Artist, photographer, teacher, and the director and curator of the Mary Porter Sesnon Gallery at Porter College, Shelby Graham came into the USCS’s KZSC radio studio to talk on Artists on Art on October 5, 2010.

We had a great conversation about how Shelby got started as a curator.  She’s been with the Sesnon gallery for 10 years.  She began her training in art and has a masters in Fine Arts in photography.  After living in Japan and returning to the US, Shelby realized she wanted to curate. At that moment  the position was open at the Sesnon.

We also spoke about the upcoming show from a private collector connected to the University: Human Conditions which is showing at the Sesnon gallery October 13 – November 20, 2010.

Robert Fichter, Nature Returns, Cibachrome

The big event, the opening reception isTuesday, October 19, 5-7pm
is followed by panel discussion on collecting art.  This exhibition is an extraordinary collection of photographs and prints chosen and displayed by Shelby Graham.

The show  includes the following artists:  Vito Acconci, Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, Thomas Barrow, Harry Callahan, Chuck Close, Jim Dine, Fred Endsley, Robert Fichter,  Betty Hahn, Robert Heinecken, Robert Mapplethorpe, Barbara Morgan, Robert Rauschenberg, Andrea Robbins and Max Becher, James Rosenquist, Miriam Shapiro, Hollis Sigler, Kara Walker, Joel Peter Witkin, and others.

image credit: Figures: Imperial Red Guard, Andrea Robbins and Max Becher 2002

Related Programming
October 19, 7pm
at the Sesnon Gallery:
This is a panel discussion on collecting art, current art market and collecting practices with Richard Polsky, art dealer and author; Catharine Clark, San Francisco gallery owner; and David Yager, UCSC Dean of the Arts Division.

November 10, 6pm at the Digital Arts Research Center Room 308:
A panel discussion on master printmakers for photography and printmaking with Jane Gregorius, Norman Locks, Paul Rangell, and David Yager.

Vito Acconci, Masks, photoetching with embossing

If you missed any of the live broadcast, please click below to hear the show in its entirety.


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