Curatorial Support Groups

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

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 Assistant 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 

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 

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.


Led by Curator of Photography and New Media, Charles Wylie, PhotoFutures is the Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s dynamic support group for photography and new media. Over the past nearly twenty years, PhotoFutures members have helped build a collection of nationally-recognized importance while enhancing and deepening their interest and knowledge in the photographic arts. Members enjoy access to extraordinary private collections and respected experts in the field, and in years past have met with numerous renowned and up-and-coming artists, traveled to Cuba , learned about the latest conservation issues and techniques, and attended many private tours and lectures.

The Museum Contemporaries 

Focusing on the contemporary art scene, The Museum Contemporaries (TMC) aids our Curator of Contemporary Art, Julie Joyce, 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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