Friends of AOA

With premier gallery space, growing collections, and expanding public programs, the arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas (AOA) have become more prominent and integral to the Fine Arts Museums’ interpretive framework. These unique holdings reflect the Bay Area’s passion for diverse cultural and artistic traditions. Their breadth and quality rank these collections among the top in US art museums.

We invite you to become a member of the Friends of AOA, a support group that gathers collectors and others devoted to the arts of these areas (with non-commercial interests) to aid the Museums in meeting strategic goals for collection development, staffing, and special exhibitions. Members of our group include serious collectors of tribal or ancient art, those who are interested in developing their knowledge of the department’s fields, and individuals with a broad interest in these arts.

By joining Friends of AOA, you can help increase momentum and actively advocate for the art of these collections. But most of all, you will have the satisfaction that comes from supporting AOA art in San Francisco, asserting its importance, and ensuring that the Fine Arts Museums continue to have exciting and pioneering AOA exhibition programs.

Become a Friend of AOA

There are four membership levels to choose from. Please note that current membership with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco is required.

As a member you will enjoy these benefits:

  • VIP invitations to exclusive exhibition previews and opening receptions year-round, and FAMSF-hosted events during the annual Tribal Art & Textiles Show in San Francisco
  • Invitations to special programs, lectures, symposia, and luncheons with visiting scholars and collectors
  • Listing as a Friend in the Fine Arts Museums’ member magazine
  • Complimentary FAMSF exhibition catalogues

For more information, please contact

Christina Hellmich chellmich@famsf.org
Curator in Charge, Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas and the Jolika Collection of New Guinea Art

Matthew H. Robb, PhD mrobb@famsf.org
Curator, Arts of the Americas