Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery names new director

Scripps College has appointed Erin M. Curtis to serve as the Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Director of the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery effective July 10 following the retirement of Mary Davis MacNaughton, who served as president for 36 years.

A Los Angeles-based curator and historian, Curtis previously served as a curator at the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, senior curator at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, and as an assistant curator at the Skirball Cultural Center.

Curtis has participated in recent talks and panels, including the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books and the Organization of American Historians. She is also the award-winning co-author of  “¡Murales Rebeldes! L.A. Chicana/Chicano Murals Under Siege,” and currently serves as a member of the strategic action committee for the California Association of Museums. She’s also been a volunteer DJ at KSPC 88.7 FM for more than 20 years.

“I look forward to building upon the gallery’s legacy as a unique educational resource, connecting its work to local communities as well as broader conversations taking place throughout Southern California, and collaborating with my colleagues to create a welcoming, relevant, vibrant space that reflects its audiences and their stories,” Curtis wrote in a statement.

Curtis earned her doctoral degree from Brown University and her bachelor’s from Pomona College. For more information visit


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