About Judith

a Century of Afro-Cuban Culture. During the 2000s she published extensively in refereed journals like African Arts, The Art Bulletin, and the International Review of African American Arts. She also contributed many articles to important anthologies, such as Wifredo Lam at the Miami Art Museum.

In 2008 Bettelheim’s exhibition, with catalog, Afro-Cuba Works on Paper closed a four-year tour at the Lowe Museum, University of Miami. Sponsored by the Fowler Museum at UCLA in 2011, Bettelheim was the organizing curator, with co-curator Janet Catherine Berlo, of Transcultural Pilgrim, Three Decades of Work by José Bedia, accompanied by a major publication.





Judith Bettelheim received her doctorate in African and African Diaspora Arts from Yale University in 1979. From1981 to 2009 Bettelheim was Professor of Art History at San Francisco State, retiring in 2010. She was an adjunct professor of Caribbean Art at UCLA from 2010-2012.

For her doctoral dissertation “The Afro-Jamaican Jonkonnu Festival,” Bettelheim did extensive fieldwork in the Anglo-Caribbean. In 1988 she co-curated (and co-authored the accompanying catalog) the traveling exhibition Caribbean Festival Arts, sponsored by the St. Louis Art Museum. By 2001 she was the editor and author of Cuban Festivals,