Shelby Graham has been the Director/Curator of the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) since 1999. A selection of her curatorial works include: Undercurrents: Digital Arts and New Media; Three Lives in Photography, Robert Dawson, Joel Leivick, David Pace 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.
Shelby Graham earned an M.F.A. from San Jose State University and has a 30-year career as an arts educator and experimental photographer, including exhibitions in the US, Tokyo and the Czech Republic. Graham is on the planning committee for a new Institute of the Arts and Sciences at UCSC. She has taught courses in photography, digital arts and new media, contemporary art and museum practices at the University of California, Santa Cruz; San Jose State University, San Jose, CA; Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA; Hartnell College, Salinas CA; and Seinan Gakuin University in Kyushu, Japan. She is interested in collaborations and non-traditional photographic processes.