the world. The name derives from combining the words “art” and “astronaut” as a way to describe the process of exploring uncharted territory in the world at large. The name also denotes a practice that is “not” art as usual, and goes beyond the confines of the traditional or conventional art world, blurring the boundaries between art, activism, and social practice. With over 300 members from 13 American States and 9 countries, the Artnauts have worked at the intersection of critical consciousness and contemporary artistic practice to impact change through over 240 exhibitions on 5 continents to date. Globalocation II, is a selection of works from the Artnauts’ archive. In all of their shows they address themes that are relevant to the local community of people in specific areas of the world that is some way to connect us to each other.

Art in Place

July 8 through September 6

Through the generous support of an anonymous donor, the HAC administered the Art in Place COVID-19 Artist Grant program that invited Humboldt County Visual Artists to apply for support in the creation of new work during the shelter in place directive. A committee reviewed over 55 applications and selected 15 local artists to receive $665 to create work reflecting the current pandemic.

On view is pandemic-influenced artwork by the following local artists: Amy Fowler, Amy Granfield, April Sandoval, Dan Molyneux, Dylan Steinart, Emily Reinhart, Erica Brooks, Erin Austin, Joan Gold, Megan Atherton, Patrick Garcia, Peggy Loudon, Regina Case, Susanna Gallisdorfer and Taylor Snowberger Macias.

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