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Museum Staff

Portrait of Lauren Baines 

Lauren Baines, Interim Director

Currently serving as Interim Director, Lauren Baines is responsible for the overall administration of the museum, supervising staff, and overseeing operations and budgets, in addition to the responsibilities of the Assistant Director. Baines joined the de Saisset Museum in 2016 as Assistant Director, and in this capacity is responsible for developing the museum's exhibitions and planning related interpretation, integrated education opportunities, and public programs. She is also responsible for the museum's marketing, promotion, and outreach and works to build collaborations with University and external partners.

She has always worked in the arts / arts nonprofit field, with previous roles at the Palo Alto Arts Center, Montalvo Arts Center, and other Bay Area organizations, in addition to her own practice as a professional choreographer and dancer. She serves on the Board of the California Association of Museums and was a Steering Committee member of genARTS Silicon Valley, a program of SVCreates, for 10 years. Baines holds a M.F.A. from Mills College in Choreography/Dance and B.A. and B.S. degrees in Art History, Theatre Arts (Dance Emphasis), and Psychology from Santa Clara University. 

Samantha Hull, Senior Administrative Assistant

Samantha handles the day-to-day administration of the museum. Serving as the first point of contact to various internal and external constituencies, Samantha handles financial planning and processing, scheduling and supervision of tours and events, and administrative and general support for the professional staff. Samantha has worked across departments at multiple arts institutions including most recently the San Jose Museum of Art. She is excited to be at the de Saisset Museum because university art museums hold a special place in her heart, as it is where she began her own museum career. 

Samantha holds a B.A. in art history from the University of Oregon and an M.A. in museum studies from John F. Kennedy University. She also serves as the research assistant and project manager to Gail Anderson on two publications, Mission Matters: Relevance and Museums in the 21st Century (2018) and an upcoming publication to be released in 2022. When not at the office, you can find Samantha at the beach or hiking her way around the Bay Area. A wanderer at heart, she is always planning her next adventure abroad.

Portraits of staff member Chris Sicat.

Chris Sicat, Exhibitions Project Coordinator

Chris Sicat is an artist, curator and educator. Chris Sicat is responsible for the design and installation of the museum’s exhibition galleries, and the maintenance of the exhibitions. He also supports the permanent collection, art storage areas, and preparatory spaces. Chris serves as the museum's primary facility manager, coordinating regular upkeep and maintenance of the building. Along with his museum work, Chris is a visual artist working in sculpture, painting and performance art. He teaches studio art classes at West Valley College and has taught at Cal State Monterey Bay. It is working closely with college students that inspires the learning and growth in his art practice. As an independent curator, Chris has organized exhibitions at Art Ark Gallery and Alcatraz National Park. He has performed at the J. Paul Getty Museum, East West Players and Barnsdall Gallery Theater. He has directed numerous site-specific performances and plays at Highways Performance Space and Montalvo Arts Center. Chris holds a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design and an MFA from the New York Academy of Arts.



We're hiring!


The de Saisset Museum is currently hiring for our next Collections Manager.  To review the position description and apply please visit SCU's Workday site.  
Applications must be received through the Workday system. The museum cannot accept applications or application materials via email.