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The SBMA Women’s Board is preparing to announce its fundraising event for the 2021-2022 Board year. We are deeply grateful to all of our past sponsors and donors; it is your generosity that ensures our fundraising success.

We look forward to both membership and community support in our efforts to continue to provide the SBMA with funding for art education programs, exhibitions, acquisitions, and special projects. Please check back for information on what is sure to be an exciting and successful event in 2022.

About the Women’s Board

The Women’s Board of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art was established in 1951, ten years after the Museum opened. The Board’s purpose is to support the Museum by raising funds for its exhibitions, acquisitions, educational programs, and special projects. The Women’s Board is comprised of over one hundred active and sustaining members, who organize and sponsor fundraising events each year that also promote community awareness of and interest in the Museum.

Over the years the Women’s Board has contributed significantly to the Museum’s programs and activities as well as underwritten exhibitions and purchased works of art for the permanent collection. Various education programs supported by the Women’s Board introduce and promote art and its appreciation to children in Santa Barbara through hands-on creative activities.

Explore our site for information on Exhibitions, Acquisitions and Education Programs we have supported, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art for more information about programs, collections and events.

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Image credits (left to right): (left) Heads of Ni-O (Buddhist Gate Guardians), Japanese, Muromachi period (1392-1573).  Wood. Purchase in memory of Frances D. Funke.  On view in the Asian Galleries; (middle) Eugene Delacroix, The Last Words of Marcus Aurelius, n.d. Oil on canvas. The van Asch van Wyck Trust; (right) High school students work on a hanging sculpture in a competition associated with the 2012 installation of Martin Kersels’ Charms.