Director, Arts Research Center

Julia Bryan-Wilson
Doris and Clarence Malo Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art

Julia Bryan-Wilson (Doris and Clarence Malo Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art) teaches art since 1945 in the US, Europe, and Latin America; she is also the Director of the UC Berkeley Arts Research Center. Her research interests include theories of artistic labor, feminist and queer theory, performance and dance, production/fabrication, craft histories, photography, video, visual culture of the nuclear age, and collaborative practices. She is the author of Art Workers: Radical Practice in the Vietnam War Era (University of California, 2009, named a best book of the year by the New York Times and Artforum); 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 (University of Chicago, 2017, a New York Times best art book of the year and winner of the Frank Jewett Mather Award, the Robert Motherwell Book Award, and the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present Book Prize).  She is the editor of OCTOBER Files: Robert Morris (MIT Press, 2013), and co-editor of two special journal issues (“Visual Activism,” Journal of Visual Culture, 2016; and “Time Zones: Durational Art in its Contexts,” Representations, 2016).  

Bryan-Wilson is an adjunct curator at the Museu de Arte de São Paulo, where in 2019 she co-curated the exhibit Women’s Histories. With Andrea Andersson, she curated Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen, which opened at the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans in 2017 and traveled to the Berkeley Art Museum, the Henry Art Gallery, and the ICA Philadelphia. She is currently writing a book about Louise Nevelson (under advanced contract with Yale University Press). 

Bryan-Wilson has published articles in Afterall, Art Bulletin, Art Journal, Artforum, Bookforum, Camera Obscura, differences, Grey Room, October, the Journal of Modern Craft, Oxford Art Journal, TDR: The Drama Review, and many other venues. Her article “Invisible Products” received the 2013 Art Journal Award.

Associate Director, Arts Research Center

Lauren Pearson

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.

Program Director, Arts Research Center

Laurie Macfee

Laurie Macfee is a poet, artist, art administrator, and educator. She joined the Arts Research Center in 2018 and currently facilitates the Poetry and the Senses initiative. Over the past 22 years 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 University of Nevada, Reno’s Sheppard Contemporary Gallery; and co-founded a non-profit art apprenticeship program for at-risk youth. Her poems have appeared in Washington Square Review, Forklift, Ohio, Ninth Letter, Tupelo Quarterly, and Jet Fuel among others, and her photos with Joseph DeLappe for Project 929: Mapping the Solar have been published widely, including and, and over 200 reside in the Nevada Museum of Art’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.

Program Assistant, Arts Research Center

Lindsey Pannor

Lindsey Pannor is a writer, editor, and bookseller living in Berkeley, California. She received her B.A. in English from UC Berkeley in 2020, where she also minored in Creative Writing and Journalism. She has served in both design and editorial roles for publications such as ZyzzyvaAmadeus Magazine, and The Berkeley Poetry Review.