The Laguna Art Museum Announces 2 New Curatorial Fellows

LAGUNA BEACH, CA – The Laguna Art Museum is a small but impactful center for decades of Californian art from all eras and styles. As one of Southern California’s oldest cultural institutes, the museum’s vision is constantly being shaped and strengthened – and curators play a vital role in that vision.

As museum curators, Stern and Steiner will help develop and present museum exhibits and public programs involving the community.

Jean Stern (left) and Rochelle Steiner will serve as Curator Fellows at the Laguna Art Museum until early 2023.

Stern and Steiner will focus on their areas of expertise: presenting programs to educate art lovers with unique experiences.

According to a press release, Stern has extensive experience as an author, curator, speaker and teacher. He is Director Emeritus of the Irvine Museum, where he helped establish a national presence for the museum in the fields of California art and history through a series of books, exhibitions, lectures and documentaries.

He has also presented more than 250 lectures and served as a judge or jury in nearly 100 art competitions, according to the statement.

Steiner brings with her more than 20 years of experience working with artists and cultural institutions in the United States and around the world. Among her many accomplishments, she is an acclaimed curator, writer and educator, and has curated over 70 major art exhibitions and large-scale public art projects around the world. Steiner, originally from Los Angeles, is also currently Global Curator for Artpark in Western New York.

In 2019, she was appointed Chief Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs and Programs at the Palm Springs Art Museum, where she was responsible for the development, curation, and execution of the annual exhibition program.

“The strong backgrounds and experience of both individuals will help define curatorial projects at the Laguna Art Museum,” executive director Julie Perlin Lee said in a statement. “These collaborations will build on the quality of the museum’s exhibitions, fellowships, and programming, and inspire confidence in the museum’s commitment to Californian art and artists.”

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Reggie S. Williams