Michael Zakian has been the director and curator of the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, since 1995. An art historian and critic, he has an equal interest in modern art and the realist tradition. A native of New York City, he studied art history at Columbia University and received a BA, then an MA and PhD from Rutgers University. His interest in the contemporary realist movement has led him to write articles on a number of painters, including Tony Pro, Nathan Fowkes, Alexey Steele, and Jeremy Lipking—and present papers at the first two TRAC meetings. He is a practicing artist who has studied the drawing techniques of West Coast artists such as Glen Orbik, Glen Vilppu, Steve Huston, and Karl Gnass. Since 1999 he has organized a series of triennial exhibitions of Malibu landscape paintings by members of the California Art Club. He has also curated a seven-decade retrospective of paintings by David Leffel, and a landmark survey of American Illustration of the Golden Age.