Grotto Geyser ,  Yellowstone,  1891 by Grafton Tyler Brown

Grotto Geyser, Yellowstone, 1891
by Grafton Tyler Brown

Artful Liaisons: Connecting Painters Grace Carpenter, Edward Espey, and Grafton Tyler Brown.
Saturday, October 20, 2018 to Sunday, February 17, 2019

This show focuses on the art and friendships between these three early California artists. This original exhibition was organized by the Grace Hudson Museum.

Click here for a December, 8 2018 article from the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat.
And click here for an October 22, 2018 article from the Ukiah Daily Journal.

Shoshone Falls, Idaho,  1885 by Edward Espey

Shoshone Falls, Idaho, 1885 by Edward Espey

The Making of Artful Liaisons, panel discussion. Saturday, January 26, 2019, 2:00 to 3:30 PM.

Learn about the artists of Artful Liaisons and the development of the exhibition in this panel discussion featuring curators Karen Holmes and Mark Humpal, and moderated by David Burton, Grace Hudson Museum Director. Books by the curators available, with signings to follow the proram. Free with Museum admission.

Untitled Student Landscape, 1880 by Grace Carpenter

Untitled Student Landscape, 1880
by Grace Carpenter

Ukiah High School Art Exhibition, pop-up show. Saturday, February 2 to Sunday, February 3.

Discover the next Carpenter, Espey and Brown when the Museum hosts a pop-up exhibit featuring paintings by the current advanced art students at Ukiah High School. Led by Ukiah High art instructor Rose Easterbrook, the show will focus on landscapes. Pop-up exhibition free both days; donations welcome.

Early sketch by Edward Espey, with pressed flower, in Grace Carpenter’s autograph book

Early sketch by Edward Espey, with pressed flower, in Grace Carpenter’s autograph book

Poetry of Love, Friendship, and Creativity, live poetry event. Wednesday, February 13 from 6:00 to 7:00 PM.

Poets Armand Brint, Judy Halebsky and Theresa Whitehill explore the emotions and passions found in Artful Liaison, through individual and collaborative readings of their own work and the poems of others. Free; donations welcome.

Greenfield Ranch, Easter 1977

Greenfield Ranch, Easter 1977

Promise of Paradise: Back to the Land Oral Histories of Mendocino County, now airing on KZYX Radio, every Thursday at 3:30 PM.

The Grace Hudson Museum is a proud supporter of this oral history and broadcast project. Catch up on all the episodes by clicking here for KZYX.

And to learn more about how it all got started click here to check out Jerry Karp’s November 2018 article in the Anderson Valley Advertiser.

The Fall 2018/Winter 2019 issue of The Sunletter is now available.

Grace Hudson in the Sun House, 1912.

Grace Hudson in the Sun House, 1912.

We are proud that Grace Hudson is featured in the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s recent blog about
ten women who have given significantly to the world of art. All are affiliated with a historic artist's home in the
Historic Artists Homes and Studios program, of which the Grace Hudson Museum & Sun House is a founding member. Check it out!


Rufous Hummingbird and Scarlett Fritillary  Photograph by Rob Badger and Nita Winter

Rufous Hummingbird and Scarlett Fritillary
Photograph by Rob Badger and Nita Winter

And in June, the National Trust for Historic Preservation website featured the Museum in an article
on our spring exhibition, Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change,
which ran from February 10 to June 17th. Read the article HERE!


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The galleries

Short-term exhibits in The Main Gallery highlight contemporary art, Native American cultures, Western American history, historic California art and local natural history. Permanent collections showcase Grace Hudson’s art; her family’s history; and Pomo culture and basketry.

the wild gardens

An outdoor Art and Education center is under development on the museum grounds. Located in a parklike setting, The Wild Gardens features native plant gardens with exhibits and art that teaches about our local environment and how Pomo Indian people managed this landscape.

the sun house

The Hudson’s charming 1911 redwood Craftsman bungalow home, the Sun House sits adjacent to the Museum and is available for docent-led tours. More than a century old, The Sun House allows visitors a glimpse into the Hudsons’ Bohemian lifestyle.


The Grace Hudson Museum highlights regional art, culture and natural history in the tradition of an extraordinary family – that of Ukiah native and nationally admired artist Grace Carpenter Hudson (1865-1937), her ethnologist husband, Dr. John W. Hudson (1857-1936) and her pioneering forebears. We provide opportunities for cultural engagement, art appreciation, historical reflection and hands-on learning.

Hours & Admission

10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
12 noon to 4:30 p.m.
Open until 8:00 on most First Fridays throughout the year. Check Museum Events page for information on First Fridays.                    Closed major holidays.

Individuals: $4
Students and Seniors: $3
Families: $10

Docent led tours for the historic Sun House are
Wednesday-Sunday, noon to 3 pm

Always free to members.
Free to all on the first Friday of each month.


We belong to the North American Reciprocal Museum Program (NARM), with reciprocal membership privileges at more than 924 member institutions throughout North America.

We are a founding member of the Historic Artists Homes and Studios program: www.artistshomes.org

We are a proud member of the Mendocino County Heritage Network.