Photo courtesy of Sam Sharkland.

Gallery Sessions

Gallery Sessions: Sam Sharkland

Visible Light film curator Sam Sharkland brings a discerning eye to works on view in Color Code.

McEvoy Arts invites Visible Light guest curator Sam Sharkland to draw on their background in cinema and experience developing programs at the intersection of art and science at San Francisco’s Exploratorium to lead a guided tour examining select works on view in Color Code. During the brief, interactive session, Sharkland and McEvoy Arts exhibitions and public programs curator Amanda Nudelman explore the parallels and distinctions between artists’ use of color in visual art and film.

Visible Light takes Color Code’s themes into the realm of the moving image and assembles 15 short films that demonstrate the power of color as projected light. The program was organized by Sharkland in collaboration with their Exploratorium colleagues Liz Keim and Kathleen Maguire.

With Gallery Sessions, McEvoy Arts invites artists and curators to discuss works on view in an intimate gallery setting.


Sam Sharkland is a senior program developer at the Exploratorium with over 15 years of experience in curation, film exhibition, and event production. They aspire to cultivate communal experiences that broaden perspectives and challenge perceptions. In addition to curating short film programs for adult and family audiences, Sharkland co-produces expanded cinema events and leads experimental cinema education programs for teen and university level groups. Sharkland holds a BA in Media Studies from the University of San Francisco.