Leadership Team

Erika Hirugami, MAAB

Executive Director

Interim Director of Development

Hirugami is the Founder and CEO of CuratorLove. After being a Public Art Curator for the Department of Cultural Affairs of Los Angeles, she became the Curatorial Director for the Ronald McDonald House Charities. As a Getty Foundation Scholar and a Kress Foundation Fellow, she has formed a part of various curatorial teams at museums and galleries across Mexico and the US. Her written has been published internationally.

Hirugami holds an MA in Art Business from the Sotheby’s Institute of Art, in conjunction with the Drucker School of Management and Getty Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University. As well as multiple BAs from UCLA in the fields of Art History, Chicano Studies, and Mexican Studies. She is currently a Doctoral Student at UCLA, her research focuses on the convergence of critical race theory & aesthetics via the undocumented experience in the art market.

Meggie Morris, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Interim Director of Outreach

Meggie Morris is an Adjunct Instructor in Art History for several community colleges in the greater San Diego area. In her courses, she seeks to create a welcoming space for all, emphasizing the unique perspectives and experiences everyone brings to conversations about art’s ability to communicate across time and place.

She completed her MA and Ph.D. at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, specializing in modern and contemporary art, cinema, and pop culture. She has presented papers and lectures at both national and international programs on the intersection of politics, contemporary art, and pop culture, and has contributed chapters to collections of essays in both English and Spanish.

She lives with her family in San Diego, enjoying the beautiful weather and diverse landscape with long daily walks and occasional fishing excursions.

Walter Meyer, MA

Director of Finance

Meyer is a professor of Art History and has taught at Santa Monica College since 2002. His current interests combine identity politics and the digital relationship of visual literacy and pedagogy through privileging discussing issues of ethnorace, class, and gender in a digital and hybrid environment to learn the required canon for his art history transfer students.

He is the current chair of the Art Department at SMC and has been the co-chair of the Technology Planning Committee and he has sat on the Information Services Committee and the Distance Education Committee for the college and served as the faculty adviser for the “Surf Club”.

Meyer has been a member of the CAA since 1997. From 2015-2019 he served as President of the AHSC, is currently the Finance Director, and has been on its board since 2012 and a member since 1998.

He is a former Arts Commissioner and chair of the Public Art Committee for the city of Santa Monica, former board member for the Craft and Folk Art Museum of Los Angeles (Craft Contemporary), and the Santa Monica Arts Foundation.