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  • Jess Berlanga Taylor

    Jess Berlanga Taylor

    Director and Curator

    As an accomplished curator, writer and art project manager, Jess Berlanga Taylor has curated numerous exhibits and commissioned more than 40 works of art, 11 of which were created for public spaces in Mexico City. As a bicultural and bilingual art professional, Berlanga Taylor has focused on projects specific to historical and notable locations, as well as socially engaged art. She has led the design and implementation of education projects, seminars and workshops for a wide array of audiences including students and emerging artists. Berlanga Taylor has published 3 books, over 100 articles, essays, catalogs and magazine reviews and a comprehensive survey of 20 years of contemporary art in Mexico. 

    As Director of the Stuart Collection at UC San Diego, Jess Berlanga Taylor holds a highly visible leadership position in public art on campus, locally, nationally and internationally. She develops and directs public relations, educational outreach and public service programming that promotes the Stuart Collection, creates deeper appreciation for UC San Diego and advances the understanding of art and cultures in the context of broader international conversations. She also works with the Stuart Collection International Advisory Board and collaborates with other arts leaders on campus, demonstrating a commitment to enhancing equity, diversity and inclusion. 


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  • Jane Zwerneman

    Jane Zwerneman

    Senior Art Project Manager

    Jane Zwerneman has been a member of the Stuart Collection team since 2001. She has planned and executed over 40 domestic and international trips for the Friends of the Stuart Collection; managed logistics and budgets for the commissioning and installations of READ/WRITE/THINK/DREAM/, Bear, Another, Fallen Star, The Wind Garden, What Hath God Wrought, Same Old Paradise, and KAHNOP•TO TELL A STORY; assisted in the publication of two editions of Landmarks: Sculpture Commissions for the Stuart Collection at the University of San Diego California; plans an ongoing calendar of events to engage donors and the broader arts community; produced a series of online conversations between Stuart Collection artists and Director Mary Beebe; recruits, trains and manages a wonderful team of volunteer docents; and oversees the maintenance and conservation of the all the artworks in the collection.

    A professional musician since the age of 14, Jane earned a bachelor of music degree from Saint Mary’s College in South Bend, IN and master and doctorate degrees from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. She has performed internationally and recorded extensively throughout her career.


  • Megan Theriault

    Megan Theriault

    Community Engagement Manager 

    Megan comes to the Stuart Collection with 12 years of experience in higher education and non-profits as an event manager. With UC San Diego since 2016, she has had the pleasure of working with different departments engaging with students, staff, faculty and community in a variety of ways. Primarily interested in telling stories, be it through the lense of a strategically planned event or through engaging on social media, Megan loves using her creative side to share the Stuart Collection with various audiences and connect with everyone's personal experience of the sculptures. 

    Megan went to Dominican University of California for her Bachelors in Humanities, focusing on Art History, Religious Studies and Photography.