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.

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.

Westmont Art Council 2018–2019

  • Rosalind Amorteguy-Fendon
  • Pam Beebe
  • Katherine Bradford
  • Connie Connally-Michel
  • David Reichert and Diane Dodds-Reichert
  • Pamela Enticknap
  • Pattie Firestone
  • Gilbert and Marti Correa- Garcia
  • Rosemarie Gebhart
  • Nancy Gifford
  • Coleman Griffith
  • 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
  • Nancy Rossi
  • Arlyne Sargent
  • Iva Schatz
  • Beth Schmohr
  • Kerrie Smith
  • Garret and Ginnny Speirs
  • Nicole Strasburg
  • Jane Trabucco
  • Brookie Van Der Kar
  • Nathan Vonk
  • Barry Winick
  • Julia Young
  • Don and Siu Zimmerman
  • Sue Adams
  • Sally Clyne
  • James Daly
  • James Dow\Pat Dow
  • Walter and Darlene Hansen
  • Keith Mautino
  • Mooneen Mourad 
  • Juliet Tibma
  • Gail Weeks
  • Mary Beth Vogelzang
  • Tony Askew    
  • John Carlander
  • Nance Cole
  • Priscilla Fossek
  • Jeanne Heckman
  • Anna Johnson
  • Dewayne and Faith Perry
  • Sue Savage
  • Herbert Tews
  • Helene Winter
  • Phil Wilcox
  • Scott Anderson
  • Katherine Christensen
  • Lisa DeBoer
  • Mary Dill
  • Brad Elliot
  • Nathan Huff
  • Judy L. Larson
  • Paul Larson
  • Tatiana Nazarenko
  • Patricia Noormand
  • Chris Rupp
  • Meagan Stirling
  • Mona Mott Wildes 

Board of Advisors 2018-2019

Cindy Brittain Santa Barbara, CA
Dinora Cardoso Ventura, CA
Rosemarie Gebhart Santa Barbara, CA
Walter Hansen Chicago, IL
Holli Harmon Santa Barbara, CA
Gregory S. Hedberg New York, NY
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
Vicki Mouradian  Santa Barbara, CA
David Neunuebel Santa Barbara, CA
Mark L. Sargent Santa Barbara, CA
Sharol Siemens Santa Barbara, CA
Mary Beth Vogelzang Santa Barbara, CA
Barry Winick Santa Barbara, CA
Christine Emmons (Emeritus) Santa Barbara, CA