The Museum space allows us to feature additional art shows and events, especially exhibits of historic interest, artist retrospectives and educational events. It is bright and airy, with french doors and a beautifully restored wood floor, and leads out to SAM’s back deck and garden area.


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March 11 — Dunsmuir Youth Art Show

Last year, Siskiyou Arts Museum hosted artwork from Dunsmuir and Castella schools in a brilliantly colored spring show.  This year, SAM board member and former elementary school teacher Penny Heilman again curates, with the help of local teachers, an invitational featuring works from Dunsmuir Elementary and High schools, Golden Eagle Charter’s 3rd through 5th grades, and Castle Rock Elementary.  This show ends April 1, 2017.

Curatorial Statement from Penny Heilman:

As a teacher,  I love seeing the light go on in the eyes of a child who has just mastered a new skill. The ultimate goal of today’s education is to increase those experiences. But, how?

Reliable research points to one factor again and again that keeps kids coming to school, wanting to learn, eager to explore new ideas and get better grades.  It’s not more homework, it’s not harder assignments or more days in the classroom; it’s engaging in the arts….music, fine art, theater, dance, photography–creating and building.  Who would have guessed?  Feeling confident in one or more of the arts seems to be the key.  For some kids it’s the only reason to come to school every day.

Unfortunately, for several reasons this is not happening for all students in all educational arenas. Instruction in the arts as a permanent part of the curriculum and extending that learning through performance, presentation, exhibition is what builds that confidence.

Therefore, perhaps, the teaching of the arts ought to be given equal status with so-called “academic” courses.  Yet in times of limited funds these are the first to be cut back.

The Young Artist show at the Siskiyou Arts Museum (SAM), where every child participates, is a good way to convince every child  that they are such valuable artists at their level that a real art gallery is presenting their work among the work of adult artists.  This event is a as important as any other show that will hang at SAM.

After the Young Artist Show in 2016, every participating child declared that, “I AM AN ARTIST!”

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March 11 — Dunsmuir Youth Art Show

Last year, Siskiyou Arts Museum hosted artwork from Dunsmuir and Castella schools in a brilliantly colored spring show.  This year, SAM board member and former elementary school teacher Penny Heilman again curates, with the help […]

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April 8 — “Essence of Dunsmuir: A Photographic Exploration” Open Call

Essence of Dunsmuir  –  A Photographic Exploration    (An open juried show)

Theme of Show: Contemporary Photos of Dunsmuir, California

Purpose: To look at Dunsmuir with new eyes and promote the architectural richness of Dunsmuir.

Focus is on […]

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November 12 — “Past and Present” with Chris Rauschenberg

Siskiyou Arts Museum’s museum room walls will be adorned with Chris Rauschenberg’s works during November and December, 2016, with an opening reception on the 2nd Saturday of the month, November 12.

Christopher Rauschenberg has photographed in […]

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Sept. 10 — “Asia, Tea & Dance”

Opening September 10, “Asia, Tea & Dance” mixes spiritual reflection with physical movement and visual art. Join SAM for refreshments from 5 to 7pm.

Raylene Abbott is a local artist. She paints in the medium of Chinese […]

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July 10 — Proposal Meeting at SAM

Help SAM Decide 2017 Show Schedule
The Siskiyou Arts Museum in Dunsmuir is excited to present a “Show Proposal Afternoon” for artists, patrons and community members. This event will be held on Sunday, July 10th, beginning at 4pm. […]