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Achenbach Graphic Arts Council /Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

The Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts (AFGA) at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco is the most comprehensive collection of works of art on paper in the western United States. It began as the vast print and drawing collection of Mr. and Mrs. Moore Achenbach given to the City of San Francisco in 1948. The AFGA collection now encompasses over 80,000 prints documenting key areas of the history of printmaking from the fifteenth century to the present (as well as over 3,000 drawings), Indian miniature paintings, Japanese prints and drawings, a theater and dance collection, posters, rare books, and 19th-century photography. The collection also includes the Anderson Collection of Graphic Art, as well as the Reva and David Logan Collection of Illustrated Books. In addition, the AFGA is home to the Crown Point Press Archive and the complete graphic archives of California artists Ed Ruscha and William T. Wiley.  Membership fees range from $100 to $1,000 and requires membership in the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco at the Participating level ($70).


Members of the Artadia donor circle have access to the only national network dedicated to supporting emerging artists.  Artadia’s programming facilitates contact between artists, curators, dealers and other patrons of the arts around the country. Contributions directly support contemporary artists and the process of innovative art-making through the renowned national Artadia Awards program.Artadia is a non-profit organization providing emerging artists across the country with unrestricted grants and a national support network.  Since it’s founding in 1997, the organization has distributed more than $2 million to 200 artists in San Francisco, Chicago, Houston, and Boston. Artadia Awards are granted to artists through a selection process juried by a panel of curators and artists. Membership ranges from $250 to $1000 annually with varied benefits like access to artist studios and invitations to private dinners.  New Junior Council West launched July 2011- invitation only for 40 & under.

ArtPoint /Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

ArtPoint sponsors a year round program of educational and social events to promote awareness, interest, and a long-term commitment to the San Francisco Fine Arts Museums: the de Young Museum and the Legion of Honor.  Programs include: private tours; parties at exclusive venues throughout the Bay Area; receptions at the de Young and Legion of Honor; the aMuse Lecture Series; and Engage!, a recurring program introducing art enthusiasts to San Francisco art galleries.The $95 tax-deductible fee provides free admission for two adults to all museum exhibitions, members-only events, and discounts on films, lectures, and concerts.

Foto Forum/San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Founded in 1980, Foto Forum is an art interest group that supports the SFMOMA Photography department’s acquisitions program. The Foto Forum program runs September through June and includes “Print Study” educational evenings, publication of a semiannual newsletter about photography, travel to other cities to view exhibitions, and photography-related events in galleries, museums, and studios. Membership requires SFMOMA museum membership at the $250 Supporting Level plus an additional $500 per year.

International Council/Headlands Center for the Arts

The International Council is a group of art enthusiasts interested in preserving art in the Bay Area through financial support of Headlands Center for the Arts. Founded in 1987 by a group of local artists, HCA is housed in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The CAP Center brings together artists, scholars, COMMA and activists through residences, community projects, and commissions. Benefits include invitations to special events like Headlands’ Open House Preview Brunch, private tours of Headlands artists’ studios, viewings of private art collections, exclusive talks and gatherings that provide updates on local and international art happenings. Membership costs $1,000 per year.  Dues are fully tax-deductible.

SECA/San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Founded in 1960, SECA (Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art) is an art interest group comprised of collectors, curators, and art enthusiasts, interested in strengthening their knowledge of contemporary art.  SECA members have the opportunity to attend educational forums, view the work of emerging artists before they become well known, and participate in the selection process for the SECA Art Award. The SECA Art Award is given biennially to local Bay Area artists with high potential, granting an exhibition at SFMoMA and a cash prize.  To join SECA, members of SFMoMA at the Supporting level ($250 per year) or higher must pay an additional $500 per year. Dues are fully tax-deductable.

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