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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Genny Boccardo-Dubey
Deputy Director
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A longtime Laguna Beach resident, Genny Boccardo-Dubey holds a BA in international relations, an MBA in international business and marketing, and an MA in art history and museum studies. She was most recently the associate director of member programs at the Orange County Museum of Art and prior to that, a development manager and membership manager for the Tate London. She was the founder and director of a contemporary art gallery in Ohio. One of her first positions in the art world was as the communications manager for Laguna Art Museum in the late 1990s..
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Membership and Development Officer
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Kate Ambrose graduated from the University of Florida in 2012 with a BA in Art History and dual minors in Business Administration and French. After graduation, she relocated to Southern California where she worked at the Debra Huse Gallery in Newport Beach and the Orange County Museum of Art. She became a Development intern at Laguna Art Museum in January of 2013 and later joined the Visitor Services team. Most recently, she was a Development Services Representative at KCETLink in Burbank, CA. She returned to Laguna Art Museum as the Membership & Development Officer in May of 2015.
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Janet Blake
Curator of Historical Art

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Janet Blake is the Curator of Historical Art at Laguna Art Museum in Laguna Beach, California. In addition she has been the curator for the E. Gene Crain Collection since 1981. 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. Rex Brandt: In Praise of Sunshine, her most recent exhibition, is the culmination of years of study of the artist whom she personally knew from 1981 until his death. Janet holds a BA in art and art history from California State University, Long Beach.
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Kristin Kelly
Grants Officer
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Kristin Kelly is Laguna Art Museum’s part time Grants Officer. She worked for eighteen years as a senior administrator at the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles before leaving to work for the government of Punjab State in India on a heritage center devoted to the history and culture of the Sikhs. Kris graduated from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania with an A.B. in History of Art, and earned a Ph.D. from the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University in New York. In addition to researching grants and writing applications and reports for Laguna Art Museum, she is the author of two books about Southeast Asia, and is a frequent lecturer on Bryn Mawr College Alumnae Association trips to South and Southeast Asia.
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Irin Mahaparn
Assistant Curator of Education
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Irin Mahaparn received her BFA from Laguna College of Art + Design where she studied fine art. She has been with Laguna Art Museum since 2013 and joined the staff as Assistant Curator of Education in 2016. Irin previously held the position of visitor services supervisor at Laguna Art Museum and assisted with the coordination of family programs for the education department. She has also worked as a visitor services associate at the Broad Museum in Los Angeles and completed a dual internship at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Irin continues to create art and is one of the co-founders of B-Minus Studios, a collective artists’ work space in Downtown Santa Ana.
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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 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..
Mirandaweb1Email Miranda Miranda Nelson
Communications Manager

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Miranda holds a BA with a double major in art history from the University of Queensland, and a Masters in creative production and art management from QUT in Brisbane, Australia. As part of her practicum, Miranda interned at Vancouver Art Gallery in 2011 in the marketing and special events department. She also fulfilled an internship in the marketing department at Orange County Museum of Art in 2013. Originally from Canada, Miranda moved back to Southern California in January 2015 and joined the staff at Laguna Art Museum in September 2015.
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Email Stephanie
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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 Design and Installation

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 the museum’s graphic design. 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 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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Email Karen
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Karen Steffani
Administrative Coordinator

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Karen Steffani received her BFA from Laguna College of Art + Design where she focused on figurative drawing and painting. Karen was previously employed at the museum as a member of the Visitor Services staff.
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Email Sarah
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Sarah Strozza
Director of Special Events
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Sarah Strozza holds a BA in Art with a double major in art history and general studio art, an MFA in exhibition design with a focus in curatorial studies and development, and a certificate in museum studies. 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, special events, and facility rentals. She previously worked as both a curatorial assistant and the assistant registrar at Laguna Art Museum and as a curatorial assistant at the Begovich Gallery and Grand Central Art Center.
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Email Joel Joel Woodard
Director of Operations

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Joel Woodard has worked at Laguna Art Museum since 2000. He has a BFA from Laguna College of Art + Design and a Masters Degree in drawing and painting from CSU Long Beach. As Director of Operations, Joel oversees museum security and facility maintenance.
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* Key Volunteers
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Additional Staff:.
Security: Catherine Esguerra, Dan Flynn, Ben Gibson, Alma Hernandez, Julio Labra, Paul Salomon, Joey Sammut, Bradford Smith.
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Additional Key Volunteers:
Docents: Patricia Boortz, Tristan Brighty, Alison Davis, Lydia Foster, Rome Friesen, Mary Lee Gair, Warren Haines, Julie Hamm, Carol Lachey, Kathy Landis, Molly Levitta, Laura Mayo, Michele Miller, Elizabeth Paskerian, Dee Perry, Lorna Pizzorni, Marcia Plean, Caryl Stein, and Fritzi Werner