Peter Frank is the editor of Visions art quarterly and art critic for the L.A. Weekly and the Long Beach Press Telegram. He was born in 1950 in New York, and moved to Los Angeles in 1988. In New York Frank served as art critic for The Village Voice and The SoHo Weekly News. He contributes articles to numerous publications (including ArtScene), and has written many exhibition catalogues. Frank has organized numerous theme and survey shows, and his teaching background includes Pratt Institute, Columbia University's School of the Arts, the Tyler School of Art, UC Irvine, Claremont Graduate School, CSU Fullerton, UC Santa Barbara, and other institutions. His Something Else Press: An Annotated Bibliography was published by McPherson & Co.-Documentext in 1983. A cycle of poems, The Travelogues, was issued by Sun & Moon Press in 1982. Abbeville Press released New, Used & Improved, an overview of the New York art scene co-written with Michael McKenzie, in 1987.
Merle Schipper earned her Ph.D. in Art History at UCLA and has taught and lectured at UCLA, USC, CSU Northridge, and Claremont Graduate School. She has presented numerous scholarly papers, examples of which include Light on the Horizon: Painting in Los Angeles 1900-1920 (Symposium, Archives of American Art, San Marino CA, 1986) and Censorship L.A. Style (1991 Congress, International Association of Art Critics [AICA]), was was published in Beyond Walls and Wars: Art, Politics and Multiculturalism (New York: Midmarch Arts, 1993). Her critical writings have appeared in many periodicals, including Arts, Art in America, Journal of Art, and she served as a correspondent for ARTnews. She has reviewed art books for the Los Angeles Daily News, and is currently chief columnist for ArtScene and a contributing writer for Visions. As West Coast Chair, American Section, of AICA, she headed the organization of the 1991 Congress in Santa Monica. She have curated numerous exhibitions in California. Currently she is preparing an exhibition of William Spratling for the Craft and Folk Art Museum to begin mid-1997, which will travel to museums around the United States over a three-year span.
Michael Wright is a painter working in both traditional and electronic mediums. He has exhibited work recently at the @ Cafe (New York), the Cheekwood Museum (Nashville), CSU Chico, the Downey Museum of Art, Loyola Marymount University's Laband Gallery, and the Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park. He is the recipient of a Los Angeles Cultural Affairs grant, and his work is represented in Linda Jacobs' book Cyberarts: Exploring Art & Technology and Robin Dunitz' Street Gallery. Wright currently serves as director of the Sam Francis Gallery at the Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences in Santa Monica. He is on the Siggraph Traveling Exhibition selection committee, and is a board member of the Downtown Artists Development Association (DADA). He has been a guest artist at CSU Los Angeles and Humbolt State University, and currently teaches at Otis College of Art and Design, where he has received their award of excellence in arts education, and at Crossroads, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Mount San Antonio College, and the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts.
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