Curatorial Support Groups

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Members of the D.A.S. and D.A.S.ii were treated to a special preview of Crosscurrents: The Painted Portrait by the Museum’s Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Eik Kahng. (January 2018)
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Members of D.A.S and D.A.S.ii listened to Melissa Hyde, Professor of Art History at the University of Florida, speak on a selection of French 18th century drawings. (March 2017)
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Associate Professor of Art & Architecture at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Gülru Çakmak looked at 19th century sculpture with members of the D.A.S. and D.A.S.ii. (April 2018)
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The 2015 Dead Artists Society and D.A.S.ii member’s Annual Meeting was held at the lovely home of then DAS co-Chair, Lois Erburu. (June 2015)
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Friends of Asian Art were treated to a special viewing of a Japanese handscroll painting with Elizabeth Atkins Curator of Asian Art, Susan Tai. (June 2017)
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Susan Tai, Elizabeth Atkins Curator of Asian Art, spoke to members of FOAA about the illustrative murals in the Cave Temples of Dunhuang exhibition at the Getty museum. (July 2016)
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George Legrady, Professor of Interactive Media at UCSB, spoke to Photofutures members about his groundbreaking career in computer technology from the 1980's to now. (May 2017)
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Curator of Photography and New Media, Charles Wylie spoke to PhotoFutures members on a selection of photographs from the collection of co-chairs Carol Vernon and Robert Turbin. (June 2018)

SBMA's Curatorial Support Groups offer Museum Members a variety of additional opportunities to explore, support, and share thoughts and opinions with other like-minded patrons regarding collections, exhibitions, and curatorial activities. Members gain access to the Museum's curators through conversations with artists and scholars, gallery tours, visits to galleries and collectors' homes, and customized travel opportunities. An active SBMA Museum membership is a prerequisite for joining any of the Curatorial Support Groups. For more information, please contact us at  805.884.6425.

Please note that memberships are partially tax-deductible. Some events may have additional fees and due to space constraints, some events will have a limited number of participants. For those events, reservations will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Dead Artists Society

Sustaining: $2000
Supporting: $5000
Call Michele Lingiardi at 805.884.6490 to join the group or renew.

D.A.S., or Dead Artists Society, focuses on the areas of 19th- and early 20th- century American and European art. D.A.S. provides support for the Museum's Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Eik Kahng and her vision for the programming associated with these areas. Through Eik's connections, D.A.S. offers unprecedented access to curators and conservators at museums locally, nationally and abroad.

D.A.S. ii

Call Michele Lingiardi at 805.884.6490 to join the group or renew.

Supporters of 19th- and early 20th-century European and American art are warmly encouraged to join D.A.S. ii, SBMA’s newest support group. D.A.S. ii derives its name and focus from its parent support group, Dead Artist’s Society, and with the leadership of Dr. Kahng aims to provide more interactive events in and outside the Museum. Dead Artist’s Society members are welcomed at all D.A.S. ii events, while retaining exclusive first access to exhibitions and new acquisitions.

Friends of Asian Art

General: $2000
Founding: $5000
Call Michele Lingiardi at 805.884.6490 to join the group or renew.

Established in 1978, the Friends of Asian Art supports the Museum's Asian Art programs in exhibition, acquisition, education, and publication. This group fosters a growing, vibrant community of individuals interested in the diverse culture and art of Asia. The "new" Friends of Asian Art continues to support the Museum's Asian art program and to assist the Elizabeth Atkins Curator of Asian Art, Susan Tai, in developing the Museum's Asian art collection and sponsoring related events.


Silver: $2000
Platinum: $5000
Call Michele Lingiardi at 805.884.6490 to join the group or renew.

Led by Curator of Photography and New Media, Charles Wylie, PhotoFutures is the Santa Barbara Museum of Art's dynamic support group for all things photography- and new media- related. Entering its third decade, PhotoFutures has helped SBMA build a collection of nationally-recognized importance while deepening its members' interest and knowledge in the photographic arts. Members enjoy rare access to extraordinary private collections and respected experts in the field, and in years past have met with renowned and emerging artists, learned about the latest conservation issues and techniques, and attended private tours and lectures focusing on 19th-century, modern, and contemporary topics. Numerous PhotoFutures acquisitions are prominently featured in the SBMA's 2019 exhibition A Brilliant Spectrum: Recent Gifts of Color Photography testament to the importance of the group to the continued growth and quality of the SBMA collection.

The Museum Contemporaries

Sustaining: $2000
Supporting: $5000
Call Michele Lingiardi at 805.884.6490 to join the group or renew.

Focusing on the contemporary art scene, The Museum Contemporaries (TMC) aids our Curator of Contemporary Art, James Glisson, and supports the Museum's contemporary art programs, fostering the knowledge and love of contemporary art in the Santa Barbara community. Activities include exclusive access to Curatorial Salons, as well as special tours to galleries, museums, artists' studios, and home collections. Members are also invited to attend curator-led trips to private and public sites in the Southern California region and, on occasion, trips organized to significant national and international venues.

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