Area of Concentration: Seventeenth-century Dutch visual culture, Colonial Latin America, and Global early modern studies
Faculty Advisor: Ann Jensen Adams
Committee Members: Mark A. Meadow, Ann Taves (Religious Studies, UCSB)
Dissertation: "Clandestine Devotion, Spiritual Reformation and Community Perseverance in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Catholic Visual Culture"
M.A. Thesis: "Queen Catherine of Braganza as St. Catherine: Picturing Piety and Female Agency at the Restoration Court," completed 2012
Diva Zumaya is an emerging curator and Ph.D. Candidate at the University of California, Santa Barbara, completing her dissertation, "Clandestine Devotion, Spiritual Reformation and Community Perseverance in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Catholic Visual Culture" under the supervision of Prof. Ann Jensen Adams. From 2014-2017, Diva served as an Adjunct Assistant Curator at the Art, Design & Architecture Museum, co-curating the Getty PST exhibition Sacred Art in the Age of Contact: Chumash and Latin American Traditions in Santa Barbara. Sacred Art comprised the first large-scale exhibition in a Santa Barbara institution that explored the persistence of Chumash artistic traditions through the Mission period, c. 1769-1833. Other exhibitions Diva has curated include Goya: Disasters of War (the Art, Design & Architecture Museum, 2013) and Piranesi: Architecture of the Imagination (Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 2015). In the Department of the History of Art & Architecture, Diva has also served as an Instructor of Record, teaching 6B: Art Survey II Renaissance - Baroque, and 111B: Art in the Age of Rembrandt. She currently works as a Curatorial Assistant at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, where she assists in a diverse range of tasks, including acquisitions, loans, and coordinating exhibition installations.