Art and Art History Faculty

  •  Stephanie Dotson

    Professor of Art

    MFA, University of Georgia in Athens

    GA, Kansas City Art Institute

    BFA, Kansas City Art Institute

    In Fall 2007 Stephanie began teaching Printmaking and Design. Solo exhibits of her installation work include Kansas City, MO, Atlanta, Chicago Philadelphia and Santa Barbara.

  • Joy Kunz

    Professor of Art History

    Ph.D., Art History, UCSB

    M.A., Art History, St. Louis University

    I've had a circuitous journey to a Ph.D. in Art History. I attended a small liberal arts college and majored in English Literature. After being introduced to art history at college I decided to pursue it by completing an M.A. at St. Louis University with a specialization in Northern Renaissance Art. After teaching for a number of years and traveling around the world I returned to earn a Ph.D. from UCSB. My dissertation was in the area of Modern Art.

    I teach Art History at SBCC. When I was in college I took the required art history survey course and to my surprise I was fascinated with the breadth of the subject and its connection to so many other disciplines such as psychology, history, religion, sociology, politics, and more. I teach because I want other people to know how interesting art history is. I believe art history continues to be very relevant to contemporary life and I encourage students to become more informed consumers of all visual culture, present and past.

  • Armando Ramos Headshot

    Assistant Professor of Art

    MFA, Montana State University

    BFA, Kansas City Art Institute

    (Courses: Studio Art Foundations 3-D, Introduction to Sculpture, Beginning Casting, Sculpture Fabrication)

    Armando Ramos is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Frey Foundation, the Red Lodge Clay Center Red Lodge, Montana and the Vermont Studio Center.  His work has been shown at Grand Rapids Museum of Art Grand Rapids, Michigan as part of Art Prize Seven; The Zanesville Museum of Art in Zanesville, Ohio; The Clay Studio Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; The Oakland Museum, Oakland, California and The North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand forks North Dakota.
  •  Christopher Ulivo Headshot

    Associate Professor of Art

    MFA, Rhode Island School of Design (painting/drawing)

    BFA, Tyler School of Art, Temple University (painting/drawing)

    (Courses: Fundamentals of Painting, Intermediate Painting, Figure and Portrait Drawing, Integrated Drawing and Painting)

    Christopher Ulivo (b.1977, Brooklyn, NY) lives and works in Ventura, CA. His egg tempera paintings, imagine the confluences and collisions of fate, myth, personal lineage and the unintended consequences of unlimited wish fulfillment. The resulting paintings are visually dense and darkly humorous. In the course of his career, he has both exhibited and organized shows across the United States and Europe including: Half Gallery Los Angeles; Susan Inglett Gallery, New York;  Axel Obiger, Berlin; Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara; The Felix Art Fair Los Angeles; The Armory Show, New York and The Benkai Museum, Athens.

  • Instructor of Art History

    BA, Psychology, UCSB, 1980

    MA, Art History, UC Davis, 1988

    PhD, Art History, UCSB, 1995 

    (Courses: Visual Literacy, Prehistoric to Gothic, Renaissance to Modern, History of American Art, History of Photography)

  • Stephanie Washburn Headshot

    Assistant Professor of Art and Department Chair 

    MFA UC Santa Barbara (Regents Fellow)

    BA Wesleyan University (English) 

    (Courses: Fundamentals of Drawing, Intermediate Drawing, Integrated Drawing and Painting, Art Field Studies)

    Stephanie Washburn works in a range of media including drawing, collage, photography and video. Her projects explore materiality, the physical and natural world, and the landscape genre in relationship to environmental crisis. Recent exhibitions include Taft Botanical Gardens, Ojai, CA; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara CA; Beaconsfield, London, UK; Claremont University, Claremont, CA; ACME Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT;  Fellows of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA and Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, University of California, Agnes Gund and Frederick R. Weisman Foundations. Reviews include The Los Angeles Times, New American Paintings, Art Fag City and Vice. Her photographs have been published in Heliotrope, Harper's Magazine, and The LA Review of Books.


  • John Connelly
    (805) 965-0581 X 3484
    Atkinson Gallery 
    Humanities Building, Room 202
    East Campus, Santa Barbara City College, 721 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93109 

    John Connelly

    Connelly is an independent curator and consultant based in Santa Barbara since 2014. He previously held the role of Director of The Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation in New York City, where he led educational and archival efforts in support of the Foundation's mission to foster appreciation and study of the works of Gonzalez-Torres among scholars and the general public. He ran the art gallery John Connelly Presents in New York City for 10 years and was the director at Andrea Rosen Gallery from 1994 through 2002. He co-founded the New Art Dealer’s Alliance (NADA) to support and encourage collaboration among his fellow arts professionals. He is also a co-founder of High Desert Test Sites (HDTS), the experimental exhibition platform based in Joshua Tree, CA.


    BA, Art History, State University of New York at Purchase
    Master's Studies, City University of New York, Hunter College


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