Staff

Judy L. Larson, Ph.D.

DIRECTOR
R. ANTHONY ASKEW CHAIR IN THE VISUAL ARTS Judy L Larson

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

COLLECTIONS MANAGERChris Rupp

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 cheif 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 musem 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.

Katherine Christensen

EDUCATION & OUTREACH

Katherine Christensen is a recent graduate of King’s College London where she earned her master’s degree in Christianity and the Arts. Her dissertation, ‘The Modern Female as Madwoman or Prophetess’ enabled a central focus on her specific interests, which include modern and contemporary art, gender and artist identity, and interweaving faith and art into a universal, 21st century dialogue.

Christensen previously earned her Bachelor of Arts at Azusa Pacific University in 2015, where she studied both Communication Studies and Art History. Throughout her education, she has attained several art administrative and curatorial internships at various institutions. In 2015, she interned at The Huntington Library in San Marino within the permanent British art collections. Since then, she has worked as a community engagement intern at Santa Barbara Museum of Contemporary Art and an arts administration volunteer at the Imperial Health Charity Art Collections in London. Christensen is a Santa Barbara County native and excited to be serving at Westmont College.