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As the Gallery Director, Chantel Paul oversees the needs for the SDSU Downtown Gallery, an off-campus program of the School of Art + Design, including curating exhibitions and programming and managing events and partnerships. In addition, Chantel works with students to maintain the daily needs of the space. Most recently, she curated Playful Interactions (2015).
Prior to her position with SDSU, Chantel was with the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) in San Diego, CA for five years and was Assistant Curator from 2012 through 2015. She curated a number of exhibitions at MOPA, including The Darkroom: Alex Prager (2015), After Ansel Adams (2014), Staking Claim: A California Invitational (2013), which included an accompanying catalog, Kevin Cooley: Elements (2013), Unusual Suspects: The Paintings and Photographs of Holly Roberts (2012). Chantel co-curated the NEA grant-funded traveling exhibition Streetwise: Masters of 60s Photography (2011) and assisted the production of its accompanying catalog.
Chantel also served at gallery director for the Morrison Hotel Gallery, La Jolla from 2006 – 2010. There she worked with seminal rock photographers, including Henry Diltz, Jim Marshall, Herman Leonard, and Danny Clinch, among others.