Jean Trapido-Rosenthal was born and raised in Hawaiʻi. She received her Bachelor's degree in Art History from Pomona College, and her Master's degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara, specializing in American art. She served as registrar, docent educator, and curator at the Bermuda National Gallery, in Hamilton, Bermuda, as well as development associate at the Bermuda Biological Station for Research. Currently she serves as an interpretive guide at both Shangri La, the Diamond Head estate of the late Doris Duke, and at the Mānoa Heritage Center.
Kent Severson, Conservator, Doris Duke's Shangri La. Severson, a graduate of the New York University (NYU) Institute of Fine Arts Conservation training program, joined Shangri La's staff in March 2012. Severson is responsible for overseeing the proper care and preservation of Shangri La's collection of Islamic Art. Prior to his employment at Shangri La, Severson was a conservator in private practice based in Boston, working primarily for museums and other institutions. He has participated in archeological projects in Turkey, Greece, Italy and Egypt for more than 20 years including serving as the Senior Field conservator for the NYU Excavations at Aphrodisias, Turkey. Between 2010–2011, Severson was Visiting Instructor in Collections Care and Management for the Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage in Erbil, Iraq.
Jennifer Saville, an independent scholar, was the curator of Western art at the Honolulu Academy of Arts from 1991 to 2006. She curated the exhibition of 1990, Georgia O’Keeffe: Paintings of Hawaii, and authored its companion catalogue. She also wrote John Taylor Arms: Plates of Perfect Beauty and co-authored Finding Paradise: Island Art in Private Collections. She is the lead author of the catalogue raisonné of prints by Hawaiʻi-printmaker Charles W. Bartlett published in Richard Miles and Jennifer Saville, A Printmaker in Paradise (Honolulu: Honolulu Academy of Arts, 2001). While at the Academy, she curated numerous exhibitions focusing on post-contact Western-style art.
Neill Char manages First Hawaiian Bank's Private Banking Division. He has been in banking for 18 years and his experience includes branch banking, corporate and business banking, and wealth management. Over the years he has developed a particular appreciation for contemporary art, working with The Contemporary Museum (now part of the Honolulu Museum of Art) in its gallery exhibits at the First Hawaiian Center, and volunteering at the Contempo fundraiser.
Lew Andrews received his M.F.A. in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute and his M.A. and Ph.D. in art history from Columbia University. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, where he teaches courses on Renaissance and Baroque art, on visual narratives, and on the history of photography. He has published studies on Renaissance art and on photography. He is the author of Weston and Charlot: Art and Friendship (University of Nebraska Press, 2011).
John Charlot earned his Dr.Theol. in New Testament Studies from the University of Munich and was Professor of Polynesian Religions at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. He has written extensively on the life and work of his father, Jean Charlot.
James Jensen (B.A. in Art History and M.A. in Arts Administration, University of Wisconsin) is Curator of Contemporary Art at the Honolulu Museum of Art. From 1991 to 2011 he was Deputy Director for Exhibitions and Collections at The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, and previously Curator of Western Art at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, where he organized two exhibitions of Jean Charlot's work—Jean Charlot: The Nude Figure and Portraits by Jean Charlot.
Marcia Morse (Marcia Roberts-Deutsch) was raised in Hawaiʻi and returned to live in the islands since 1974. She received her BA with honors from Harvard University, her MFA in Printmaking from Stanford University, and recently completed her PhD in Political Science at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She has worked in the UH system since 1980, and currently serves as Dean of University College (the Liberal Arts unit) at Honolulu Community College. She has also had a long-term career as an artist and arts writer.
Laura Ruby is the 2008 recipient of the Hawaiʻi Individual Artist Fellowship. Her prints and sculptures have been shown in national and international solo, juried, and invitational exhibitions. Her essay and a selection of her prints from the “Nancy Drew Series” are published in Rediscovering Nancy Drew (1995). She is also creating her “Diamond Head Series” and has completed a large site-specific sculpture, Chinatown—Site of Passage (1994). She has taught art at the University of Hawaiʻi since 1977, has recently edited Mōʻiliʻili—The Life of a Community, and is currently working on Honolulu Town.
Dale Ruff is Regional Vice President of Louis Vuitton Hawaiʻi and has lived in Hawaiʻi for over 30 years. A native of Montana, he obtained his BA in Music from Montana State University at Billings.
Joseph Stanton, who has lived in Hawaiʻi since 1972, is a Professor at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa where he teaches in the Art History and American Studies programs. His books of poems are A Field Guide to the Wildlife of Suburban Oʻahu (2006), Cardinal Points: Poems on St. Louis Cardinals Baseball (2002), Imaginary Museum: Poems on Art (1999), and What the Kite Thinks (1994). His other sorts of books include Looking for Edward Gorey (2011), Stan Musial: A Biography (2007), The Important Books: Children's Picture Books as Art and Literature (2005), and A Hawaiʻi Anthology (1997). He has a special interest in the book illustrations of Jean Charlot.
Laura Warfield is a paralegal for a Honolulu law firm. Born in Pennsylvania, she has lived in Hawaiʻi for over twenty years. She has a B.A. in history from Fordham University's College at Lincoln Center.