BIO
My photographic subjects and art practice changed when my health deteriorated.  I’d concentrated for a decade on photographing Baroque-era gardens and their sculpture, which I printed myself in nineteenth-century contact printing processes involving gold and palladium.  Then, almost overnight, I became allergic to film and printing chemicals.  Soon after, food—and thus energy—became challenging.  By the close of 2017 I had become fully symptomatic of an incurable chronic digestive illness, which left me with a simple decision: to accept becoming bedridden and pursue studio compositions or to attempt the travel I’d always dreamed of doing and figure out what photography would come from a traveling photographer having difficulty walking.  I chose the latter.  I wasn’t ready to give up the dream of seeing the Silk Road, a desire that came out of an early career as an oriental rug carpet designer.  
New Year’s Eve 2018 saw me in Beirut, Lebanon.  I chose this as my starting point because visiting this conflicted land was the only way to slip behind the Western-American media and political presentation—not to uncover anything specific, but to feel and respond to whatever appeared before me.  That was my physical and artistic state for some time: one of response, slow and silent, to the places and few persons encountered during long taxi rides.  In this way I moved across the Levant, the Caucasus Mountains republics, and parts of Eurasia and Central Asia.  For the first four months, I pursued no formerly determined projects.  I also spoke to very few people because talking exacts a compromising expense of energy.  Such circumstances and limitations have generated a personal list of questions, particularly about distance and intimacy.  The foremost of these for my art practice is how can I represent, through my particular quiet and immobility, the seismic transformation of The New East, an immense swath of land laced as much with tragic stasis as extensive development.  I wish to create authentic reflections of what I am shown, from whatever proximity I stand at that moment.
Return trips, the first in summer/fall 2018 and a current open-ended journey for the year of 2019, sees me focusing this practice into four broad themes: calamities, amusements, New East urban transformation, and the delicate remnants of humanity.  I seek the vivid human presence haunting things and environments.  Intent on capturing the day-to-day reality as much as the communal fantasies, I try to make no predetermined judgments about the exact subject I quest after or genre I aim to fulfill.  Sometimes it is the land itself that speaks to me in a particular region or place; other times, the architecture or a historical event.  Eventually I hope that these aspects build into a portrait worthy of the complexities facing, and haunting, the New East now emerging from the Balkans and Levant to the central steppes and far Asia.  For that to emerge, there are many more years of quiet, slow travel ahead.
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2020
May–August 2020: "On the Route to Calamities: Stories from the New Silk Road."  Biggin Gallery, Auburn University. Auburn, Alabama
2019
Autumn 2019: "Global Amusements." TAG – Tevere Art Gallery. Rome, Italy
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

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2019
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

PUBLICATIONS, WRITING, PRESENTATIONS, AWARDS
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)

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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