Meet the staff, museum members, and benefactors.


Judy L. Larson, Ph.D.

R. Anthony Askew Chair in the Visual Arts

Judy Larson is the first holder of the R. Anthony Askew Chair in Art at Westmont College, where she directs the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art and teaches art history.

Larson brings over thirty years of museum experience, most recently as the director of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. Previously she served as the director of the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Virginia and as curator of American art at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia. She also worked at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, UCLA's Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, and the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts. She has taught art history at California State University, Dominguez Hills, Assumption College in Worcestor, and at Emory University in Atlanta.

Larson received her undergraduate and master's degrees in art history at the University of California at Los Angeles and her Ph.D. at the Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts at Emory University in Atlanta. She has lectured and published widely in her areas of scholarship, which include museum studies, women's studies, and American and contemporary art.

Chris Rupp, M.F.A.

Curator & Collections Manager

Chris Rupp began working with the museum in 2009, completing the first comprehensive inventory of Westmont's art holdings and overseeing the publication of the the Museum's first handbook on the permanent collection. As the Museum's registrar, Rupp is the lead art handler for the College, oversees the development and execution of Museum policies, serves as chief exhibition installer, museum photographer, and so much more.

An accomplished artist and collector in his own right, Rupp has organized numerous exhibitions for the Museum, notably a series of ceramics exhibitions, a retrospective exhibition on the work of Don Reitz, and 5X5 - an ongoing fundraising project for the museum every five years. His research interests include ceramics and sculpture, architecture, and growing cactus and succulents. Rupp is a graduate of the art program at Westmont and completed his M.F.A. in 2013. He also teaches ceramics courses for the Westmont Art Department.

Ella Jennings, B.A.


Ella Jennings began working with the Museum two years ago as a gallery attendant, and transitioned to the full-time position of Outreach and Education Coordinator after graduating Westmont College in 2023. In addition to planning lectures and exhibition events, she assists in installation, donor relations, and promoting student involvement. Jennings also serves as the liaison for the Arts Council and Board of Advisors for the Museum, and organizes outings to invigorate the Museum's volunteer base.

Jennings received dual undergraduate degrees in Studio Art and Psychology, and enjoys painting and conducting research on Alzheimer's in her spare time.

Westmont Art Council 2022–2023

  • Rosalind Amorteguy-Fendon
  • Sophia Beccue
  • Katherine Bradford
  • Wendy Brewer
  • Susan Bush
  • Vee Noelle Cole
  • Susan Read Cronin
  • David Reichert
  • Pattie Firestone
  • Rosemarie Gebhart
  • Coleman Griffith
  • Kimberly Hahn
  • Holli Harmon
  • Ruth Ellen Hoag
  • Wendi Hunter
  • Mary Ince
  • Josephine Ingram
  • Ken Jewesson
  • Jennifer Johnson 
  • Sandra Knispel-Arline
  • Susan Malde
  • Hideko Malis
  • Judy Neunuebel
  • Anna Rachwald
  • Marcia Rickard
  • Nancy Rossi
  • Gretel Rothrock 
  • Kerrie Smith (President)
  • Garret & Ginnny Speirs
  • Jane Trabucco
  • James Van Arsdale
  • Brooke Van Der Kar
  • Nathan Vonk
  • Barry Winick
  • Julia Young
  • Don & Siu Zimmerman
  • Sue Adams
  • Marti Correa-Garcia
  • Gilbert Garcia
  • Walter and Darlene Hansen
  • Keith Moore
  • Mooneen Mourad 
  • Iva Schatz
  • Mary Beth Vogelzang
  • Tony Askew    
  • John Carlander
  • Nance Cole
  • Jeanne Heckman
  • Dewayne & Faith Perry
  • Susan Savage
  • Herbert Tews
  • Helene Winter
  • Pam Beebe
  • Zak Landrum
  • Paul Larson
  • Tatiana Nazarenko
  • Mona Motte Wilds 
  • Scott Anderson
  • James Daly
  • Lisa DeBoer
  • Brad Elliot
  • Nathan Huff
  • Judy L. Larson
  • Chris Rupp
  • Meagan Stirling

Art Circles 2020–2021

  • Sammy Peters    
    Duane Dammeyer    
    Jana Julian    
    Anita Larson    
    Dottie Pickering    
    David Bailin    
    Katherine Chang Liu    
    Brad Ellis    
    Jeri & Mark Ledbetter    
    Mary Foster McEvily    
    Mooneen & Bill Mourad    
    David Bailin    
    Dick Dunlap    
    Meagan Stirling & Tim Van Haitsma    
    Doup Trump
  • Susie Tibbles
    Renee Amitai
    Marta Hucall    
    Scott & Julie Anderson
    Ada Sandburg
    Pam Benham
    Iva Schatz
    Lisa DeBoer
    Tyson & Tracy Young
    Lee Dollison
    Karen Neubert
    Bob Privitt
    Dana Alexander
    Rachel Urbano
    Paul Wilt
    Cynthia R Martin Paintings
    Nance Cole
    Alan and Barbara Wann
    Kerri Uyesaka
    Tatiana Nazarenko
    Christine Cales
    Hannah Hayden Dickerson
    Stephen & Lauren Baker
    George Terry and Susan Northrop
    Nora Duncan
    Beverly Larson-Otfinoski & Steven Otfinoski
    Lee Anne Dollison
    Andrew Baker
    Mary Blackwood Collier
    Ruth Ellen Hoag
    Pam Kaganoff
    Jack Hewett
    Jerry Martin
    Meg Ricks
    Sara Yerkes
    RT Livingston
    Manuel Reyes-Otalora
    Susie Tibbles
  • Melissa & Shawn Whitney    
    Kerrie Smith    
    Stan & Judy Gaede    
    Keith Moore    
    Jenny Ferrone    
    Susan Malde & Michael Zoradi    
    Martha Lorch    
    Anna Jaqua    
    Bay Hallowell    
    Beverly & Larry Decker    
    Bonnie Kelm & Bill Malis    
    Chris Bates & Sandra Torres    
    Lori Call    
    Elaine Esbeck    
    Erica Daborn    
    Harry & Sandra Reese    
    Hideko Malis    
    Jill Sattler    
    Joan Davidson    
    Joy & David Kunz    
    Julie Hanson-Smith    
    Julie Joyce    
    Ladeen & Stephen Miller    
    Leon & Elizabeth Olson    
    Linda & Paul Ekstrom    
    Linda & Ron Foster    
    Marcia Rickard    
    Meg Linton    
    Mooneen & Bill Mourad    
    Penny & Wayne McCall    
    Rafael de La Cabada    
    Rita Ferri & Joseph Narkevitz    
    Ro Snell Sanders & Rick Sanders    
    Robert Dycus & Teresa Rounds    
    Rosemarie & Bill Gebhart    
    Seyburn Zorthian    
    Shelley Biermann    
    Siu & Don Zimmerman    
    Susan & Jeffrey Krutzsch    
    Nathan Vonk
    Paul Longanbach
    Rosemarie & Bill Gebhart
    Kailie E. Grinder
    Vickie Ascolese & Richard Vincent
    Jennifer Bentson
    Ann & Robert Diener
    Ginny & Garrett Speirs
    Geneen Estrada
    Nancy M. Doll
    Dave & Juli Burgess 
    Marie Schoeff & Dane Goodman
    Donna Woods
    Joyce Wilson
    Jared & Josephine Ingram
    Nicole Strasburg
    Dug Uyesaka
    Charlie and Nancy Warda
    Peter & Kati Buehler
    Kimberly Hahn & James & Kiki Van Arsdale
    Seth & Karen Anderson
    Gil Garcia & Marti Correa de Garcia
    Brooke Van Der Kar
    Lorry Hubbard
    Frank & Parmele Williams
  • Gail & Phil Wright    
    Mona Motte Wilds & Michael Wilds    
    Dinora Cardoso & Keith Lungwitz    
    Don Davies    
    Sue & Dennis Savage    
    Ginny Brush    
    John King    
    Karen & David Ewing    
    Nora Gallagher & Vincent Stanley    
    Pattie Firestone     
    Jane & Christopher Deering
    Siu & Don Zimmerman
    Nancy Rossi
    Katherine Bradford
    Mid & Carol Squier
    Tim Quiroz
    Katie Hayden
    Chris & Heather Rupp
  • Jeremy & Jana Wold
    Julia Young
    Amanda McIntyre
    John & Jill Bishop
    Marilyn Clayton
    Jean-Marie Hamel
    Daphna Fram
    Vee Noelle-Cole
    Mary Ince
    Judy & David Neunuebel

Barbara & Tony Askew
Connie Connally-Michel & Hal Michel
Wayne & Sharol Siemens
Roz & Ron Fendon
Holli & Terry Harmon
Barry Winick & Linda Saccoccio
Mark & Sara Hayden
Patricia & Walter Moore
Jane & David Jackson
Peter Morris

Diane Dodds-Reichert & David Reichert
Jessica Puccinelli
Dodie Little
Bob and Chris Emmons
George and Shari Isaac


Ken & Francie Jewesson
Lillian Lovelace
Dewayne & Faith Perry

Board of Advisors 2022-2023

Dinora Cardoso, Ph.D Ventura, CA
Kimberly Battle-Walters Denu, Ph.D Santa Barbara, CA
Christine Emmons (Emeritus) Santa Barbara, CA
Walter Hansen (Emeritus) Chicago, IL
Shari Isaac Santa Barbara, CA
Ken Jewesson Santa Barbara, CA
Jennifer Johnson (President) Santa Barbara, CA
Robyn J. Mitchell-Stong, M.D. Huntington Beach, CA
David Neunuebel Santa Barbara, CA
Marcia Rickard, Ph.D Santa Barbara, CA
Sharol Siemens Santa Barbara, CA
Kerrie Smith Santa Barbara, CA
Leslie Vance Newport Beach, CA
Mary Beth Vogelzang (Emeritus) Santa Barbara, CA
Barry Winick, M.Arch. Santa Barbara, CA