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Gregory Conniff | American, 1944 -

For more than thirty years photographer Gregory Conniff has focused his attention on the landscapes of daily life, convinced that those places - and how they look - are the soil into which we sink our roots as human beings. Using a direct and self-effacing visual language, Conniff's pictures point directly to the deep beauty of the ordinary world and are part of his argument that the overlooked, the ephemeral, and what grows unmanaged along the margins play insufficiently examined roles in how we live and who we think we are.

Educated at Columbia and the University of Virginia, Conniff came to national visibility with a solo exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in 1979. He has received numerous fellowships, including one from the George Gund Foundation, two from the NEA and one from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. His work can be found in many public collections such as those of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Museums of Modern Art in New York and San Francisco, and The Center for Creative Photography.

Books by Conniff include: Gregory Conniff/Frank Gohlke: Two Days in Louisiana (1989), Common Ground: An American Field Guide Volume 1 (1985), Gregory Conniff: Twenty Years in the Field (1999), Wild Edges: Photographic Ink Prints (2007).

Education

1969Columbia University, B.A.
1969University of Virginia School of Law, LL.B.
1971Independent apprenticeship with William Weege. Jones Road Print Shop, Barneveld, Wisconsin


Exhibitions (Solo/Dual Person)

2012JAMES WATROUS GALLERY, -30-, Wisconsin Academy of Arts and Sciences, Madison Wisconsin
2009UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA, Distilled Ink, School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia
2006CHAZEN MUSEUM OF ART, Wild Edges, University of Wisconsin, Madison (catalog)
2004MILWAUKEE ART MUSEUM, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Judy Pfaff—Gregory Conniff: Camera and Ink (catalog)
2000WENDY COOPER GALLERY, Madison Wisconsin
PACIFICO FINE ART, New York City, New York
1999SORDONI GALLERY, Wilkes University, Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania; 20 year survey (catalog)
POLK MUSEUM OF ART, Lakeland, Florida
1996SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, Lawrence, Kansas; Western Waters, (with Terry Evans and Wanda Hammerbeck) (catalog)
1995SOUTHSIDE GALLERY, Oxford, Mississippi
1994JOHN MICHAEL KOHLER ARTS CENTER ARTS SPACE, Kohler, Wisconsin
RIVERFRONT MUSEUM, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (with Frank Gohlke)
1991WENDY COOPER GALLERY, Madison Wisconsin
PACIFICO FINE ART, New York City, New York
1989MILWAUKEE ART MUSEUM, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (with Frank Gohlke) Two Days in Louisiana (catalog)
ST. NORBERT COLLEGE, De Pere, Wisconsin
1986AKRON ART MUSEUM, Akron, Ohio
MADISON ART CENTER, Madison, Wisconsin
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY, Chicago, Illinois
1984TOLEDO MUSEUM OF ART, Toledo. Ohio
E. J. BELLOCQ GALLERY, Ruston, Louisiana
1980CENTER GALLERY, Madison, Wisconsin
MILWAUKEE CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHY, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1979DIANE BROWN GALLERY, Washington, D.C.
CORCORAN GALLERY OF ART, Washington, D.C.
MADISON ART CENTER, Madison, Wisconsin
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN, MADISON, Wisconsin


Selected Group Exhibitions

2011MADISON MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, Picturing Technology: Land and Machine
2008NORTH DAKOTA MUSEUM OF ART, Grand Forks, North Dakota, Remembering Dakota
2007MADISON MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, Madison, Wisconsin, In Depth
2006THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO, Chicago, Illinois, Photographs by the Score
2003THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO, Chicago, Illinois, Recently Seen
SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM, (traveling), The Land Through a Lens: Highlights of the Smithsonian American Art Museum
CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART, Cleveland, Ohio; A City Seen
LUDWIG MUSEUM, Budapest, Hungary, The View from Here: Recent Pictures from Central Europe and the American Midwest (traveling)
WISCONSIN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, ARTS, AND LETTERS, Madison, Wisconsin, Visions of Water
2001MILWAUKEE ART MUSEUM, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Masterpieces of Photography
SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, San Francisco, California; Ansel Adams at 100
2000WENDY COOPER GALLERY, Madison, Wisconsin
JOHN MICHAEL KOHLER ARTS CENTER, Sheboygan, Wisconsin; Gardens of Pleasure
MADISON ART CENTER, Madison, Wisconsin
1999ALAN KLOTZ/PHOTOCOLLECT, New York City, New York; Up from Down
PACIFICO FINE ART, New York City, New York; Industry
1998CANDACE PERICH GALLERY, Katonah, New York; The American Farm
MILWAUKEE ART MUSEUM, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1996HIGH MUSEUM OF ART, Atlanta, Georgia; Picturing the South
MILWAUKEE AT MUSEUM, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; American Landscapes
SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, San Francisco, California; Crossing the Frontier: Photographing the Development of the West 1849 to the Present
HODGES TAYLOR GALLERY, Charlotte, North Carolina; Creating the North American Landscape
1995MADISON ART CENTER, Madison Wisconsin; Photography from Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois
1994AMERICAN EMBASSY, Oslo, Norway
TORY FOLLIARD GALLERY, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
PHILBROOK MUSEUM OF ART, Tulsa, Oklahoma
MADISON ART CENTER, Madison, Wisconsin; Wisconsin Triennial
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, Washington, D.C., Between Home and Heaven
UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, Reno, Nevada; Water in the West
SALINA ART CENTER, Salina, Kansas
1990JOHN MICHAEL KOHLER ARTS CENTER, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
1989MILWAUKEE ART MUSEUM, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
NATASHA NICHOLSON WORKS OF ART, Madison, Wisconsin
1985MILWAUKEE ART MUSEUM, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1987MADISON ART CENTER, Madison, Wisconsin
1986MILWAUKEE ART MUSEUM, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1984HUDSON RIVER MUSEUM, Yonkers, New York; The Lens in the Garden
MILWAUKEE ART MUSEUM, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1983BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART, Baltimore, Maryland
1982LAWRENCE OLIVER GALLERY, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
MADISON ART CENTER, Madison, Wisconsin MINNESOTA MUSEUM OF ART, St. Paul, Minnesota
1981MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON, Massachusetts
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN, Stevens Point, Wisconsin
SEUFERER CHOSEY GALLERY, Madison, Wisconsin
1980FOGG ART MUSEUM, Harvard university, Cambridge, Massachusetts
1979MADISON ART CENTER, Madison, Wisconsin
MILWAUKEE ART MUSEUM, Milwaukee, Wisconsin WUSTUM MUSEUM, Racine, Wisconsin
1978HIGH MUSEUM OF ART, Atlanta, Georgia
MADISON ART CENTER, Madison, Wisconsin
MILWAUKEE ART MUSEUM, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1972MILWAUKEE ART MUSEUM, Milwaukee, Wisconsin


Selected Public and Corporate Collections

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland
Commodities Corporation, Princeton, New Jersey
Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, Arizona
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Elvehjem (Chazen) Museum of Art, Madison Wisconsin
Federal Reserve Bank, Chicago, Illinois
Fidelity Investments, Boston, Massachusetts
First Bank, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia
Illinois University, Normal, Illinois
LaFollette Gorden Kahn, Madison, Wisconsin
LaSalle Bank, Chicago, Illinois
Madison Art Center, Madison, Wisconsin
Michael, Best, and Friederich, Madison, Wisconsin
Milwaukee Museum of Art, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, Illinois
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York
National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.
Norwest Bank, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Paine Webber, New York, New York
Rayovac Corporation, Madison, Wisconsin
Readers Digest collection, New York, New York
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California
Joseph E. Seagram Collection, New York, New York
Spencer Museum of Art. Lawrence, Kansas
Stein Roe Farnham, Chicago, Illinois


Fellowships

1992National Endowment for the Arts Photographers Fellowship
National Endowment for the Arts International Exchange Fellowship (declined)
1990Dane County/City of Madison Creative Arts Fellowship
Wisconsin Arts Board Visual Arts Fellowship
1989John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship
1987Wisconsin Art Board Visual Arts Fellowship
1981National Endowment for the Arts Photographer’s Fellowship
1979Wisconsin Arts Board Visual Arts Fellowship


Residencies

2001Acadia Summer Arts Program, Mt. Desert Island, Maine (also 2000)


Project Grants

1979Wisconsin Arts Board (also “83, ’80, ’77)


Commissions

2008Tandem Press, Madison, WI
2005Vassar College; Trees at Vassar
2002Milwaukee Art Museum; Gustave LeGray in Context, (curator)
1996George Gund Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio; Urban Gardens
1995National Road Project, Center for American Places
1992Governor’s Awards in the Arts, Wisconsin Arts Foundation


Selected Bibliography

Wild Edges; essay by Gregory Conniff, Chazen Museum of Art, Madison, WI’ 2006

Judy Pfaff—Gregory Conniff: Camera and Ink; essay by Sarah Kirk, Milwaukee Art Museum, 2004

The View from Here: Recent Pictures from Central Eurpope and the American Midwest, Essays by Katalin Neray and Catherine Evans, Ludwig Museum Budapest, 2002

A City Seen; photographs from the George Gund Collection, essay by John Szarkowski, Cleveland Museum of Art, 2002

Wild, Broken, Lovely: Narratives of the Midwest; Ben Mitchell, Nextmonet.com

Twenty Years in the Field; twenty-year exhibition catalog, essays by Tom Bamberger and Stanley Grand, Sordoni Art Gallery, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 1999

Western Waters; Gregory Conniff/Terry Evans/Wanda Hammerbeck; essay by John Pultz; Spencer Museum of Art; University of Kansas 1996

A Guide to the National Road; Karl Raitz, ed.; Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996

Crossing the Frontier; Sandra Phillips; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art/Chronicle Books, 1996

Picturing the South; Ellen Dugan, ed.; High Museum of Art/Chronicle Books, 1996

Landscape in America; George Thompson, ed.; University of Texas Press, 1995

Ansel Adams/New Light, Essays on His Legacy and Legend, Michael Read, ed., The Friends of Photography, 1993

Arid Waters; Peter Goin, ed.; Water in the West Project; University of Nevada Press, 1992

Between Home and Heaven: Contemporary American Landscape Photography: Merry Foresta, et al.; National Museum of American Art/ University of New Mexico press 1992

A River Too Far: The Past and Future of The Arid West; illustrated with photographs by the Water in the West project; University of Nevada Press, 1991

Gregory Conniff and Frank Gohlke: Two Days in Louisiana; Milwaukee Museum of Art, essay by Verna Curtis

Common Ground, Vol. 1of An American Field Guide; Photographs and essay by Gregory Conniff, 125 pp., 75 b&w plates, Yale University Press, 1985

The Print; Life Library of Photography; Time Life Books 1981

Gregory Conniff; Corcoran Gallery of Art, essay by Jane Livingston, 11 plates, Washington, D.C., 1979

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Visiting Artist/Lecturer

Acadia Summer Arts Program, Mt. Desert Island, ME; Columbia College, Chicago, IL; Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; The Land Institute, Salina, KS; Madison Art Center, Madison, WI; Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA; Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI; School of the Arts, Winston-Salem, NC; Spencer Museum, Lawrence, KS; University of Illinois, Chicago, IL; University of Wisconsin Madison & Stevens Point

Related

1990-2000Center for American Places; founding member, Board of Directors
1990-1994Water in the West Project; founding member
1987-2004Consulting Editor; Johns Hopkins University Press, for the series "Creating the North American Landscape."