Deborah Klochko - Josue Castro

Deborah Klochko: Director, Museum of Photographic Arts

Director of the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, California, Deborah Klochko has over twenty-five years experience in photography museums as an educator, director, and curator. Ms. Klochko has curated thirty exhibitions; was executive editor of see, an award-winning journal of visual culture; and is the founder of Speaking of Light: Oral Histories of American Photographers. She is the co-author of Moment of Seeing: Minor White at the California School of Fine Arts, and Create and Be Recognized: Photography on the Edge. She is the author and curator of Picturing Eden and most recently Nancy Newhall: A Literacy of Images. Formerly the director of The Friends of Photography, located at the Ansel Adams Center, she has also worked at the California Museum of Photography; the International Museum of Photography and Film at the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York; and the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Ms. Klochko received her Master of Arts in Teaching, Museum Education at George Washington University in Washington, DC and a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from the Visual Studies Workshop (SUNY) in Rochester, New York.

What is your vision of the future of the Visual arts for San Diego?

"Looking at the future of the arts in San Diego - MoPA is embracing collaboration and working with new audiences. Our role is to seek out change, to become a laboratory for new ideas, and to share and disseminate these ideas. San Diego is poised at a crossroad—a path that merges the past and points to the future. It is time to become an advocate for the value of the cultural experience - the arts and culture nonprofits in San Diego represent a multi-million–dollar industry supporting the local economy. Good art is good business."