Sci-Fi to Superheroes: The Art of Sideshow Collectibles


On View: July 21, 2022 - January 29, 2023

Artists have long created works featuring characters or scenes from popular stories. From the depiction of mythological fantasies in William-Adolphe Bouguereau’s Nymphaeum (on view in the Haggin’s McKee Gallery) to Salvador Dali’s dreamlike illustrations of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland or Keith Haring’s modern spin on Walt Disney’s Cruella De Vil, the tradition remains common practice in the art world. The artworks celebrate heroes, tell the tales of glory and heartache, or even express admiration one has for a beloved character. Carrying on the tradition, the artists of Sideshow Collectibles bring to life pop culture icons such as Batman, Ironman, and Luke Skywalker, through fine art prints, three-dimensional figures, and more.

Sideshow Collectibles works with an international group of artists to produce high-quality licensed collectible art. Each fine art print or figure connects fans with their favorite characters from film, television, comic books, and pop culture. Stockton native Mat Falls and Greg Anzalone founded Sideshow in 1994. Mat Falls was a principle sculptor for the company creating highly detailed and sculpturally elegant figures. “These are collectibles—they’re limited edition—that elevates them to a particular place, that in my opinion, makes them fine art and has become a celebration of pop culture, icons, superheroes, fantasy, and creatures,” commented Mat.

Sci-Fi to Superheroes: The Art of Sideshow Collectibles is a celebration of pop culture and the artists that bring it to life. On view are a selection of limited-edition fine art prints and three-dimensional figures featuring characters from iconic brands such as DC, Marvel, and Star Wars created by Sideshow sculptors and artists.


Superhero Skyline
August 13 | 1 – 2:30 pm

Ready for some superhero fun? Join us to make your own Superhero Super City Skyline! Add your favorite superheroes saving your city from evil villains and crime.

Superhero Slime
September 1 | 1 – 2:30 pm

This activity is just right for kids who love playing superheroes at home or school! Make a fun and easy superhero slime or create your own button to show everyone your superpower.

Superhero Trivia Night
October 6 | 7 pm

DC and Marvel fans, assemble! Join us for a fun trivia night at the Haggin Museum. Gather your finest team of six (6) know-it-alls and put your minds to the test for a chance to win prizes!


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