McCusker, Phd.: Curator of Photography, Museum
of Photographic Arts, San Diego
McCusker earned a B.F.A. in Fiber Art and Art History from Massachusetts
College of Art/Boston, then her Masters and Ph.D. in Art History with
an emphasis on Photography at the University of New Mexico/Albuquerque.
She has been Curator at the Museum of Photographic Arts/San Diego for
eight years. In the past decade, she has had the pleasure of curating
over 40 exhibitions at UNM and MoPA, and has written essays for numerous
books and magazines. McCusker is committed to this community's artistic
growth, education, and support of artists both local and international.
She says, "Choosing Ashley Blalock for my portrait blends my former
life as a fiber artist with my curatorial work in photography. She has
brilliantly conceptualized a portrait through the materials of linen
is your vision of the future of the Visual arts for San Diego?
"My job is to give people ways of thinking about art. This is a
collaborative act between the artist, the viewer, and me. It is how
art gathers meaning. As a curator, I look for what artists are trying
to say, what their work reveals about society, and the timeless conditions
of being human. In a new economy, I hope more power is given back to
art and artists, and less to the marketplace. Toward this end, I will
support raves, happenings, performances, and acts of conscience and
outrage in San Diego's future so that art becomes essential, once again,
to our way of understanding ourselves, and that indefinable, joyous
aspect of being alive to the world and what is often left unspoken."