1991 MFA UCSB
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1965, Sky Bergman grew up on the eastern coast of the United States. In order to pursue her passion for the photographic medium, she relocated to California to attend graduate school and attained a MFA in photography from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1991. She is currently a free-lance photographer and recently finished a stint as Department Chair of the Art & Design program at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where she has been teaching since 1995.
Sky’s commercial work can be seen on a number of book covers for Random House and Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Inc. In addition, her work has been published in several magazines such as Smithsonian, Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel, Reader’s Digest, and Archaeology Odyssey.
Her fine art work continues to be exhibited both nationally and internationally, and is included in a number of permanent collections such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and the Bibliotheque Nationale of Paris, France. A book of her work which explores the comparison of stone and flesh, The Naked & The Nude: Images from the Sculpture Series, was published by Albion Press. The introduction for the book was written by Hèléne Pinet, curator of photography at the Rodin Museum in Paris. Her work is currently represented by Modernbook Gallery in San Francisco and was most recently exhibited in Havana, Cuba.
In recent years, Sky has also worked extensively in video. One of her videos was awarded the APA (American Photographic Artists) 2012 Short Video “Rockin It” People’s Choice Award. She has collaborated with the Cal Poly symphony to illustrate Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.” Her current project, “Lives Well Lived,” is an exploration of extraordinary everyday people over the age of 75, which celebrates these amazing people and inspires others through the sharing of their secrets for happy living.