Elyse A. Gonzales is Assistant Director and Curator of Exhibitions at the Art, Design & Architecture Museum, UC Santa Barbara. While at the Museum she has curated numerous collection exhibitions and organized several group shows including The Schoolhouse and the Bus: Mobility, Pedagogy and Engagement; Two Projects by Pablo Helguera and Suzanne Lacy / Pilar Riaño-Alcalá (September 2017); The Stumbling Present: Ruins in Contemporary Art (2012); Starting Here: A Selection of Distinguished Artists from UCSB (2014); Peake/Picasso (2013); and Shana Lutker, Anna Sew Hoy, and Brenna Youngblood: CB08, the California Biennial (2008). She also initiated an Artist-in-Residence exhibition program, and has commissioned artists to create new works in the Museum’s galleries. In 2017 she was named fellow in the Center for Curatorial Leadership Program and is currently a Santa Barbara County Arts Commissioner for District 1. Prior to working at the AD&A Museum, Gonzales was Assistant Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania and Special Projects Assistant at the Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA. Gonzales received an MA from Williams College and a BA from the University of New Mexico.

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