Michelle Nye is a Bay Area artist, curator, arts administrator and advocate whose professional work has supported a thriving regional arts community for over twenty years. Her own art explores themes of home, abandonment, memory, relationship and the environment while her curatorial work touches on those topics and additional themes as well, from women’s rights to diverse expressions of diasporas. A Bay Area native, she received her BA studying studio art, art history and Italian at UCSC, the Università di Bologna, Italia and L’Academia degli Belli Arti di Bologna, Italia, with continuing studies in alternative processes in photography at CCA and the philosophy of art at Stanford.
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EDUCATION 2022 Stanford Continuing Studies, Stanford - Philosophy of Art 2001 CCAC Continuing Studies, Oakland - Alternative Processes in Photography 2000 University of California, Santa Cruz - BA, Emphasis in Painting and Photography 1999 Università di Bologna, Academia di Belle Arti, Italy - Fine Art, Art History, Italian PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 2022 San Francisco, CA - Guest Portfolio Review: Root Division 2021 San Francisco, CA - SFMOMA Artists Gallery, Interim Director (2000-2021 total) 2020 San Francisco, CA - Guest Juror: Startup Art Fair 2019 Alameda, CA - Curator: Diaspora Voiced - A Bay Area Juried Exhibition, Rhythmix Cultural Works 2019 San Francisco, CA - Guest Portfolio Review: Arc Portfolio Review 2018 San Francisco, CA - Guest Portfolio Review: Arc Portfolio Review 2018 Alameda, CA - Guest Lecturer: Alameda High School Art Education 2017 San Francisco, CA - Arc Gallery: Guest Lecturer: State of the Art: A Panel Discussion with Joan McLaughlin, Michelle Nye and DeWitt Cheng 2016 San Jose, CA - Guest Juror: Vision: An Artists Perspective, curated by Gutfreund & Cornett Art, Kaleid Gallery 2016 San Francisco, CA - Guest Juror: San Francisco Academy of Art, BFA Exhibiton 2016 San Francisco, CA - Guest Juror: APA SF Annual Something Personal Exhibition 2014 Berkeley, CA - Curator: Art at Colorflow (2012-2014 total) 2012 San Francisco, CA - Curator: SFMOMA Last Call Art Show, Staff Art Exhibition 2007 San Francisco, CA - Guest Lecturer: San Francisco State, Photography Lecture Series 2005 Santa Cruz, CA - Guest Lecturer: UC Santa Cruz, Alternative Processes in Photography Class (2001-2005 annually) 2003 Fremont, CA - Artist’s Panel Lecture: Ohlone College: California Landscapes 10 Visions SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2008 San Francisco, CA - Balboa Theater 2007 Berkeley, CA - The LightRoom 2007 San Francisco, CA - SFMOMA Artists Gallery at the Caffé Museo 2007 Berkeley, CA - Photolab Gallery, Wall Writings 2005 San Francisco, CA - SFMOMA Artists Gallery at the Caffé Museo 2004 San Francisco, CA - Jackson Place Salon 2004 San Francisco, CA - Fort Mason Center 2003 Alameda, CA - US Bank, Alameda Art Commission 2001 Hayward, CA - Synapse Computer Solutions, Inc. 2000 Santa Cruz, CA - UC Santa Cruz, Stevenson College Interpretations of the Fragmented Figure - Works in Photography SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2017 San Francisco, CA - Arc Gallery: A Series of Fragments of Moments, Curated by Karen Gutfreund 2012 Berkeley, CA - Art at Colorflow 2012 San Francisco, CA - SFMOMA Last Call Art Show, Staff Art Exhibition 2011 Lafayette, CA - Bank of Commerce, Habitat: Explorations of Home + Shelter in Contemporary Art, Curated by Carrie Lederer + Steve Pon 2011 San Francisco, CA - 901 Market Street: Holgas 2008 San Francisco, CA - SFMOMA Artists Gallery: Interiors 2007 Berkeley, CA - The LightRoom: Fresh Focus: An Afternoon of Art 2005 San Francisco, CA - SF State, The Art Gallery: Ut Pictura Poesis 2005 San Francisco, CA - ArtSFest Arts Expo Gala: Emerging Arts Showcase 2004 Oakland, CA - Pro Arts: New Visions, Intro ’04 Juried by Rene di Rosa 2004 Fremont, CA - Louie Art Gallery, Ohlone: California Landscapes: 10 Visions 2003 San Francisco, CA - SFMOMA Artists Gallery: 25th Anniversary Show 2003 Berkeley, CA - Berkeley Art Center: Juried Annual: Works on Paper 2003 Alameda, CA - Frank Bette Center for the Arts: Three Perspectives 2003 San Francisco, CA - CityArt Gallery: March Exhibition 2002 Oakland, CA - Pro Arts: Juried Annual Exhibition 2002-2003, Juried by Rene di Rosa 2002 San Francisco, CA - Focus Gallery: Open Studios Exhibition 2002 San Rafael, CA - Marin County Civic Center: Marin County Fair 2002 San Francisco, CA - SFMOMA Artists Gallery: New Photography 1999 Santa Cruz, CA - UCSC Senior Gallery: Alien Invasion - Work From Abroad 1999 Bologna, Italy - Academia di Belle Arti 1998 Santa Cruz, CA - UCSC Stevenson College: Women’s art Work 1995 Oakland, CA - Civic Center Youth in Art Competition AWARDS 2002 Marin County Fair - Honorable Mention in Fine Art Photography 1995 Congressional Recognition for Achievement in Fine Art (Youth in Art)