William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art

Meet the Staff

Rachel SchmidRachel T. Schmid

Rachel T. Schmid is the Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at California Lutheran University, where she manages the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art and the Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from UCLA and a Masters of Arts from the University of Notre Dame, both in Art History­. She is currently completing her Ph.D. in Cultural Studies with an emphasis in Museum Studies at Claremont Graduate University. In addition to curating and administrating exhibitions, Rachel manages the university’s permanent collection and teaches the course Arts Management and Museology every spring semester. Her most well-received exhibit featured the conceptual use of clothing to convey rifts in societal mores relating to religion, gender, and race, called Material Culture. She recently published a selection of catalog entries on 18th-century German ceramics in A Taste for Porcelain: The Virginia A. Marten Collection of Decorative Arts, for the Snite Museum of Art in Indiana. Her areas of interest are Late Antique floor mosaics, ancient thaumaturgy, art experience disparities, and museology.

Kevin CabellKevin Cabell

Kevin Cabell is an Accounting major at California Lutheran University. His interest in art spans years, as he been visiting art museums and creating work since a young age, particularly drawing and ceramics. His love of art and other cultures recently took him to Thailand to view ancient temples and to learn about ancient artifacts. Kevin is involved in many pursuits at CLU, including Athletics, Social Clubs, and Chapel Choir. Upon graduation, Kevin hopes to open a nonprofit to help others in financial literacy.


michelleMichelle Handal

Michelle Handal is an Art major with concentration in Design and a Multimedia minor at California Lutheran University. She is an international student from El Salvador and a senior completing her degree in the spring of 2019. Over the course of her years at California Lutheran University Michelle has been involved in creating and developing community by being part of Associated Students of CLU Government Senate and through her work as a Resident Assistant for Pederson Hall. El Salvador’s culture and her family play an important role in her personal and artistic work, which spans multiple mediums and genres.

YilinYilin Li

Yilin Li is an MBA student at California Lutheran University. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Visual Communication Design from the China University of Geosciences at Wuhan. During undergraduate studies, her design projects focused on branding and garnered awards in competitions such as the Hubei Zhou Hei Ya Marketing Competition. She holds a love for music and is an accomplished pianist with 10 years stage performance experience. Yilin also enjoys photography and travel, particularly in Europe. After graduation, Yilin aspires to combine business and art in the commercial art industry.

HallieHallie Maxwell

Hallie Maxwell is an Art major and Art History minor at California Lutheran University. She specializes in figurative ceramic sculpture. Through her art she explores the shared human conditions of love and suffering by creating emotional human forms that are both realistic and abstract. Hallie also works on campus as an Art Department Assistant. Recently, she was on the advisory board for the 2018 Getty Center College Night and has also participated in the Disney College Program at Disneyland® Resort. Hallie aspires to open her own studio and show her artwork in galleries.


Max EastmanMax Eastman Headshot

Max Eastman is an Interdisciplinary major concentrating in Art & Creative Media at California Lutheran University. Originally from the East Coast, she has previously worked as an artist and designer for the likes of the Maine College of Art, Hasbro Inc., and more. Her portfolio spans traditional and digital illustration, graphic design, and textile work, and draws major inspiration from popular media. She is also a writer with experience in screenplays, fiction, and critical analysis. In the future she hopes to combine these skillsets to craft visually engaging stories, and encourage future artists to pursue their craft.