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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 email@example.com.
Membership in the Dead Artists Society (DAS) provides support for the Museum’s Deputy Director and Chief Curator Eik Kahng. 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.