Katie Paige, FOG Steering Committee member and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) Trustee, has been involved with FOG since its beginning. Paige is also the founding board member of Tipping Point and director of the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation, non-profits related to education reform and poverty reduction. Paige talks about her mutual passions for social reform and art, what drew her to become involved in FOG and what she’s most excited about at this year’s fair.
Megan D Robinson: What drew you to become involved with FOG Design+Art?
Katie Paige: As a trustee of SFMOMA and someone who cares deeply about the arts in this city and in general, it was very important to me that San Francisco both be recognized for its wonderful art scene, and that we foster the growth of arts organizations in this city. FOG was conceived of as a way to celebrate San Francisco’s spirit of creativity, to create a place for local galleries to show on an international level, and to create a reason for artists, curators, dealers and collectors from around the world to travel to San Francisco to celebrate its art. I was part of the original steering committee that founded FOG six years ago and have been involved ever since.
MDR: How has FOG changed over the past six years? FOG celebrates leaders in the design and art fields and is known for supporting cultural and educational programs. How has FOG's mission evolved over time?
KP: FOG has grown each year, and continues to attract a higher caliber and more international roster of galleries. In tandem with that, the number of visitors attending each year has grown tremendously as well. FOG has become a central point in the San Francisco art scene, and has inspired an ‘art week’ of sorts in the city. We see so many other great events happening during FOG week now. In addition, our programming has really grown as well. This year we have a really wonderful lineup of speakers, including a number of great contemporary artists such as Joan Jonas, Pae White, and Tom Sachs, and notable curators from SFMOMA, the Whitney, and the Milwaukee Art Museum, among others.