Curatorial Support Groups

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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)

Curatorial Support Groups offer Museum Members additional opportunities to explore, support, and share thoughts and opinions with other like-minded patrons regarding collections, exhibitions, and curatorial activities. Support Group Members gain access through the Museum’s curators to conversations with artists and scholars, private Museum tours, visits to galleries and collectors’ homes, and customized travel opportunities.

Curatorial Support Group membership is a benefit at the Museum Circles Patron levels, with an added annual donation of $2,000 (Sustaining) or $5,000 (Supporting). Joining DASii is a benefit at the Enthusiast or Museum Circles Patron levels, with an added annual donation of $500 (Junior). For more information or to join, contact Curatorial Support Group Coordinator Samantha Silveira at 805.884.6425 or

Dead Artists Society (DAS) members enjoy exclusive early access exhibition and new acquisition previews, and special access to curators and conservators at museums locally, nationally, and abroad. DASii, the entry-level DAS curatorial support group, aims to provide more interactive events in and outside the Museum.

Friends of Asian Art support the Elizabeth Atkins Curator of Asian Art, Susan Tai, in developing the Museum’s Asian art collection and sponsoring related events. Established in 1978, the Friends of Asian Art support 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.

Led by Curator of Photography and New Media Charles Wylie, PhotoFutures is a dynamic support group celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. PhotoFutures has helped the Museum 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.

In support of Curator of Contemporary Art James Glisson, programs and events of The Museum Contemporaries foster the knowledge and appreciation 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.

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