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Achenbach Graphic Arts Council (AGAC)


For more information about joining the AGAC, or for details about upcoming AGAC member events, please contact the AGAC Administrative Assistant.

Phone: 415.750.3676
Email: agacadmin@famsf.org

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Members of the Achenbach Graphic Arts Council (AGAC) share an interest in prints, drawings, photographs, and other works of art on paper. Your membership in the Council supports the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts (AFGA) and its world-renowned collection housed in the Legion of Honor.

The Rewards of Membership

  • Artist's studio visits
  • Exhibition openings
  • Discounts for lectures and symposia
  • Newsletter
  • Private curatorial tours
  • Tours of private collections
  • The opportunity to meet fellow collectors

Your membership directly benefits the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts through:

  • The acquisition of art for the Achenbach collection
  • Sponsorship of a museum Fellowship
  • Funding for exhibition catalogues
  •  Support for special projects

As an AGAC member, you will have opportunities to pursue your interests as a connoisseur or collector. All Fine Arts Museums members are welcome to join AGAC through an additional contribution which supports the ongoing work of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts. Memberships are offered on an annual basis.

Membership Levels

All AGAC memberships support the important work of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts (AFGA). In addition to supporting the Museums' prints and drawings department, all members receive the following benefits:

  • The AGAC newsletter, a quarterly publication sent by email.
  • A calendar of AGAC events, including customized tours of selected exhibitions at the Museums and other venues, and visits to artists’ studios and fine art printers for demonstrations of artistic processes and techniques.
  • Preferred sign-up and discounted fees for seminars developed and taught by Achenbach curators.
  • The AGAC travel program, an annual trip to experience the graphic arts in locations outside the San Francisco region.
  • The AGAC annual meeting, held at the Legion of Honor, with reports from the Achenbach curators and AGAC Board, as well as presentations of recent acquisitions.

General

Basic $100.00
Admissions for TWO to a variety of events such as exhibitions, museum walkthroughs, and visits to fine art presses, galleries and artists’ studios.

Senior (65+) $50.00
General benefits for the AGAC member

Out of State (Residing outside of California) $50.00
General benefits for the AGAC member and one guest

Student (student I.D. required) $25.00
General benefits for the AGAC member

Collectors' Circle
Upper-category AGAC members enjoy the added benefits, of invitations to a series of exclusive small group events such as discussion evenings in private homes, visits to private collections, meetings with artists, and print preview parties—all providing opportunities for socializing and sharing with other collector members.

Benefactor $250.00
All Basic member benefits, plus invitations to special events such as discussions in member homes, visits to private collections, museum galas and priority admission to limited attendance events.

Donor $500.00
All of the above benefits plus a special evening each year with the Fine Arts Museum curator of prints and drawings, as well as other scholars and artists. Donors will also receive a letter of introduction to another museum's Department of Prints and Drawings.

Young Collectors $750.00
All the above Basic through Donor membership benefits, as well as a range of activities designed specifically for new and emerging collectors of any age who are interested in, or in the process of, creating a personal collection of artwork on paper.

Patron $1000.00
All the above benefits plus a private curatorial consultation. Patrons will also receive two letters of introduction to another museum's Department of Prints & Drawings.

Join Now

Please download our membership application form and return it with your check or credit card data. You also may call the AGAC office at 415.750.3676 during business hours 9am–3pm, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.


The Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts (AFGA) 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. Today AFGA encompasses over 80,000 prints documenting key areas of the history of printmaking from the 15th century to the present. The collection also includes over 3,000 drawings and 3,000 photographs. Indian miniature paintings, Japanese prints and drawings, a theater and dance collection, posters, and rare books are represented as well. The collection's extraordinary size and scope are the result of the gifts of generous donors and careful purchases by curators from a limited endowment. AFGA offers a continuing program of changing exhibitions from the permanent and loan collections.

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