About Us

Art Muse Los Angeles is a community of art historians, artists and educators who offer small groups private art tours – in museums, galleries, artist studios and private collections – throughout the LA region.

We are dedicated, enthusiastic scholars who enjoy sharing our knowledge of art with audiences of all levels of expertise, from the novice to connoisseurs and collectors. Our tours draw on current research and a range of approaches to inspire curiosity, encourage close looking and invite dialogue. In an increasingly virtual world, we promise an authentic real-world encounter with works of art. 

  Clare Kunny, Director & Art Muse   Clare is an art historian and museum professional with extensive experience developing educational art programs for museum visitors of all ages. She conceived of and launched Art Muse Los Angeles in 2013, after serving ten years as head of Public Education and Teaching at The J. Paul Getty Museum. Clare held the same position during the latter part of her seventeen years in the Department of Education at The Art Institute of Chicago. Clare’s long career guiding visitors in viewing, thinking about and discussing the art found in great museums has prepared her for the mission she’s undertaken with Art Muse LA. She holds an MA in Art History from the University of Chicago and has completed doctoral coursework in colonial Mexican art at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Clare is founding director of Art Muse LA. 

Clare Kunny, Director & Art Muse

Clare is an art historian and museum professional with extensive experience developing educational art programs for museum visitors of all ages. She conceived of and launched Art Muse Los Angeles in 2013, after serving ten years as head of Public Education and Teaching at The J. Paul Getty Museum. Clare held the same position during the latter part of her seventeen years in the Department of Education at The Art Institute of Chicago. Clare’s long career guiding visitors in viewing, thinking about and discussing the art found in great museums has prepared her for the mission she’s undertaken with Art Muse LA. She holds an MA in Art History from the University of Chicago and has completed doctoral coursework in colonial Mexican art at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Clare is founding director of Art Muse LA. 

  Robin Trento, Associate Director & Art Muse   A Los Angeles native and fourth-generation Californian, Robin earned her BA in Italian and Art History at the University of California, Santa Barbara, after having studied at the University of Padua (Italy) and the University of California, Los Angeles. Working for the past twenty-seven years, first in the Education Department at the J. Paul Getty Museum and currently as a research associate for the Department of Drawings, has allowed Robin to develop an unparalleled expertise in the Getty collection. At the same time, her extensive experience of many other museums gives her the ability to place any collection or exhibition she addresses in the broader perspective of art history.  Robin is a founding member of Art Muse LA.

Robin Trento, Associate Director & Art Muse

A Los Angeles native and fourth-generation Californian, Robin earned her BA in Italian and Art History at the University of California, Santa Barbara, after having studied at the University of Padua (Italy) and the University of California, Los Angeles. Working for the past twenty-seven years, first in the Education Department at the J. Paul Getty Museum and currently as a research associate for the Department of Drawings, has allowed Robin to develop an unparalleled expertise in the Getty collection. At the same time, her extensive experience of many other museums gives her the ability to place any collection or exhibition she addresses in the broader perspective of art history.  Robin is a founding member of Art Muse LA.

  Noelle Valentino, Assistant Director for Programs & Art Muse   Noelle Valentino is an art historian and museum professional. Her previous work experience includes teaching, curating and research at the UCLA Hammer Museum, J. Paul Getty Museum, Smithsonian, and Christie’s auction house. She is also the founder of Saco + Nova: Vintage, Fine Arts and Antiques, as well as as a sales specialist at Everything But the House, an online estate sale company. Noelle holds a master's degree in Art History from University of California, Riverside, where her coursework and thesis explored design and style in the decorative arts. When Noelle is not engaging with art, she enjoys taking part in outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing and sailing. Noelle is a founding member of Art Muse LA.

Noelle Valentino, Assistant Director for Programs & Art Muse

Noelle Valentino is an art historian and museum professional. Her previous work experience includes teaching, curating and research at the UCLA Hammer Museum, J. Paul Getty Museum, Smithsonian, and Christie’s auction house. She is also the founder of Saco + Nova: Vintage, Fine Arts and Antiques, as well as as a sales specialist at Everything But the House, an online estate sale company. Noelle holds a master's degree in Art History from University of California, Riverside, where her coursework and thesis explored design and style in the decorative arts. When Noelle is not engaging with art, she enjoys taking part in outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing and sailing. Noelle is a founding member of Art Muse LA.

 
  Dylan Otterbein, Digital Media Coordinator & Art Muse   Dylan  is a doctoral student in Art History at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she studies the intersections between conceptual art and queer theory. She completed her BA in the History of Art and Architecture at Middlebury College in Vermont. As an undergraduate, she was awarded the Kellogg Fellowship in the humanities to pursue her thesis on Ana Mendieta's  Silueta  series. Dylan served as an educational assistant and docent at the Middlebury Museum of Art for three years. Dylan has also worked as an educator at The Walters Art Museum and a curator at Guest Spot gallery in Baltimore, Maryland. Dylan joined Art Muse LA in 2016.  

Dylan Otterbein, Digital Media Coordinator & Art Muse

Dylan  is a doctoral student in Art History at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she studies the intersections between conceptual art and queer theory. She completed her BA in the History of Art and Architecture at Middlebury College in Vermont. As an undergraduate, she was awarded the Kellogg Fellowship in the humanities to pursue her thesis on Ana Mendieta's Silueta series. Dylan served as an educational assistant and docent at the Middlebury Museum of Art for three years. Dylan has also worked as an educator at The Walters Art Museum and a curator at Guest Spot gallery in Baltimore, Maryland. Dylan joined Art Muse LA in 2016.  

  Nancy Ganiard Smith, Travel Associate & Art Muse   Nancy spent nearly two decades escorting art enthusiasts on custom-designed trips throughout the world when she served as associate director of member programs at The Art Institute of Chicago. This is where she and Clare Kunny, Art Muse LA director, first met and were colleagues. After relocating to Los Angeles, Nancy turned her attention to writing about art and architecture, authoring many feature articles both as a newspaper staff writer and freelancer.  She is a public touring docent at the Getty Center and LACMA where she recently served as Docent Council Chair. Nancy has a degree in art history from the University of Michigan.  She joined Art Muse LA in 2014.

Nancy Ganiard Smith, Travel Associate & Art Muse

Nancy spent nearly two decades escorting art enthusiasts on custom-designed trips throughout the world when she served as associate director of member programs at The Art Institute of Chicago. This is where she and Clare Kunny, Art Muse LA director, first met and were colleagues. After relocating to Los Angeles, Nancy turned her attention to writing about art and architecture, authoring many feature articles both as a newspaper staff writer and freelancer.  She is a public touring docent at the Getty Center and LACMA where she recently served as Docent Council Chair. Nancy has a degree in art history from the University of Michigan.  She joined Art Muse LA in 2014.

  Anne Alene, Art Muse    Anne Alene is an independent scholar of art history.  As an undergraduate she concentrated on Asian Studies and Japanese language, and was awarded numerous scholarships including a one-year scholarship to study at Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan. She holds a holds a graduate degree in Psychology, and a Masters in Art History, Criticism and Conservation from California State University, Long Beach. Her writing and research projects have included topics such as Japanese art and architecture, Japanese aesthetics and contemporary art theory, both Japanese and international artists in modern and contemporary art, and the Italian Renaissance. She is an advanced student in Omotesenke tea ceremony and fluent in Japanese.  She leads trips to Japan and other parts of the world for art museums, benefactors and special interest groups.  Anne joined Art Muse in 2017. 

Anne Alene, Art Muse

Anne Alene is an independent scholar of art history.  As an undergraduate she concentrated on Asian Studies and Japanese language, and was awarded numerous scholarships including a one-year scholarship to study at Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan. She holds a holds a graduate degree in Psychology, and a Masters in Art History, Criticism and Conservation from California State University, Long Beach. Her writing and research projects have included topics such as Japanese art and architecture, Japanese aesthetics and contemporary art theory, both Japanese and international artists in modern and contemporary art, and the Italian Renaissance. She is an advanced student in Omotesenke tea ceremony and fluent in Japanese.  She leads trips to Japan and other parts of the world for art museums, benefactors and special interest groups.  Anne joined Art Muse in 2017. 

 
  Veronica Alvarez, Art Muse   Veronica Alvarez is an educator and historian. She has taught students of all ages the subjects of Spanish, and ancient Greek and Roman history with an interest in the roles of women in Greek and Roman society. She is the Director of School and Teacher Programs at LACMA, and previously worked for over 16 years in the Education Department at the Getty Center.  Veronica has served as an education consultant for UCLA’s Fowler Museum and Chicano Studies Research Center, LMU's Family of Schools, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the State Department of Cultural Affairs in Chiapas, Mexico.  Veronica holds a BA in Liberal Studies and an MA in Ancient Mediterranean history from CSU Northridge. With a passion for learning and museum education, she is a doctoral candidate at LMU’s Educational Leadership for Social Justice Program. Veronica joined Art Muse in 2015. 

Veronica Alvarez, Art Muse

Veronica Alvarez is an educator and historian. She has taught students of all ages the subjects of Spanish, and ancient Greek and Roman history with an interest in the roles of women in Greek and Roman society. She is the Director of School and Teacher Programs at LACMA, and previously worked for over 16 years in the Education Department at the Getty Center.  Veronica has served as an education consultant for UCLA’s Fowler Museum and Chicano Studies Research Center, LMU's Family of Schools, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the State Department of Cultural Affairs in Chiapas, Mexico.  Veronica holds a BA in Liberal Studies and an MA in Ancient Mediterranean history from CSU Northridge. With a passion for learning and museum education, she is a doctoral candidate at LMU’s Educational Leadership for Social Justice Program. Veronica joined Art Muse in 2015. 

  Angela Bryant, Art Muse   Angela is a practicing artist.  She is the recipient of several awards and honors and holds an MFA from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. She has served as an adjunct professor, an independent curator, guest lecturer at multiple institutions, and is the co-founder of MOUNT Curatorial Residency.  In 2009, Angela Bryant founded Abryant Gallery, an art consultation service and rotating contemporary art gallery for young/new and emerging artists.  At Abryant Gallery she has curated several exhibitions, participated as both a juror and panelist, and exhibited over 100 artists.  Angela joined Art Muse in 2018.

Angela Bryant, Art Muse

Angela is a practicing artist.  She is the recipient of several awards and honors and holds an MFA from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. She has served as an adjunct professor, an independent curator, guest lecturer at multiple institutions, and is the co-founder of MOUNT Curatorial Residency.  In 2009, Angela Bryant founded Abryant Gallery, an art consultation service and rotating contemporary art gallery for young/new and emerging artists.  At Abryant Gallery she has curated several exhibitions, participated as both a juror and panelist, and exhibited over 100 artists.  Angela joined Art Muse in 2018.

  James Fishburne, Art Muse   Focusing primarily on the Italian Renaissance, James received a PhD in Art History from UCLA. He has taught Renaissance and Baroque art history courses to undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education students at UCLA and California State University, Long Beach. He has presented his own scholarship at conferences that span an array of disciplines, including history, art history, archaeology, and Italian studies. In 2014, he worked in the Department of Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the J. Paul Getty Museum, and he is now a Research Associate in the Scholars Program at the Getty Research Institute. In spring 2015, James joined Art Muse LA as our first male muse.

James Fishburne, Art Muse

Focusing primarily on the Italian Renaissance, James received a PhD in Art History from UCLA. He has taught Renaissance and Baroque art history courses to undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education students at UCLA and California State University, Long Beach. He has presented his own scholarship at conferences that span an array of disciplines, including history, art history, archaeology, and Italian studies. In 2014, he worked in the Department of Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the J. Paul Getty Museum, and he is now a Research Associate in the Scholars Program at the Getty Research Institute. In spring 2015, James joined Art Muse LA as our first male muse.

 
  Deana Hight, Art Muse   Deana received her BA from University of California Los Angeles and earned her MA in Classical Art History from California State University, Northridge. Her research area is Ancient Roman Funerary Rituals and their tradition. She is currently working as a Professor of Art History at Mt. San Antonio College, an Associate Professor at Los Angeles Valley College, and a Museum Educator at the Norton Simon Museum.  She helped pass a 2011 initiative at the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges supporting art history as a recognized discipline in the curriculum.  Deana joined Art Muse LA in 2014.

Deana Hight, Art Muse

Deana received her BA from University of California Los Angeles and earned her MA in Classical Art History from California State University, Northridge. Her research area is Ancient Roman Funerary Rituals and their tradition. She is currently working as a Professor of Art History at Mt. San Antonio College, an Associate Professor at Los Angeles Valley College, and a Museum Educator at the Norton Simon Museum.  She helped pass a 2011 initiative at the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges supporting art history as a recognized discipline in the curriculum.  Deana joined Art Muse LA in 2014.

  Sarah Jones, Art Muse   Sarah is an artist and arts educator with a special interest in contemporary art. She holds a BFA in Sculpture from the University of Houston and a MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Sarah has held positions at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and The El Segundo Museum of Art. Her exploration of the artistic landscape of Los Angeles is guided by her belief that contemporary art can enhance our perspective on the times in which we live.  Sarah joined Art Muse LA in 2014. 

Sarah Jones, Art Muse

Sarah is an artist and arts educator with a special interest in contemporary art. She holds a BFA in Sculpture from the University of Houston and a MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Sarah has held positions at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and The El Segundo Museum of Art. Her exploration of the artistic landscape of Los Angeles is guided by her belief that contemporary art can enhance our perspective on the times in which we live.  Sarah joined Art Muse LA in 2014. 

  Jennifer Li, Art Muse   Jennifer received her BA in the History of Art from the University of California, Berkeley, and her MA in Modern Art History, Theory and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is a specialist in Contemporary Chinese Art. Her professional experience in museums includes previous positions at The Art Institute of Chicago, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the J. Paul Getty Museum. She also oversaw the daily operations and exhibition programs at the Michael Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles. Currently, she is the LA Desk Editor for  ArtAsiaPacific , the leading English-language periodical covering contemporary art and culture from Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East. She also contributes to  Art in America  among other publications.  Jennifer is a founding member of Art Muse LA.

Jennifer Li, Art Muse

Jennifer received her BA in the History of Art from the University of California, Berkeley, and her MA in Modern Art History, Theory and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is a specialist in Contemporary Chinese Art. Her professional experience in museums includes previous positions at The Art Institute of Chicago, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the J. Paul Getty Museum. She also oversaw the daily operations and exhibition programs at the Michael Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles. Currently, she is the LA Desk Editor for ArtAsiaPacific, the leading English-language periodical covering contemporary art and culture from Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East. She also contributes to Art in America among other publications.  Jennifer is a founding member of Art Muse LA.

 
   Kristen Kido, Art Muse   Kristen received her BA in Art History from University of California Los Angeles and her Master's degree from University College London Institute of Archaeology. Prior to her time in the UK, Kristen spent four years serving as a museum educator at the J. Paul Getty Villa. She is currently a PhD student in History of Art at UC Berkeley, studying the history of art in empires across antiquity, its importance of the ancient world in the modern museum, and the politics of art and cultural heritage in the context of globalization.  Kristen joined Art Muse LA in 2014. 

 Kristen Kido, Art Muse

Kristen received her BA in Art History from University of California Los Angeles and her Master's degree from University College London Institute of Archaeology. Prior to her time in the UK, Kristen spent four years serving as a museum educator at the J. Paul Getty Villa. She is currently a PhD student in History of Art at UC Berkeley, studying the history of art in empires across antiquity, its importance of the ancient world in the modern museum, and the politics of art and cultural heritage in the context of globalization.  Kristen joined Art Muse LA in 2014. 

  Regina Mamou, Art Muse   Regina Mamou is a visual artist and arts lecturer with specialization in photography and contemporary art. She holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In addition to her formal art training, she received a Fulbright fellowship to Amman, Jordan, to complete a research project in photography. Regina worked in the Department of Education at The Art Institute of Chicago, where she lectured on a wide variety of art topics and special exhibitions. She continues to work independently with the Art Institute as a study leader for the museum’s travel programs to Cuba and Morocco. Regina joined Art Muse LA in 2014.

Regina Mamou, Art Muse

Regina Mamou is a visual artist and arts lecturer with specialization in photography and contemporary art. She holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In addition to her formal art training, she received a Fulbright fellowship to Amman, Jordan, to complete a research project in photography. Regina worked in the Department of Education at The Art Institute of Chicago, where she lectured on a wide variety of art topics and special exhibitions. She continues to work independently with the Art Institute as a study leader for the museum’s travel programs to Cuba and Morocco. Regina joined Art Muse LA in 2014.

  Carter Mull, Art Muse   Carter Mull’s photography is in numerous museum collections, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Hammer Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.  Recent exhibitions include solo shows at the Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen in Switzerland, CAPC Bordeaux, France, and Fused Space, San Francisco. His work is included in the  L.A. Exuberance: New Gifts By Artists , an exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of   at Los Angeles County Museum of Art .  He has taught at college and graduate levels, most extensively at the University of Southern California.  Mull spent key formative years in New York, and he has been based in Los Angeles since 2004. Carter joined Art Muse LA in 2016.

Carter Mull, Art Muse

Carter Mull’s photography is in numerous museum collections, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Hammer Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.  Recent exhibitions include solo shows at the Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen in Switzerland, CAPC Bordeaux, France, and Fused Space, San Francisco. His work is included in the L.A. Exuberance: New Gifts By Artists, an exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of at Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He has taught at college and graduate levels, most extensively at the University of Southern California.  Mull spent key formative years in New York, and he has been based in Los Angeles since 2004. Carter joined Art Muse LA in 2016.

 
  Susan Power, Art Muse   Susan  is an independent scholar, curator and educator specializing in modern and contemporary art. She holds advanced degrees in Museum Studies from the Ecole du Louvre and Art History from the Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. Her research interests include contemporary art interventions in museums and artist-curated exhibitions. She is the recipient of the Terra Foundation for American Art fellowship residency in Giverny, France and the Sara Roby Predoctoral Fellowship in Twentieth-Century Realism at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. She has most recently worked in the department of American Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and formerly as an educator at the Musée d’Art moderne de la ville de Paris. She joined Art Muse LA in 2017.

Susan Power, Art Muse

Susan  is an independent scholar, curator and educator specializing in modern and contemporary art. She holds advanced degrees in Museum Studies from the Ecole du Louvre and Art History from the Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. Her research interests include contemporary art interventions in museums and artist-curated exhibitions. She is the recipient of the Terra Foundation for American Art fellowship residency in Giverny, France and the Sara Roby Predoctoral Fellowship in Twentieth-Century Realism at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. She has most recently worked in the department of American Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and formerly as an educator at the Musée d’Art moderne de la ville de Paris. She joined Art Muse LA in 2017.

  Nancy Real, Art Muse   Fluent in English, Italian, French and Spanish, Nancy offers art tours in all four languages. As a museum educator, she has taught at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles for one year and then at the J. Paul Getty Museum. She currently creates in-gallery lessons for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s program Evening for Educators. As a gastronomy specialist, Nancy also offers culinary courses at the Getty Center, Getty Villa and the Italian Cultural Institute linked to different periods in the history of art. Nancy is a founding member of Art Muse LA. 

Nancy Real, Art Muse

Fluent in English, Italian, French and Spanish, Nancy offers art tours in all four languages. As a museum educator, she has taught at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles for one year and then at the J. Paul Getty Museum. She currently creates in-gallery lessons for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s program Evening for Educators. As a gastronomy specialist, Nancy also offers culinary courses at the Getty Center, Getty Villa and the Italian Cultural Institute linked to different periods in the history of art. Nancy is a founding member of Art Muse LA. 

  Betty Seid, Art Muse   Betty is an independent curator, writer, and lecturer living in Chicago and Santa Monica. She was a Research Associate and Exhibition Coordinator for South Asian Art in the Department of Asian Art at The Art Institute of Chicago, and the consulting curator for an exhibition of modern and contemporary art from India at the San Jose Museum of Art. She has traveled extensively in India and Southeast Asia for research and often as the study leader for Art Institute of Chicago tours. She continues to lecture about the art of India and has participated in symposia in both the US and India.  She is a founding member of Art Muse LA.

Betty Seid, Art Muse

Betty is an independent curator, writer, and lecturer living in Chicago and Santa Monica. She was a Research Associate and Exhibition Coordinator for South Asian Art in the Department of Asian Art at The Art Institute of Chicago, and the consulting curator for an exhibition of modern and contemporary art from India at the San Jose Museum of Art. She has traveled extensively in India and Southeast Asia for research and often as the study leader for Art Institute of Chicago tours. She continues to lecture about the art of India and has participated in symposia in both the US and India.  She is a founding member of Art Muse LA.

 
  Sara Stevens, Art Muse   Sara's work in museums, higher education, and retail focuses on the vital role everyday objects play in shaping our world. Sara’s passions for all things fashion, cosmetics, pop music, advertisements, food, and material culture have influenced her career.  She was an energetic educator at the Skirball Cultural Center, and is now an adjunct professor at Woodbury University. Sara is a native angeleno with a BA from the University of California, Berkeley in the History of Art and a MS in Apparel Merchandising from California State University, Northridge. She joined Art Muse LA in 2017. 

Sara Stevens, Art Muse

Sara's work in museums, higher education, and retail focuses on the vital role everyday objects play in shaping our world. Sara’s passions for all things fashion, cosmetics, pop music, advertisements, food, and material culture have influenced her career.  She was an energetic educator at the Skirball Cultural Center, and is now an adjunct professor at Woodbury University. Sara is a native angeleno with a BA from the University of California, Berkeley in the History of Art and a MS in Apparel Merchandising from California State University, Northridge. She joined Art Muse LA in 2017. 

  Deborah Thompson   Deborah is an educator and art historian with specialization in Jewish Art, the history of printing, and the art of antiquity. She holds her BA in Art History with a focus on Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. Driven to explore the intersection of art and Judaism, Deborah went on to earn her Masters Degree in Jewish Art and Visual Culture from the Jewish Theological Seminary. She has curated exhibitions at ACE Gallery in Beverly Hills and The Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, and has worked in collections management and museum education at museums including LACMA, The Jewish Museum of New York, and The Skirball Cultural Center. Deborah is also a painter, calligrapher, and book artist. Deborah joined Art Muse LA in 2016.

Deborah Thompson

Deborah is an educator and art historian with specialization in Jewish Art, the history of printing, and the art of antiquity. She holds her BA in Art History with a focus on Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. Driven to explore the intersection of art and Judaism, Deborah went on to earn her Masters Degree in Jewish Art and Visual Culture from the Jewish Theological Seminary. She has curated exhibitions at ACE Gallery in Beverly Hills and The Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, and has worked in collections management and museum education at museums including LACMA, The Jewish Museum of New York, and The Skirball Cultural Center. Deborah is also a painter, calligrapher, and book artist. Deborah joined Art Muse LA in 2016.

  Carolina Valencia, Art Muse   Carolina specializes in the translation of museum exhibits, educational materials, and catalogs from English into Spanish. She has worked for the Art Institute of Chicago, the Science Museum of Minnesota, the Children’s Museum of Houston, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among others. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Literature from la Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia. At the Art Institute of Chicago, she underwent three years of extensive training in the arts and culture of the ancient Americas.  In Austin, TX, she worked as a docent for the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art. Carolina has been a bilingual site and garden docent at the Getty Center since 2009, and joined Art Muse LA in 2015. 

Carolina Valencia, Art Muse

Carolina specializes in the translation of museum exhibits, educational materials, and catalogs from English into Spanish. She has worked for the Art Institute of Chicago, the Science Museum of Minnesota, the Children’s Museum of Houston, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among others. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Literature from la Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia. At the Art Institute of Chicago, she underwent three years of extensive training in the arts and culture of the ancient Americas.  In Austin, TX, she worked as a docent for the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art. Carolina has been a bilingual site and garden docent at the Getty Center since 2009, and joined Art Muse LA in 2015. 

 
  Julie Weitz, Art Muse   Julie is a visual artist and educator specializing in contemporary art. She holds a BFA from the University of Texas in Austin and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Before moving to Los Angeles, Weitz held the tenured professorship of painting and drawing at the University of South Florida in Tampa. She currently teaches at UCLA Extension, Whittier College and East Los Angeles Community College. Her work has been reviewed in  Artforum ,  Art in America , the  L.A. Times , and the  New York Times  and on KCRW.  Julie joined Art Muse LA in 2015.  

Julie Weitz, Art Muse

Julie is a visual artist and educator specializing in contemporary art. She holds a BFA from the University of Texas in Austin and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Before moving to Los Angeles, Weitz held the tenured professorship of painting and drawing at the University of South Florida in Tampa. She currently teaches at UCLA Extension, Whittier College and East Los Angeles Community College. Her work has been reviewed in Artforum, Art in America, the L.A. Times, and the New York Times and on KCRW.  Julie joined Art Muse LA in 2015.  

  Lindsay Preston Zappas, Art Muse   Lindsay  is a writer and artist based in Los Angeles. She received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2013. She is the Founder, Publisher, and Editor-in- Chief of Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles (Carla), an LA-based critical art magazine. Zappas has written for various exhibition catalogues and publications such as Flash Art, Art21, ArtReview, Artsy, SFAQ, and LACanvas. Recent exhibitions include a solo shows at City Limits (Oakland, CA) and Ochi Projects (Los Angeles, CA), and a two-person show at VACANCY (Los Angeles, CA). Zappas has taught at Cal State Northridge, Fullerton College, and Oregon College of Art and Craft. Lindsay joined Art Muse in 2017. 

Lindsay Preston Zappas, Art Muse

Lindsay  is a writer and artist based in Los Angeles. She received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2013. She is the Founder, Publisher, and Editor-in- Chief of Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles (Carla), an LA-based critical art magazine. Zappas has written for various exhibition catalogues and publications such as Flash Art, Art21, ArtReview, Artsy, SFAQ, and LACanvas. Recent exhibitions include a solo shows at City Limits (Oakland, CA) and Ochi Projects (Los Angeles, CA), and a two-person show at VACANCY (Los Angeles, CA). Zappas has taught at Cal State Northridge, Fullerton College, and Oregon College of Art and Craft. Lindsay joined Art Muse in 2017. 

  Jennifer O'Keeffe, Art Muse - San Francisco   Jennifer is a visual artist, educator and writer living in the San Francisco Bay Area with a specialization in photography and contemporary art. She holds a BA in literature and art history from Barnard College and an MFA in photography from California College of the Arts. She has been a visiting lecturer in photography and photo history at the San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco State University and California College of the Arts. In 2015, she helped found Casemore Kirkeby gallery in San Francisco, and served as its associate director for two years. She conducts independent scholarship in photo history and is currently working on a publication and exhibition. Jennifer joined Art Muse LA in 2018.

Jennifer O'Keeffe, Art Muse - San Francisco

Jennifer is a visual artist, educator and writer living in the San Francisco Bay Area with a specialization in photography and contemporary art. She holds a BA in literature and art history from Barnard College and an MFA in photography from California College of the Arts. She has been a visiting lecturer in photography and photo history at the San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco State University and California College of the Arts. In 2015, she helped found Casemore Kirkeby gallery in San Francisco, and served as its associate director for two years. She conducts independent scholarship in photo history and is currently working on a publication and exhibition. Jennifer joined Art Muse LA in 2018.

 
  Xizi Lui, Art Muse - Chinese Language   Xizi received her BA in the China Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, and her MFA from Washington University in St. Louis. Xizi is an artist with a specialization in painting, her work is represented by galleries in Los Angeles, St. Louis and Beijing.  She works as a part-time art advisor in the international art business between America and China.  As an art educator, Xizi has worked at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum and the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.  In Los Angeles, she works as an art teacher at West California Art Academy.  Xizi joined Art Muse LA as Chinese-speaking muse in 2017.  刘溪子本科毕业于北京中央美术学院油画系,艺术研究生毕业于美国华盛顿圣路易斯。刘溪子是一名职业画家,她的作品在北京,洛杉矶和圣路易斯的画廊均有代理。作为艺术教育者她有在圣路易斯当代艺术馆和肯佩尔艺术馆的工作经验,以及在加州艺术学院的艺术教师经验。并且她作为画廊兼职艺术顾问致力于中美国际艺术品贸易。刘溪子于2017年加入Art Muse LA作为艺术参观中文讲解员。

Xizi Lui, Art Muse - Chinese Language

Xizi received her BA in the China Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, and her MFA from Washington University in St. Louis. Xizi is an artist with a specialization in painting, her work is represented by galleries in Los Angeles, St. Louis and Beijing.  She works as a part-time art advisor in the international art business between America and China.  As an art educator, Xizi has worked at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum and the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.  In Los Angeles, she works as an art teacher at West California Art Academy.  Xizi joined Art Muse LA as Chinese-speaking muse in 2017.

刘溪子本科毕业于北京中央美术学院油画系,艺术研究生毕业于美国华盛顿圣路易斯。刘溪子是一名职业画家,她的作品在北京,洛杉矶和圣路易斯的画廊均有代理。作为艺术教育者她有在圣路易斯当代艺术馆和肯佩尔艺术馆的工作经验,以及在加州艺术学院的艺术教师经验。并且她作为画廊兼职艺术顾问致力于中美国际艺术品贸易。刘溪子于2017年加入Art Muse LA作为艺术参观中文讲解员。

  Young Joo Lee, Art Muse - Korean Language   Young Joo Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea. She spent her adolescence in Germany and Korea. During this time the difference in culture, language and the relationship between national and personal identity became her central interest. As she continued to study painting, film and sculpture in Korea, Germany and United States, this interest persisted in her art practice.  Young holds degrees in art from Hongik Arts University (painting), Seoul, HfbK Städelschule (film), Frankfurt, and Yale University (sculpture), New Haven.  In recent animation installations, music videos and drawings, Young borrows the narrative structures of myth and dream and combines them with current issues in society and her personal experience. Young Joo Lee joined Art Muse LA in 2018.  이영주는 서울에서 태어나 청소년기를 독일에서 보냈다. 이 기간동안 겪 은 문화적, 언어적 차이로 인해 국가적 정체성과 개인의 정체성 간의 연 관성에 대하여 관심을 가지게 되었고, 회화, 영상, 그리고 조각을 한국, 독일, 미국에서 전공하고 작가로 활동하 게 되면서도 계속해서 이 주제를 탐구해 왔다. 이영주는 홍익대학교 회화 과 학사, 독일 프랑크푸르트 슈테델 미술학교 영상과 마이스터  러, 그 리고 예일대학교 조소과 석사 학위를 취득하였다. 최근의 애니메이션과 뮤직비디오, 드로잉을 이용한 작품들에서 이영주는 그 의 개인적 경험 과 현재 일어나고 있는 사회적 현상을 신화와 꿈의 서사구조를 이용해 서 술하고 있다. 이영주는 2018년에 아트 즈 로스앤젤레스의 팀원이 되었 다.

Young Joo Lee, Art Muse - Korean Language

Young Joo Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea. She spent her adolescence in Germany and Korea. During this time the difference in culture, language and the relationship between national and personal identity became her central interest. As she continued to study painting, film and sculpture in Korea, Germany and United States, this interest persisted in her art practice.  Young holds degrees in art from Hongik Arts University (painting), Seoul, HfbK Städelschule (film), Frankfurt, and Yale University (sculpture), New Haven.  In recent animation installations, music videos and drawings, Young borrows the narrative structures of myth and dream and combines them with current issues in society and her personal experience. Young Joo Lee joined Art Muse LA in 2018.

이영주는 서울에서 태어나 청소년기를 독일에서 보냈다. 이 기간동안 겪 은 문화적, 언어적 차이로 인해 국가적 정체성과 개인의 정체성 간의 연 관성에 대하여 관심을 가지게 되었고, 회화, 영상, 그리고 조각을 한국, 독일, 미국에서 전공하고 작가로 활동하 게 되면서도 계속해서 이 주제를 탐구해 왔다. 이영주는 홍익대학교 회화 과 학사, 독일 프랑크푸르트 슈테델 미술학교 영상과 마이스터  러, 그 리고 예일대학교 조소과 석사 학위를 취득하였다. 최근의 애니메이션과 뮤직비디오, 드로잉을 이용한 작품들에서 이영주는 그 의 개인적 경험 과 현재 일어나고 있는 사회적 현상을 신화와 꿈의 서사구조를 이용해 서 술하고 있다. 이영주는 2018년에 아트 즈 로스앤젤레스의 팀원이 되었 다.