Gallery Staff

Kristen Evangelista, Director

Kristen Evangelista has been Director of the William Paterson University Galleries since 2011. She has a BA in Art History and Women’s Studies from Wesleyan University, and an MA in Curatorial Studies from Bard College. She previously worked at the San Jose Museum of Art, Southern Exposure, and the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art. 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 an arts administrator for over a decade. 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 pursued her interest in photography working for Pace/MacGill Gallery, the Photographs Department of Philips de Pury & Company, and for Aperture Foundation. In 2016, she curated Traces of Time: Photographic Explorations of the Natural World, which featured the work of four photographers who utilize scientific research, conduct experimental studies, or embark on expeditions to capture the passage of time through changing landscapes, organic life cycles, or celestial activity. Emily also serves on the WP Green Team and Climate Action Committee, which guides the university on sustainability initiatives.


Angel Fosuhene, Graduate Assistant

Jacquelyn Portillo, Student Assistant

Jonté Silver, Student Assistant

Emma Galegor, Gallery Intern