The Seattle Art Museum Supporters—or SAMS—is a dedicated
group of nearly two hundred Seattle area women who are committed to fundraising
for the Seattle Art Museum. The mission of SAMS is to expand the support of the
Seattle Art Museum through fundraising and promotional efforts and to provide
education opportunities for its members.
Since its inception in 1985, SAMS has raised nearly $7
million to fund selected Seattle Art Museum projects, including the Seattle
Asian Art Museum campaign. Through their amazing efforts, SAMS has raised over
$400K for our capital campaign, helping restore our building and create an
Asian Art Museum for tomorrow. SAMS has been an integral component of our
fundraising efforts and we are grateful for their unwavering support of our
We’re not the only ones excited about the renovation of our Asian Art Museum! Hear from the donors that are making the preservation of SAM’s original home possible for the benefit of generations to come. Learn more about the project and show your support!
There is no place in Seattle that means more to me than the Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park. Many, many years ago when it was the entire Seattle Art Museum and I got my first drivers license at age 16, the first place I drove by myself was to the Seattle Art Museum to see a Van Gogh exhibition. I felt very grown up and very sophisticated!
Some decades later when I retired from the faculty of the University of Puget Sound, I decided to become a docent. I had not been an art major. For me art was always “the road not taken,” but through my university work, I had become very interested in Japan. The year of my docent training, the downtown location was being remodeled and all our training was the Volunteer Park site. Needless to say, by this time I was hooked on Asian art and deeply in love with the Asian Art Museum. I was so delighted when Xiaojin Wu and Ping Foong brought their new vision to my old friend. I have experienced Song landscape painting, which formed the basis for the background in Disney’s Bambi and waded through the rubble of Live On, Mr’s post-tsunami installation. I was completely overjoyed to hear that the Asian Art Museum was being renovated. Contributing to help make that possible became one of my highest priorities. I am so proud of that site and can hardly wait to wander those new galleries!
– Carol Frankel
Illustration: Natali Wiseman
Sometimes a seemingly simple task like sending out an invitation can end up involving people on the other side of the planet.