Staff


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Get to know the staff members and key volunteers at Laguna Art Museum. If you would like to speak with a member of the staff on the phone, please call the visitor services team at 949.494.8971 x200 and they will transfer you.
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Email Malcolm Malcolm Warner
Executive Director

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Malcolm Warner joined Laguna Art Museum as Executive Director in January 2012. Previously he was Deputy Director at the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas; Senior Curator of Paintings and Sculpture at the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven; and Curator of European Art at the San Diego Museum of Art.
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He was born in Aldershot (UK) and pursued both undergraduate and graduate studies at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. He received his PhD from the Courtauld in 1985. His doctoral dissertation was on the British Pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais. He remains the leading authority on Millais and, as a long-term project, is preparing a catalogue raisonné of the artist’s works.
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His publications have ranged widely over European art, with an emphasis on art in Britain, from the eighteenth century to the twentieth. They include various articles and essays on Millais and other Victorian painters, an introductory history of portraiture, a guidebook to places in Britain associated with artists, and a catalogue of British paintings at the Art Institute of Chicago. He has taught courses in art history at the University of Manchester, the University of Cambridge, and the University of Chicago.
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The exhibitions that he has curated include The Victorians. British Painting in the Reign of Queen Victoria, 1837-1901 at the National Gallery of Art, Washington (1997); Millais: Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery, London (1999); Great British Paintings from American Collections: Holbein to Hockney at Yale and the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California (2001-2002); Stubbs and the Horse at the Kimbell, the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, and the National Gallery, London (2004-2005); The Mirror and the Mask: Portraiture in the Age of Picasso at the Kimbell and the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid (2007); and Butchers, Dragons, Gods & Skeletons: Film Installations by Philip Haas Inspired by Works in the Collection, also at the Kimbell (2009).

The Mirror and the Mask was Apollo magazine’s “Exhibition of the Year” in 2007, and Butchers, Dragons, Gods & Skeletons was listed as no. 7 in TIME magazine’s top ten exhibitions of 2009.

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Email Ed
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Ed Fosmire
Deputy Director

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Ed Fosmire was born and raised in Los Angeles and obtained his undergraduate and graduate degrees in art history from CSU Long Beach, where he studied under the mentorship of Dr. Ingrid Aall, a noted specialist in the arts of Asia. As deputy director at Laguna Art Museum, Fosmire oversees fund development as well as membership and visitor services. He was formerly the executive director of Oceanside Museum of Art, where he oversaw all aspects of the museum’s operations. He had previously worked in education at the Orange County Museum of Art and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and in development and marketing at the Long Beach Museum of Art and CSU Long Beach. Fosmire is an adjunct professor of art history at Chapman University.
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Janet Blake
Curator of Historical Art

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Janet Blake holds a BA in art and art history from California State University, Long Beach. Her field as a scholar is the history of California art from 1900 to 1950, with a focus on American impressionists in California and the regional or American Scene artists of the 1930s and 1940s. Her exhibition Early Artists in Laguna Beach: The Impressionists was shown at Laguna Art Museum in 1986, and in 1991 she co-edited the book American Scene Painting: California, 1930s and 1940s with Ruth Westphal. In 2007, Blake curated a major retrospective of the work of Millard Sheets at the Millard Sheets Center for the Arts at Fairplex in Pomona. Since joining Laguna Art Museum in 1998, she has worked on several of the museum’s outstanding exhibitions. In 2008 she assisted Will South with the major retrospective on William Wendt, and wrote the chronology of the artist’s life for the accompanying book; in 2009, she was one of the curators of Collecting California: Selections from Laguna Art Museum; and in 2010 she curated E. Roscoe Shrader, accompanied by a book on the artist for which she wrote the main essay. Her major retrospective exhibition on Clarence Hinkle was shown at the museum in 2012, accompanied by a comprehensive book on the artist.
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Email SiSi
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SiSi Chen
Development Coordinator

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SiSi Chen is a graduate of Laguna College of Art + Design with a degree in fine arts. She currently resides in Laguna Beach and paints in her studio in the canyon. Outside of her work with the museum, she continues to build her body of work as an artist, and participates in shows, events, and juried competitions.
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Marni Farmer
Director of Communications

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Marni Farmer received a BA in theatre arts from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She went on to earn a dual-Masters degree from California State University, Long Beach—a Masters in fine art, theatre management, and a Masters in business administration. As director of communications at Laguna Art Museum, she oversees and administers the museum’s marketing, design, and public relations efforts in addition to its web-based communications, including the museum’s social media networks and website. In addition, she works as an independent communications consultant for The Irvine Museum, San Pedro Ballet School, San Pedro City Ballet, and other small businesses. She is a member of the Southern California Museum Marketing Roundtable and is co-chair of its 501(c)(6) formation committee. In 2011 she co-founded a foundation that raises money for dance scholarships and cancer research. Prior to joining Laguna Art Museum, Farmer worked in marketing and communications at Pasadena Playhouse and California Repertory Company.
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Email Kayla
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Kayla Federline
Education Assistant

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Kayla Federline received her BA in art with an emphasis in art history and her BA in economics from Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA in 2010. After graduation, she moved to Hawaii to teach high school with the non-profit organization Teach for America. Her passion for engaging and educating young minds led her to earn her Masters in Education and Teaching from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2012. Throughout these experiences, Kayla also worked in museum education departments at the Berman Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Honolulu Museum of Art. Having relocated to California, she joined Laguna Art Museum in 2014.
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Email Grace
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Grace Kook-Anderson
Curator of Contemporary Art

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Grace Kook-Anderson’s special field is contemporary art with an emphasis on the investigation of place and social change. In 2011-12, she curated Best Kept Secret: UCI and the Development of Contemporary Art in Southern California, 1964-1971 in conjunction with the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time initiative. In 2012, she kicked off a new solo exhibition program known as ex·pose, which focuses on emerging and overlooked artists. At Laguna Art Museum, she has curated WoW: Emergent Media Phenomenon; OsCene 2010; Jeremy Fish: Weathering the Storm; Sean Duffy: Searcher; Brad Coleman: Reproductions; and Lita Albuquerque: Emergence. Kook-Anderson received a dual BA degree in art history and art practice from the University of California, Berkeley, and received her MA degree in curatorial practice from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Before joining Laguna Art Museum, she was a co-founder of InSitu, a curatorial collaborative, and was a co-curator of InSitu: Richmond at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco. Also in San Francisco, she was the exhibition organizer for Amateurs at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art.
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Email Irin
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Irin Mahaparn
Visitor Services

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Irin Mahaparn was born in Bangkok, Thailand and moved to Southern California as a child. Her desire to study representational art led her to attend Laguna College of Art + Design, where she received her BFA in drawing and painting. In 2011, she received a scholarship to study for the summer at the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. Irin currently lives and works out of her studio in Orange County, where she continues to develop her body of work.
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Email Dawn
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Dawn Minegar
Registrar

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Dawn Minegar graduated from Chapman University with a BA in art and an emphasis in art history. After graduating, she had an internship at Laguna Art Museum in the education and events departments, and another at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in the registrar’s office. After working as an intern at Laguna Art Museum for a year and a half she was offered the position of membership manager. She transitioned to the position of registrar in June 2012. As registrar she handles the care and management of the museum’s permanent collection; incoming loans, outgoing loans, and shipping for exhibitions; the collection database; and exhibition files.
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Email Michele
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Michele Monda*
Store Manager

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Michele Monda was born in Indonesia and raised in Europe, visiting every museum her parents could drag her through. She attended Brandeis University, spent a year and a half studying in Paris, and did an internship with the store Au Printemps. After a year working for La Banque Française in New York, she attended Wharton Business School, earning an MBA in marketing. After a year as assistant buyer for Abraham and Straus in New York, she moved to Los Angeles and worked in advertising, both on the client side and on the agency side. While raising three boys with her husband Emil, she has been involved with many volunteer and fundraising functions, and is a co-chair of the museum’s annual Art Auction.
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Email Lindy
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Lindy Narver*
Librarian and Archivist

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Lindy Narver’s educational background includes a BA in art history; an MA in film history from the University of Southern California; and an MA in Library Science from the University of Denver. She has worked for the University of Southern California, the University of Illinois, Chicago, and California State University, Northridge; several public libraries; and the Art Reference Library at the Huntington Library & Gardens. Lindy has volunteered at Laguna Art Museum for many years in the Carole Reynolds Art Research Library as assistant librarian and in the Graphics Study Room as an archivist. The largest project that she has assisted with at the museum is the cataloguing of the museum library using Ez-Cat and World Cat, which makes the collection of books searchable online through the museum’s website. In 2011, Narver was honored as Laguna Art Museum’s Volunteer of the Year.
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Stephanie Rose
Visitor Services

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Stephanie Rose received a BFA with an emphasis in ceramic and glass from California State University, Fullerton in 2001. After graduating, she exhibited her work in galleries throughout Los Angeles and Orange County. Seeking other avenues within art she became part of the security staff and assistant to the director of operations at Laguna Art Museum in 2007.  She has been a member of the museum’s visitor services team since the summer of 2012. She continues to pursue her passion for artmaking through her ceramic work, painting, and jewelry design.
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Peter Salomon
Business Manager

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Peter Salomon received his BS in business with an emphasis in accounting from the University of Southern California. He is a Certified Public Accountant in California. Following a career as corporate controller for several national restaurant chains, he has been involved in accounting and finance with various local non-profit groups.
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Email Tim
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Tim Schwab
Director of Operations

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A native of Southern California, Tim Schwab received his BFA from the Laguna College of Art + Design, where he studied fine art with an emphasis on figurative bronze sculpture. As director of operations, Schwab is part of the curatorial team and oversees exhibition design and installation as well as facilities maintenance. He also works as a freelance designer with local companies including OC Music Awards, The Memphis Group, Open Interactive, Voler, and zpizza.
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Email Sarah

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Sarah Shedd
Visitor Services

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Sarah’s roots lie in Athens, Georgia. She graduated in 2012 from the University of Georgia with a BFA in Studio Art, working especially in sculpture. She deepened her appreciation for art, museums, and the museum-going public while working at the Georgia Museum of Art. As an intern at Laguna Art Museum, she was inspired by her involvement with the Art & Nature event in November 2013.
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Email Marinta
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Marinta Skupin
Curator of Education

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Marinta Skupin has been Curator of Education at Laguna Art Museum since July 2012. Before joining the museum, she served as Director of Education at the San Diego History Center for four years. Previously she was based in New Orleans, where she was Manager of K-12 and Family Programs at the Louisiana State Museum and, prior to that, Education Program Coordinator at the New Orleans Museum of Art. As Curator of Education, Skupin creates opportunities for all audiences to engage in meaningful and enjoyable ways with art. She oversees the museum’s school and public programs, outreach programs, and the Laguna Art Museum Docent Corps. A native of South Africa, she studied piano at the University of Stellenbosch. She has a BA in fine arts and a Masters degree in arts administration, both from the University of New Orleans, and continues to work as an artist as well as an art educator.
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Karen Steffani
Visitor Services

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Karen Steffani received her BFA from Laguna College of Art + Design where she focused on figurative drawing and painting. She currently resides in Los Angeles, where she also holds an internship with Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. In addition to her work with Visitor Services, Steffani also assists as the volunteer coordinator for the museum’s store.
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Sarah Strozza
Director of Special Events
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Sarah Strozza received her BA from California State University, Fullerton with a double major in art history and general studio art. Also from CSU Fullerton, she holds a MFA in exhibition design with a focus in curatorial studies as well as a museum studies certificate. Sarah joined the staff at Laguna Art Museum as the director of special events in 2010 and is responsible for overseeing all of the museum’s major fundraisers as well as special events such as exhibition opening receptions and member events. She previously worked as both a curatorial assistant and the assistant registrar at Laguna Art Museum; as a curatorial assistant at the Begovich Gallery in Fullerton and Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana; as an assistant for auctions and events with the Last Moving Picture Company; and as a restaurant banquet manager.
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Valerie Tate
Membership Manager

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Valerie Tate graduated from the University of Arizona with a BA in communications. She became an intern at Laguna Art Museum, then membership assistant as a grant-funded employee. After working very closely with Dawn Minegar, the membership manager for over a year and a half, she succeeded Dawn as the new membership manager in July 2012.
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Email Joel Joel Woodard
Head of Security

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Joel Woodard has worked at Laguna Art Museum since 2000, at the same time pursuing his studies in art. He has a BFA from Laguna College of Art + Design, and in 2012, the same year he was appointed head of security, graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a Masters in drawing and painting.
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* Key Volunteers
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Additional Staff:
Facilities Maintenance: David Wilkie
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Security: Timothy Campbell, Nathaniel Colburn, Marcos Emhof, Catherine Esguerra, Dan Flynn, Julio Labra, Paul Salomon, Joey Sammut, Bradford Smith, and Brandon Tucker
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Additional Key Volunteers:
Docents: Patricia Boortz, Tristan Brighty, Loring Christine, Alison Davis, Lydia Foster, Rome Friesen, Mary Lee Gair, Warren Haines, Julie Hamm, Karl Kiefer, Carol Lachey, Kathy Landis, Jean Lawson, Molly Levitta, Laura Mayo, Michele Miller, Elizabeth Paskerian, Dee Perry, Lorna Pizzorni, Marcia Plean, Caryl Stein, Keith Thursby, and Fritzi Werner