Photographic artist, author, teacher, curator, environmentalist…these words describe Robert Ketchum’s involvement in our world. Having been Trustee, Vice President and President/ Executive Director of the Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies, Ketchum has also served as Curator of Photography for the National Park Foundation in Washington, D.C. from 1980 to the present. His photographs grace major museum and corporate collections in the United States. Since 1968 he has had over 250 one-man and group shows at such institutions as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the National Museum of American Art.
In 1988, Robert Ketchum one of only eight American artists included in an important survey show exploring Chinese influences on contemporary image makers – at the inaugural exhibitions of the new Taiwan Museum of Art. During his collaboration with the UCLA/ China Exchange Program as its only artist, he has worked with the Suzhou Embroidery Research Institute on transforming some of his photographs into embroidered silk reproductions.
Interpreting the ways in which American view this continent, Robert Ketchum was examined prevailing attitudes toward the American environment and has sought to change the devastating patterns of environmental abuse which our technologically complex society has imposed. In June, 1992, the American Embassy in Brazil presented his one-man exhibition at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Rio de Janerio.