Lilit Sadoyan

Lilit Sadoyan
Graduate Student


Areas of Concentration: Eighteenth-century French decorative arts and sculpture, the history of collecting and display, museums
Faculty Advisors: E. Bruce Robertson, Mark A. Meadow
Committee Member: Mimi Hellman (Art History, Skidmore College)
Dissertation: "Meuble and Mobility: Furniture in Long-Eighteenth-Century France"
M.A. Thesis: "Collecting at Court and Beyond: The Dissemination and Display of Girardon’s Sculptural Groups" (UC Riverside, completed 2010)


Lilit Sadoyan is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she specializes in 18th-century French decorative arts and sculpture, the history of collecting and display, as well as museums. She is a recipient of the Department Margaret Mallory Fellowship (2014-18), and was the inaugural Curatorial Fellow at the Art, Design, and Architecture Museum (2015-16), where she curated Done. Undone. Redone: The Chair Link opens in a new window and co-curated Sub Rosa: Behind the Scenes at the Museum Link opens in a new window. Additionally, Lilit has been a Museum Educator at the J. Paul Getty Museum since 2008, and a Coordinator of Curatorial Initiatives at LACMA since 2016. She has held numerous Teaching Assistant positions as a graduate student, and served as a lecturer both at The Huntington Art Collections and UCLA Extension. She was also a Curatorial Research Assistant at the Huntington, where she curated A Show of Hands: Drawings from the Huntington's Art Collections, 1600-1900. Lilit’s extensive museum experience began with an internship in the Drawings Department at the Getty Museum, after which point her passion for working with objects led her to positions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and a fine art gallery in Beverly Hills.

Prior to commencing her doctoral work at UCSB, Lilit graduated cum laude with a dual degree from the University of Southern California (2006) – a B.F.A. in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Painting, and a B.A. in Mathematics, with a minor in Art History. She received her M.A. in the History of Art (2010) with an emphasis in late-17th and 18th-century French art, graduating summa cum laude from the University of California, Riverside; her thesis focuses on the collecting, dissemination, and display of court sculpture and decorative arts.