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.

 Max Eastman

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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. By combining these skillsets, she has curated semi-permanent displays on soil science and paleontology for the Ahmanson Science Center, as well as the exhibition Key Frames: A Celebration of Animation & Production Art at the William Rolland Gallery in Fall 2019. She hopes to continue to use popular art, writing, and museology to encourage a passion for creativity, curiosity and the natural world in future artists and scholars.




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Emma Jo Herren is an Art major with a Multimedia minor focusing in Animation and Digital art. Since she was young, Emma has developed a fine art background in watercolor and oil painting. She now applies her fine art experience to her current work in digital illustration and animation. Her current portfolio has works of graphic design, illustration and oil paintings. In the future she hopes to use her skills in digital and fine art to develop animated stories that inspire and entertain children and adults alike.