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Peter Selz

Peter Selz is an art historian and educator. He was born in Munich in 1919, and emigrated from Germany to the United States in 1936. During the 1937-1938 academic year, Selz attended Columbia University. A decade later, he went on to receive his MA from the University of Chicago, 1949; studied at the University of Paris through a Fulbright grant, from 1949-50; and subsequently, returned to the University of Chicago to receive his PhD in 1954. In 1967, he was awarded a DFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts.

Selz has worked at several notable institutions and has led a full career: Instructor at the University of Chicago, from 1951-56; Assistant professor of art history and Head of the Art Department at the Illinois Institute of Technology: Institute of Design, from 1949-55; Chairman of the Art department and Director of the art gallery at Pomona College, from 1955-58; Chief Curator with the Department of Painting and Sculpture exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, from 1958-65; Director of the Berkeley Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley, from 1965-73; Professor of the art history, 1965-present; Zaks professor at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, in 1976. Furthermore, Selz has produced several books, most notably those focusing on German Expressionism; and to which from the Federal Republic of Germany decorated him with the Order of Merit.




Philip Linhares

Philip Linhares is currently a Chief Curator at the Oakland Museum of California, a position he has held since 1990. Born in Visalia, California in 1939, Linhares completed his BFA at the California College of the Arts and Crafts in 1961, and continued on there to receive his MFA in 1963. Many of his career choices and pursuits have led him toward managing and guiding art galleries and museums. In the past, Linhares has focused his ability to supervise with positions such as the Director of Exhibitions at the San Francisco Art Institute, from 1967 until 1977; Director at Mills College Art Gallery in Oakland, California, from 1978 until 1990; and as the Director of the Graduate Program at the California College of Arts and Crafts, from 1980 until 1988. In 1989, Philip Linhares engaged with the Museum Management Institute through a Getty Fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1988. Linhares has also dedicated his time supporting the arts as a Trustee to the Claire Falkenstein Foundation in Los Angeles, California; as a Member on the Board of Directors of the Black Rock Arts Foundation in San Francisco, California; and as a Member on the Board of Directors of the American Hot Rod Archives Foundation in Greenwich, Connecticut.


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