RBSC Staff

Staff

Portrait of Lisa Stone near sideshow banner
Lisa Stone, Curator

Lisa Stone, Curator
Pronouns:
 she/her
Bio: I have been honored and lucky to be curator of the RBSC since its humble beginnings in 1997. My goal here is to conjoin the histories of a modest 19th-century building and a significant 20th-century artist into a place that is alive and performs fully in the 21st century. I am also honored and lucky to teach in the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism. I earned a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from SAIC. My research and teaching concern the preservation and interpretation of artist’s environments and collections, and the relationship of objects to creative practice. I toil on a garden/ruin in Spring Lake, Wisconsin, except in winter.
Contact: lstone@saic.edu
Vinyl LP “staff picks” selections for fall 2019: Four Freshmen and Five Saxes and The Wondrous World of Sonny & Cher

 

 

Portrait of James Connolly holding Nixon object in front of face
James Connolly, Curator

James Connolly, Curator
Pronouns: 
he/him
Bio: I started working at the RBSC in the fall of 2006 as an intern and was hired as staff when I received my BFA in 2010. I've also taught in the department of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation since 2013. Over the years I've focused on using the objects in the collection to initiate conversations that inform the creative practice and engage with various political and social topics. I've also used my skills as a new media artist to build digital systems to manage our collections and make them accessible to staff, students, and visitors.
Links and contact: jconno@saic.edu | jameshconnolly.com | instagram.com/jxconno
Vinyl LP “staff picks” selections for fall 2019: Thomas Dolby - Airhead and The Mamas and the Papas - self titled

 

 

Portrait of Nick Lowe with silent butler
Nick Lowe, Curator

Nick Lowe, Curator
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Student Staff

Portrait of Angelina watching Roger Brown's television
Angelina Almukhametova, Curatorial Assistant

Angelina Almukhametova, Curatorial Assistant
Bio: 
Having always been drawn to collecting various trinkets and antiques, I have a deep fascination for Roger Brown’s collection. Every day at work is a learning experience; there isn’t a single day that I don’t notice a new object in the space. At the Roger Brown Study Collection, I have been working on digitizing the artist’s vinyl record collection. It’s amusing to draw connections between the records and Roger Brown’s life and work, as well as those that interweave the collection. I am currently in my third year of undergrad at SAIC. My experience with Roger Brown’s collection has motivated new branches in my writing work. 
Vinyl LP “staff picks” selections for spring 2019: If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears - The Mama's and The Papa's and The Mills Brothers Great Hits

 

 

 

Gabby Christiansen, Curatorial Assistant
Vinyl LP “staff picks” selections for fall 2019: Talking Heads - Little Creatures and Patsy Cline - Always, Patsy Cline

 

 

 

Lauren Couey, Curatorial Assistant
Vinyl LP “staff picks” selections for fall 2019: Blood, Sweat & Tears - Greatest Hits and Jerry Jerome and His Group - Bright and Bouncy Hi Fi Dance Music

 

 

 

Portrait of Cat in front of Christina Ramberg Painting
Catherine Rose Lamendola, Curatorial Assistant

Catherine Rose Lamendola, Curatorial Assistant
Pronouns:
she/her
Bio: I’m a dual degree MA student who came to the RBSC in 2017 through my love of vernacular artists and nontraditional art spaces. My focus at the collection is in examining the ecosystem created by site-specific objects, and connecting Roger Brown to Chicago’s history of self-taught art. More broadly, I’m interested in archival management, artist-built environments, and museum workers rights. Before coming to SAIC, I received my BA in Art History from McGill University, and spent time in my hometown of Dallas, Texas.
Vinyl LP “staff picks” selections for fall 2019: Pointer Sisters - Energy and Sarah Vaughan - The Magic of Sarah Vaughan
Links and contact: clamen@saic.edu | instagram.com/stecatherine

 

 

 

Xinran Liu, Curatorial Assistant

 

 

 

Mia Morettini, Curatorial Assistant
Pronouns:
she/her
Bio: I'm a first year MAVCS candidate with a background in writing, painting, and drawing. I've spent the last few years collecting found objects-- mostly toys-- and reconfiguring them through mixed media projects. At RBSC I'm interested in seeing how art and objects, when stripped away from the pristine gallery setting and contexts, can cohabitate and form new stories and relationships around each other. My favorite items in the collection tend to be the tiny objects tucked in the backs of shelves or behind much larger pieces. They can feel like little tricksters hiding in wait to be discovered by those who look very closely... Through my work here, I'm also actively engaging with the works of the Imagists and am currently scanning masterwork transparencies of Roger Brown's paintings.
Vinyl LP “staff picks” selections for fall 2019: Graceland - Paul Simon,Always - Patsy Cline

 

 

 

Christina Stavros, Curatorial Assistant
Vinyl LP “staff picks” selections for fall 2019: The Beatles - Sg. Pepper. and Ray Charles - The Genius Hits the Road

 

 

 

Julie Stopper, Curatorial Assistant

 

 

 


Portrait of Taylor using Roger Brown's phone

Taylor Morgan, Curatorial Assistant (2018-2019)


Pronouns: 
she/her/they
Bio: I am a senior in the BFA program at SAIC, in the painting and drawing department. A visit to the RBSC was one of my first class trips in the beginning of my freshman year and its been fascinating to learn some of the ins and outs of the historic preservation process. As a painter and 20th century print/illustration collector myself, I'm very inspired by the historic narrative of objects and images here. I have been scanning and archiving a wide variety Roger Browns's photographs and have learned a lot about Roger, and my abilities as an amateur sleuth. 
Vinyl LP “staff picks” selections for spring 2019: Blue - Joni Mitchell, Honky Chateau - Elton John

 


Portrait of Alessandra posing with Mexican wooden skeleton sculpture

Alessandra Norman, Curatorial Assistant (2017-2019)
Bio: 

As someone who maintains their own collection – my partner and I have over 100 cacti and other xerophytic plants – I find working at RBSC fascinating for a variety of reasons. I’m interested in Roger’s collecting practice and how both objects and his collecting proclivities inform and surface in his work. Spending a lot of time here has afforded me the opportunity for extended reflection on various objects in the collection, to think about an object’s cultural context, individual history, and how an object’s position in the collection can be as significant as the object itself. This has been a special experience that has expanded my own practice and greatly enriched my time as a graduate student at SAIC.
Vinyl LP “staff picks” selections for spring 2019: The Fantastic Guitars of Sabicas Escudero, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Links: alessandranorman.com | instagram.com/nasa_giftshop

 

Portrait of Jeremy near Joseph Yoakum drawings

Jeremy Marcelino Sublewski, Curatorial Assistant (2018-2019)
Bio: I am a fourth year undergrad student at SAIC. My work at the Roger Brown Study Collection is motivated by my interest in the home as a sacred place of discovery and creation. I am interested in the collection as an educational resource that allows students to engage critically with cultural artifacts (Western and Non-Western) whose functions and significance changes with time and its location or dislocation. 
Link: jeremysublewski.com
Vinyl LP “staff picks” selections for spring 2019: Blood, Sweat & Tears Greatest Hits - Blood Sweat and Tears, Music of the Liturgy in English - Joint Commission of Church Music

  

  

Portrait of Carolina in Roger Brown's den

Carolina Valeria Velez, Curatorial Assistant (2017 - 2019)
Pronouns: 
she/her
Bio: I started working in the Roger Brown Study Collection during my third year of undergrad after several visits during my first years at SAIC. I’m now in my last semester in the Bachelor of Fine Arts and have focused on weaving and painting. While in the collection, I constantly think about all the cultures and subcultures represented and what it means to have objects from them, both as a personal artist collection and as a house museum. I’m also interested in how the collection reflects both Roger’s individuality as well as his place in society.
Vinyl LP “staff picks” selections for spring 2019: King of Ragtime - Johnny Maddox, Bookends - Simon and Garfunkel
Links: carolinavelezmuniz.com | instagram.com/sijayesouinaam