Edward H. and Yvonne J. Boseker Fund for Early California Art
Established in 2013 by Yvonne J. Boseker at Laguna art Museum, the Edward H. and Yvonne J. Boseker Fund for Early California Art is dedicated to the preservation, restoration, and exhibition of historical California art in the museum’s collection, as well as exhibitions and educational programs related to the field of early California art.
Since its inception, the Boseker Fund for Early California Art has allowed the museum to carry out conservation treatments on a number of paintings that were previously unfit for exhibition, bringing them back to their original splendor for their exhibition and for future generations to enjoy.
The Bosekers’ interest in collecting early California art began shortly after their arrival to California. They purchased their first two paintings—Yosemite Falls, an 1885 work by Thomas Hill and High Sierra by William Keith—during a trip to San Francisco in 1969. Drawn to the natural beauty of the California landscapes depicted in the paintings, thus began what is today among the most substantial and important collections in this field.
As stated by Mrs. Boseker, “Ed and I both felt, and I still believe, that we are just caretakers of this art. It was here before us and will be here long after us. It is therefore our responsibility to take excellent care of it, and to always be willing to share it with others. This was my goal in establishing the Boseker Fund for Early California Art at Laguna Art Museum.”
On November 13, 2016 Laguna Art Museum honored Mrs. Boseker with The Wendt Award for her significant contributions to the knowledge and appreciation of California art. The award was presented by Dr. Malcolm Warner, executive director of Laguna Art Museum, during an exclusive dinner. The event was attended by 150 guests including representatives from Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Irvine Museum, and the Crocker Art Museum, as well as many of Yvonne’s friends, family, and fellow art enthusiasts. Noted speakers included Dr. Will South, chief curator at the Columbia Museum of Art, and Janet Blake, curator of historical art at Laguna Art Museum.
For more information regarding the Boseker Fund for Early California Art, please email Genny Boccardo-Dubey or call 949.494.8971 x 208.
Thank you for your support of historical California art.
All gifts are 100% tax-deductible. Laguna Art Museum is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization (Tax I.D. #33-0717157)