People Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art

Meet the staff, museum members, and benefactors.

Staff

Judy L. Larson, Ph.D.

Director,
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.

EDUCATION/OUTREACH COORDINATOR
 

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
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  • 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
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  • Pacific Coast Business Times
  • Blackbird Architects
  • First American Title Company-Pat White
  • Hayward Lumber
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Art Circles 2019–2020

  • 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    
    Nicole Strasburg
    Susie Tibbles
    Renee Amitai
    Marta Hucall    
    Scott & Julie Anderson
    Kimberly Hahn and James and Kiki Van Arsdale 
  • 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
  • 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
  • Jeremy & Jana Wold
    Julia Young
    Amanda McIntyre
    John & Jill Bishop
    Marilyn Clayton
    Jean-Marie Hamel

Barbara & Tony Askew
Connie Connally-Michel & Hal Michel
Wayne & Sharol Siemens
Roz & Ron Fendon
Holli & Terry Harmon

Diane Dodds-Reichert & David Reichert
Jessica Puccinelli

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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