Walter-Meyer-1Walter Meyer 310.434.8266

Walter is a full-time faculty member and has taught at SMC since 2002. His current interests combines identity politics and all things digital in relation to visual literacy and pedagogy through privileging discussing issues of race, class, gender & ethnicity in digital and hybrid environments to learn the required canon for his art history transfer students.  Currently he is the co-chair of the Technology Planning Committee and has sat on the Information Services Committee and the Distance Education Committee for the college and served as the faculty adviser for the “Surf Club”. Walter has been a member of the College Art Association since 1997 and is a member of the Professional Practices Committee for CAA.  In 2015 he started his term as President of the Art Historians of Southern California and has been on its board since 2012and a member since 1998. He is a former Arts Commissioner and the former chair of the Public Art Committee for the city of Santa Monica and former board member for the Craft and Folk Art Museum of Los Angeles and the Santa Monica Arts Foundation.

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Nathaniel Donahue  310.434.4062

Nathaniel is a full-time faculty member of Art History at Santa Monica College.  He completed his dissertation at New York University in 2013 and is currently at work on a book considering the relationship between Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s late work and the history of avant-garde painting and sculpture.  Professor Donahue’s other interests include World’s fair and theme park architecture as well as the relationship between the decorative arts and Modernism.

Kristin Mihaylovich

Kristin Mihaylovich

Kristin is Associate Instructor of Art History and has been teaching at Santa Monica College since 2001. She received a B.A. in Art History from the University of Maryland, College Park and an M.A. from the University of California, Riverside. She has co-curated a number of Modern and Contemporary art exhibitions at museums, including the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., the Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She recently presented a six-part public lecture series on Early 20th Century American Art at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana.

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Jill Thayer

Jill is an online instructor in Art History, Global Visual Culture. She received her doctorate at Claremont Graduate University (2011) in Cultural Studies/Museum Studies with transdisciplinary study in Global Strategy and Trade at St. Peter’s College, University of Oxford, UK through Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management. As an artist, educator, and curatorial archivist she explores the narratives of people and their contributions to contemporary culture. Her oral history series of CGU Art Professors Emeritus is included in Archives in American Art at the Smithsonian Institution. She is also a designer in print and web for regional and global clientele, and contributing writer for Artvoices, Los Angeles; and Artpulse, Miami.

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Dr. Judith Bettelheim received her doctorate from Yale University in 1979 and retired from San Francisco State University in 2009. Her teaching emphasis was Africa and the Arts of the African Diaspora. In 1988 Bettelheim co-curated and co-authored Caribbean Festival Arts for the Saint Louis Art Museum. She is the editor/author of Cuban Festivals: A Century of Afro-Cuban Culture (Ian Randle Publishers 2001). Her article “Palo Monte Mayombe and Contemporary Cuban Art” appears in African Arts  Fall 2001. In June 2005, she published “Caribbean Espiritismo (Spiritist) Altars: The Indian and the Congo” in the Art Bulletin. The exhibition, with catalog, “AfroCuba: Works on Paper, 1968-2003,” closed a four year tour in January 2008.  Also, in 2008, an essay “Lam’s Caribbean Years: An Intercultural Dialogue,” was published for the exhibit, Wifredo Lam, at the Miami Art Museum. Bettelheim is the organizing curator, with co-curator Janet Catherine Berlo, of “Transcultural Pilgrim: Three Decades of Work by José Bedia.” accompanied by a book of the same title. This major retrospective is sponsored by the Fowler Museum at UCLA, September 18, 2011 –January 8, 2012 and opened at the Miami Art Museum in May 2012. Most recently, Bettelheim contributed a chapter in the anthology Grupo Antillano: The Art of Afro-Cuba, edited by Alejandro de la Fuente (2013).

Mina Majstorovic

Mina Majstorovic

Mina’s teaching experience is extensive, covering the Western tradition from Prehistory to the Contemporary. Her dissertation, completed in 2011, explored the role that Rural Art Colonies played in the complex cultural transformation of the world in the last two centuries. This research of the various phenomenon of the Art Colony like social engagement, cultural tourism and gentrification, has been ongoing and presented at many conferences throughout the United States and Europe. Professor Majstorovic’s other interests include the relationship between decorative arts and architecture, and the interaction between art and ecology.


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Ali Mousavi is an Art History instructor and has been teaching at Santa Monica College since 2013. He studied art and archaeology in Lyon, France, and obtained his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. From 2006 to 2013, he was Assistant Curator of Ancient Near Eastern Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art where he contributed to the reinstallation of new galleries of Ancient Art and Ancient Near East. Dr. Mousavi is a trained archaeologist and excavated in France, Turkey, and Iran, and contributed to the nomination of a number of archaeological sites and monuments for inscription on the World Heritage List of UNESCO. He is the author of a book on the site of Persepolis (Persepolis: Discovery and Afterlife of a World Wonder), and a number of articles in scholarly journals.