Victor Skrebneski (Trustee Emeritus) was born in Chicago of Russian and Polish parents. He began his early years as a photographer in New York and Europe and opened his Chicago studio in 1952.
He attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1943) and Moholy-Nagy's Institute of Design (1947-49). His publications include:Skrebneski (1969), Skrebneski Portraits (1978), Skrebneski: Five Beautiful Women (1987), Skrebneski: Blackwhite & Color (1989),Skerebneski: The Edge of Light (1991), Bravi, Lyric Opera of Chicago(1994), The Art of Haute Couture (1995), Women, Saks Fifth Avenue Couture Book (1996), Skrebneski: The First Fifty Years (1999),Steppenwolf's Skrebneski (2000), Moving Pictures (2005), andSkrebneski Seduced (2006).
His photographs are in the permanent collections of The Museum of Contemporary Photography of Columbia College Chicago, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and The Los Angeles County Museum of Art. A major fifty-year retrospective, "Skrebneski: The First Fifty Years," was organized at The Museum of Contemporary Photography in 1999. Skrebneski is represented by Charles Cowles Gallery; New York, Couturier Gallery; Los Angeles, Galerie Vallois; Paris, and The Mayor Gallery, London.
Prior to joining the board, he was a longtime friend of the college. In 1995 he received an honorary doctorate degree from Columbia College Chicago and established a scholarship fund in his name: The Victor Skrebneski Scholarship Award. The fund is a full four-year scholarship available to incoming freshmen in the areas of photography, fashion design, or fashion/retail management.
Mr. Skrebneski resides in Chicago.