Jayme Yahr, Ph.D., is an Art Historian and museum specialist serving as Executive Director and Curator of the Carpinteria Valley Museum of History near Santa Barbara, California. She was previously Associate Curator at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, CA, where she curated numerous exhibitions including, Legends from Los Angeles: Betye, Lezley, and Alison Saar in the Crocker Collection, as well as Towns, Trains, and Terrain: Early California Prints from the Pope Collection, and Twinka Thiebaud and the Art of the Pose. Prior to joining the Crocker, Yahr designed and directed university-level Museum Studies programs in New Hampshire and Minnesota. Yahr’s areas of research specialty include works on paper from the 19th century and the ways in which American periodicals of the late 1800s promoted artists. Recent publications include, “The Rise and Fall of the Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine” in Rereading the Age of Innovation: Victorians, Moderns, and Literary Newness, edited by Louise Kane (Routledge, 2022), “Linking Book History and the Digital Humanities via Museum Studies,” in Intermediate Horizons: Book History and Digital Humanities, edited by Heather Wacha and Mark Vareschi (University of Wisconsin Press, 2022), and the exhibition catalogue Twinka Thiebaud and the Art of the Pose (Hirmer, 2022). Currently, she is working on an article that examines issues of deception and discovery in California Gold Rush prints and a book on artists
of the Gilder Circle and their connections to the Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine.