MA (Art History) University of Wroclaw, Poland 1984 MA (Exhibition Design and Museum Studies) California State University, Fullerton 1996
Eva Kirsch joined the museum staff as Director in 1998. Born in Poland where she lived until 1992, and educated as an art historian, she had worked as the curator of contemporary painting for the Museum of Silesia in Katowice from 1985 to 1992, organizing numerous permanent collection and visiting exhibitions and developing the museum's comprehensive permanent collection of post World War II paintings. After moving to California in 1992, Kirsch received her degree in exhibition design and held various positions in the museum, private and community college sector. During her long museum career, she has curated over 50 exhibitions, including a comprehensive exhibition about Renaissance art in the Upper Silesia for the Museum of Silesia, Wrestling with the Sublime: Contemporary German Art in California Collections for CSU, Fullerton, and Hellenistic Art from the J. Paul Getty Museum, Polish Art in Southern California Collections and Wonderlands and Realities: Best in Children's Book Illustration 1880-1940 for the Robert V. Fullerton Art Museum, CSUSB. She has published close to 100 articles and catalog essays both in Polish and English.
John Fleeman joined the museum staff in 1997 as Exhibition Designer. Throughout his long museum career, John has coordinated the design and installation for numerous exhibitions. Among other positions, he worked as Preparator for the Norton Simon Museum of Art and Security Director for the Grand Rapids Art Museum. John received his B.A. in Fine Art from Western Michigan University, with a concentration in Painting and Art History. He is a member of the American Association of Museums and the Packing and Crating Information Network. In 2000, John received the President's Outstanding Employee of the Year Award from CSUSB and the Golden Apple Award.
Michael Beckley joined the museum staff in 2005 as Exhibition Preparator. Michael is a graduate of Cal State San Bernardino, having received a B.A in Glass Art and an M.A. in Art with a concentration in Glass. He has also attended the International Glass Centre in West Midlands, England. Mike's work has been in several exhibitions since 1994. Prior to his position at RAFFMA, he worked at Cohn-Stone Glass Studio, Blow Zone Glass Studio and Tamar Glass in Cornwall England.
Marketing, Membership and Engagement Coordinator
Miranda Canseco joined the museum staff in October 2019. Miranda is a graduate of Cal State San Bernardino, having earned a B.A. in Business Administration - Marketing with a minor in Graphic Design. Miranda is completing her Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in Leadership. She is the Director of Marketing for the Association of Latino Faculty, Staff and Students. She has served on the Educational Opportunity Program Alumni Board as Vice Chair of Marketing for 5 years. Prior to this position, Miranda worked at the John M. Pfau Library and Undergraduate Studies as a Graphic Designer and Marketing Lead.
Education and Collections Coordinator
Diego Roberto Irigoyen joined the museum staff in March of 2019. An alumni of CSUSB, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Art Education. His thesis investigated why we value the impractical art object. In 2014, he designed a course on ambidextrous development in penmanship and drawing. He taught at CSUSB for two years. In 2016, Irigoyen executed his first gallery installation and performance, Gestural Recollection. In 2017, he began teaching in federal prisons and his work there culminated in an art teacher training for long term and life sentence inmates. In 2018, Irigoyen self-published a book on his course, Creative Brain Training, and presented his work internationally at the Transcultural Exchange. Irigoyen also serves as the Media Content Manager for the Little Gallery of San Bernardino.