Our Mission


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.


Our History


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.



@ Sugar Museum 2015

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit museum with tax exempt status. Our board of directors consists of artists.


The Sugar Museum Board of Directors


Joseph Budesky earned his law degree from McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California in 1994 and his BS in Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He currently lives in Hawaii.


Joyce Corpuz received a BA in Environmental Design at San Diego State University in 1985. Since 1985, Ms. Corpuz is the Assistant to the Director for the School of Art, San Diego State University. She is the staff liaison for the SDSU Art Council since 1990 and has been a member of the Filipino American Women's Club of San Diego since 1985. She is also a freelance artist.


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.


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.


Anna Stump is an artist and arts educator living in San Diego. 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. She currently teaches studio and art history courses at San Diego City College, Mesa College and Grossmont College.