Marcia Morse (Marcia Roberts-Deutsch) was raised in Hawaiʻi and returned to live in the islands since 1974. She received her BA with honors from Harvard University, her MFA in Printmaking from Stanford University, and her PhD in Political Science at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. As a Professor of Art, she worked in the UH system since 1980, served as Dean of University College at Honolulu Community College for five years, and as System Accreditation Liaison before her retirement at the end of 2018. She has also had a long-term career as an artist and arts writer.
Jennifer Saville, an independent scholar, was the curator of Western art at the Honolulu Academy of Arts from 1991 to 2006. She curated the exhibition of 1990, Georgia O’Keeffe: Paintings of Hawaii, and authored its companion catalogue. She also wrote John Taylor Arms: Plates of Perfect Beauty and co-authored Finding Paradise: Island Art in Private Collections. She is the lead author of the catalogue raisonné of prints by Hawaiʻi-printmaker Charles W. Bartlett published in Richard Miles and Jennifer Saville, A Printmaker in Paradise (Honolulu: Honolulu Academy of Arts, 2001). While at the Academy, she curated numerous exhibitions focusing on post-contact Western-style art.
Neill Char manages First Hawaiian Bank's Private Banking and Wealth Advisory Division. He has been in banking for over 20 years and his experience includes branch banking, corporate and business banking, and wealth management. Over the years Neill has developed an appreciation for art, especially contemporary art. In a partnership with First Hawaiian Bank, Neill coordinates gallery exhibits with the Honolulu Museum of Art at the First Hawaiian Center which is open to the public for viewing.
Ellen Chapman is a certified archivist and research librarian, working mostly at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Library, and is an archives consultant for non-profit cultural and educational organizations. She was a volunteer in the Jean Charlot Collection for many years and has been a staff member in the collection since mid-2016. She is an exhibiting artist and a member of many local arts organizations.
John Charlot earned his Dr. Theology in New Testament Studies from the University of Munich and was Professor of Polynesian Religions at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. He has written extensively on the life and work of his father, Jean Charlot. All these writings can be found at jeancharlot.org.
Laura Ruby is a 2015 Hawaiʻi Living Treasure Honoree and a 2008 recipient of the Hawaiʻi Individual Artist Fellowship (the highest honor in the visual arts). Her prints and sculptures have been shown in national and international solo, juried, and invitational exhibitions. Her essay and a selection of her prints from the “Nancy Drew Series” are published in Rediscovering Nancy Drew (1995). She continues to create her “Diamond Head Series” of prints and installation sculptures. She has created large site-specific sculptures including The Battle of Mōʻiliʻili (2016), Chinatown—Site of Passage (1994), Stage Set—Mise en Scene (1991), and Cromlech (1980). She taught art and honors at the University of Hawaiʻi for 34 years, and she edited the book Mōʻiliʻili—The Life of a Community (2005), and co-authored the books Honolulu Town (2012) and Honokaa Town (2015) with Ross W. Stephenson.
Dale Ruff is Regional Vice President of Louis Vuitton and has lived in Hawaiʻi for nearly 40 years. A native of Montana, he obtained his BA in Music from Montana State University at Billings.
Kent Severson, Conservator, Doris Duke's Shangri La. Severson, a graduate of the New York University (NYU) Institute of Fine Arts Conservation training program, joined Shangri La's staff in March 2012. Severson is responsible for overseeing the proper care and preservation of Shangri La's collection of Islamic Art. Prior to his employment at Shangri La, Severson was a conservator in private practice based in Boston, working primarily for museums and other institutions. He has participated in archeological projects in Turkey, Greece, Italy and Egypt for more than 20 years including serving as the Senior Field conservator for the NYU Excavations at Aphrodisias, Turkey. Between 2010–2011, Severson was Visiting Instructor in Collections Care and Management for the Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage in Erbil, Iraq.
Joseph Stanton, who has lived in Hawaiʻi since 1972, is a Professor of Art History and American Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. His Ph.D. is from New York University. His books of poems are Moving Pictures (2019), Things Seen (2016), A Field Guide to the Wildlife of Suburban Oʻahu (2006), Cardinal Points (2002), Imaginary Museum: Poems on Art (1999), and What the Kite Thinks (1994). His other sorts of books include Looking for Edward Gorey (2011), Stan Musial: A Biography (2007), The Important Books: Children's Picture Books as Art and Literature (2005), and A Hawaiʻi Anthology (1997). He has a special interest in the book illustrations of Jean Charlot. He occasionally teaches poetry workshops at Poets House (in New York City) and at the Honolulu Museum of Art.
Jean Trapido-Rosenthal was born and raised in Hawaiʻi. She received her Bachelor's degree in Art History from Pomona College, and her Master's degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara, specializing in American art. She served as registrar, docent educator, and curator at the Bermuda National Gallery, in Hamilton, Bermuda, as well as development associate at the Bermuda Biological Station for Research. Currently she serves as an interpretive guide at Shangri La, the Diamond Head estate of the late Doris Duke.
Laura Warfield is a paralegal for a Honolulu law firm. Born in Pennsylvania, she has lived in Hawaiʻi for over thirty years. She has a B.A. in history from Fordham University's College at Lincoln Center.
Allison Wong is currently the Deputy Director at the Honolulu Museum of Art (HoMA). Her responsibilities include overseeing buildings and grounds for three campuses, as well as earned revenue including that of the Museum’s Shop and Café, Security, IT and Development. Prior to her current position at HoMA, Ms. Wong was the Executive Director of The Contemporary Museum (TCM) where she successfully worked on the merger of The Contemporary Museum and the Honolulu Academy of Arts. Ms. Wong was familiar to TCM where for more than ten years she held the position of Associate Curator and also served as the Curator of Exhibitions at First Hawaiian Center. Previously, Ms. Wong was Director of the Art in Public Places Program and the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum at the Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. Ms. Wong has also worked as an art consultant to architects, designers, developers, and private individuals. For her clients, she developed customized art programs that included planning and implementation from concept development through acquisition and installation of works by local and national artists.