Jill Thayer, Ph.D. is an artist, educator, curator, and writer. She was born in Sacramento, CA and lived in Bakersfield prior to relocating to the Central Coast in 2014. Her acrylic paintings and digital media are inspired by the region from panoramic vistas of local vineyards to the sublime vistas of the Pacific. Her favorite areas include the coastal sojourns of Cambria and Montaña de Oro, and the oak forests of Atascadero.
Jill received her doctorate in Cultural Studies/Museum Studies from Claremont Graduate University in the areas of exhibition theory, contemporary art history, design theory, and visual culture with transdisciplinary study in global strategy and trade at St. Peter's College, University of Oxford, UK through Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management. Her postdoctoral series, "In Their Own Words: Oral Histories of CGU Art," is included in Archives of American Art at The Smithsonian Institution.
Prior to returning to graduate school, Jill owned a design firm for 25 years working with regional and global clientele in visual communication and marketing strategy. As a gallerist for 15 years, she showcased local and international artists at Jill Thayer Galleries at the Fox, Bakersfield, California. Jill is Associate Professor in Art History and Design at Allan Hancock College; Global Visual Culture at Santa Monica College; and Marketing Management at Post University, Malcolm Baldrige School of Business MBA Program; and other academic institutions nationally. She is curator for Estrella Warbirds Museum, and works as an independent art curator on selected projects.
In her multi-faceted career, Jill is a contributing writer for art publications in Los Angeles and Miami; and blogs on artist emergence and culture. She was recently signed by a literary agent in Los Angeles to represent her writing in academic and mainstream publications; and produces, “The Art of Life,” a weekly podcast on Voice of Paso Internet radio. Jill’s artwork is included in corporate and private collections internationally. For more information visit: www.jillthayer.com.