Arts & Culture Panel
A panel of established female leaders in the San Diego arts community will engage in a discussion that includes highlights from their own careers and ignites a broader dialogue about the future of the arts on campus and in the community.
Mary L Beebe, Director Stuart Collection, UC San Diego
Jill Dawsey, Associate Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
Nan Renner, Director, Incubator for Innovation, Art of Science Learning
Barbara Jackson, Chief Administrative Officer, Department of Music
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Mary L. Beebe joined UC San Diego in 1981 where she founded the Stuart Collection, an internationally renowned sculpture collection that commissions contemporary outdoor sculptures on campus. The Stuart Collection aims to enrich the cultural, intellectual, and scholarly life of the campus and of the San Diego community by building and maintaining a unique collection of site-specific works by leading artists of our time. Prior to joining UC San Diego Mary was the Executive Director of the Portland Center for Visual Arts. She has won numerous awards and served on several juries. Recent highlights include a 2013 Grand Orchid Award from the San Diego Architectural Board for the newest piece in the Stuart Collection, Fallen Star and the 2011 Public Art Network Award from the American’s for the Arts.
Jill Dawsey received a Ph.D. in art history from Stanford University and holds a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College.
Prior to joining MCASD in 2011, Dawsey served as chief curator and curator of modern and contemporary art at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, where she established salt, an ongoing series of exhibitions of international emerging artists. She was an assistant curator of painting and sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art from 2003 to 2006, and has taught curatorial practice at the California College of the Arts and art history at the University of Utah, San Francisco Art Institute, UC Irvine, and Stanford University. Dawsey has organized one-person exhibitions by artists such as Edgar Arceneaux, Phil Collins, Rachel Harrison, Cyprien Gaillard, Emre Hüner, Adriana Lara, Xaviera Simmons, and Sophie Whettnall. Her writing has appeared in Afterall, Art Journal, Art Papers, artforum.com, and Open Space, the blog of SFMOMA. Dawsey’s recent exhibitions at MCASD have included Scoli Acosta: ELEMENTALISTHMUS; The Very Large Array: San Diego/Tijuana Artists in the MCA Collection; Hito Steyerl: Guards; and Approximately Infinite Universe, an exhibition inspired by science fiction. Upcoming projects at MCASD include a solo exhibition with San Francisco-based artist Colter Jacobsen; Laugh-in: Art, Comedy, Performance, an exhibition about stand-up comedy and public speech; and The Uses of Photography: San Diego and the Reinvention of a Medium, which explores conceptual photography by San Diego-based artists of the 1970s.
Nan Renner directs San Diego’s Art of Science Learning Incubator for Innovation, funded by the National Science Foundation. In this role, she supports a multidisciplinary multigenerational binational learning community focused on creating new solutions to address our water challenges. Nan draws on her professional experience (with the San Diego Natural History Museum and San Diego Museum of Art), her academic experience (Ph.D. in Cognitive Science/UCSD and B.A. in Art Theory and Practice), and her personal experience (raising children, enjoying nature, playing music, doing yoga) to encourage joyful exploration and creative collaboration.