Elizabeth Escamilla

Museum Studies
Office Hours: 
Wednesday: 10:00 am-11:00 am
Or by appointment, email eescamilla2@ca.rr.com


Elizabeth is a San Francisco State Museum Studies alum and a long-standing leader in the museum education field.  She held several positions at the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles) between 1995-2018, and she most recently held the position of Director of Education at the Lucas Museum of Narrative (Los Angeles, 2018-2020).  Under her direction, the J. Paul Getty Museum became a national leader providing access to guided tours to local Title I students; developed over 200 online curricular resources; designed nationally recognized teacher programs and family audience resources; and grew a docent program to over 600 volunteer members.  Elizabeth has established museum partnerships with local schools and universities, community-based organizations, and online partners including Teaching Channel and Khan Academy to reach new and broader museum audiences.  

Elizabeth has presented locally and nationally on issues in the field of museum education as a member of the National Art Education Association and the Alliance of American Museums.  In 2014 she was named the Pacific Region’s Museum Educator of the Year by the National Art Educators Association.  Elizabeth co-curated an interactive exhibition on the founder of the J. Paul Getty Museum, J. Paul Getty Life and Legacy.  Most recently Elizabeth was responsible for directing several education and public programs for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art pilot program phase, including programs for teens and the general adult public.

Elizabeth’s areas of interest are museum gallery engagement and interpretation methods; partnership building and alliances; and accessibility initiatives that promote museums as welcoming spaces for all audiences.