HAVC Alumni

Erin O’Toole

Erin O’Toole (Kresge, 1992) was raised in Los Angeles, where she became interested in art and museums at an early age. She came to UCSC with dreams of becoming a painter, but discovered her true calling when she took her first art history survey.

Karen Moss

Karen Moss (B.A. ’77) is curator at the Orange County Museum of Art.

Dr. Janet Grossman

Dr. Janet Grossman (B.A. ’85) is the associate curator of antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

Carolyn Gray Anderson

Carolyn Gray Anderson graduated with honors in the major in 1989. Following college, she was assistant to the director of the University Art Museum at California State University, Long Beach. She pursued graduate study at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Cornell. She has held positions at Flash Art International, the MIT Press, the Getty Research Institute, and Architectural Digest, where she was senior editor. Carolyn's professional experience is in magazine and book publishing and arts nonprofit communications management.

Dr. Kelly Donahue-Wallace

Dr. Kelly Donahue-Wallace (B.A. ’90) is Associate Professor and Chair, Division of Art Education and Art History, School of Visual Arts, University of North Texas.

Delia Cosentino

 Delia Cosentino (B.A. ’92) is Assistant Professor of Art and Art History at DePaul University.

Dr. Ondine Chavoya

Ondine Chavoya is Associate 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 is a UCLA Institute of American Cultures Visiting Scholar in Chicano Studies. Working with Rita Gonzalez he is co-organizing Asco: Elite of the Obscure a retrospective exhibition on the a

Celeste DeWald

Celeste DeWald (B.A. ’92) is Executive Director of the California Association of Museums.

Dr. Aaron Kerner

Dr. Aaron Kerner (B.A. '94) is Associate Professory of Cinema at San Francisco State University

Dr. Roberto Lint Sagarena

Dr. Roberto Lint Sagarena (B.A. ’95) is Associate Professor of American Studies at Middlebury College

Jaimey Hamilton

Jaimey Hamilton, (B.A. ’95) is Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art, University of Hawaii.

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 digital reference specialist in the Science, Technology and Business Division of the Library of Congress. 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) is a graduate student in the M.A. in Food Studies program at NYU.

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 assistant curator of contemporary art, Art Institute of Chicago.

Jeremy Strick

Jeremy Strick (B.A., '77) was appointed Director of the Nasher Sculture Center in Dallas, Texas in March 2009. At the Nasher he initiated a number of new and exciting projects, including such programs as Sightings: New Art at the Nasher and Soundings: New Music at the Nasher.  He has also brought a number of ground-breaking and critically acclaimed exhibitions to the Center such as The Art of Architecture: Foster + Partners, Jaume Plensa: Genus and Species, Rachel Whiteread Drawings and Revelation: The Art of James Magee

Adriane R. Greig Feierabend

Adriane was accepted to the Glasgow School of Art in 2010 where she pursued a Masters in Research in Creative Practices, Historical Critical Studies.

Rita Gonzalez

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

Eric Heinonen

Eric (B.A., '09) is a curator based out of Oakland.

Stephanie Benetua

Stephanie Benetua (B.A., '09) was accepted to a visual studies program in Liverpool, UK.

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.

Jamila Dunn

Jamila Dunn is coordinator of the Kala Institute's Artists-in-Schools program.  To quote (and interpolate a bit) from the Kala Institute's website:  "Jamila Dunn brings curriculum development and teaching experience from museum education programs at Seattle Art Museum, The Children's Museum (Seattle), and the Honolulu Academy of Arts. Ms. Dunn holds an MA in Art History (Curatorial Studies) and a BA in Art History and French from UCSC.

Grace Mathieson

Grace (B.A., '10) earned her Master's in Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin.

Amy Boewer

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

Amira Booth-Soifer

Amira (B.A., '07) accepted an offer study at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Julia Cross

Julia Cross (B.A., '09) is attending UCLA pursuing an MA in East Asian Studies.

Cami Gordon

Cami Gordon (B.A., '10) works as an Assistant Educator for the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco.  She leads school groups at both the De Young and Legion of Honor museums.

Sarah Groh

Sarah Groh (B.A., '10) is Program Assistant at the California Association of Museums.

Tal Harari

Tal Harari (B.A., '11) is interning at the Municipal Office of Tel Aviv-Yafo. She is helping with the Tel Aviv Art Year, a year long celebration of art that is part of their Global City Initiative intended to exhibit Tel Aviv's role as a dynamic hub of culture. This internship straddles municipal duties and art in the city, an experience she hopes will inform her MA program. She recently began her graduate work in Urban Planning at USC.

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 worked as a research assistant for professors in both departments. Her interests include archaeology, art history, and ethnohistory of prehistoric cultures and colonial encounters in the New World.

Emily Munro

Emily (B.A., '10) is currently enrolled in the Masters of Arts Administration program at Teachers College Columbia University in New York City.

Megan Sallabedra

Megan (B.A., '07) is attending USC for an advance degree in the study of Art History.

Lily Woodruff

Lily (B.A., '03) graduated from Northwestern and Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris.  She accepted a tenure-track position in the Art and Art History Dept. at Michigan State University. 

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.) is a graduate student at the Indiana University, Bloomington where she received a Hayes-Fulbright for Art Historical research in northern Ghana. She is currently conducting this field research in preparation for her doctoral dissertation.

Matthew Simms

Matthew Simms (BA UCSC art history and studio art 1990, PhD Harvard, 1998) is Professor of Art History at CSULB. His publications include "Between Drawing and Painting: Cézanne's Watercolors" (Yale, 2008) and a second, forthcoming book with Yale, entitled "Robert Irwin: A Conditional Art." He is also the proud 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 completed her dissertation, “ ‘How fortunate are those whose walls already rise!’: The Roman Rebuilding of Carthage in Physical City and Constructed Memory” in 2011 at UC Santa Barbara (receiving the Margaret Mallory Award) with an Interdisciplinary emphasis in Ancient Borderlands.  She was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center at UCSB in 2011-2012 and is currently the Curatorial Assistant to the Assistant Director and Chief Curator of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

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 with honors in the Senior Colloquium.  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.  Currently he teaches a studio in San Diego at Woodbury University's Masters

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. Jeff was also one of two writing tutors for the department.

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.  His recent research focus

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 Stephen

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.