By Jesse Butcher
How did you become a curator/gallery Director?
I’ve loved art and museums since I was a child, but it wasn’t until I was in graduate school that I wandered into the curatorial world. Maybe it was the recession or just a desire for change, but I felt this urgent need to develop skills beyond those traditionally garnered in academia. I began working as a curatorial assistant in contemporary art at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (SBMA) in 2008. This was my first museum position so I came in very green, but I was ready to absorb new information like a sponge. I went on to work for six years for Julie Joyce, Curator of Contemporary Art at SBMA. Julie was a fantastic, visionary mentor and the experience of working in a mid-size museum exposed me to a range of skills that I constantly rely on as Director of the Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art.