Photo of Shelby Graham
photo by Julie Rogge © 2015

Shelby Graham has served as the Director/Curator of the Sesnon Art Gallery at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) since 1999. She has collaborated on projects with the Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz, CA; the San Jose Museum of Art; Gallery Ef in Tokyo, Japan; galleries in Tenerife, Canary Islands; The Center for Photographic Art, in Carmel, CA; and the Craft & Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles, CA. Graham has been director of the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery since 1999 and is on the planning committee for a new interdisciplinary Institute of the Arts and 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.   A selection of her curatorial works include: Raymond Saunders: Black is a Color, 2015; Tom Franco: Co-Lab, 2015; Alternative Lineage, 2014; The Dinner Parties: art and agriculture; The Harrison Studio: On Mixing, Mapping and Territory, 2013; Katerina Lanfranco: Natural Selection, 2012, Lewis Watts: New Orleans Suite, 2012; Xiaoze Xie: Resistant Archeology, 2011; 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; Binh Danh, Immortality, The Remnants of the Vietnam and American War, 2002. See curatorial page for more details.

Shelby Graham is currently on the Board of Trustees at the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel and has a 30-year career as an educator and fine art photographer, including solo and group exhibitions in the United States from California to Philadelphia and international exhibitions in Tokyo and the Czech Republic. Graham earned her MFA in photography from San Jose State University and specializes in alternative and experimental photography with innovative curatorial praxis. She has collaborated on several exhibitions with the Institute of the Arts and Sciences at UC Santa Cruz and is co-curating an international exhibition with Enrique Martinez Leal in Cuenca, Spain. She is curating a traveling exhibition on Okinawa with Alan Christy and UC Santa Cruz history students for the Sesnon Gallery.