Support Councils

The San Diego Museum of Art enjoys the backing of support councils that offer members a wonderful opportunity to explore areas of interest while furthering the Museum’s mission to inspire, educate, and cultivate curiosity through great works of art. Support organizations play a critical role in funding education programs and exhibitions for the Museum.

Support organizations meet several times a year and offer special programs such as behind-the-scenes tours, visits to private collections and artists’ studios, and special lectures and discussions led by curators and guest speakers. The support organizations’ programs complement the Museum’s schedule of exhibitions, the collection, and ongoing education activities.

Members of the Museum’s support organizations pay support council fees in addition to their Museum membership fees.


The San Diego Museum of Art’s Artists Guild was established in December 1915 with a mission to enhance the cultural profile of San Diego County. The Guild exhibits and sells artworks through an online gallery. Meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month at 10:15 a.m. at various locations. For more information, contact Chair Annie Kilgore.

Asian Arts

The Asian Arts Council (AAC) exists to foster interest in the art of Asia through its lecture series, study group participation, curatorial and exhibition support, as well as Museum conservation efforts. General meetings and lectures are held on the last Thursday of the month, January through October, virtually via Zoom at 1:00 p.m. For information on AAC meetings and programs, please contact Chair Chad Patton, or visit the Asian Arts Council website.

South Asian Arts Council

Formerly the Committee for the Arts of the Indian Subcontinent, the South Asian Arts Council was established in 2003. It supports The San Diego Museum of Art’s Edwin Binney 3rd Collection and works to enhance the knowledge and appreciation of all the arts of South Asian civilizations. For more information, please contact Chair Jai Varadaraj at 619.788.8577.

Latin American
Arts Council

The Latin American Arts Council fosters knowledge and appreciation of Latin American art through programs, celebrations, and exhibitions. Since its founding in the early 1960s, passion for the diverse cultures of Latin American Native and Hispanic peoples have provided the inspiration.  For more information on the council or its programs, contact Chair Grace Osborne.

Kawanabe Kyosai, 36 Views of Mt. Fuji: Rainstorm Beneath the Summit, ca. 1831-1834. Woodblock. Bequest of Mrs. Cora Timken Burnett. 1957.175.