The Art Historians of Southern California “AHSC” was founded in 1959 and is a College Art Association “CAA” affiliated organization. AHSC’s focus is to bring art historians from a variety of professional backgrounds (universities, colleges, community colleges, museums, and galleries) throughout California to engage in dialogue about the most current scholarship and professional practices in the field of art history. bylaws

We wanted to take a moment to appreciate the contribution of 3 members, contributors and presidents of AHSC who passed in the last year.  thank you to Irina Costache and Nina Berson for writing these.


The Art Historians of Southern California is sadden to announce the recent passing of three of its members. Jeanne Willette, Catie Mihalopoulos and Margarita Nieto were well-respected and valued by their peers and by students. Below are brief bios for each of them.



Jeanne Willette was an art historian who taught at many Southern California colleges until she became, two decades ago, a full-time faculty at Otis College. An insightful thinker and sophisticated visual reader, she was interested in intertwining history, theory and visual analysis. Her research was focused on modern and contemporary art and her extensive writings include the books The Writing of Cubism (2012)New Artwriting: Creating a Culture of Cyber Criticism (2013) and Falling Through Postmodernism  (2015), as well as an impressive number of articles and essays. She was a regular contributor to ARTSCENE and lectured extensively at conferences and museums. In recent decades Dr. Willette became interested in digital media. Her website Art History Unstuffed  (https://arthistoryunstuffed.com/) has a wealth of information including a very active blog. In addition, Dr. Willette published essays in an online journal and created a series of art history podcasts. She served as President of AHSC and presented papers at several meetings in Los Angeles and at the CAA annual conferences.

Jeanne Willette died on March 12, 2019. A memorial service will take place on Saturday, March 30, 2-4:30 pm at Otis College.


Catie Mihalopoulos was born in Greece and died at 62 on November 21, 2018 in Northridge, California. An enthusiastic art historian of ancient Greece, she was also a perceptive analyst of the role of women in antiquity.  Her interests included the history and the politics of fashion and art and mass media.  Dr. Mihalopoulos was a research scholar at the Getty Villa, a senior research scholar at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, and a Special Advisor to the Greek Minister of Culture.  She taught at several Los Angeles area universities including Loyola Marymount University and Cal State Channel Islands. Her curatorial work included aspects of the 2006-2007 exhibition Holy Image, Hallowed Ground: Icons from Sinai, at the Getty Museum and Textiles and Implements Created by Women, an exhibition in Agistri, Greece.  Dr. Mihalopoulos lectured at the J. Paul Getty Villa on “Some Bronze Evidence in Ancient Kekryphalia” and wrote Cypriote antiquities in collections in Southern California (2006). She also presented papers at AHSC meetings.

Margarita Nieto was an art historian and Professor in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at California State University, Northridge. Her work, focused on Latin–American and Chicano culture, literature, art and artists has been recognized nationally and internationally. She authored and co-authored several books, numerous exhibition catalogues, articles and essays, including Across the Street: Self-Help Graphics and Chicano Art in Los Angeles (1995), Transmigrations: Sculpture by Cecilia Z. Miguez (2002) and Alfredo Ramos &Modernism (2013). In addition, she conducted interviews with Chicano artists (such as Carlos Almaraz and Frank Romero) and was a regular contributor to the ARTSCENE. In 2015, she published Pathways to the Heart- An Anthology of Mexican Literature in Translation. Furthermore, her art historical expertise was essential to LACMA in acquiring the Lewin Collection of Mexican art.  She lectured extensively at conferences, universities and museums. Dr. Nieto was a member of the AHSC and in 2004 gave a paper at the first AHSC panel at the CAA Annual conference. She was praised and appreciated by her students and by her peers.

Margarita Nieto died on June 11, 2018.


AHSC Board Positions- 2018

Tom Folland President

Martina Pfleger Hesser Vice-President of Annual Meetings & Conferences

Gamble Madsen Administrative/Finance Director & Northern California Regional Officer

Ellis van den Boorgaard Outreach Director

Walter Meyer  Finance Director

Meggie Morris San Diego Regional Officer 

Sylvester Okwunodu Ogbechie  Santa Barbara/Central California Regional Officer

Jim Arthur Member at Large

Clare Kunny Member at Large

Juli Wolfgram Member at Large

Jean-Luc Bordeaux Board Member Emeritus
Donald Preziosi Board Member Emeritus