Michael Crane


Greetings and thanks for visiting this website. The work in this site encompasses three decades of work producded that include exhibitions of visual art that I have currated or borrowed, my own personal art and photography as well as terrazzo floors.

Originally from St. Louis, MO, I escaped via the Peace Corps to Jamaica, where I taught auto mechanics.  Instructed to send pictures home I taught myself old-school photography and began exploring the medium.  

Returning, I attended the School of the Art Institue of Chicago.  Joining the founding group of N.A.M.E. Gallery introduced me to the alternative gallery movement--and later continued to embrace the artist-run operation via involvements with spaces like Open Ring in Sacramento, and LaMamelle in San Francisco where I co-edited a book--see Publication section. I also pushed small--publishing and produced a dozen titles as Running Dog Press.

Additionally, I have spent 20 years running college/university and municipal art galleries and museums.  See exhibitions for Images from a selection of shows I have organized, curated or borrowed.

camo pie

Camo Pie, 2013


MICHAEL CRANE RESUME

Creative, organized and results-oriented art professional with 20 years diverse experience in public and private sectors.  Expertise includes:

LEADERSHIP

  • Vision and mission development for start-up enterprises as well as
    established organizations. 
  • Demonstrated success in program development, fundraising and
    strategic planning.

MANAGEMENT

  • Expert ability in directing the creative shop and projects.
  • Skillful in developing marketing strategies that increase attendance and       program visibility.
  • Finance and accounting functions.
  • Human Resources and team development.
  • Facilities, collections, other assets.
  • Adult and teen education programs.

TECHNICAL ABILITIES

Writing, public speaking, teaching, accounting, 2-D and exhibition design, digital photography, Photoshop, marketing and evaluation research and analysis.


PROFESSIONAL  EXPERIENCE

INSTRUCTOR 2011- Present
ROGUE COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Medford, OR

      Part time instructor Computer Science Department, Graphic Design program;                    teaching Digital Imaging—Photoshop, and Digital Photography.

DIRECTOR, SCHNEIDER MUSEUM OF ART, 2008-2011
SOUTHERN OREGON UNIVERSITY, Ashland, OR

  • Chief officer, university art museum, directed all operations.
  • Teaching and academic program development; outreach and partnerships on campus and in community.  Fundraising, program and collection development.
  • Created grant-funded Outreach program serving Southern Oregon and Northern California with works from the SMA Permanent Collection.
  • Created original, interdisciplinary projects for International Year of Astronomy 2009, and for the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Pacific Division, 92nd annual conference, 2010.
  • Delivered paper on History of Correspondence Art, 1960-1980, at College Art Association annual conference, Chicago, 2010.

DIRECTOR, ART CENTER GALLERY, 2005-2008
UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL MISSOURI, Warrensburg, MO

  • Responsible for leading all operations of university art gallery.
  • Strategic planning, program development, fundraising and implementation of Museum Assessment Program (AAM/MAP) institutional recommendations.
  • College representative to campus American Democracy Project (ADP) committee.
  • Presentations at regional and national ADP conferences, 2007 and 2008.
  • Panel member, Art-in-Public-Places program, City of Kansas City, MO, 2005-2006.
  • University liaison to local community arts council, 2006-2007.
  • Provided Independent Study in Gallery/Museum operations for interested students.

CO-OWNER / OPERATIONS MANAGER, 1995-2005
S.A.Y. TERRAZZO Designs, LLC, Longmont,CO

  • Marketing and sales, including copy writing, design and production of print materials, booth design and production; presentations at conventions, trade shows and technical seminars.
  • Provided communications, contract and/or technical support to architects, designers, and contractors.
  • Participated in production of more than 150 commercial terrazzo floors.
  • Managed day-to-day manufacturing operations. 
  • Project management of job-site installations. 
  • Directed HR, finance, accounting and business planning processes.
  • Prepared payroll, insurance and tax reports.
  • Annual revenues grew from $80k to over $1,000,000.  

      Award-winning floors:

  • Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, Austin                       
  • Omnimax Theater, Dallas
  • Museum of African American History, Detroit                                                
  • Mohegan Sun Casino, CT
  • Anheuser-Busch, Inc., St. Louis                                                             
  • Lucent Technologies, NJ
  • Texas Instruments, Dallas                                                                                        
  • Dallas Convention Center
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison                                                       
  • University of Notre Dame

       Accomplishments:

  • Achieved significant growth and 15% market share.
  • Industry national award-winning Job of the Year
    (Bob Bullock, 2001; Omnimax, 1996).
  • Member of the National Terrazzo and Mosaic Association.

DIRECTOR, CU ART GALLERIES,
CURATOR, COLORADO COLLECTION,
1986-1995
UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO at BOULDER, Boulder, CO

  • Directed all operations of university visual art museum including administration, fundraising, curator functions, marketing and public relations.
  • Produced a dozen catalogues, 3 national tours, and more than 100 exhibitions. 
  • Developed more than 50 outreach and related education programs. 
  • Developed, trained and supervised staff of 8-10.
  • Developed and managed annual program budget of $100k.
  • Taught museum management in Department of Fine Arts for 10 semesters. 
  • Managed 4,000 item Colorado Collection of artworks including preservation, conservation, acquisitions, use and outreach.
  • Served as university-wide liaison to program directors, foundation, faculty, students, deans, chancellors, presidents and alumni.

        Accomplishments:

  • Co-directed capital campaign for rescue of the Colorado Collection,
    successfully raising $180K for conservation of artworks, and renovation of collection storage facility.
  • Raised over $1.8 million in cash, bequests and gifts of art.
  • Created and directed outreach program CU This Summer, winner of NUCEA Exemplary Program award and described by the Smithsonian as a “model for conducting rural outreach.”
  • Managed unique exchange program with the University of Mexico, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.

MUSEUM AND GALLERY DIRECTOR,1983-1986
ARVADA CENTER FOR THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES, Arvada, CO

  • Directed all functions of municipally-owned history museum, and, contemporary visual art galleries.
  • Managed history collection of 3,000+ items.
  • Responsible for departmental programming, administration, finances, marketing and community relations.
  • Produced 90 exhibitions and directed show designs in 10,000 square foot space.
  • Successfully managed $250k budget and staff of 5, plus 20 volunteers.

      Accomplishments:

  • 200% increase in attendance, many positive responses from visitors,
    press and media.
  • ACAH received 1985 Colorado Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts due
    to excitement and interest generated by the Museum/Gallery program.
  • In 1985, The Denver Post names the Arvada Center galleries “the place to go in Colorado for contemporary art.”

COLLEGE LECTURER, GALLERY DIRECTOR,1979-1983
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY, San Jose, CA

  • Directed all functions of public and student art galleries, and taught in the
    Fine Art Dept.
  • Research, writing and editing of book on Correspondence Art
  • Co-directed Visiting Artist Program for two years.
  • Taught full-time; courses included Gallery and Museum Operations, Performance and Movement, 20th Century Art History, and, Contemporary Aesthetics.

Accomplishments:

  • Correspondence Art book described as “the definitive reference on mail art
    around the world.”

EDUCATION / TRAINING

Graduate Certificate, Nonprofit Management & Leadership, 2004
University of Missouri St. Louis, St. Louis, MO                                                                    

Master of Fine Arts, Design and Communication, 1976
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL                               

Associate in Applied Science, 1969
St. LouisCommunity College, St. Loius, Mo                                         

Continuing education courses:
      Negotiation and Persuasion                  
      Grantsmanship and Proposal Writing         
      Financial Reports              
      New Media Online                                     
      Human Relations                                                    
      Spanish

COMMUNITY SERVICE

BOARD MEMBER

  • Arts Council of Southern Oregon, 2011 - present
  • Jackson County Cultural Commission, 2011 - present
  • Musica para los Ninos, St. Louis, MO, 2004 - 2006
  • Viva Vox Organization, and the IMAGINE program, St. Louis, 2003 - 2005
  • Experimental Gallery, Seattle, 1996-1998 (Recipient of US President’s ComingUpTaller award)

FOUNDING MEMBER: N.A.M.E. GALLERY, Chicago, IL. (1973)

      Organization and operation of Chicago’s “premier alternative space,”
      a multicultural center for visual art, film, music performances.

PUBLICATIONS

Editor

  • Raise Your Voice! – American Democracy Project, CD and website, UCM, 2006
  • Michael Crane and Mary Stofflet, editors, Correspondence Art: Sourcebook for the Network of International Postal Art Activity, Contemporary Arts Press, SF, CA, 1984. Long out-of-print, the anthology Correspondence Art is cited in more than 200 monographs, periodicals, dissertations and books on the topics it covers; and can be found in a similar number of libraries across the US and abroad.
  • Heir Apparent: Translating the Secrets of Venetian Glass, Bellevue Art Museum, 1997.
  • Prisoner’s of Conscience, Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities, CO, 1986.
  • Cenizas #6, Romax Literature-Art, San Francisco, CA, 1980.
  • Contents: Objects, Piles & Boxes, California State University, Sacramento, 1979.
  • Running Dog One and Done, Running Dog Press, Chicago, 1975.

Author

  • A Brief History of Ray Johnson and Mike Crane, Lightworks #22, The Ray Johnson issue, Birmingham, MI, 2000
  • Arte Mexicano: A Beacon in the Age of AIDS, in Arte Mexicano: Imagenes en el Siglo del SIDA, catalogue, CU Art Galleries, University of Colorado at Boulder, 1994.
  • Like Night and Day, in Noche de Muertos: Chicano Journey into a Michoacan Night, catalogue, CU Art Galleries, 1993.
  • IMPART-CU Art Galleries Collaborations, in IMPART: Journal of OPENMIND, Vol. 1, Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, University of Colorado at Boulder, 1993.
  • American Renegades: Kenneth Patchen, d.a. levy, D.R. Wagner, in catalogue of same title, CU Art Galleries, 1993.
  • Reflections, in Chicano/Latino Art: Images in the Age of AIDS, catalogue, CU Art Galleries, 1992.  Also reprinted in SIDA Ahora, New York, NY, 1992.
  • Collaborations, in Visiting Artist Program, 20th Anniversary Show, catalogue, CU Art Galleries, 1992.
  • Fluxpostings: Fluxus and the Mail Art Phenomena, Lund Art Press, Fluxus issue, Vol. 2, No. 1, University of Lund, Sweden, 1991.
  • A Definition of Correspondence Art, Origins of Correspondence Art, Spread of Correspondence Art, and, Exhibitions and Publications of Correspondence Art, in the anthology Correspondence Art, Contemporary Arts Press, San Francisco, CA, 1984.
  • A Brief History and Definition of Mail Art, in Artwords and Bookworks, catalogue, Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA, 1978.

Contributor/Mentions

  • DIAL Magazine, Fall issue, on-line magazine, New School University, New York, 2002.
  • Networked Art, Craig Saper, University of Minnesota Press, 2001.
  • Arrested Rivers: paintings by Chuck Forsman, University Press of Colorado, 1994.
  • A Conversation with Mike Crane, Ronnie Cohen, FLUE, the magazine of Franklin Furnace, New York, NY, 1984.
  • Phototherapy in Mental Health, David Krauss & Jerry Fryear editors, Charles Thomas publisher, Springfield, IL, 1984.
  • Critical 9th Assembling, Richard Kostelanetz ed., Assembling Press, New York, 1980.
  • Anti-Object Art, Tri-Quarterly 32, John Perreault editor, Northwestern University Press, Evanston, IL, 1975.