The Triton Museum of Art was founded by rancher, lawyer and art patron W. Robert Morgan and his wife June in San Jose, California in 1965. It was the first non-university art museum in the county. Less than two years after its opening, the Triton Museum moved to its current location within the City of Santa Clara. Exhibitions and programs were held in four pavilions surrounded by a seven-acre park. Due to the tremendous economic and population growth of the Santa Clara Valley during the 1970s, a new facility was built to serve the changing needs of the community. Construction for the current facility was completed in October, 1987. The 22,000 square-foot space features high ceilings, pyramidal skylights and dramatic lighting. The spacious design of the building was created for versatile exhibition presentation as well as an aesthetically pleasing experience for museum visitors.
Since 1965, the Museum has exhibited contemporary and historical works of art by artists of the Greater Bay Area, and provided innovative educational programming. Located across the street from the City of Santa Clara Civic Center, Triton Museum of Art is a destination spot for the community, providing a venue where local artists showcase their work, and where students of all ages learn about art and the creative process. The Museum reaches over 158,000 people annually, through its exhibitions, education and community programs, and satellite gallery and exhibition spaces.
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