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Robert L. McMahan

Bob has crossed the boundaries of many mediums in order to reach this point in time, after years of pushing the traditional limits of various art forms such as painting and photography. He expanded his art form for the first time when he apprenticed with a Master of sumi-e painting in Tokyo over thirty-five years ago. He compared Japanese brushwork to his own interpretation of high contrast photography. For him, one medium affected the other. The evolution of his photographic style, with sweeping strokes of black and white has flowered into the vived colors of his computer graphics work which is far from his days in Japan but also very close.

His photographic career began with the international wire service and culminated with being head of the photography department at a community college in Southern California. The culmination of his years as an active professor came when he developed one of the first curriculums for the study of computer graphics, receiving many grants to expand his cutting-edge department. Currently, he has discovered the dramatic effects which large-format digital printing can have on photography.

Bob McMahan’s goal has always been to study a medium with great intensity and then pursue his own direction. His motto might be use the traditional to discover the untraditional.

  • Anderson High School, Anderson, CA.
  • M.F.A. (Sculpture) Instituto Allende
    San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
  • Shasta Junior College, Redding, CA.
  • M.A. (Photography) Fresno University
  • B.A.(Art) Humbolt State University,
    Arcata, CA.
  • U.C. Santa Barbara, Computer for
    Publishing & Graphics
  • Fresno State University, Fresno, CA.
  • Stanford University Publishing
  • University of Waseda, Tokyo, Japan:
    University International Program.
  • Alpha Phi Gama Journalism Fraternity
  • C A Magazine monthly award and inclusion in 20th annual "Best of Commercial Art"(book)
  • 12 One-Man Art Shows in California, Japan, France, Mexico
  • Golden Apple Award Los Angeles County Schools.
  • Vice President, Redwood Empire Art Association, Eureka CA.
  • Featured in article in American Artist.
  • Graduate Assistantship, Fresno, CA.
  • Cover design on 8 books and 1 of 3 runners up Ben Franklin award for cover and book design awarded to small publishers.
  • Graduate Scholarship, Instituto Allende, Mexico.
  • Developed 2+2 with local High Schools
  • School Board Member Lake Hughs School System.
  • PIXEL PHOTOGRAPHY Book,Amherst Publishers
  • Books published (Banditos & Guide to Photography).
  • Developed 2+2+2 with California State University Bakersfield
  • Technical assistant, Humbolt State College, Arcata, CA.
  • Vocational grant to write curriculum for digital photography.
  • Graduate assistant, Fresno State College Art Department, Fresno, CA.
  • T.O.T. Teacher and Consultant on Computer Graphics and Desktop Publishing.
  • Photo editor, "California Crossroads" (Periodical), Bakersfield, CA.
  • Education Editor for Studio Systems Journal.
  • Press representative, Mexico City "News" (English language newspaper)
  • Professor, Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo, Japan.
  • PIXEL PHOTOGRAPHY Book Olive Press Publishers
  • Instructor, Instituto Allende, Mexico.
  • PIXEL PHOTOGRAPHY Book Translated into Korean
  • Director /Instructor , Escuela John F. Kennedy, Quertaro, Mexico.
  • President Faculty Senate - Antelope Valley College
  • Professor, University of Queretaro, Queretaro, Mexico.
  • Instructor, Antelope Valley College, Lancaster, CA. (head of Photography and Computer Graphics Program).
  • Vocational grant to write curriculum in Desktop Publishing for 106 community colleges.
One-Man Exhibits
  • Lemon tree Gallery, Arcata, CA
  • Gilberts Creative Arts, Santa Rosa, CA.
  • Fig Tree Gallery, Fresno, CA.
  • Alamo Gallery, Benicia, CA.
  • Fine Arts Theater, Fresno, CA.
  • Shinjuku Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
  • Fig Garden Library, Fresno, CA.
  • Villa d'Roma, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
  • Photo Show, Bakersfield Library, Bakersfield, CA.
  • Instituto Allende, Mexico
  • Hobarts Art Gallery, Eureka, CA.
  • Fresno Art Center (City Gallery) Banditos
  • Apple House Gallery, Three Rivers, CA.
  • Antelope Valley Art Gallery (8 shows)
  • Graduate Woman Remarkable Museum
  • Photo Article in TypeWorld
  • Multihulls Magazine
  • Photo Article in Screen Printing Magazine
  • Skindiver Magazine
  • Realties Magazine
  • PIXEL PHOTOGRAPHY Book Olive Press Publishers

Robert McMahan • • Green Valley, CA
mcmahan@qnet.com or robert_mcmahanart@qnet.com