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Christine E. Jones

Acting Executive Director

Photo of Christine JonesChristine E. Jones is an accomplished curator, appraiser, collections manager and public art program manager with over 23 years of experience in government organizations, museums, galleries and consultancies. Jones is an Accredited Senior Appraiser recognized by the American Society of Appraisers and specializing in ancient and contemporary Asian art. She holds dual Bachelor degrees in Art History and Anthropology from the University of Kansas and a Master of Arts in Museum Studies from San Francisco State University. Jones served as the Project Manager, Public Art & Civic Art Collection for the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture from 2006-2009 and returned as a consulting collections manager and public art project manager from 2011-2015. As a consultant for the San Diego Unified Port District Public Art Office from 2009-2013, Jones guided the development and implementation of the Port's first public art curatorial strategy to realize public art commissions and exhibitions on the tidelands of five coastal jurisdictions in San Diego County. Jones organized the largest exhibition of city-owned artwork in the City of San Diego's history at the Central Library in 2012 and performed pivotal roles in public art project management for the redevelopment of San Diego's North Embarcadero and the restoration of the Aztec Brewing Company rathskeller historic collection of art and artifacts. She has traveled widely in Asia and Europe, appraised over $50 million in private property, negotiated contracts with internationally recognized artists and previously held positions at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Most recently, Jones served as the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture’s Senior Public Art Manager, engaging artists to design, fabricate and install innovative public art commissions, collaborating with private developers to site art in the public realm, and managing the Civic Art Collection, which is the largest government-held public art collection in San Diego County.  Email Christine E. Jones at [email protected]

J Noland

Civic Art Project Manager

Photo of J NolandJ Noland is an experienced arts administrator, project manager and visual artist. Noland has held previous positions at the New Children's Museum (NCM) in San Diego in the Exhibitions, Executive and Curatorial departments. He assisted with the organization and project management of NCM exhibitions from their opening in 2008 through the summer of 2015. In 2009, he and Josh Pavlick co-founded Helmuth Projects, an alternative art space in downtown San Diego, which provides exhibition opportunities to local, national and international artists. Noland completed a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts at the University of California San Diego in 2014, and he received a Bachelor's degree in Art History and Studio Art from the University of San Diego in 2007. As the Commission for Arts and Culture's Public Art Coordinator, Noland assists with management of the Civic Art Collection, coordination of innovative public art commissions, and communicating with private developers to site art in the public realm. Email J Noland at [email protected]

Whitney Roux

Civic Art Project Manager

Photo of Whitney RouxWhitney Roux is an emerging leader in arts administration and community change maker. As the City of San Diego's Arts and Culture Funding Programs Coordinator, Whitney works to guide the policies and procedures for the annual distribution of approximately $10 million in public funding to over one hundred nonprofits for support of San Diego's arts and culture sector. She currently also serves as a member of the Creative Forces Task Force, implementing thought leadership on veterans and arts programs with the California Arts Council. She has served as a resource for to The William and Flora Hewlett’s Moving Arts Leadership Forward and Center for Cultural Innovation’s Future Arts Forward publications. She holds a Master’s Degree in Arts Administration from Drexel University where she was the recipient of the Karen Murdoch Scholarship for Visionary Leadership in the Art. Whitney has served as the Chair of the Steering Committee for Rising Arts Leaders of San Diego, led AFTA’s Emerging Leaders Network’s roundtable at the 2014 national convention. Whitney lives in San Diego with her partner and their cat Sunny, where she also teaches yoga and volunteers. Email Whitney Roux at [email protected] 

Leticia Gomez Franco

Civic Art Project Manager

Leticia Gomez FrancoLeticia Gomez Franco is an experienced arts administrator, exhibition curator and community organizer. Gomez Franco previously served as Art Gallery Coordinator at San Diego Mesa College and as Director of Programs for the New Americans Museum where she supported the grand reopening of the immigrant narratives and led curatorial efforts for such exhibitions as Becoming All-American: Diversity, Inclusion & Breaking Barriers in Major League Baseball and Inscription: A Monumental Installation by Shinpei Takeda. Her career in the arts began as Exhibitions Director for Casa Familiar’s The Front: A Collaborative of Arts, Culture, Design & Urbanism, where she oversaw development and program management for multiple art spaces as well as headed a rigorous and culturally conscious exhibition calendar with a commitment to local arts, diversity and community empowerment. Over the last decade, she has curated and overseen the production of arts programs, festivals and exhibitions. Most notably, Ni Solo Mujeres: Intersecting Chicana Identities at Southwestern College Art Gallery, 2017, Dia De La Mujer all women art exhibitions throughout San Diego (2008-2016), Jamex & Einar De la Torres’ acclaimed exhibition: Whysydro - New Lenticular & Mixed Media Work On and About La Borda (2014) and the San Ysidro Centennial Celebration (2009). She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley in English and Chicana/o Studies and a Master of Arts in Curatorial Theory from San Diego State University's Liberal Arts & Sciences Program. She is also a fellow of the National Association of Latino Arts & Culture Leadership Institute (NALAC). As an Arts and Culture Services Coordinator for the Commission for Arts and Culture, Gomez Franco assists with management of the Civic Art Collection and coordination of innovative public art commissions. She also assists with guiding the policies and procedures for the annual distribution of approximately $10 million in public funding to over one hundred nonprofits for support of San Diego's arts and culture. Email Leticia Gomez Franco at [email protected]

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