In August, the museum launched its membership contest for Abstract Expressionism: Looking East from the Far West. People who joined, renewed or purchased a gift membership by Sept. 4 were automatically entered to win two round-trip tickets on Alaska Airlines, a stay at the Palace Hotel, and get a tour of Abstract Expressionist works at SFMOMA—and, of course, two tickets to see our exhibition first.

The museum’s annual giving coordinator Hilary Sholin selected the winner by random drawing and it is—drumroll, please—Lisa Miyahara! When Hilary e-mailed Lisa to confirm her acceptance of the prize, Lisa thought it was too good to be true and wondered if the message was a scam. “I was ready to delete it,” she said. She had renewed her membership in August simply because she wanted to keep supporting the museum, and was unaware of the possible prize she could win. But after a little googling, she realized Hilary was legit and called.

A resident of Punchbowl, Lisa works for Proctor & Gamble as an account executive for the Hawai‘i market and lives in walking distance of the museum. “I love art. Whenever I’m in another city I always make time to see art. I was just in Los Angeles and went to the Getty. I’m looking forward to seeing Abstract Expressionism one on one with the curator here, then getting a tour of similar art at SFMOMA.”

Congratulations Lisa! And a big mahalo to Alaska Airlines, the Palace Hotel and SFMOMA for their generous partnerships in this exciting package.

If you’d like to make the museum a part of your life, become a member like Lisa. We have membership levels to fit different budgets and interests.