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Achenbach Graphic Arts Council

The Achenbach Graphic Arts Council is celebrating its 50th anniversary!

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.

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

The Rewards of Membership

  • Invitations to council events, including customized tours of select museum and gallery exhibitions, and visits to artists’ studios and fine art printers for demonstrations of processes and techniques
  • Invitations to workshops, lectures, and seminars developed and presented by  curators of graphic arts
  • Members-only programs with the Reva and David Logan Collection of Illustrated Books, which contains many of the greatest artists’ books of the 20th century
  • Curator-led exhibition tours
  • Tours of private collections
  • The opportunity to meet fellow collectors
  • The AGAC travel program, which provides opportunities to experience graphic arts in locations outside the Bay Area
  • The AGAC annual members meeting, which includes reports from curators and the AGAC Board, as well as presentations of recent acquisitions

Your membership directly benefits the AFGA through:

  • The acquisition of art for its collection
  • Sponsorship of a museum fellowship
  • Funding for exhibition catalogues
  • Support for special projects

Membership Levels

AGAC annual membership is offered at the following levels*:

Member: $250

  • Curator-led group tours of select FAMSF exhibitions
  • Group visits to Bay Area galleries, museums, artists' studios, and presses
  • Option to participate in AGAC’s travel program
  • Periodic bulletins and newsletters
  • Annual membership meeting in June

Contributor: $500

  • All of the above, plus:
    • Priority admission to limited-attendance Achenbach events (workshops, lectures, seminars)

Advocate: $1,000

  • All of the above, plus:
    • A behind-the-scenes tour of the Achenbach’s historic collection of works on paper, including the paper conservation lab
    • Priority notice for the AGAC travel program, which may include tours of private collections

Patron: $2,500

  • All of the above, plus:
    • Letters of introduction to two works on paper departments at out-of-area museums
    • An informal consultation by an Achenbach curator providing general advice regarding starting or building your private collection, or an informational consultation with a paper conservator on best practices for displaying and preserving your private collection. Your private collection must be located within 60 miles of the Legion of Honor for an in-person consultation, otherwise the consultation must occur remotely.

 *AGAC annual membership renewals occur on the anniversary of the month a member joined; the current dues schedule will apply to each member’s next membership renewal. Each AGAC membership level provides benefits for the member plus a guest. As always, FAMSF membership is required.

Join Now

Please download our membership form and return it with your check or credit card details. You may also call us at 415.750.3676 for help with your membership request. 

The 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. The foundation’s holdings are made up of more than 90,000 prints, drawings, photographs, and artists’ books that document European, American, and Asian graphic arts 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 thanks to the gifts of generous donors and careful purchases by curators from a limited endowment. The foundation offers a continuing program of changing exhibitions from the permanent and loan collections.

Email or call us with questions or to reserve your space for member events. Programs are open to all AGAC members unless otherwise indicated. Please call for discounted student membership details; student ID and proof of enrollment required.

Contact Information

Phone: 415.750.3676

Email: agac@famsf.org

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Board of Directors 

Leila Narvid, Chair
Laura Nagle, 1st Vice Chair
Lourdes Livingston, 2nd Vice Chair
Jeanine Catalano, Treasurer
Rebecca Woodson, Secretary
Michele Anderson
Luanne Andreotti 
Gina Cortese
Mickey Griffin
Mady Jones
Amy Nelder
Kartikey Patel
Mary Scott
Xin Sun