Jill Thayer, Ph.D.

Life is more than the 8-5 groove. Hear how Central Coast artists add color to the “Art of Life” from Jill Thayer, Ph.D. In the program, Jill shares her thoughts on art, culture, and life on the Central Coast including a look at regional artists, exhibitions, professional practice, and topics that affect our quality of life. Podcast topics include includes published writings, interviews, and experiences out and about.

Jill Thayer was born and raised in Sacramento, California and moved to Bakersfield in 1969 when her father, William G. Thayer was transferred as a civil engineer with the California Aqueduct. After earning an A.A. degree in Studio Art and Graphic Design from Bakersfield College, and a B.A. in Fine Arts and Marketing from California State University, Bakersfield, she studied at Santa Reparata Grafic Arte Centre (Santa Reparata International School of Art) in Florence, Italy in 1978. In 2004, Jill earned an MA degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with emphases in Contemporary Art and Gallery Practicum with MBA studies in Marketing and Arts Management from California State University, Bakersfield.

As principal of Jill Thayer Associates, Jill has produced award winning corporate identity in print and web for regional and global companies for over three decades, and received 30+ ADDY Awards from American Advertising Federation. Credits include: Disney, NBC, Nestle Dairies, Carnation, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company, Buck Owens Production Company, Anthony Vineyards, Alliance International, and Tejon Ranch. As a gallerist for 15 years, she represented international contemporary artists at Jill Thayer Galleries at the Fox in Bakersfield, CA.

In 2011, Jill received a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies/Museum Studies with emphases in Contemporary Art History, Exhibition Theory, Design Theory, and Visual Culture from CGU with transdisciplinary doctoral study in Global Strategy and Trade at St. Peter’s College, University of Oxford, UK through Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management. This included a two-year study in the MFA Visual Arts program at CGU Art. Her CGU doctoral dissertation, “Artist Emergence in Contemporary Culture: A Dialectic in Social and Material Conditions of Southern California Artists,” 2011, (Proquest/UMI) included interviews and analysis of the art market and its contributors. In 2012, Jill produced, “In Their Own Words: Oral Histories of CGU Art,” a post-doctoral fellowship project with the Claremont Graduate University School of Arts and Humanities. Thayer curated the interactive exhibition in the CGU Art Peggy Phelps Gallery and East Gallery. The project featured interviews and profiles of artists Karl Benjamin, Roland Reiss, Michael Brewster, Connie Zehr, Mowry Baden, Ted Kerzie, and John Frame. The narrative transcripts and digital media of the oral history series are included in Archives of American Art at The Smithsonian Institution.

In 2014, Jill relocated to the Central Coast where she pursues her muti-faceted career as an artist, writer, educator, and independent curator. She is a contributing writer for contemporary art publications, as her interviews, reviews, catalogue and monograph essays, and oral histories feature international artists and contributors to the cultural discourse. She is represented by Thomas Jesse Goff, literary agent, Los Angeles, and currently working on a book of artist emergence and the art market. Jill is Associate Professor of Art History, Global Visual Culture, and Marketing in onsite and online curricula nationally including: Santa Monica College; Allan Hancock College; South University; Southern New Hampshire University; Post University Malcolm Baldrige School of Business, MBA program; and National University School of Business and Management, La Jolla. She has mentored hundreds of artists and industry professionals throughout her career. Jill is also Curator of Estrella Warbirds Museum, Paso Robles; and host of “The Art of Life with Dr. Jill Thayer,” a weekly podcast produced for Voice of Paso Internet radio. For more information, visit: www.jillthayer.com and www.jillthayer.wordpress.com.


“The Art Of Life” airs Friday at
6:15 am, 7:15 am, 8:15 am, 9:15 am


  1. Park Street Gallery - Part 1 9:04
  2. Park Street Gallery - Part 2 9:04
  3. Park Street Gallery - Part 3 6:45
  4. Atascadero Women's Equality Day Murals - Part 1 8:28
  5. Atascadero Women's Equality Day Murals - Part 2 7:30
  6. Atascadero Women's Equality Day Murals - Part 3 10:01
  7. Art Historian LACMA Curator Nancy Moure - Part 1 8:47
  8. Art Historian LACMA Curator Nancy Moure - Part 2 7:58
  9. Art Historian LACMA Curator Nancy Moure - Part 3 7:59
  10. Art Historian LACMA Curator Nancy Moure - Part 4 7:57
  11. Art Historian LACMA Curator Nancy Moure - Part 5 9:59
  12. Art Historian LACMA Curator Nancy Moure - Part 6 8:58
  13. Artists and the Influence of Digital Media 10:02
  14. SLOMA Curator Ruta Salikas - Part 1 8:02
  15. SLOMA Curator Ruta Salikas - Part 2 7:05
  16. SLOMA Curator Ruta Salikas - Part 3 7:01
  17. SLOMA Curator Ruta Salikas - Part 4 6:50
  18. SLOMA Curator Ruta Salikas - Part 5 6:19
  19. Constructs Of Emergence 9:24
  20. Artist Bruce Everett - Part 1 9:29
  21. Artist Bruce Everett - Part 2 9:28
  22. Artist Bruce Everett - Part 3 9:26
  23. Artist Bruce Everett - Part 4 10:01
  24. The Artist and Influences On Career 9:30
  25. Paso Robles Historical Society Grace Pucci - Part 1 9:29
  26. Paso Robles Historical Society Grace Pucci - Part 2 8:57
  27. Paso Robles Historical Society Grace Pucci - Part 3 9:27
  28. Spearhead Coffee Max Martinelli 9:33
  29. Spa Central Coast Kitty Arosteguy - Part 1 8:31
  30. Spa Central Coast Kitty Arosteguy - Part 2 7:28
  31. Artist Emergence and the Art Market 10:02
  32. Confidence or Consequence 9:46
  33. Artists on Success 9:25
  34. Artist Emergence in Contemporary Culture 4:49