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 2019–2020

  • Rosalind Amorteguy-Fendon
  • Andrew Baker
  • Katherine Bradford
  • Wendy Brewer
  • Susan Bush
  • Connie Connally-Michel
  • Daniel and Lori Corry
  • David Reichert and Diane Dodds-Reichert
  • Pattie Firestone
  • Rosemarie Gebhart
  • Nancy Gifford
  • 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
  • Tracy Johansson
  • Jennifer Johnson 
  • Susan Malde
  • Hideko Malis
  • Judy Neunuebel
  • Anna Rachwald
  • Nancy Rossi
  • 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
  • Mary Dill
  • 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

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