Owner and curator of Wall Space Gallery
Howdy everyfunkybody! On this week’s podcast we check in with Crista Dix, who has run the Wall Space Gallery for 10 years, showcasing the best in contemporary photography. As you’ll hear, her path to running a gallery was not the straightest of paths, with stops in the theater world and the National Parks Service.
Wall Space Gallery is located in the heart of the FunkZone, in the blocky concrete building that houses both Pali and Anacapa wineries. I have hosted an art talk there–that’s when I met Sue Van Horsen for the first time.
For those of you who are photographers and want to hear what is in the mind of a gallery owner when they are looking through your portfolio, this episode is for you!
Topics discussed include:
How a degree in geology led to photography
Working at Glazer’s Camera in Seattle
Being the first Democrat in her family and life “behind the Orange Curtain”
Growing up in theater
Life in San Francisco in the early ’80s and a list of bands Crista saw (so jealous!!)
Becoming an earthquake chaser and loving “road cuts”
Giving up photography to curate photographers
Opening the gallery in 2005
How portfolio reviews are like speed-dating
Portfolio review techniques
The cusp of the digital revolution
Moving to Santa Barbara and then to the Funk Zone
Where Santa Barbara photographers fit into WallSpace’s mission
Straddling commercial and art photography
How to figure out where you fit in the world of photography
The necessity of an artist statement
The necessity of naming your influences
Wall Space Gallery is here
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