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A Los Angeles native, Christina received her BA in political economy from the University of California, Berkeley in 2001 and her PhD in art history from the University of Michigan in 2010. She began her Minnesota museum career at the Weisman Art Museum, where from 2010 to 2012 she led efforts to more integrally engage students and academic departments in the museum’s activities.
For the last three years, Christina served as Curator of Engagement at the Minnesota Museum of American Art. Her curatorial leadership and vision helped re-establish the credibility and stature of St. Paul's only art museum after its three-year hiatus. Christina hopes to draw on this experience in community building and audience development to get more students and staff in the door, increase visibility on social media, and connect programming to the rich arts and cultural scene in the Cities.
In her spare time Christina likes to go on long hikes with her short-legged Shepherd mix, ride her bike, and cook. She lives in St Paul with her partner Joel Schwarz, also an arts professional, and is looking for a carpool buddy.
Senior Lecturer in Art and Art History
Laurel Bradley has been Director of Exhibitions and Curator of the College Art Collection at Carleton since fall of 1996. Best part of the job? Talking to new people “out of the blue” on the search for art and ideas, and making things happen in the arts. Since coming to Carleton, Bradley has orchestrated numerous international exhibitions “on a shoestring,” including Claiming Title: Australian Aboriginal Artists and the Land; Transformations: Chinese Artists Address Change in China; Kettles: American Artists and Japanese Artistry; and World Ceramics: Transforming Womens’ Traditions. The fall 2009 exhibition Modernizing Melodrama, co-curated with Cinema and Media Studies professor Carol Donelan, embodies a new emphasis on connecting the exhibition program with the curriculum.
Laurel Bradley teaches seminars in curatorial practice and oversees the college art collection. She has played a leadership role in Carleton’s Visuality initiative, which has recently been funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation under a program titled “Visualizing the Liberal Arts.” Ms. Bradley spent eight years teaching at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the Department of Art History, Theory and Criticism, and was the founding director of Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Her Ph.D is from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts, with a Victorian art dissertation topic.
Perlman Teaching Museum Assistant
Since 2000, Wendy Nordquist has been providing support to the Director and the Registrar and assisting with any and all Museum (and previously Art Gallery) activity: exhibition installation & de-installation, working with student Gallery Guards, and other various behind-the-scenes tasks.
In her off-campus life, Wendy does custom-sewing and alterations work, and hosts a weekly music show, Fine Tune, on KYMN radio. Her husband Mike Moyer and son Stewart Moyer work at their own business, Mike's Bikes of Northfield.
Teresa Lenzen joined the Perlman Museum staff as Technical Director in May 2012. Teresa honed her skills as problem solver, art handler, art collection registrar, and more through years of service at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. At Carleton, Teresa has revolutionized the installation of the annual Senior Art Show through mentoring and modeling professional practices, a positive spirit and boundless energy.