Gallery Staff

Kristen Evangelista, Director

Kristen Evangelista is the Director of the Ben Shahn Galleries at William Paterson University. She previously organized exhibitions at arts organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area including the San Jose Museum of Art and Southern Exposure. She received a B.A. in Art History and Women’s Studies from Wesleyan University, and an M.A. from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College. During her five years at the San Jose Museum of Art, Kristen Evangelista oversaw and curated twenty exhibitions, including Roots in the Air, Branches Below: Modern and Contemporary Art from India, Beta Space: Kevin Appel and Ruben Ochoa, Retro-Tech, and Road Trip. She recently published the exhibition catalogue, Beta Space: Kevin Appel and Ruben Ochoa. She has also authored essays for exhibition publications and was a contributing writer for Art Ltd., a West Coast magazine focused on art and design.

Emily Johnsen, Gallery Manager

Gallery Manager Emily Johnsen has worked as a media assistant, gallery manager, and registrar for over 9 years. She received a B. A. in the History of Art and Architecture from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio), and an M.A. in Visual Arts Administration from New York University. During her graduate studies, she worked for PAPER magazine, Pace/MacGill Gallery, the Photographs Department of Philips de Pury & Company, and for Aperture Foundation. Her primary interests include photography, art book publishing, and marketing the arts.


Angel Fosuhene, Graduate Assistant

Michael Campbell-Vincent, Student Assistant

Jacquelyn Portillo, Student Assistant

Jonté Silver, Student Assistant