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 Faris

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

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 Erami

After graduating from UCSC, Pooneh Erami (B.A., '06) received a Master of Architecture and Urban Design from Arizona State University. She worked as an architect in Paris for 8 years and is now living and working in Casablanca, Morocco. 

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).

Gabriella de la Rosa

Dr. Gabriella de la Rosa received her Ph.D. in History of Art & Architecture from Harvard University in 2008. The title of her doctoral thesis is The Trope of Race: Portraiture and Print Culture of Ancien Régime France. She worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Getty Research Institute before moving to the United Kingdom where she now works for the 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. Jamila recieved an MA in Art History (Critical Curatorial Studies) from the University of British Columbia and went on to work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art before returning to California.

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). 

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. 

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

Laurel (B.A. '05) is a Ph.D. candidate in the history of science and medicine at Yale University. Her dissertation explores the way biological thinking shaped conceptions of decoration, ornament and pattern at the turn of the twentieth century. After Santa Cruz, Laurel earned an M.A. in the history of decorative arts and design at the Bard Graduate Center in New York. Before seeking her Ph.D., she worked as an art historian with the Art Loss Register and in exhibition planning at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. 

Julia Kane

Julia (B.A., 2013) accepted a position as a City Year Corps Member in Los Angeles from 2013-14. Following her year of service with City Year in South Los Angeles, Julia began teaching 7th grade Social Studies and English Language Arts. She graduated from UCLA with a Master's in Urban Education in 2016. She is a social justice educator, seeking to transform public education by ensuring equitable access to interdisciplinary arts education. 

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. 

Fallin Steffen

Fallin Steffen (B.A., '10) completed a Masters degree in Preservation Studies from Tulane University in New Orleans in 2015. She moved back to the Santa Cruz area to start her own small business, Sequoia Preservation Works, which offers historic architecture consultation and historic materials analysis services to the Monterey Bay area. In addition to this, she was appointed to the Santa Cruz city Historic Preservation Commission and works to help preserve some of the architectural gems in this area.

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. 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.

Alexandra Boiarsky

Since graduating, Alexandra Boiarsky (B.A., ’10) worked in contemporary galleries in New York City including Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe and Salon 94. From 2014-2016 she worked with former David Zwirner partner Ales Ortuzar to start a business focusing on the secondary market and advising collectors in their acquisition of Post-War and Contemporary art. In the fall of 2017, she will begin the Masters of Art in Art History program at the University of Texas at Austin, where she will concentrate on the study of modernism. 

Georgia Mowry

Georgia Mowry graduated from UCSC in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in two areas of study, HAVC and Art. Through her undergraduate studies and one semester abroad in Paris, she discovered her passion for museums. She is the Business Development Coordinator at the Dali17 Museum, in Monterey, California, which houses the country’s largest private collection of art by Salvador Dali. Georgia is currently applying for a Master’s education abroad in Museum Studies to further pursue and advance a career in the museum sector.

Lindsey Stoll

Lindsey Stoll graduated from UCSC in 2015 with a B.A. in History of Art and Visual Culture. Following her graduation, she attended the University of San Francisco where she earned her M.A. in Museum Studies in 2016. Lindsey has a strong passion for both museums and contemporary art. She currently lives in San Francisco and works as the Public Programs and Volunteer Coordinator at the Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Seth Castiglione

Seth Castiglione (B.A., ’15) completed the HAVC major with a concentration in Religion and Visual Culture. Through his undergraduate studies and experience as a gallery attendant at the San Diego Museum of Art, Seth expresses an interest in responsible, insightful, and reflective education about religious subjects in museum spaces, public schools, and public broadcasting. Recently, Seth was accepted to the M.T.S. program at Harvard Divinity School for the study of Comparative Religion.