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
Admission for two to a variety of events such as exhibitions, museum walkthroughs, and in person or virtual visits to studios and galleries.
Upper-category council members enjoy the added benefits of invitations to exclusive small group events such as: discussions in private homes, visits to private collections, meetings with artists, and print preview parties—all providing opportunities for socializing and sharing with other graphic arts enthusiasts.
- Benefactor $250: All Individual member benefits, plus invitations to special events such as gatherings in member homes, visits to private collections, museum galas, and priority admission to limited attendance events
- Donor $500: All the above benefits, plus donors will receive a letter of introduction to another museum's department of Prints and Drawings
- New Collectors $750: All the above benefits, plus 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 $2,500: All the above benefits, plus a private curatorial consultation. Patrons will also receive two letters of introduction to another museum's department of Prints and Drawings
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.
Board of Directors
Rebecca Woodson, chair and acting treasurer
Morgann Trumbull, 1st vice chair
Lourdes Livingston, 2nd vice chair
Bill Eddelman, secretary