Clayton Spada

December 21, 1949 in Chicago, IL Clayton is a renowned artist, curator / juror, teacher, lecturer and workshop leader. He has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the world over a 25 year period. He has also published and delivered countless articles and reviews in print and broadcast media.


1990: PhD degree, Leicester University, England
1975: MA degree, California State University, Fullerton
1972: BA degree, California State University, Fullerton
1994 – 1995: American Animation Institute
1990 – 1991: Cypress College
1988 – 1990: California State University, Fullerton
1983 – 1990: Orange Coast College
1984 – 1988: Photographic workshop experience: The Friends of Photography; New England Photographic Workshops; Zone VI Workshops
1981 – present: Formal accredited extension coursework in electronic imaging, morphometric imaging and digital signal processing; accredited workshops with leading imaging pioneers and experts at Rochester Institute of Technology, Learning Tree International, and the Society of Photonic Imaging Engineers (SPIE); extensive formal training and professional working experience with advanced digital image analysis and processing, digital signal processing, analog and digital video technologies.
Member, The Legacy Group, The Legacy Project non-profit artist group (2002 – present)
Member, National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) (2001 – present)
Member, Society for Photographic Education (2001 – present)
Adjunct Faculty, Fine Art Division/Photography Dept., Cypress College, CA (2001 – present)
Director of Exhibitions, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (2000 – 2003)
Member, The Photographer’s Exchange (1999 – present)
Partner, BC Space Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA (1998 – present)
Member, Board of Trustees, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (1997 – 2003)
Executive Director, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (1996 – 1998)
2005 Visual Arts Exhibition, Orange County Fair Exposition Center, Costa Mesa, CA 2005
Garden Variety Nudes & Gridlocked, Brand Art Gallery, Glendale, CA 2001
Jiang Zhuqing & Clayton Spada, International Art Palace, Beijing, PR China (sponsored by the International Exhibition Agency, PR China Ministry of Cultural Affairs with assistance from the Fine Arts Foundation of Beijing and Canon Imaging, Inc.) 2000
Photo Classics Gallery, Munich, Germany (solo) 1998
Orange Coast Community College Photography Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA (solo)
Strictures, Cypress College Photography Gallery, Cypress, CA (solo) 1997
The Blake Gallery, Huntington Beach, CA (solo) 1994
Garden Variety Nudes, Cypress College Photography Gallery, Cypress, CA (solo) 1992
Coerced Vantages, NewVisions, Birmingham, England (solo) 1989
Industrial Plants, Atomic Frame, Costa Mesa, CA (solo) 1988
The Last Hurrah, John Wayne Airport Concourse Galleries, Santa Ana, CA 2008
Common Ground, Huan Tie Times Museum, Beijing, PR China 2008
The Legacy Project, Orange County Great Park, Building #244, Irvine, CA (permanent installation)
The L.A. Story, Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion Museum, New York, NY 2007
The Great Picture, The Wind Tunnel, Art Center College of Design, South Campus, Pasadena, CA (Dennis Keeley and The Legacy Project, co-curators 2007
Amateur: For the Love of It, BC Space Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA 2007
Swords Into Plowshares, BC Space Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA 2006
Conflict, Society for Photographic Education, SPE-West 2006 Photography Conference, Orange Coast College, Cost Mesa, CA 2006
Pressing On, BC Space Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA 2006
The OcScene: Contemporary Art and Culture in OC, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA 2006