Proposed Amendments to the
BYLAWS OF THE SAN DIEGO MUSEUM OF ART ARTISTS GUILD
(A support organization of The San Diego Museum of Art)
Approved by the Artists Guild Board of Directors on February 1, 2022, and the Artists Guild Artist Members during the June 11, 2022 General Meeting.
ARTICLE I – PURPOSE
The San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild (hereafter “The Guild”), which is a support organization of The San Diego Museum of Art (hereafter “The Museum”), is chartered in the bylaws of The Museum Board of Trustees. The goals of The Guild
are to support The Museum, to serve as a conduit of esthetic values and friendly communications between The Museum, the broader community in general, and the visual arts community in particular. The Guild supports the education, exhibition, construction, and acquisition programs of The Museum through volunteer hours and financial support. The Guild serves its members by hosting exhibitions of their works and bringing original art to the attention of art patrons and the general public, providing members with opportunities to present their works during monthly Guild meetings and educational programs, and promotes members through The Guild’s website and Facebook page.
ARTICLE II – STATUS
As an original committee of The Museum, The Guild bylaws, operating procedures
, and activities are subject to approval and control of The Museum Board of Trustees.
ARTICLE III – MEMBERSHIP
Membership in The Guild shall consist of the four categories of Artist Member, Associate Member, Honorary Member, and Student Member as follows:
A. Artist Member: An Artist Member is defined as any person who has been juried into The Guild based on criteria established by The Guild Board of Directors. Artist membership in good standing, as described in our bylaws, allows artists to participate in Guild-related activities and undertakings such as exhibitions and Museum-related activities, and vote on Guild matters.
Artist Membership into The Guild requires a two-thirds (2/3) ballot vote of the Board by any of the following methods:
1. Submission of professional quality images.
2. Proof of participation in the arts on a professional basis in an artist statement and biography.
3. An artist who desires membership in The Guild may be voted in by a decision of the Board of Directors for appropriate other reasons.
4. An Artist Member who chooses to become an Associate Member for a period of time may reinstate membership as an Artist Member during the next annual renewal period without needing to submit to the jury process again.
B. Associate Member: An Associate Member is defined as any artist who may not wish or be able to participate as an active Artist Member any longer, or any person who desires to join in order to support the artistic, technical, business and educational aspects of The Guild. Artists in this category may participate in any Guild-sponsored juried exhibition.
C. Honorary Member: An Honorary Member is defined as any person, selected by a two-thirds (2/3) majority of The Guild Board of Directors, who has made a meaningful contribution to the growth and/or improvement of the regional fine art industry. Honorary Membership is for life and such members are invited to all Guild events.
D. Student Member: A Student Member is defined as any person, regardless of age, who has an interest in the arts and can provide evidence of “full-time student” status,
i.e., registration or ID from a bona-fide teaching institution. At the termination of “student” status, the member may choose to apply for Artist or Associate Membership under the current requirements. A Student Member must present annual verification of “student” status and may participate in any Guild-sponsored juried exhibition.
ARTICLE IV – DUES
To be a member in good standing, all members are required to be current members of The Museum at a level of their choosing and pay annual dues of the amount set by The Guild Board of Directors and recorded in the Standing Rules. Dues must be current to allow participation in any Guild event.
ARTICLE V – MEETINGS
A. There shall be a yearly general meeting in June of the membership of The Guild. Notice of the time and place shall be given in writing by email and announcement on
The Guild website to all members not less than thirty (30) days prior to the date selected for the meeting. At this meeting, the President shall deliver a report and the Directors for the next year shall be elected. Then the Directors will meet briefly to elect the officers.
B. Special meetings of The Guild members may be called by the President or by a majority of the Board. Notice of such meetings shall be given to Guild members by the President or a Director in the most expedient manner.
ARTICLE VI – DIRECTORS
1. The activities and affairs of The Guild shall be conducted by and under the direction of a Board of Directors. The number of directors shall be no more
than nineteen (19).
2. The nominating committee, appointed by the President, will submit its slate of nominees for the new Board of Directors in April by email or notice on The Guild website. The voting will take place at the Spring General Meeting by the membership present. The Board may approve persons to fill vacancies that occur during a term in office.
3. A representative of The San Diego Museum of Art may serve on the Artists Guild Board of Directors, with the approval of The Museum and The Guild Board. The Museum representative shall have full voting privileges on all Guild business.
4. The Board may choose a person in any category of membership to help with the work of The Guild and serve as a member of the Board. Appointed Associate and Student Members may vote on all Guild agenda items, except on new Artist Member applications.
5. There shall be a meeting of The Guild Board at least once a month.
6. Copies of the monthly Board meeting minutes shall be submitted to the Artists Guild Liaison at The Museum after each meeting.
7. Any Director may be removed from the Board by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of ALL Directors.
ARTICLE VII – OFFICERS
- The Guild Board of Directors shall elect officers who are responsible for administrating and managing in accordance with the policies of The Guild Board, the bylaws and the Standing Rules.
- The officers of The Guild shall be the President, Vice President, Recording Secretary, Treasurer, and Membership Chairperson. Additional officers may be designated at the discretion of the Board of Directors.
- Term of office for any officer shall be one year, with the possibility of re-election.
ARTICLE VIII-- AMENDMENTS
These bylaws may be amended by a majority of the members attending a duly called meeting. Proposed amendments must be submitted to the membership in writing not less than fifteen (15) days prior to the meeting. Any amendment shall be subject to the approval of The Museum Board of Trustees.