When people think of careers in collections or curation, they likely think of individuals responsible for displaying works of art to the public in a museum or gallery setting. However, there are many other opportunities in the fields of art and information studies to explore! Hear from alumni who are pursuing careers related to collections and curation, whether in arts, libraries, behind-the-scenes, or elsewhere!
UCLA BA in English ’11; UCLA Master of Library and Information Science ’13
As the Discovery & Systems Librarian for California State University, Dominguez Hills, she collaborates with other library staff and faculty to develop policies, procedures and workflows that enhance access and discoverability of the library’s collections, web service integrations, and support the curation of the library’s digital content. Some of her interests include copyright, intellectual property, cybernetics, book arts, mentoring, and volunteering for non-profit organizations.
Ph.D. Student Spanish and Portuguese | UCLA
Gaby is a PhD student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UCLA. Her research looks at the representation of migrant women in popular culture, both in Mexico and the U.S. She is currently working on a public humanities project that traces Chicana political consciousness through the 20th century in Houston and Los Angeles. When not writing her dissertation, she is hanging around museums like LACMA, where she currently works as a contractor in the Education and Public Programs Department.
Sara E. Cole
Ph.D. in Ancient History ’15 | Yale
Sara is Assistant Curator of Antiquities at the Getty Villa Museum in Los Angeles. At the Getty, she is part of the Classical World in Context initiative, which seeks to highlight cross-cultural interactions in antiquity and explore the diversity and interconnectedness of the ancient Mediterranean and Near East through a series of special exhibitions and related publications and public programs. She has curated or assisted with exhibitions of Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Neo-Assyrian, Persian, and Nubian art.
Digital Resources Librarian | LA Metro
Chris Salvano is the Digital Resources Librarian at the LA Metro Transportation Research Library & Archive where he helps researchers access information about the Metro organization and its ongoing strategic initiatives, and provides research help with their collections related to transportation history in Los Angeles.
Chris’s professional background includes working with library reference services, archives & special collections materials, and maps and GIS. He enjoys utilizing digital tools and curatorial practices to expand access to and engagement with “hidden” physical collections.
Director of the Art, Design & Architecture Museum | UC Santa Barbara
Gabriel Ritter is a curator and art historian specializing in avant-garde visual art practices of modern/contemporary Japan ranging from Surrealism of the 1930s, to bodily abstraction of the Gutai Art Association (1954-1972), as well as the concept of “nonsense” as a critical lens for critiquing the status-quo and connecting Dada-inspired, socially engaged anti-art practices of the 1960s to the present day. His research has gravitated toward exploring the pressures on avant-garde art production during times of crisis throughout Japanese history including the Fifteen Year War (1931-1945), the Allied Occupation and immediate postwar period (1945-1952), the ANPO student protest movement (1960-70), as well as art made in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster (2011).
Ritter holds a joint position as Director of the Art, Design & Architecture Museum at UC Santa Barbara, as well as Associate Professor in the History of Art & Architecture Department. Prior to his appointment at UCSB Ritter served as Curator and Head of Contemporary Art at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) where in addition to the exhibition program, Ritter was responsible for growing and diversifying the Contemporary Art collection, with increased focus on female artists, artists of color, and those who openly identify at LGBTQI+.