M.F.A., Fine Arts, Arizona State University

B.F.A., Fine Arts, Northern Illinois University

Professional Experience

1990 - present


Richard Gehrke Photography

Commercial photography specializing in film and digital work for visual artists, galleries, museums and collectors. Clients have included: Smithsonian Institution-Hirschorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, McKissick Museum at University of South Carolina, Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University, The University Art Museum at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Michael Lord Gallery, Galerie Art Today, Metalsmith Magazine, Sam Francis Foundation, The Brandywine Conservancy Inc, Surface Design Magazine, in addition to numerous artists and collectors in Milwaukee, Chicago and Oregon.

2007 – 2010

Chief Preparator

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

Collaborate with curators and exhibitions on the design of temporary exhibitions and collection-based installations, oversee preparation of objects slated for display, supervise installation and removal of exhibitions, support the planning of all museum traveling exhibitions, instruct and supervise all preparation/installation staff members, including design and fabrication of exhibition mounts, framing and matting, crating and packaging objects for shipping and transport, contribute to the museum’s internship and practicum study, supply and maintain the museum’s three exhibitions workshops, generate and manage the exhibitions calendar and budget.

1996 – 2010

Collection’s Photographer

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

As museum photographer, performed all film and digital documentation of permanent collection, photograped all exhibit installations, photography for publicity, publications, events, catalog and maintain museum’s film and digital records of collections and exhibitions, service and maintain photographic equipment and studio, inventory and purchase photographic supplies and equipment.

Adjunct Instructor/Photographer

Department of Art, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

Provided photographic services for the Department of Fine and Applied Arts. Photograph artworks and installations for portfolios and publications.

Technical Coordinator

John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan WI

Responsibilities included: installation of all exhibits in the Arts Center’s three galleries, transport of artwork and related materials and equipment for exhibitions, photography of all exhibits, including color, black and white, 35mm and 4X5 of both individual works and installations. Other responsibilities consisted of: technical organization in the Arts Center’s theater (lighting and audio-visual), photography of theater and

Arts Center events, maintenance of equipment, assist with gallery and theater repairs.


Icon Services Corporation Inc., Chicago IL

Head of crating and forwarding department in a fine arts services company. Responsibilities included: design and construction of traveling cases that ranged in application from inexpensive single use only containers to foam in place cases of museum quality used for traveling exhibitions, client advisement, writing of estimates for crating and shipping, arranging domestic and international freight, freight consolidation, supervision of staff, inventory and purchasing of supplies, design and fabrication of display fixtures, installation of artwork, registration and condition evaluation of artwork. As Head Preparator with Icon, I assisted with projects for numerous sales galleries, museums and private collectors including: Sotheby’s, Landfall Press, The Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Christie’s, The Smart Gallery at the University of Chicago, The Hyde Park Art Center, the Illinois Art Council, the Richard Gray Gallery, Donald Young Gallery, and The Whitney Museum of Modern Art.

Gallery Director

New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM

Assumed sole responsibility for a 4000 square foot exhibition hall with an active schedule of changing exhibitions and a 3000 piece permanent collection. Duties include: research, conceptualize and plan changing exhibitions, registration and condition evaluation of artwork, photography, graphic design and production of publications, publicity and public relations, fund raising and grant writing, security, supervision of part-time staff members. Secured grant awards from the National Endowment of the Arts and the New Mexico Arts Division, the production of two substantial catalogs, the design and construction of an extensive system of display cases suited to an active gallery presenting a wide variety of artworks. As Director, curated and presented a full calendar of exhibitions including the following: “Malcolm Greer, Graphic Designer”, A Mano, National Metals Invitational Exhibition” (works by 25 contemporary American metalsmiths), “James “Son” Thomas” (Mississippi folk-artist), “Rick Dillingham, Robert Turner, Beatrice Wood, Betty Woodman” (ceramic vessels), “Suzanne Adan and Michael Stevens” (contemporary American painting and sculpture).