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Mike McGee is the Gallery Director of the Begovich Gallery at California State University Fullerton. He is also the Director of the Exhibition Design/Museum Studies Program and an Associate Professor in the Department of Art. He is an expert on the history of art in Southern California; he has presented dozens of lectures an on the subject on the subject, and he created and teaches the only university art history course on the region.
He has worked as an art writer, curator, and gallery director since 1982. He has written art criticism for Artweek, the Orange County Register, and other publications. He was a contributing writer for American Scene Painting in Southern California (Westphalt Press, 1992). He has curated over two dozen exhibitions including The Elegant, the Irreverent, and the Obsessive: Drawing in Southern California (CSU Fullerton, April 1993), Tony DeLap: House of the Magician (CSU Fullerton, February 1994), You Are Here: An Installation by Daniel Wheeler (CSU Fullerton, February 1995), The Idea Made Physical (CSU Fullerton, 1998), Diana Kunce:15 minutes of fame one second at a time (Grand Central Art Center, 1999), and Pass Foto and Shameless Pub installations by Federico D'Orazio (Grand Central Art Center, 1999).
For close to two decades, McGee has been an active arts advocate and a committed volunteer leader for local arts organizations. He is past President of the Board of Trustees for the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art and a board member for Arts Orange County. He is a member of the Mayor's Arts Task Force for the City of Santa Ana. McGee has nearly doubled the number of works in the CSU Fullerton sculpture collection and established the Richard Newquist Memorial Sculpture Court. He is also the concept originator and project administrator for the CSU Fullerton Grand Central Art Center, a 45,000 sq. ft., $7.2 million residential/commercial/educational facility in downtown Santa Ana.
ART 300, Writing in Visual Arts
ART 480T, Southern California Contemporary Art
ART 453A,B, Exhibition Design
ART 483D, Special Studies in Design, Exhibition Design
ART 500A, Graduate Seminar
ART 503D, Graduate Problems Exhibition Design