Arthur Ollman has been a photographer for forty-five years. He has had more than twenty-five one-person exhibitions in museums and galleries world‐wide. He has been part of more than sixty group exhibitions and his art is in many museums both private and corporate collections.
In 1983 he became the founding Director of the Museum of Photographic Arts, in San Diego, serving there for twenty-three years. He curated more than 100 exhibitions. They have been seen in nine countries and many great museums. He built a museum collection of more than 7,000 objects and a research Library of 27,000 volumes. He has written all or parts of twenty-five books, and numerous articles.
From 2006‐2011 he directed The School of Art, Design and Art History at San Diego State University. Since 2011 he has been a Professor of Art History and Photography at the same institution.
In 2012 he became the Chairman of the Board of the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography.