Director of Exhibitions & Chief Curator
Mingei International Museum
Christine Knoke earned her BA in Art History from the University of California, Los Angeles and her MA in Art History and Museum Studies from the University of Southern California. For over fifteen years, she served in the curatorial department of the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California and of which she was curator from 2007 through 2010. Currently, she is the Director of Exhibitions and Chief Curator at Mingei International Museum, which she joined in June 2010. Her most recent projects include curating Black Dolls – From the Collection of Deborah Neff and Three on the Edge – Architecture of Kendrick Bangs Kellogg, James Hubbell and Wallace Cunningham.
Lecturer - Interior Design
San Diego State University
Philip Matzigkeit earned his BA at the University of Washington and an MA in Environmental Design at San Diego State University under maverick architect, Eugene Ray and apprenticed under internationally known artist/architect, James Hubbell. Projects of a social service nature and dozens of murals with schoolchildren paved his pathway into public art for which he has received numerous grants, commissions and purchase awards. He has created public art for the Seattle, King County and Washington State Arts Commissions, the Carmel Valley Library, the City of San Diego and Boyle Engineering. His most visible contribution to public art recently is the 225 foot tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. painted on the 94 freeway at Home Ave. Currently Mr. Matzigkeit teaches design at San Diego State University.
Artist and Instructor
Mesa College & Grossmont College
Brian Benfer earned his BA from Humboldt State University and his MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. He has worked in a variety of media including site-specific installations, sculpture, video, ceramics, painting and performance art. He has exhibited his work across the U.S. and abroad including the Bill Maynes Gallery (New York, NY), the Seto Museum (Seto, Japan), the Latvijas Makslinieku Savienibas Galerija (Riga, Latvia), the Rotermann Art Center (Tallinn, Estonia) and the Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche (Faenza, Italy). Over the last two decades, his work has been included in numerous academic, museum and private collections and he has served at an array of institutional appointments.