What matters?
As artists, we ask this repeatedly.  I ask this everyday.  What, of my work, matters?  And why?  I do not mean for other people.  I mean for myself.  Artists are born art-annihilators. ​​​​​​​
I've converted this site into an archive of matter, ephemeral matter that matters to me.  More than twenty years has passed, in some cases, since I took the photographs.  Some reveal my first forays into digital imagery at the beginning of digital cameras.  Some, my first trials with medium format film just as film was feared to disappear; others, my first experiments with palladium, cyanotype, and Vandyck brown prints when silver gelatine paper lost its lustre (and its rich silver).  The most recent pieces trace my return to digital after developing acute allergies to photographic chemicals like fixer and gold.  And now I turn to video, just as experiment.  To taste unease.
Here, I share all of me.  You get all the sides.  I get to remember all those sides.  It is important to remain connected to the complicated, gnarled, ingrown roots of the eye.  Maybe call it a dumping ground rather than archive.  Nature grows thick amidst rot.  This, my travels into ruins at the edge of the world have taught me.
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2020
April 29–August 28, 2020: "On the Route to Calamities: Stories from the New Silk Road."  Biggin Gallery, Auburn University. Auburn, Alabama
2018
July 2018: "The Acute Charm of Ruin & Development: Photographs from Cuba." JRB Art at The Elms. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
2015
August 2015: "Alternative Process Photography." JRB Art at The Elms. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 
2013
April 2013: "April In Paris: Alternative Process Photography." JRB Art at The Elms. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
2012
Summer 2012: "Italian Hours: Cyanotypes, Vandyke brownprints, and POP prints." Iowa Hall, Kirkwood Community College. Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Exhibition in its entirety collected by Kirkwood Community College)
2011
June 2011: "Roman Holiday." Art on Park Gallery, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. Minneapolis, Minnesota
2004
November 2004: "Triptychs and Bodies of Stone." Galleries Downtown. Iowa City, Iowa 
2003
October 2003: "The Fête to the Fall: Photographs." Drewelowe Gallery, University of Iowa. Iowa City, Iowa

PUBLICATIONS, PRESENTATIONS, AWARDS
2020
"Past Ruins, To Modernity" Photo-Essay, TRANSIT Magazine, Issue #48 (Tokyo, 2020).
2019
Spring 2019, Corridor Éléphant. Selection from “On the Route to Ruins: Baalbek to Bukhara.” http://www.corridorelephant.com
2018
August-September 2018: F-Stop Photographic Magazine: The Land, Sea, Air Issue (#90). Selection from “Landscapes of Work & Stewardship: Petra, Jordan, 2018.” http://www.fstopmagazine.com
July 7, 2018: Artist Talk, “Ruin & Development: A Photographer’s Approach to Havana, Cuba.” JRB Art at the Elms, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
April-May 2018: F-Stop Photographic Magazine: The Open Theme Issue (#88). Selection from “On the Route to Ruins: Baalbek to Bukhara.” http://www.fstopmagazine.com
2013
April 2013: Artist Gallery Talk, "Home-Ec Practices: Cyanotype and Vandyke brownprint”
February 2013: Methods (Alternative). The Kiernan Gallery Exhibition Catalogue Vol. XIV (Blurb, 2013)—Cover and Plate. 
2012
November 2012: Artist Lecture, "Vandyke brownprints and POP (Printing Out Process) prints," School of Art and Art History, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma
2011 
June 2011: Artist Talk: “Alternative Process Photographic Printing," Art on Park, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota 
2010
August 2010: "Italian Portfolio," Black and White Photography Magazine, Merit Award
September 2010: “PhotoMidwest 2010 Seven State Exhibition.” The Center for Photography at Madison and the University of Wisconsin. Juried show. Madison, Wisconsin, 3rd Place Award
"InDialogue: Catherine Michele Adams and J.C. Hallman." A dialogue on the relationship between photography and writing. InDigest Magazine (http link no longer active)


GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2019
September 2019: "Photography at JRB." JRB Art at The Elms. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 
March 1 – 30, 2019: "SE Open." SE Center for Photography, Greenville, South Carolina.  Selection from "Global Amusements."
February 23 – 27, 2019: "Il Mostro #12." TAG – Tevere Art Gallery. Rome, Italy. Selection from "Global Amusements."
January 2019: "Focus: Landscape and Architecture." Black Box Gallery. Portland, Oregon. Selection from "Caucasian Chronicles — Land of the Vainakh People, The Tree Worshipers #2."
2018
December 7 – 22, 2018: "Transformation." Re:Artiste Arts Organization. MC Gallery. New York, New York. Selection from "Land Strategies — Kyzylkum Desert, Uzbekistan."
October 27 – November 24, 2018: "LORE: Exploring Fear." Specto Art Space. Bridgewater, Virginia. Selection from "On the Route to Calamities, Part 1: Here They Lay."
October 20 – 25, 2018: "Il Mostro #11." TAG – Tevere Art Gallery. Rome, Italy. Selection from "On the Route to Calamities, Part 3: Zonal Tableaux."
October 5 – December 9, 2018: "Ancien Régime: the pre-revolutionary world." Village West Gallery. Jersey City, New Jersey. Selection from "The Glaucous Gleam: Paris & Versailles."
October 2018: "Poetics of Light." Black Box Gallery. Portland, Oregon. Selection from "On the Route to Ruins: Baalbek to Bukhara.”
September 27 – October 12, 2018: "Show Your World 2018." Re:Artiste Arts Organization. MC Gallery. New York, New York. Selection from "Land Strategies — Rope Road (Chiatura, Georgia).”
July 2018: "Camera Work: Landscape and Architecture." Black Box Gallery. Portland, Oregon. Selection from "Land Strategies — Rope Road (Chiatura, Georgia).”
2014
November 2014: “10th Annual National Alternative Process Competition.” SohoPhoto Gallery. New York, New York
2013
February 2013: “Methods (Alternative).” The Kiernan Gallery. (Juror: Christopher James). Lexington, Virginia 
2011
February 2011: “Along the Way.” Carlander Gallery, Paradise Center for the Arts. Faribault, Minnesota 
2010
October 2010: “Alternatives: Unconventional & Uncommon Processes.” Minneapolis Photo Center. Minneapolis, Minnesota
October 2010: “Group Show.” Fleur de Lis Art Gallery. Bemidji, Minnesota
September 2010: “PhotoMidwest 2010 Seven State Exhibition.” The Center for Photography at Madison and the University of Wisconsin. Madison, Wisconsin. 3rd Place Award
2005
April 2005: “Erotic Art.” Galleries Downtown. Iowa City, Iowa. 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

GALLERY REPRESENTATION
JRB Art at the Elms, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

EDUCATION
2005
A.B.D. in Art History, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa; University of Iowa Fellow; Area of Major Concentration: 20th-century Art; Area of Minor Concentration: 18th-century Art; Comprehensive Exams: 2000; Dissertation Project: Annette Messager: Lost in References
1997
M.A. in Art History, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa; Thesis: Fiber to Art to Fashion: Fabrications of Internationalisms
1994
B.A. in Art, Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana; Valedictorian; Concentrations: Art History and Women's Studies; Honor's Thesis: Feminine Enclosures: Ideological and Physical Constructions of Femininity in Victorian Painting
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