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.

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.


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, and minors in geology with a particular interest in vertebrate and invertebrate paleontology. In the future she hopes to combine these skillsets to craft visually engaging stories, and encourage future artists to pursue their craft.