People Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art

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 a 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, and 5X5 - an ongoing fundraising project for the museum every five years. His research interests include ceramics and sculpture, architecture, and Japanese printmaking techniques. Rupp is a graduate of the art program at Westmont and completed his M.F.A. at Azusa Pacific University. He also teaches ceramics courses for the Westmont Art Department.

Tamara Vaughan, M.A.


Tamara Vaughan has served as the Outreach and Education Coordinator at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art since 2018. She is responsible for outreach and marketing initiatives, and develops programming for the museum including: art workshops, special lectures, and gallery tours. Tamara also assists with research and writing for the museum’s scholarly publications. She received her B.A. in Art History from Wheaton College and he M.A. in History with a focus on Museum Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Westmont Art Council 2019–2020

  • Rosalind Amorteguy-Fendon
  • Sophia Beccue
  • Katherine Bradford
  • Vee Noelle Cole
  • Connie Connally-Michel
  • Susie Cronin
  • David Reichert and Diane Dodds-Reichert
  • Pattie Firestone
  • Rosemarie Gebhart
  • Coleman Griffith
  • Kimberly Hahn
  • Jean-Marie Hamel
  • Holli Harmon (Co-President)
  • Ruth Ellen Hoag
  • Lorry Hubbard
  • Wendi Hunter (Co-President)
  • Mary Ince
  • Josephine Ingram
  • Ken Jewesson
  • Jennifer Johnson 
  • Susan Malde
  • Hideko Malis
  • Judy Neunuebel
  • Anna Rachwald
  • Marcia Rickard
  • Nancy Rossi
  • Gretel Rothrock 
  • Kerrie Smith
  • Garret and Ginnny Speirs
  • Nicole Strasburg
  • Jane Trabucco
  • Brooke Van Der Kar
  • Nathan Vonk
  • Barry Winick
  • Julia Young
  • Don and Siu Zimmerman
  • Sue Adams
  • Marti Correa-Garcia
  • James Daly
  • James and Pat Dow
  • Gilbert Garcia
  • Walter and Darlene Hansen
  • Keith Mautino
  • Mooneen Mourad 
  • Iva Schatz
  • Mary Beth Vogelzang
  • Tony Askew    
  • John Carlander
  • Nance Cole
  • Jeanne Heckman
  • Dewayne and Faith Perry
  • Susan Savage
  • Herbert Tews
  • Phil Wilcox
  • Helene Winter
  • Pam Beebe
  • Zak Landrum
  • Paul Larson
  • Tatiana Nazarenko
  • Arlyne Sargent
  • Mona Mott Wildes 
  • Scott Anderson
  • Lisa DeBoer
  • Brad Elliot
  • Nathan Huff
  • Judy L. Larson
  • Chris Rupp
  • Meagan Stirling
  • Tamara Vaughan

Corporate/Business Circle 2019-2020

  • Jano Printing & Mailworks
  • Sunshine Floral
  • Raymond James - Alan M. Griffin
  • Solid Rock Construction & Fine Carpentry, Inc.
  • Laguna Clay Company
  • Mission Clay Products
  • Montecito Bank & Trust
  • The Upham Hotel 
  • Myopia Design
  • Katie King Rumford Design
  • Pacific Coast Business Times
  • Blackbird Architects
  • First American Title Company-Pat White
  • Hayward Lumber

Art Circles 2019–2020

  • Shawn & Melissa Whitney
  • Roz Amorteguy Fendon
  • Carol Pattison
  • Paul & Doris Wilt
  • Nance & Don Cole
  • Amanda McIntyre
  • Marcia Rickard
  • Ruth Ellen Hoag
  • Shirley & Kenneth Waxman
  • Stephen & Lauren Baker
  • Randall Sunday
  • Iva Schatz
  • Vickie & Rick Vincent
  • Andrew Baker
  • Wendy Brewer
  • Nicole Strasburg
  • Alan & Barbara Wann
  • Cynthia James
  • Ada Sandburg
  • Beverly and Larry Decker
  • Andrew Baker
  • Lee Anne Dollison
  • Bob and Norma Privitt
  • Joan & Robert Dewhirst
  • Mary Collier
  • Bonnie Kelm
  • Beverly Larson-Otfinoski & Mr. Steven Otfinoski
  • Susan Malde & Michael Zoradi
  • Paul & Terry Larson
  • Sophia & Phil Beccue
  • Joesephine Ingram
  • Coleman Griffith
  • Kerrie Smith
  • Nathan Vonk
  • Lori Call
  • Lisa DeBoer
  • Gretel Rothrock
  • Hideko Malis
  • Pattie Firestone
  • Mooneen Mourad
  • Brooke van der Kar
  • Karen Anderson
  • Tracy Johansson
  • Hideko Malis
  • Gretel Rothrock
  • Mid & Carol Squier
  • Marcy & Kevin O'Hara
  • Mark Sonnino
  • Vickie Ascolese
  • Paul Longanbach
  • Don & Siu Zimmerman
  • Gail Wright
  • Ginny & Garrett Speirs
  • Mona Motte Wilds
  • Dinora Cardoso
  • Karen Lentz
  • Rosemarie & Bill Gebhart
  • Sue & Dennis Savage
  • Anna & Arthur Rachwald
  • Susan Van Atta
  • Ken Radtkey
  • Keith Mautino
  • Jean-Marie Hamel
  • Katherine Bradford
  • Robyn Mitchell-Stong & Steve Stong
  • Jennifer Johnson
  • Kati Buehler
  • Judy Neunuebel
  • Nancy Rossi
  • Pattie Firestone
  • Peter and Kati Buehler
  • Tim Quiroz
  • Ron Ireland
  • Holli & Terry Harmon
  • Jeremy & Jana Wold
  • Pete & Becky Adams
  • Lorry Hubbard
  • Wendi Hunter
  • Julia Young
  • Mary Ince
  • Pat Moore
  • Byron & Robyn Beck
  • Connie Connally Michel & Hal Michel
  • Vee Noelle Cole
  • Shari & George Isaac
  • Joan & Anton Schiffenhaus
  • Jane & David Jackson
  • Tony & Barbara Askew
  • Mark and Sara Hayden
  • Lynn Ballantyne
  • Don Logan
  • Marcia Rickard
  • Jim & Della Peterson
  • Susan Read Cronin
  • Lillian Lovelace

Michael W. Kidd
Ken & Francie Jewesson

Board of Advisors 2019-2020

Dinora Cardoso Ventura, CA
Christine Emmons (Emeritus) Santa Barbara, CA
Walter Hansen (Emeritus) Chicago, IL
Holli Harmon Santa Barbara, CA
Wendi Hunter Santa Barbara, CA
Shari Isaac Santa Barbara, CA
Ken Jewesson (President) Santa Barbara, CA
Jennifer Johnson Santa Barbara, CA
Robyn J. Mitchell-Stong, M.D. Huntington Beach, CA
Rev. Victoria Kirk Mouradian Carpinteria, CA
David Neunuebel Santa Barbara, CA
Mark L. Sargent Santa Barbara, CA
Sharol Siemens Santa Barbara, CA
Leslie Vance Newport Beach, CA
Mary Beth Vogelzang (Emeritus) Santa Barbara, CA
Barry Winick Santa Barbara, CA