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Donor Robert D. Harper with his beloved hibiscus

Robert D. (Bob) Harper had a dream for the San Antonio Museum of Art. A member since 1998 and frequent volunteer, Mr. Harper regularly attached handwritten notes to his membership renewals urging the Museum to open an inviting restaurant where visitors could gather, refuel and unwind.

Even once a restaurant was added in 2009, Mr. Harper felt so strongly about its future that upon his death last November at 86 the Museum received a $1.5 million gift that comprised the majority of his state. His will specified the gift be used to maintain a restaurant and to provide funding for traveling exhibitions “which might not otherwise be brought to San Antonio.” SAMA is already in the midst of refreshing its restaurant with a new concept and a new chef, but Mr. Harper’s gift now makes the vision of a renovated Hops House and expanded restaurant possible (stay tuned for more details)—as well as some exciting exhibitions!

Planned gifts like Mr. Harper’s have an exponential effect on the Museum. The newly launched Legacy Society recognizes such generous donors. In addition to including SAMA in one’s will, other types of giving allow the donor to reap benefits during his or her lifetime and provide for loved ones while supporting the Museum. For information about planned gifts, please contact Kimberly Britton, Director of Development, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (210) 978-8186.


This information is of a general nature and the donor should seek advice from the donor’s own legal and tax counselor.

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Special Interest Memberships:

Combine any one or all of the special interest memberships to enhance your Museum membership. Simply add them to the price of your base membership.

Friends of the Collections

Fully tax deductible

Members of the Museum's Friends of the Collections groups enjoy special programs and insights from the Museum's curators while getting an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at the collections alongside others who share similar interests. Friends groups also support specific curatorial areas by raising funds for acquisitions, exhibitions and related programs. Museum membership is a prerequisite of membership in a Friends group, but you may join as many as you like.

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Friend $50 / Connoisseur $150

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Young Friends

It’s art and culture in a social setting for the next generation of arts supporters in San Antonio. This vibrant group, ages 21 and over, is passionate about the Museum’s collections and mission. As a Young Friend you’ll gain access to special tours, cocktail parties, events at local art galleries and restaurants, the Museum's annual gala after-party* and more!

Individual $50 / Dual $100

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Kid’s Club (ages 12 and under)

Fully tax deductible

For a $10 suggested donation per family, Kid’s Club members receive their own membership card and special emails from our education department to engage our youngest members with the Museum’s world-class collections and exhibitions. Kid’s Club members also receive a special birthday surprise!

$10 per family (optional)

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For more information on these levels of membership support please call Lana Meador in the membership office at (210) 978-8133 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

*The benefit of complimentary gala after-party ticket(s) affects the tax deductibility of the Young Friends membership contribution.

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All Members Enjoy:

  • Unlimited free Museum admission
  • Unlimited free admission to special exhibitions
  • Free admission to monthly Art Party events
  • Invitations to members’ exhibition previews and events
  • 10% discount at the Museum restaurant
  • 10% discount at the Museum Shop
  • 20% discount on Museum Shop purchases during member events,
    including special Shop events
  • One year subscription to VIEW, the Museum member publication
  • Special discounts on select lectures, symposia, teacher workshops, concerts and events
  • Free parking

 

Member $45
  • Membership benefits for one adult
  • Invitation for one to members’ exhibition previews and events
  • Fully tax deductible

Artists*, Educators, Military (Active & Retired), Senior Citizens (age 65+),
and Students are eligible for a $10 discount on all memberships excluding Circle levels
(proof of program/profession/age required).

* Artist level includes complimentary membership in Contemporaries ($50 value)

Buy Single Membership
Member Plus $65
  • Membership benefits for two adults – designate two individuals,
    or bring a friend each time you visit
  • Invitation for two to members’ exhibition previews and events
  • Fully tax deductible
Buy Member Plus Membership
Family $85 All Member Plus benefits, plus:
  • Unlimited free admission for any of the members’ children or grandchildren under age 18
  • Member discount on kids art camp enrollment fees
  • Complimentary enrollment in Kids Club for your children or grandchildren
  • Fully tax deductible
Buy Family Membership
Sponsor $150 All Family benefits, plus:
  • Unlimited free admission for up to four adults
  • Recognition in Museum publications
  • Two complimentary tickets to a qualifying event of your choice
    (e.g. members preview party, concert, movie)
  • $120 tax deductible
Buy Sponsor Membership
Associate $250 All Sponsor benefits, plus:
  • Reciprocal admission at more than 600 museums
  • $200 tax deductible
Buy Associate Membership
Patron $500 All Associate benefits, plus:
  • Unlimited free admission for up to six adults
  • Private, docent-led tour for up to ten persons with complimentary refreshments
  • $450 tax deductible
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Gift Membership
  • Available for purchase at any level
  • Fully tax deductible
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Circle Members

Art Society Circle $1,000 All Patron benefits, plus:
  • Invitation for two to exclusive Circle Member events throughout the year, including the Annual Circle Members’ Reception and Program
  • Opportunity for domestic and international travel with Museum curators
  • $850 tax deductible
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Philanthropist’s Circle $2,500 All Art Society Circle benefits, plus:
  • Added benefit of a greater tax deductible donation to the Museum
  • $2,350 tax deductible
Buy Philanthropist’s Circle Membership
Benefactor’s Circle $5,000 All Philanthropist’s Circle benefits, plus:
  • Complimentary membership in the Friends of the Collections group(s) of your choice
  • Private, curator-led tour for up to ten persons with complimentary refreshments
  • $4,850 tax deductible
Buy Benefactor’s Circle Membership
Leader’s Circle $10,000 All Benefactor’s Circle benefits, plus:
  • Private, behind-the-scenes tour with a Museum curator for up to ten persons with complimentary refreshments
  • Complimentary catalogues published by the Museum
  • $9,825 tax deductible
Buy Leader’s Circle Membership
Director’s Circle $25,000 All Leader’s Circle benefits, plus:
  • Private lunch or dinner for four people with the Museum Director
  • $24,525 tax deductible
Buy Director’s Circle Membership
Chairman’s Circle $100,000 All Director's Circle benefits, plus:
  • One complimentary rental of the Museum for a private event*
  • Invitation to join the Museum’s Visiting Committees
  • Recognition as a premier donor including special recognition at the Museum’s Annual Circle Members’ Reception and Program
  • $99,525 tax deductible (without rental)
    $96,525 tax deductible (with rental)*
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All memberships are valid for 12 months.

Membership contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Members may choose to decline any non-tax deductible benefits in writing to receive a full tax deduction for their contribution.

Circle levels may be paid in installments. Contact the membership office for more information.

MEMBERSHIP SUPPORTS THE MUSEUM
Your membership in the San Antonio Museum of Art, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, is a commitment to furthering the arts in San Antonio and a pledge for future generations. You are contributing to world-class exhibitions in our community, investing in arts education, outstanding programming for visitors of all ages, and preserving a place in San Antonio where all are welcome to find inspiration. Thank you!


For more information on these levels of membership support please call Lana Meador in the membership office at (210) 978-8133 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The San Antonio Museum of Art is committed to developing significant exhibitions that complement and expand upon its collection of 25,000 works of art and to sharing these exhibitions with its local, national and international community. The following exhibitions are currently or soon available to tour. For additional information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Entombed Treasures: Funerary Art of Han Dynasty China
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Luminous Impressions: The Operatic and Fantasy Prints of Henri Fantin-Latour
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Adad Hannah: Intimate Encounters
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Destination Mexico: DJ Only Tickets

$30 – Join us from 9:00 to 11:00 pm for the spectacular finale of Destination: Mexico with the live sounds of DJ Nahchey, who will be flying in from Los Angeles to spin the latest in today’s dance music. You can also shop in the Mercado curated by Chef Johnny Hernandez. Items available for purchase were personally selected or commissioned from his artisans in Mexico. Tickets include complimentary valet parking and cocktails. Must be at least 21 years of age.

 

 

Destination Mexico: Raffle Tickets

$100 each ticket for package 1 only.

Package No. 1

Casa Tulco! Thanks to Omar Rodriguez and Veronica Prida, you and 7 guests can spend 4 nights in their private home, Casa Tulco in Huatulco, Oaxaca. Included in your stay is a private tour of The Copalita Archaeological Museum. Food, liquor and gratuity not included. Subject to availability. Some black out dates may apply

 

$50 each ticket for packages 2-6.

Package No. 2

De Cenar! Enjoy 10 nights of date nights with $100 gift certificates to each these fine restaurants: Arcade Midtown Kitchen, The Boiler House, Cappy’s, The Esquire, Citrus at The Valencia, El Jarro de Arturro, El Mirador, Los Barrios, Nao New World Flavors, and Paesano’s.

 

Package No. 3

Compras Elegantes! Treat yourself to a fabulous, and much deserved, retail therapy experience at Julian Gold with a gift certificate valued at $1,000.

 

Package No. 4

Algo Para Todos! Kick up your style with a $100 gift certificate from Dos Carolinas and Nativa. Take Fiesta with you everywhere with a “Medal Mania” necklace compliments of The Painted Pony. And you can also strut your stuff in a pair of custom boots donated by Jacqueline Smith.

 

Package No. 5

La Vida en Plata!Enjoy a sterling silver Spratling necklace with obsidian valued at $1,236. William Spratling’s jewelry is characterized by Mesoamerican motifs and it is said that his work gave Mexican artisans the freedom not be constrained to replicating European motifs and forms. Due to his unfaltering devotion to the silver design industry in Mexico, Spratling is often referred to as the “Father of Mexican Silver”.

 

Package No. 6

En Mi Casa! Entertain in your home with a catered dinner for 8 from the RK Group valued at $1,000. Decorate your table with fresh flowers from Trinity Flowers and Events valued at $100. Add to your collection custom designed flatware for 8, courtesy of Chef Johnny Hernandez.

 

 

 

For Educators
Teacher Collection Guides

 

Teacher Resource Guides

Teacher Resource Guide: Asian Art in Focus

This guide provides an overview of the primary cultural regions addressed in the collections of the Lenora and Walter F. Brown Asian Art Wing, with maps and time lines to assist in teachers’ development of lessons to utilize the collection. Each geographical region includes highlights of the collection,with curatorial notes about the significance of the objects, their function and how they were made. Access the complete  Asian Art in Focus: A Resource Guide for Educators PDF

The Asian Art in Focus: A Resource Guide for Educators has also been separated into smaller sections which can be downloaded more easily.  Access the Lesson Worksheets PDF.  You are encouraged to develop your own lesson plans for these pieces of artwork found in the new Lenora and Walter F. Brown Asian Art Wing.


 

For Educators
Traveling Trunks

 

SAMA's Traveling Trunks

Take a journey through time and culture with SAMA's Traveling Trunks project. Designed to increase student exposure to the arts, Traveling Trunks allow students the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of history and culture through hands-on experiences. Each trunk contains specially designed costumes based on works of art from the Museum's collections and reproductions of artworks with accompanying descriptions, books, lesson plans and music. 

All activities are aligned with 6th grade TEKS but can be adapted for other grades as needed. 

  • Trunks may be checked out for up to 6 weeks at a time.
  • Borrower must arrange a date and time to pick up and return trunk.
  • Borrower agrees to check all items against inventory list before return and agrees to pay for lost or damaged items.
  • Late fees of $5 per day apply.

Available Traveling Trunks:

  • Japan
  • Early America
  • Ancient Greece and Rome
  • Ancient Egypt
  • Latin American Folk Art
  • China
  • Oceania
  • Ancient Near East
  • India
  • Spanish Colonial Art
  • Contemporary Art

Download the Traveling Trunks Program Overview

Download the Traveling Trunks Lending Agreement

For Educators
Educational Brochure

 

2011-2013 Education Brochure

This brochure provides information about learning opportunities for both K-12 students and educators at the San Antonio Museum of Art during the 2011-2013 school year.

2011-2013 Educator Brochure

A $100 each ticket for package 1 only.  

Package No. 1
Paris! With thanks to Jerome Serot, you will spend three magical nights in Paris at a deluxe room at the Hotel Astor Saint-Honoré!  Includes two first/business class airline tickets, plus breakfast daily.  Only 200 tickets will be sold!

$50 each ticket for packages 2-6.

Package No. 2
The Big Easy! Thanks to Jessica and Ryan Berg, you will enjoy two nights in fabulous New Orleans! Includes two Southwest Airlines tickets, two nights at The Roosevelt, $100 gift certificate for K-Paul’s and $150 gift certificate to the Brennan’s family of restaurants, a welcome gift basket by Joel’s Catering, and a beautiful fleur-de-lis pendant and earrings compliments of Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry.

Package No. 3
Tres Chic!  Madame and Monsieur and will be trés chic – she in a lilac Nancy Gonzalez crocodile bag, Hermès scarf, and jewelry selected at Shetler-Wade jewelers with a $500 gift certificate, and he in a custom-made Loro Piana suit by J. S. Satel Custom Clothier, plus two Hermès ties.  

Package No. 4
Colorado! Courtesy of the Marshall, Edward and Sam Steves families, you and five friends can spend a week in beautiful Crested Butte, Colorado! Valid December 1, 2012-December 1, 2013, subject to availability. Excludes March 9-23, 2013.  Includes $500 airfare credit.   

Package No. 5
Bon Appétit! Enjoy date night for a year with $150 gift certificates to Il Sogno/Sandbar, Bliss, The Esquire, Sustenio, Ounce Steakhouse, Feast, NAO, La Gloria, Liberty Bar, Bistro Vatel and Biga on the Banks and then cap off the year with a catered dinner for 8 in your home, courtesy of Page Barteau Catering.   

Package No. 6
Ma Maison! Your home will be even more fabulous with the addition of these handcrafted screen-printed graffiti chairs by Elizabeth Walker Carrington.

Your gift to the San Antonio Museum of Art is greatly appreciated. 

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You may also contact Ana Marinez at (210) 978-8106 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . You may also send a contribution to San Antonio Museum of Art Development Office, 200 West Jones Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78215.

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