Stephen Barker, Interim Dean of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, is the former Chair of Drama, Chair of Art, Associate Dean of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, and Faculty Assistant to the Chancellor. He has served as director of the UC-wide Education Abroad Program in France. In other, previous lives he was a professional actor, director, dancer, choreographer, musician, and advertising executive. He now works internationally in critical, aesthetic, and performance theory. He has written books and articles on numerous artists and philosophers including Friedrich Nietzsche, Jacques Derrida, Sigmund Freud, and Samuel Beckett; his books include Autoaesthetics: Strategies of the Self After Nietzsche, Signs of Change: Premodern, Modern, Postmodern, and Interrogating Images. His most recent book, Thresholds: The Art of Limit-Play, is forthcoming. Barker is a founder of the journal Derrida Today and is on the faculty of the London Graduate School. He has recently translated volumes by French philosophers Bernard Stiegler and François-David Sebbah for Stanford University Press. He lives in Irvine and Provence with his wife Michelle, a clinical psychologist.
David Familian began working at the Beall Center for Art and Technology in 2005 and was appointed as Associate Director in April 2006. An artist and educator, he received his BFA from California Institute of the Arts in 1979 and his MFA from UCLA in 1986. For the past twenty years he taught studio art and critical theory in art schools and universities including Otis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Santa Clara University, San Francisco Art Institute and U.C. Irvine. He currently teaches the Beall Center's Digital Arts Exhibition course at UC Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts. Although David began his career as a photographer, since 1990 new media has become integral to his own artistic practice and his work as a web producer and technical advisor for individual artists, museums and universities such as Walker Art Center, University of Minnesota and the Orange County Museum of Art. David has curated and organized the majority of exhibitions at the Beall Center. In 2013 he premiered Echo and Narcissus a new sound video installation with interactive elements at the Art/Sci Gallery at UCLA. David developed the Black Box Projects Initiative at the Beall Center and meets regularly with artists as well as technologists and scientists to collaborate on new projects.
Samantha Younghans is the events & public programs director as well as the exhibitions coordinator for the Beall Center. She holds a BA in Art from UC Santa Cruz, with a minor in Economics. Samantha strives to keep a balance between her passions for art and education alongside her skills at business and management. Prior to her role at the Beall Center she studied contract law; ran a child care business, started an OC real estate company, produced youth oriented community programs and spent many hours volunteering her time at various art institutions throughout California. Samantha is always looking for future collaborators and presenters for Beall public programs and events, and continues to look for ways to engage the community in the innovative exhibitions at the Beall. Samantha is involved in developments around STEAM education and is an active member of the tri-county (LA/OC/SD) Art+STEM Collaborative.