John Weber

John Weber is the Founding Director of the Institute of the Arts and Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he is spearheading a new, multi-disciplinary, 21st century museum project. With a national and international scope, the Institute originates traveling art, science, and interdisciplinary exhibitions, public programs and residencies linked to the university curriculum, working closely with faculty and students, artists, scientists, technologists, and humanists. Current projects include Collective Museum with Public Doors and Windows (Harrell Fletcher, Molly Sherman and Nolan Calisch), a collaboration between artist Russell Crotty and the UC Lick Observatory, Theoretical Astrophysics Santa Cruz, and a collaboration with Experimental Visualization Lab of UCSB exploring scientific research and its visualization. From 2004 until 2012 Weber was the Dayton Director of the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, where he organized exhibitions including Classless Society, about the impact of social class on American life; Molecules That Matter, an interdisciplinary exhibition on chemistry, art, and history; and Environment and Object – Recent African Art. From 1993 to 2004, Weber was the Curator of Education and Public Programs at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, where he expanded the education program and co-curating exhibitions including 010101, Art in Technological Times and Public Information: Desire, Disaster, Document. From 1987 to 1993 Weber served as curator of contemporary art at the Portland Art Museum in Oregon. He began his career as an artist, and was one of the founders of Nine Gallery in Portland.