Shelby Graham

Shelby Graham

Director/Curator Sesnon Art Gallery

With an MFA in photography, Shelby Graham is the Director/Curator of the Sesnon Art Gallery at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has collaborated on projects with the Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz, the San Jose Museum of Art and Works Gallery; Gallery Ef in Japan; galleries in Tenerife, Canary Islands; and the Craft & Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles. Graham has been director of the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery at UC Santa Cruz since 1999 and is on the planning committee for a new interdisciplinary Institute of Arts & Sciences at UCSC. She has taught courses in photography, contemporary art and museum practices at the University of California, Santa Cruz; San Jose State University; Cabrillo College; and Seinan Gakuin University in Kyushu, Japan. Graham's current community project was supported by a grant from the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts (UCIRA) to teach students exhibition techniques while exploring their role as community artists. Her past curatorial works include: The Harrison Studio: On Mixing, Mapping and Territory, 2013; Lewis Watts: New Orleans Suite, 2012; Xiaoze Xie: Resistant Archeology, 2011, Human Conditions, 2010; Some Assembly Required: race, gender and globalization, 2009–2010; Interruptions of Hierarchies, 2008; Image as Object, 2006; Hank Willis Thomas: Signifying Blackness, 2006; and The Rhetoric of the Pose: Rethinking Hannah Wilke, 2005.

Email: 
sgraham@ucsc.edu