HAVC Alumni

Erin O’Toole

Erin O'Toole (B.A., '92) is associate curator of photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Most recently she collaborated with Leo Rubinfien and Sarah Greenough on the retrospective exhibition Garry Winogrand (2013), which traveled to the National Gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Jeu de Paume in Paris. She is currently organizing a retrospective of the work of Los Angeles based photographer, Anthony Hernandez, which will open at SFMOMA in 2016.

Karen Moss

Karen Moss is an art historian, curator and educator who is currently Interim Chair/Adjunct Professor in the Public Practice MFA program at Otis College of Art and Design and Adjunct Faculty in the USC Roski Curatorial Practices MA program. At Otis she is also curatorial consultant for Talking to Action, a multi-platform exhibition of social practice artists from Latin America and Los Angeles that will be at the Ben Maltz Gallery as part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time LA/LA initiative.

Dr. Kelly Donahue-Wallace

Dr. Kelly Donahue-Wallace (B.A. ’90) is Professor and Chair, Department of Art Education and Art History, College of Visual Arts, University of North Texas. Her research addresses Latin American colonial art with an emphasis in prints. In 2008, she published the books Art and Architecture of Viceregal Latin America, 1521-1821 and Teaching Art History with New Technologies: Reflections and Case Studies, co-edited with Andrea Pappas and Laetitia LaFollette.

Dr. Delia Cosentino

Delia Cosentino (B.A. ’92) is Associate Professor of History of Art and Architecture at DePaul University in Chicago. She specializes in colonial and modern Mexican art, having published scholarship on Franciscan murals, colonial Aztec genealogies, and more modern mapping practices. Her teaching also includes a hemispheric art history of the Americas, as well as Chicano art and other Latin American contributions to U.S. visual cultures. 

Dr. Ondine Chavoya

Ondine Chavoya is Professor of Art and Latina/o Studies at Williams College and is the author of numerous texts on Chicano avant-garde art, video, experimental cinema, and social space in southern California. Ondine received his interdisciplinary training in visual and cultural studies, art history, film theory, literature, and gender studies from University of Rochester, Cornell University, and University of California at Santa Cruz. 

Celeste DeWald

Celeste DeWald (B.A. ’92) has worked in the museum field since she graduated from UCSC, including positions at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art, the San Jose Museum of Art, the Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz, and the National Steinbeck Center. Celeste has a Master's Degree in Museums Studies from John F. Kennedy University. She became Executive Director of CAM in May 2004 and has enjoyed being an advocate for museums and helping them become more relevant and effective organizations.

Dr. Aaron Kerner

Dr. Aaron Kerner (B.A. '94) is Professor of Cinema at San Francisco State University. In 2011 he published Film and the Holocaust (Continuum)–an extensive survey of narrative, documentary and experimental representations of the Holocaust. His book Torture Porn In the Wake of 9/11 (Rutgers University Press) was published in 2015 and examines the post-9/11 American horror genre. In the following year he published Extreme Cinema (Edinburgh University Press).

Dr. Roberto Lint Sagarena

Dr. Roberto Lint Sagarena (B.A. ’95) is Associate Professor of American Studies at Middlebury College and Director of the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity.

Jaimey Hamilton

Jaimey Hamilton Faris, (B.A. ’95) is Associate Professor of Art History and Critical Theory at the University of Hawai'i Mānoa.

Jennifer A. Garpner

Jennifer A. Garpner (B.A. ’96) is assistant registrar of exhibitions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

Jennifer J. Harbster

Jennifer J. Harbster (B.A. ’98) is a librarian for the University Library at UC Davis. She worked as a digital reference specialist in the Science, Technology and Business Division of the Library of Congress for over 14 years. She spent her undergraduate years working at the university's slide library, where she found her true calling- becoming a librarian. During her master studies, she worked in a corporate library in Silicon Valley and conducted a practicum at two tribal libraries in San Diego County.

Stephanie Kowalick

Stephanie Kowalick (B.A. '06) is Collections Manager/Registrar at USC Fisher Museum of Art. She is the former Collections Associate and Assistant Registrar for Loans and Exhibitions at the Autry National Center, a history museum in Los Angeles.

Pooneh K. Erami

After graduating from UCSC, Pooneh K. Erami (B.A., '06) received a Master of Architecture, Master of Urban Design from Arizona State University in 2011. She is currently the Assistant Editor for the Journal Revue Stream of PCA-Architecture. She was one of the graphic designers, as well as having a text published within the journal.

Laurel Greyson

Laurel (B.A. '07) completed a certificate in ecological horticulture through the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at UC Santa Cruz in 2012 and received her MA in Food Systems from New York University in 2013.

Erin Mizrahi

Erin (B.A., '07) went on to receive her M.A. in Media, Culture and Communication from New York University and her Ph.D. in Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture, University of Southern California.

Blake Michelle Landau

Blake graduated from UCSC in 2006. She was a major in Modern Literature and a minor in the History of Art and Visual Culture. After she graduated she went to New York City to write for art magazines but quickly noticed the sea change in the publishing industry. She got involved in media where she built Customer Management IQ.

Lisa Dorin

Lisa B. Dorin (B.A. ’96) is the Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs at The Williams College Museum of Art. Dorin also worked as the associate curator of contemporary art at the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC).

Jeremy Strick

Jeremy Strick (B.A., '77) has been Director of the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Texas since March 2009. He oversees collections, exhibitions and operations at the 2.4-acre museum located in the heart of downtown Dallas’ Arts District. 


Rita Gonzalez

Rita Gonzalez is the Associate Curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and has been involved in numerous prominent exhibitions.

Natalie Nelson

Natalie (B.A., '90) is Director/Curator of the Pence Gallery, a not-for-profit in Davis (established 1975).  In addition to exhibitions and lectures, the Pence is heavily involved with arts in the schools (ArtSmart).

Gabrielle De La Rosa

Gabriella De La Rosa completed her doctoral dissertation at Harvard earning the Ph.D. in 2008.  The title of her disseration is: Picturing the Colonial Enlightenment: Race, Identity and Difference in French Visual Culture, 1682 - 1804. She now works with Art & collections Online at National Trust.

Jamila Dunn

Jamila Dunn is Director of Education at Kala Art Institute. Kala Art Institute’s mission is to help artists sustain their creative work over time through its Artist-in- Residence and Fellowship Programs, and to engage the community through exhibitions, public programs and education.

Grace Mathieson

Grace (B.A., '10) earned her Master's in Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin. She works as a Designer at Walker Warner Architects.

Amy Boewer

Amy Boewer (B.A., '11) is the UCSC OpenLab Research Assistant and Project Manager

Julia Heather Cross

Julia Heather Cross (B.A., '09) is a fourth year PhD candidate at Harvard in the Dept. of East Asian Languages and Civilizations.  Her dissertation focuses on relic worship in Japan in the Heian and Kamakura periods, examining the phenomenon from both an art historical and Buddhist studies perspective.  She will be in Japan next year studying specific reliquaries and manuscripts related to her project.

Cami Gordon

Cami Gordon (B.A., '10) works as the Manager of Programs for Schools and Teachers at the Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Tal Harari

Tal Harari (B.A., '11) is a planner for the City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning, where she works on the updates for the Downtown Los Angeles Community Plans. She received her Masters in Planning, with a focus in Economic Development, from the University of Southern California ('14).

Kari Lentz

Kari Lentz (B.A., '10) is Staff Archaeologist at William Self Associates, Inc. in the San Francisco Bay Area. As an undergraduate she double majored in Anthropology and HAVC and focused her studies oncolonial encounters in the New World. Since graduating she has conducted fieldwork in Oaxaca, Peru, and the western United States.

Emily Munro

Emily (B.A., '10) received her Masters of Arts Administration from Teachers College Columbia University in New York City in 2013. She is currently the Communications Specialist and Grants Associate at the Children's Museum of Manhattan.

Megan Sallabedra

Megan (B.A., '07) is a curator and writer living in Los Angeles. She has organized solo exhibitions for Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda, and Katy Fischer, and was part of the curatorial team presenting Radio Break, a radio-based exhibition mounted as a series of public engagement events in 2012. Her writing has appeared in LA Weekly and in numerous exhibition catalogs.

Lily Woodruff

Lily (B.A., '03) went on to receive a joint PhD in Art History from Northwestern University and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris) in 2012. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Art History at Michigan State University. Her scholarly articles and criticism have appeared in Art Journal, nonsite.org, and caa.reviews.

Benjamin Hufbauer, Ph.D.

Benjamin Hufbauer (B.A., '90) is associate professor in the department of Fine Arts at the University of Louisville, KY.

Brittany Sheldon

Brittany Sheldon (B.A., '07) received her PhD in Art History and African Studies from Indiana University, Bloomington. She conducted her doctoral research on rural women's wall painting, pottery, and basketry in northeastern Ghana and southern Burkina Faso with support from a West African Research Association Pre-Doctoral Fellowship and a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad award.

Matthew Simms

Matthew Simms (BA UCSC art history and studio art 1990, PhD Harvard, 1998) is Professor of Art History at CSU Long Beach. His publications include "Between Drawing and Painting: Cézanne's Watercolors" (Yale, 2008) and a monograph entitled "Robert Irwin: A Conditional Art" (Yale, 2016). He is also the editor of Irwin's writings, "Notes Toward a Conditional Art" (Getty, 2011). Many thanks to professors Donna Hunter and Victor Burgin.

Jessica L. Ambler, Ph.D.

Dr. Jessica L. Ambler graduated from UC Santa Cruz with Honors in 2003 and holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a specialization is Roman architecture. She was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at UCSB and a Curatorial Assistant at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. She now teaches Humanities online for Southern New Hampshire University. 

Adrienne Posner

Adrienne ('03) attended the Whitney Independent Study Program as a Critical Studies fellow in 2005-2006, and received an M.A. in Art History in 2009 and a M.A. in Comparative Literature in 2011 from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is currently an advanced graduate student in the Department of Comparative Literature there, and works on topics concerning the intersections of nineteenth-century American literature, race, and photography.

Brett Farrow

Brett graduated in 1992 with a BA in Art History. After graduating he stayed in Santa Cruz until 1995 then moved to San Diego where he entered the Masters of Architecture program at the Newschool of Architecture, graduating as class Valedictorian in 1997.  He became a licensed Architect in 2004 and has been running his own business since 2002.  Additionally he has taught graduate level and undergraduate level design studios at the Newschool of Architecture.  

Eric Lutz

Eric Lutz (BA Art History, '88) received a Ph.D. in the History of Art and Architecture at UCSB in 2004. He is currently the Associate Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Saint Louis Art Museum.

Laurel Waycott

After graduating with highest honors in 2005, Laurel went on to receive an MA in the History of Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture from the Bard Graduate Center in New York. Her MA thesis, completed in 2008, explored the history of the aquarium and how Americans collected, displayed, and discussed aquatic plants and animals between 1850 and 1920. Following her MA she worked at a number of institutions, including the Art Loss Register and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.

Pamela Ong

Pamela (B.A. '13; Highest Honors) currently works at a local art dealership and was the curator of Cowell College's Dizikes Cases while she was a student at UCSC.  She will be serving with City Year in Philadelphia, providing extra support to underserved schools and after-school programs.

Julia Kane

Julia (B.A., 2013) accepted a position as a City Year Corps Member in Los Angeles (2013-14). After her term with City Year, she plans to apply to graduate school at a university with a strong Latin American Studies, Art History, or Anthropology program. She wants to continue studying ancient Peruvian visual cultures.

Jeffrey Charest

Jeff (B.A., 2013, Religion and Visual Culture Concentration, Highest Honors) will be attending a Master's program in Ethnomusicology at Cardiff University, Wales, UK and plans to puruse a PhD. after that. He intends to do a Master's thesis on organology of musical instruments of Central, East, West Asia and the Balkans.  If all goes well his dissertation will be a study of string music and epic songs in northern Albania. 

Giancarlo Fiorenza

Giancarlo Fiorenza (B.A., '91) is an associate professor of art history at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.  His book, Dosso Dossi: Paintings of Myth, Magic, and the Antique, was published by the Pennsylvania State University Press in 2008, and he co-edited and contributed to the volume Visual Cultures of Secrecy in Early Modern Europe (Truman State University Press, 2013).  He has also worked in the museum field, holding curatorial positions at the Toledo Museum of Art (Ohio) and the Georgia Museum of Art. 

Kate Warren

Kate Warren (BA, 93) continued her studies, completing an MA at University College London in 1994. After a brief stint in the commercial art business, she worked in the heritage sector in the UK, spending almost 10 years as House and Collections Manager for Kingston Lacy, a substantial country house with an outstanding picture collection in the Dorset countryside. In 2006 a change of heart prompted a change of career direction, and Kate founded her company, Brightlife. 


Fallin Steffen

Fallin Steffen, B.A. Religion and Visual Culture (class of 2010) was accepted into the Masters in Preservation Studies (MPS) at Tulane university. It is a multidisciplinary program that takes advantage of the unique and rich history of New Orleans' architecture. Through a combination of curriculum, field work, internships and individual research/writing, Fallin has the opportunity to learn about the varied components of architectural conservation and community revitalization techniques currently underway in Post-Katrina New Orleans.

Kailani Polzak

Kailani Polzak is a post-doctoral fellow in Art History at Williams College. She specializes in European visual culture of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and is particularly interested in the pictorial politics of race and colonialism in Oceania. To complement her research and writing in the United States, Kailani has conducted research abroad in France, Germany, England, Aotearoa – New Zealand, and Australia with the support of fellowships from the Social Science Research Council and the Georges Lurcy Foundation.

Kori Crossno

Kori (B.A. '15) is a Maritime Living History Instructor at the Maritime Museum of San Diego. She leads 3rd-5th graders through an immersive hands on educational program that coincides with the school curriculum they are learning. 

Marion Cadora

Marion Cadora is a visiting lecturer in the department of History of Art + Visual Culture at UCSC. Concurrently she holds a position as the  Assistant Curator of the John Young Museum of Art and lecturer of art history and museum studies at University of Hawai‘i Mānoa. Previously, Marion worked as a researcher and educator at the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the University of Goroka in Papua New Guinea.