SBMA announces new Board Chair and Trustees

SBMA Announces New Board Chair and Trustees

July 2, 2015 ― The Santa Barbara Museum of Art (SBMA) is pleased to announce the election of John C. Bishop, Jr. as Board Chair, and the newest members of its Board of Trustees for 2015–16:
Paul Longanbach and Michael Patrick Porter.

In addition, SBMA would like to recognize officers Vice Chair Patricia Aoyama and Secretary Susan D. Bowey, who will work under the leadership of John C. Bishop, Jr.

The terms of the newly elected Chair and Trustees officially began July 1, 2015.

Bio of newly-elected Board Chair:

John C. Bishop, Jr.

John C. Bishop, Jr. was born and raised in Denver, CO and moved to Santa Barbara with his wife Jill in 1988, where he is now a private investor. He earned a B.S. degree in Business from the University of Colorado, Denver. While in Denver, he served on the Steering Committee for the Alliance for Contemporary Art at the Denver Art Museum. In Santa Barbara, he was the President of the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum (now the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara) board from 1992 to 1993. At SBMA, John first served as the Chair of The Museum Contemporaries curatorial support group, then on the Board of Trustees from 2000 to 2008, serving on many committees, including Chair of the Collections Committee. He returned to the Board of Trustees in 2010 and has served as Vice Chair as well as Chair of the Finance Committee.

Bios of newly-elected Trustees:

Paul Longanbach
Paul Longanbach had a 20+ year career in the Federal government, becoming a senior executive and serving as Director of Training for both the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Transportation; the Federal Aviation Administration’s Director of Organization Learning and Development; and as the Lunder Museum Education Chair at the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum. He currently consults with public and private sector organizations around strategic planning and organization development, and works with clients as an executive coach. A Santa Barbara resident since 2010, Paul actively supports the Museum as a member of the Benefactors Circle; serving as Chairperson of the Museum Collectors Council; and as a member of the Capital Campaign Cabinet. In addition, he has served on the boards of the Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Student
Art Fund, along with volunteering at the Ensemble Theater and the Planned Parenthood Book Sale. From 2004 to 2010, he served as a docent at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Paul has an undergraduate degree in studio art and European history, a master’s degree in education, and executive coaching certification. As an artist working in painting and collage, he belongs to the Santa Barbara Art Association, and has had gallery exhibitions of his work in both Washington D.C. and Santa Barbara.

Michael Patrick Porter
Michael Patrick Porter is a licensed architect with a degree in urban planning from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and is a John S. Bolles Fellow of the California Council of the American Institute of Architects. He designs commercial and residential projects throughout Southern California, with a particular emphasis on oceanfront custom residences. Fascinated by art his entire life, he has served on a variety of nonprofit art-related boards including the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, the Newport Harbor Art Museum (now the Orange County Museum of Art), and California State University Long Beach’s University Art Museum Advisory Board.


Katrina Carl
Public Relations Manager

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