Dr. Rotem Rozental is the Chief Curator of the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, where she serves as the Assistant Dean of the Whizin Center for Continuing Education and the Director of the Institute for Jewish Creativity. In these roles, Rotem works with and mentors artists throughout various stages of their careers, while spearheading annual exhibition spaces, cultural programming, a growing network of Jewish artists in Los Angeles, cross-city collaborations, institutional collections, educational initiatives and various projects around performing and visual arts. Rotem also mentored artists and organized exhibitions internationally, and her writings and scholarly texts appeared in publications such as Artforum.com, Philosophy of Photography and Tablet.
Scholar, public speaker and educator, her research explores the intersections of cultural and archival technologies, civic identities and the shaping of collective narratives. Rotem’s Dissertation research, titled Photographic Archives, Nationalism and the Foundation of the Jewish State, 1903-1948, was completed under the guidance of Prof. John Tagg at Binghamton University. In 2015-2016, Rotem served as the Dr. Sophie Bookhalter Research Fellow in Jewish Culture at the Center for Jewish History. Her academic research inspires various projects, including the exhibition series Discussions in Israeli Art (AJU, 2017-2018) and the exhibition Dead Lands: Karkaot Mawat, winner of the NurtureART curatorial call (April-May 2016).
Livya Howard-Yashar is the Arts Program Associate of the American Jewish University. Livya is a dancer/choreographer, educator, musician and actor native to Los Angeles, and a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College. Livya is the Arts Program Associate, overseeing the universities galleries, visual and performing arts programs and venues, and the Institute for Jewish Creativity.
Livya has worked as an arts administrator for non profit institutions both in Los Angeles and New York, such as the 92nd Street Y and most recently the Electric Lodge in Venice. She has worked as an assistant and gallery docent for individual artists throughout the LA area and works with performing and visual artists both locally and internationally.