Bachelor, University Wisconsin, 1964; Master of Arts, San Diego State University, 1984; Postgrad., University Washington, 1990.
Curatorial assistant Seattle Art Museum, 1981-1983. Manager Northwest Oral History Project Archives of America Art/Smithsonian Institute, Washington, 1984-1985, manager Northwest Asian American Project Seattle, 1989-1990. Director Henry Luce Foundation Research Project Seattle Art Museum, 1985-1990.
Chief curator Tacoma (Washington) Art Museum, since 1991. Board directors ArtTable, New York City. Board advisors Jacob Lawrence Catalog Rais.
Project, Seattle, Detroit, and New York, since 1996, Archives of America Art, Los Angeles, since 1991.
Member College Art Association, American Association of Museums, Association of America Art Historians.
Married Richard Hesik.