Joseph S. Lewis III, Dean of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine, is a nationally known artist, arts administrator, educator, and author. Mr. Lewis has held positions as Dean of the School of Art and Design at Alfred University, NY; Dean of the School of Art and Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York; chair of the art department at California State University at Northridge; and tenured professor, and faculty member of California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) while also administering a public art program for the City of Los Angeles. As an arts administrator, Mr. Lewis was a project coordinator and then project manager for Jackie Robinson Foundation in New York, and was co-founder and director of Fashion Moda in New York, where he curated and mounted more than 35 exhibitions and 120 performance events nationwide.
Mr. Lewis has served on numerous art school evaluation panels; is a former member of the board of directors of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the accrediting agency for art schools; served as a member of the board of directors of The Bronx Museum of the Arts; and is a past member of the board of directors and a past president of the National Council of Art Administrators. He was also a member of the National Scholarship Selection Committee for the Jackie Robinson Foundation. Currently he is a member of board of directors for California Lawyers for the Arts and president of the Noah Purifoy Foundation located in Joshua Tree, California. Lewis is also a full member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).
As a visual and performing artist, Mr. Lewis has had numerous exhibitions of his work both nationally and internationally, including the Los Angeles County Museum and California Afro-American Museum, Los Angeles, CA; The Museum of Arts and Design, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the New Museum, New York; the High Museum, Atlanta, GA; and Smithsonian Museum, Washington DC; with solo shows at the Sub Station, Singapore; Robert Berman Jo Gallery, Los Angeles; University of Vermont, Burlington; and Rupert Ravens Contemporary, Newark, NJ. He has also participated in several residency programs including Anderson Ranch, CO; Cité des Artes in Paris; and the Darkroom Projects in Milan, Italy.
Mr. Lewis has written for Art in America, The LA Weekly and Artforum, was a contributing editor for Artspace and a correspondent for Contemporanea, an international arts magazine. His essays regarding the confluence of art, technology, and society have been published in anthologies and peer reviewed journals.
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. 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.