Until 1991 I exclusively exhibited color and black and white portraiture and self-portraiture devoted to the personal themes of psychological and sexual projection and the expression and re-evaluation of child abuse events in my life.
The Firestorm Family Portrait Project that I organized and produced with Richard Gordon in 1991 represented a breakthrough in my creative practice. In this project we brought together local professional photographers, color labs and film suppliers to produce new family portraits for those who lost their possessions in the Oakland Hills fire.
Since that project I have been working on three separate creative tracks, as can be seen in my resume:
I have been collaborating with Suzanne Lacy on large-scale performance works committed to addressing the issues of the breakdown of communication between the teenage and adult worlds, cultural stereotypes, and the lack of media literacy curriculum in public schools.
The results of this collaboration are Teenage Livingroom, the Oakland Media Literacy Project in 1992-93, The Roof is on Fire performance in 1994 and the Oakland Youth Commission Project: w/ Suzanne Lacy & Annice Jacoby.
Both the Musem of Photographic Arts version my Question Bridge project and the expanded version produced for Mother Jones magazine are independamt outgrowths of this growing concern for developing connections between creative my work and social activism.
I have been working on digital imaging and animation projects that involve the production of both digitally manipulated ink-jet Iris prints and digital interactive movies.
Robert's Gift is a short interactive digital movie I completed in the Fall of 1994. I have begun work on a full-length interactive hypertext novel tentatively titled Chris and Maggie.
I continue to produce traditional color and black and white photographic works.
This expansion of my creative practice has had a marked effect on my
academic career. I have begun teaching digital imaging within the Photography
Program and taught a experimental class titled "Community Workshop:
Public Projects" in the Spring semester of 1995.
1996-97 Member: Accreditation Steering Committee
1987- 1995 President, Faculty Senate
1993 - present Co-Chair, Diversity Coordinating Committee
1988 - 1992 Chair/Founding Member, Diversity Committee
1987 - 1989 Member, Handbook Committee
1987 Coordinator, Koret Program/Guest Artists Summer,
1980 - 1987 Program Head, Photography
1985 Chair, BASIC Planning Team
1984- 1987 Chair, Academic Council
1984-1986 Dean, Extended Studies
1985-1986 Associate Dean of Instruction
1984- 1985 Chair, Ad Hoc Studio Core Committee
1979 - 1981 Member, APT Committee
1979 - present Chair or Member of numerous Selection Committees