Judy L. Larson
R. Anthony Askew Professor of Art History and Director of Westmont Museum of Art
Phone: (805) 565-6161
Office Location: ADM 306
T/Th: 2:00-3:00 and
Judy L. Larson holds the R. Anthony Askew Chair in Art at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, where she directs the Westmont Museum of Art (formerly Reynolds Gallery), located in the Adams Center for the Visual Arts, and teaches courses in art history and museum studies as a part of the art faculty. With thirty years of museum and gallery experience, Larson was most recently the director of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, where she is credited with completing a 25 million dollar endowment campaign and enriching the museum's exhibition schedule to include thematic exhibitions and new artistic fields. She was active in the formation of new national and international committees, which advocate for women in the arts.
Larson previously directed the Art Museum of Western Virginia in Roanoke, where she coordinated the acquisition of multi-million dollar American art collection. She served as curator of American art at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia, where she organized national touring exhibitions on American artists such as John Twachtman and Norman Rockwell. Larson worked at the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art while earning undergraduate and master's degrees in art history at UCLA. She completed a Ph.D. at the Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts at Emory University, Atlanta, in 1998.