Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, California, USA
Chantel Paul is the Assistant Curator at the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA). Founded in 1983, MOPA is known internationally for its presentation of high quality exhibitions, lectures, publications and films. MOPA aims to engage the broadest possible audience through the presentation, collection and preservation of photography, film and video. Ms. Paul has curated a number of exhibitions at MOPA including Unusual Suspects: The Paintings and Photograph of Holly Roberts (2012) and Eyes of a Nation: A Century of American Photography (2012). Ms. Paul co-curated the exhibition Streetwise: Masters of 60s Photography (2011), along with an accompanying exhibition catalog. She is currently working on upcoming exhibitions including Kevin Cooley: Elements, and the exhibition and accompanying catalog for Staking Claim: A California Invitational, to be exhibited in late 2013.
Prior to her work at MOPA, Ms. Paul served as the Director for the Morrison Hotel Gallery in La Jolla, CA. She has worked with artists and archives ranging from Herman Leonard, Henry Diltz, Jim Marshall, and Autumn DeWilde, among others. As Director of the Morrison Hotel Gallery she helped coordinate exhibitions with the Southeast Museum of Photography and the Brooklyn Museum of Art.
As a portfolio reviewer, Ms. Paul offers guidance for professional development, critical feedback, and insight into the museum exhibition process. She is interested in exhibition ready work that pushes boundaries and explores the medium through well-executed ideas, including innovative approaches to photographic processes. She is not interested in seeing commercial photography. Ms. Paul will also be considering artists for MOPA’s acquisitions program geared towards emerging photographers.