de Young Museum Tour
Inside the Museum
The Sculpture Garden and Japanese Tea House
A native to the Bay Area, Justin Charles Hoover is a practicing visual art, curator and an avid student of Kung Fu. He holds bachelor degrees in Peace Studies and French Literature from Colgate University, a Master Degree in New Genres Fine Art from the San Francisco Art Institute and a Master Degree of Public Administration of International Management from the Middlebury Institute at Monterey. Since 2004 Hoover has worked as a museum curator and gallery director, developing communities and empowering audiences through exhibitions, public programs, festival and special events. These range from conventional white wall shows, to black box screenings, popup happenings and art in alternative contexts. Hoover has performed, curated, and exhibited at numerous venues around the world including the 2016 Sculpture Quadrenniale Riga, Latvia; 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale as an artist featured in the US Pavilion (Design Action for the Common Good); the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art among other venues.
Stephen Albair is an artist and part-time college teacher of Art History and Design. He earned a BS in Education, an MA in Fine Art and an MFA in 3-D Design for Illinois State University and has worked in academia for over 25 years. He has held several positions as a visiting artist in many locations throughout the United States and Nova Scotia Canada. Originally from the East Coast, he moved to San Francisco 27 years ago from New York City, where he lived for 10 years. Stephen has traveled extensively spending much of his time in Asia where he has exhibits his artwork.
Alexandra is an art historian specializing in art from the mid-18th century to the early 20th century, with a focus on 19th-century French art. Born in France, she moved to the United States at 18 and has lived on both coasts of her adoptive country. For the past 10 years, she has called the Bay area home, while pursuing both a Bachelor’s and a doctoral degree from U.C. Berkeley. Teaching is a driving force of her academic pursuits; her energy in the classroom and innovative approaches to make material comprehensible have been recognized by two teaching awards at Berkeley. Over the years, she has developed a close relationship with San Francisco museum collections, stemming both from personal interest and art history assignments devised for her Berkeley students.
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