We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit museum with tax exempt status. Our board of directors consists of artists.
The Sugar Museum is dedicated to the investigation of sugar to promote awareness, understanding, and creativity. It serves its audience through the collection, exploration, presentation and interpretation of works of art relating to historical and contemporary issues of sugar. We are an educational institution devoted to the advancement of knowledge about how sugar is utilized, perceived and consumed.
Our vision is to be the most significant institution in the Southern California region devoted to the culture of sugar. We foster sugar awareness through exhibitions and projects. Our educational program is devoted to providing broad and balanced perspectives about sugar for adults and children.
The Natural History Museum of Sugar was formed in 2003 as a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit museum. Projects and exhibitions are organized at various sites mostly in San Diego, CA. We have built a small collection of sweets from around the world and a library dedicated to sugar sculpture, sugar history and the health effects of sugar.
The Sugar Museum Board of Directors
Terri Hughes-Oelrich is an artist residing in San Diego and an Associate Professor of Art at San Diego City College. She received her MFA degree from San Diego State University and a BA in Art Studio from University of California, Santa Barbara.
Joanne Hayakawa received her BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara and MFA from the University of Washington. She has taught art at the California State University, Los Angeles, The University of South Florida, Pitzer College, California State University, Long Beach and for the last 20 years has been at San Diego State University. Ms. Hayakawa is an artist exhibiting nationally and also has been involved in public art.
Deborah Millikan is a scientist currently residing in Hawaii. She earned her Ph.D. from University of California, San Diego in Biology in 1999, and has been awarded several grants from the National Science Foundation.
Anna Stump is an artist and arts educator living in Twentynine Palms. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at Occidental College in 1986 and her Master of Fine Arts at San Diego State University in 2001. She was a Senior Fulbright Scholar to the Fine Arts Department at Anadolu University in Eskisehir, Turkey in 2006-2007.
Alexis Grinbold is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Southern California. She received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA in Communications/English Literature from the University of California San Diego. She is a Blue Ribbon Pie winner from the French Pastry School in Chicago and an accomplished artist and educator. Her art practice involves an ongoing interest in materials and processes related to mythology and language and the intersection of painting and ceramics, textiles and video. She teaches Art and Art History at various colleges in Southern California as well as at The Desert Institute for the Joshua Tree National Park Association.
Yvette Dibos lives and works in San Diego: interdisciplinary artist whose work focuses on technology and gender roles. Fine Arts Instructor with a background in Sculpture, Performance and Painting. Former resident of San Francisco, and Public Education Instructor at San Francisco Art Institute. Alumna of California College of the Arts (MFA) and San Diego State University (BA).
Ollie Zinn is an artist currently working in thread painting and watercolor collage. A native of San Diego, Ollie received her BA in Painting and Printmaking, with an emphasis in textiles, from San Diego State University in 1988, and is currently exhibiting her work at the Santa Ysabel Art Gallery in Santa Ysabel, CA. She has also shown locally at the Hyde Gallery at Grossmont College, the Art Institute at Balboa Park, the Next Door Gallery, Gallery 21 at Spanish Village and Sophie's Gallery with the women's art group Míra.