Jill Thayer

by Jill Thayer

Painting and Photography inspired by the region on the California Central Coast

Jill Thayer, Ph.D. is an artist, educator, art historian, curator, and writer. She received her doctorate in Cultural Studies / Museum Studies from Claremont Graduate University with transdisciplinary study in Global Strategy and Trade at St. Peter’s College, University of Oxford, UK.


Jill brings insight to the contemporary dialogue by exploring the narratives of people and their contributions to the culture. “In Their Own Words: Oral Histories of CGU Art,” her post-doctoral fellowship series of Claremont Graduate University Art alumni, professors, and professors emeritus is included in Archives of American Art at The Smithsonian Institution.


She is a professor of Art History, Global Visual Culture, and Marketing Management for colleges and universities nationally in online and onsite courses. Jill is a contributing writer for art publications internationally and produces “The Art of Life,” a podcast for Voice of Paso Internet radio.


Prior to her move on the Central Coast, Jill owned a gallery, and design and marketing company in Bakersfield, California. As an artist, Jill explores environmental themes in her photography and paintings that invite pause for reflection and appreciation in the sublime. She gains inspiration through walks on the many trails in the region. Jill’s artwork is included in private and corporate collections internationally. For more on her work, visit: www.jillthayer.com

Sojourns Jill Thayer on the Avila Trail
Jill Thayer with Buddha and Sugarplum on the Avila Ridge Trail. Photo by Kitty Arosteguy