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Barbara Vilander

Art History

Meet Professor Vilander

After graduating with my BA in Psychology from UCSB, the opportunity arose for me to work as the Education Coordinator for the Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA) in San Diego. I was so impressed by the way MoPA’s Director, Arthur Ollman, used his knowledge of art and photography to educate museum guests that I decided to return to school to study art history. I went to UC Davis, where I got my MA in Art History and then continued on to UCSB, where I earned my doctorate in the History of Art with a major in the History of Photography. Most importantly, in graduate school I learned that I enjoyed teaching even more than museum work. At SBCC I have enjoyed teaching Visual Literacy, American Art, History of Art:  Prehistoric to Gothic, History of Art:  Renaissance to Modern and History of Photography. My dissertation was published by the University of Arizona Press under the title: Hoover Dam: The Photographs of Ben Glaha


BA, Psychology, UCSB, 1980

MA, Art History, UC Davis, 1988

PhD, Art History, UCSB, 1995 


California Commission on Teaching 30-Day Substitute Teaching Permit

Successful completion of Sexual Harassment Prevention for Supervisors (AB 1825)

Philosophy of Teaching

Modified Socratic Method – I don’t present the material I’m covering by means of simply lecturing.  Instead I ask leading questions to bring the students to the material I’m presenting while engaging their own responses and opinions. 

Courses Taught

Art 101: Visual Literacy

Art 103: History of Art, Prehistoric to Gothic

Art 104: History of Art, Renaissance to Modern

Art 106: History of American Art

Art 114: History of Photography

Curatorial Work

Guest Curator, Portraits in Paradise:  The Photography of Carolyn and Edwin Gledhill, 1904-1944 (Santa Barbara Historical Museum, February 11, 2010 through June 10, 2010)

Curator, Visitations:  Photographic Work by Monica Wiesblott (Multicultural Center, UCSB, June 7 – August 17, 1997)

Curator, Ancient Views/Modern Muse (Santa Barbara Museum of Art, July 27 – September 15, 1996)


SBCC Faculty Exhibitions Atkinson Gallery (Santa Barbara City College, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2012)

Small Image XI (Gallery 21, Spanish Village Art Center, Balboa Park, San Diego, California, February 1 - February 28, 1986)

Saratoga County Arts Council, 2nd Annual Members Exhibition, (Ann Grey Gallery, The Casino, Congress Park, Saratoga Springs, New York, March 17 - April 30, 1983)


Hoover Dam:  The Photographs of Ben Glaha (Tucson:  The University of Arizona Press, 1999)


Insights into Early California Photography:  Landscapes, Portraits and Architecture, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, November 17, 1999

The Hoover Dam Photographs of Ben Glaha, Popular Culture/American Culture Associations Annual Conference, March 31, 1999

Early Photographic Techniques, Artful Sundays:  Picture This, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, January 3, 1999

American Photographs:  The First Century, Panel Discussant Regarding the Exhibition, December 1, 1998

Lesson Plans for Understanding and Experiencing Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece and Babylonia, Office of the Santa Barbara County Superintendent of Schools 1990 Summer Conference, August 22, 1990

The Photographer Lewis Baltz in Context, University of California at Santa Barbara Graduate Student Symposium, May 13, 1989

Art Expressed Through Photography, University of California at Santa Barbara Super Sunday, April 22, 1989 

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