The San Diego Museum of Art enjoys the support of eight 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.
African and Pacific
The African and Pacific Arts Council is dedicated to promoting appreciation of African and Pacific art through its support of acquisition, celebration, and education. Tours to private and public collections, lectures, and discussions provide further knowledge and enhance awareness of the arts of Africa and the Pacific. Meetings and programs are held on select Sundays in the Museum Boardroom from 2:00–4:30 p.m. For more information concerning APAC meetings and events, please contact Chair Denise Rogers.
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. in the Museum Boardroom. For more information, contact Chair Sue Zinngrabe Gold.
The Arts Education Council supports art education for underserved children and provides members with opportunities to enrich their knowledge and appreciation of art. Monthly lecture meetings, September through June, are held on the first Monday of the month at 11:00 a.m. at the Grossmont Healthcare Center Auditorium. For information please contact Chair Michele Schlecht at 619.283.3732.
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, in the Museum’s Boardroom at 1:00 p.m. For information on AAC meetings and programs, please contact Chair Lily Birmingham, 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 appreciation of all the arts of India. For more information, please contact Chair Jai Varadaraj at 858.336.0404.
The Contemporary Arts Committee (CAC) supports the Museum through contemporary artist talks, tours, and other special events. Meetings are on the second Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m., October through June, and are held in private homes, artist studios, galleries, and at the Museum. For more information, please contact Chair Robin J. Lipman at 858.794.7968.
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. Co-Chairs: Alma Aguilar and Robert P. Lowell, Esq. For more information on the council or its programs, contact Co-Chair Alma Aguilar at 619.500.5065 or Co-chair Robert P. Lowell at 619-454-3106.
The North County Chapter aims to enhance the knowledge and appreciation of fine art in all its various forms. Monthly programs give insight into current special exhibitions and selected treasures from the Museum’s permanent collection. Programs also provide the opportunity for local artists to share their work and for collectors to share their experiences. For more information, contact Co-Chair Jackie Allen at 760.435.2548 or Co-Chair Natalie Monet at 760.431.8820.
Kawanabe Kyosai, 36 Views of Mt. Fuji: Rainstorm Beneath the Summit, ca. 1831-1834. Woodblock. Bequest of Mrs. Cora Timken Burnett. 1957.175.