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

Laurie Macfee

Laurie Macfee is a poet, artist, art administrator, and educator. She joined the Arts Research Center in 2018 and was named Associate Director in 2021; she manages ARC’s Poetry and the Senses initiative, oversees all programs and day-to-day operations of the center. Macfee has over 15 years of arts administration experience––she managed the Writing Program, as well as grants, at Vermont Studio Center; served as Curator of Education and Museum School Director at the Nevada Museum of Art; directed the Sheppard Contemporary Gallery at University of Nevada, Reno; and co-founded a non-profit art apprenticeship program for at-risk youth. Her poems have appeared in Washington Square Review, Ninth Letter, Forklift, OhioTupelo Quarterly, and Rattle among others; her photos for Project 929: Mapping the Solar have been published widely, including &; over 200 reside in Nevada Museum of Art’s permanent collection. Macfee earned her M.F.A in Creative Writing/Poetry from Sierra Nevada University. She holds a B.F.A Fine Art/Photography and studied in the M.F.A. Fine Art program at University of South Florida.




Program Assistant, Arts Research Center

Sophia Hussain

Sophia Hussain is a writer and events programmer based in Berkeley. She currently serves as ARC’s Program Assistant as well as Events Coordinator at the Berkeley Center for New Media, and has done programming at The Asian American Writers’ Workshop, Verso Books, and more. Her work has been featured in the Poetry Project, The Asian American Writers’ Workshop, among others. 



Media Assistant, Arts Research Center

Menat Allah El Attma

Menat Allah El Attma is an Egyptian Muslim woman, educator, writer, and visual artist. Menat graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in English literature and is pursuing her teaching credential. She is a logophile and linguaphile, working to affect a similar love for words/languages in her students through the practice and art of storytelling. She believes art is in the telling of the story as much as the story itself. Menat was a 2020 Poetry & the Senses fellow, and will be writing blog posts on ARC events.