Bachelor in Political Science & French with honors, University of Wisconsin, 1974; Master of Arts in Folklore and mythology, University of California at Los Angeles, 1975; postgraduate, University of California, Davis, 1978; postgraduate, University of California, Berkeley, 1978-1979, 81.
Registration Museum Cultural History University of California at Los Angeles, 1974-1975. Rockefeller fellow Dallas Museum Fine Arts, 1976-1977. Assistant to director Triton Museum Art, Santa Clara, California, 1977-1978, director, 1978-1985.
Adjunct professor museum studies John F. Kennedy University, San Francisco, 1978. Graduate advisor arts administration San Jose (California) State University, 1979-1980. Director Monterey (California) Peninsula Museum Art, 1985-1993, consultant curator, 1994—2000.
Principal Curatorial and Museum Management Services, Watsonville, California, 1993—2000. Adjunct professor gallery management art department University California, Santa Cruz, 1999—2000. Director Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery, San Jose State University, California, since 2000, Saving and Preserving Arts and Cultural Environmental, since 2006.
Panelist Creative Works Fund, 2001, 04. Lecturer, panelist, juror, panelist in field United States Information Agency, California Arts Council, California confederation for Arts, American Association Museum, Western Museum Association, American Folklore Society, California Folklore Society, International Council on Museum, others. Visiting lecturer University Wisconsin, 1980, University Chicago, 1981, Northwestern University, 1981, San Jose State University, 1985, University of California at Los Angeles, 1986, American Cultural Center, Jerusalem, 1989, Tel Aviv, 89, Binational Center, Lima, Peru, 1988, Daytona Beach Museum Art, 1983, University of California at Los Angeles, 1986, Israel Museum, 1989, Montana State University, 1991, Oakland Museum, 1996, High Museum Art, Atlanta, 1997, Museum American Folk Art, New York, 1998, San Francisco Museum Modern Art, 1998, University California, 1998, Grinnell College, Iowa, 1999, Arts Council Silicon Valley, 2000, University California, Santa Cruz, 2000, International Council of Museums, Barcelona, 2001, Intuit Gallery, Chicago, 2004, Chicago, 07, University Geneva, Italy, 2009, University of California at Los Angeles, 2010.
Guest curator San Diego Museum Art, 1995—1998. Board directors Saving and Preserving Art and Cultural Environmental. Consultant in field.
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Board directors Bobbie Wynn and Company of San Jose, 1981-1985, Santa Clara Arts and History Consortium, 1985, Non-Profit Gallery Association, 1979-1983, vice president, 1979-1980. Member national advisory board The Fund for Folk Culture, Santa Fe, 1995-1998. Member founding and executive board Alliance for California Traditional Arts, since 2002.
Member founding international advisory board Friends of Fred Smith, 2002-2010. Member of National Council for Education in Ceramic Arts, Western Museum Conference (board director, executive committee 1989-1991, program chair 1990), American Folklore Society, Art Table, California Association Museum (board directors 1985-1994, vice president 1987-1991, chair nominating committee 1988, chair annual meeting 1990, chair nominating committee 1990, president 1991-1992, chair nominating committee 1993), American Association Museum (lecturer 1986, museum assessment program surveyor 1990, national program committee 1992-1993, museum assessment program surveyor 1994), Phi Beta Kappa.