The San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild is a support council of The San Diego Museum of Art. In alignment with our mission to support The Museum, membership in the Artists Guild requires maintaining concurrent membership in The San Diego Museum of Art. Join or renew your Museum Membership here.
The Artists Guild strengthens the bond between the Museum and the artist community of San Diego County by enhancing the Museum’s awareness and appreciation of local artists. In so doing it brings original art by local artists to the attention of art patrons for display and purchase. The Artists Guild membership is not limited by geography - artists around the world are eligible to apply for membership and participate in our online gallery and our exhibitions.
In 1915 when the Panama-California Exposition opened in Balboa Park, local artists of the time showed their work to the world. Many of them joined civic leaders to organize and fund a new art museum, lending their vision to its eventual grandeur. By 1926, when the San Diego Museum of Art opened its doors, the creativity of local artists permeated its design, façade and its early collections. Thus debuted the first contribution of the San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild. To this day, the Artists Guild continues its support of the museum.
Read more about our history and some of our members over the years:San Diego Women in Art History
Artists Guild Exhibitions, 2012-2022
The Contemporary Artists of San Diego Invade the Museum - It's 1929
Captain James R. Brown
Donal Hord, "La Tehuana", 1936
Ilse and Lloyd Ruocco
What Do These Works of Art Have in Common?
The Artists Guild has a Board of Directors consisting of working artist members, elected at the annual general membership meeting. The 2022-2023 Board of Directors are:
President - Annie Kilgore
Vice President - TBD
Treasurer - Barbara Leitzel
Exhibitions - Angelika Villagrana, Chair - Kevin Inman, Sue Z. Gold, Jody Abssy,
Webmaster - Katerina Husar Lazarova
Newsletter Editor - Lunjia Hu
Historian - Jody Abssy
Member at Large - Lily Tanzer
Member at Large - Jim Bliesner
Member at Large - Cecilia Anostos
Member at Large - Sue Z. Gold
Member at Large - Kevin Inman
Member at Large - Julianne Ricksecker
(Contact a Board member by clicking on their title above.)