Interim Director, Arts Research Center, 2018-19

Natalia Brizuela
Associate Professor, Film & Media and Spanish & Portuguese

Natalia Brizuela is Associate Professor in the departments of Film & Media and Spanish & Portuguese. Her work focuses on literature, photography, film, contemporary art, critical theory and aesthetics from Latin America. She has published numerous articles and is the author of three books on photography: Fotografía e império. Paisagens para um Brasil moderno; Depois da fotografía. Uma literatura fora de si; and The Matter of Photography in the Americas with Jodi Roberts that accompanied an exhibition of the same title curated at the Cantor Arts Center in Stanford.

She has co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies (2015) on photographers Grete Stern and Horacio Coppola, and of a book of essays on experimental writer Osvaldo Lamborghini (2008). She has guest edited a Special Issue of Film Quarterly (2016) on Brazilian filmmaker Eduardo Coutinho. She is currently at work on a study of time, history and memory in contemporary media practices from the Global South.


Associate Director, Arts Research Center

Lauren Pearson
(510) 642-4268

Lauren Pearson received her B.A. from New York University, and her M.A. from University College, London, both in the History of Contemporary Art. Over the past thirteen years, she has held a variety of posts as a curator, programmer, and arts administrator. Working with ARC since 2013, Lauren has co-produced events such as Valuing Labor in the Arts (2014), a 10-day Artist-in-Residence with Rick Lowe (2014), The Impact in the Arts Think Tank (2014), Questioning Aesthetics Symposium (2015),  Open Engagement Pre-conference | CROSS-SECTOR (2016), and the Arts + Design Mondays Nights a@ BAMPFA (2017). Previously, Lauren was the Associate Director of the Arts Initiative at Columbia University, a platform developed to integrate arts activities and to foster new artistic collaborations throughout the Columbia campus, and has also served as the Communications Director for The Armory Show, managing all aspects of its communication and public relations in New York as well as for The Armory’s “Art Platform” in Los Angeles. Her personal research focuses on ecology and contemporary art, and the visual culture of frontierism/exploration.


Event Coordinator | Office Manager, Arts Research Center

Laurie Macfee

Laurie is a poet, artist, art administrator, and educator. She directed the Writing Program, as well as grants, at Vermont Studio Center; served as curator of education at the Nevada Museum of Art; directed UNR’s Sheppard Gallery; and co-founded a non-profit art apprenticeship program for at-risk youth. Her poems have appeared in Forklift, Ohio, Ninth Letter, Tupelo Quarterly, and Jet Fuel among others, and her photos for Project 929: Mapping the Solar with media artist Joseph DeLappe now reside in NMA’s permanent collection. She studied photography at University of South Florida’s MFA program, and in 2015 received her MFA poetry from Sierra Nevada College. She’s happily landed in a little duplex in Oakland and is currently finishing her first poetry manuscript.




Student Staff

Diana Ruiz
Graduate Student Researcher, Arts Research Center 


Feliz Rosen
Programming & Marketing Assistant, Arts Research Center 



JBW headshotDirector, Arts Research Center (on leave 2018-19 Academic Year)

Julia Bryan-Wilson
Professor, Modern and Contemporary Art

Julia Bryan-Wilson is Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research interests include questions of artistic labor, feminism, queer theory, fabrication/production, performance, visual culture of the nuclear age, photography, and textile handicraft. She is the author of Art Workers: Radical Practice in the Vietnam War Era (U California Press, 2009), Art in the Making: Artists and their Materials from the Studio to Crowdsourcing (with Glenn Adamson, Thames & Hudson, 2016), and Fray: Art and Textile Politics (U Chicago, 2017).  She is the editor of Robert Morris: October Files (MIT, 2013), and she has co-edited two special issues of journals: “Visual Activism” for the Journal of Visual Culture (with Jennifer González and Dominic Willsdon) and “Time Zones: Durational Art and its Contexts” for Representations (with Shannon Jackson). With Andrea Andersson, Bryan-Wilson co-curated the exhibition Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen, which travels to the Berkeley Art Museum in fall 2018.  She is currently writing a book about Louise Nevelson.

A scholar and critic, Bryan-Wilson has written about artists such Laylah Ali, Ida Applebroog, Sadie Benning, Cheryl Dunye, Simone Forti, Cristóbal Lehyt, Ana Mendieta, Yvonne Rainer, Yoko Ono, Harmony Hammond, Sharon Hayes, and Anne Wilson, in publications that include Art Bulletin, Artforum, The Craft Reader, Grey Room, The Textiles Reader, October, The Journal of Modern Craft, and many exhibition catalogs. Her article “Invisible Products” received the 2013 Art Journal award, and she was an inaugural recipient of the Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Arts Writers Grant. She has held fellowships from the Center for the Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, the Getty Research Institute, the Clark Art Institute, the Henry Moore Institute, the Smithsonian Archives of American Art, the Townsend Center for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, and the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design.