Distinguished Photographers 2005 Award

Carrie Mae Weems

Women In Photography International is happy to announce Carrie Mae Weems the recipient of our
2005 Distinguished Photographers Award.

Since Weems early involvement in Women In Photography, her photography career has prospered and is world-renowned. Weems uses narrative elements in her photography to examine class and gender issues through the window of personal experience and African-American heritage.

Awards include The Alpert Award for Visual Arts (1996), Visual Arts Fellowship (National Endowment for the Arts / 1994), Photographer of the Year (Friends of Photography / 1994) and selected one person exhibitions at Museum of Modern Art / New York, International Center of Photography, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Museum of Modern Art / San Francisco. Since 1980, Carrie Mae Weems photographs and installations have been exhibited widely in the United States and abroad in nearly fifty one-person shows and numerous group exhibitions

"My responsibility as an artist is to work, to sing for my supper, to make art, beautiful and powerful, that adds and reveals; to beautify the mess of a messy world, to heal the sick and feed the helpless; to shout bravely from the rooftops and storm barricaded doors and voice the specificity of our historical moment." --Carrie Mae Weems

Carrie joins the ranks of WIPI's recognized greatest which include: Eve Arnold, (1983)
Ruth Bernhard, (1984) Judy Dater, (1985) Marion Post Wolcott, (1986) Linda McCartney, (1987) Mary Ellen Mark, (1988) Ruth Orkin, (1989) Joyce Tenneson, (1990) Berenice Abbott, (1991) Grace Robertson, (1992) Annie Leibovitz, (2003) Sylvia Plachy, (2004)

Image: Carrie Mae Weems in her Self Portrait "I looked and looked to see what so terrified you." From her installation "Louisiana Project."

Carrie Mae Weems represented by
Charles Guice Contemporary Gallery, Berkeley, CA

Women In Photography - Thea Litsios and Orah Moore remember Carrie and the 1981 first WIP gatherings in Los Angeles with pictures and letters

See  Charles Guice Gallery for full resume with Group exhibitions and bibliography

Graduate Program in Folklore, University of California, Berkeley, CA
MFA, University of California, San Diego, CA
BA, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

One Person Exhibitions  
Dreaming in Cuba and The Louisiana Project, Spelman University Art Museum, Atlanta, GA
Coming Up for Air, Meaning & Landscape (film screenings), MoMAFilm at the Gramercy, NY
May Days Long Forgotten (DVD), Lobby Video Project, MoMAQns, Queens, NY
The Hampton Project, Susanne Hilberry Gallery, Ferndale, MI
The Jefferson Suite, University of Virginia Art Museum, Charlottesville, VA
May Days Long Forgotten, Gallery 210, University of Missouri, St. Louis, MI

The Louisiana Project, Newcomb Art Gallery, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
May Flowers Long Forgotten & A Little Bit of This and A Little Bit of That ,P·P·O·W, NY,N.Y.
A Certain Kind of Love, P.C.O.G. Gallery, New York, NY
Self & Soul: The Architecture of Intimacy, Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC

Project Space, Beacon Cultural Project, Beacon, NY
From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried, South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, SC
Africa Series, Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery, Reno, NV
Ritual & Revolution, University Arts Gallery, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
The Jefferson Suite, Palmer Museum of Art, University Park, PA

Photographic Visions of Carrie Mae Weems, Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts, Etonville, FL
The Jefferson Suite, Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY
Carrie Mae Weems: Mirrors and Windows, BGSU Fine Arts Center Galleries, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH

Carrie Mae Weems: The Hampton Project, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA. Traveling to: 
International Center of Photography, New York, NY; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO; University Art Museum, University of California, Long Beach, CA; Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

Ritual & Revolution, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL
Telling Histories: Installations by Ellen Rothenberg and Carrie Mae Weems, Boston University Art Gallery, Boston, MA
The Jefferson Suite, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA

Recent Work: Carrie Mae Weems 1992-98, Everson Art Museum, Syracuse, NY

Who What When Where, Whitney Museum of American Art at Phillip Morris, NYC
Ritual & Revolution, DAK'ART 98: Biennale of Contemporary Art, Galerie Nationale d'Art, Dakar, Senegal
Ritual & Revolution, Berkeley Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley, CA
Ritual & Revolution, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
Harriet Tubman Museum of Art, Macon, GA

2nd Johannesburg Biennale, Africus Institute for Contemporary Art, Johannesburg, South Africa
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
Cline LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
Three Rivers Festival, Philadelphia, PA

From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried, P·P·O·W, New York, NY
Carrie Mae Weems: The Kitchen Table Series, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX
From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL
Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL
From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA
From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried, The Bunting Institute, Cambridge, MA

Carrie Mae Weems Reacts to Hidden Witness, J. Paul Getty Museum of Art, Malibu,CA
Projects 52, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

The Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hannover, NH, organized by William Dooley; traveled to: 
Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL; Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL; Schneider Museum of Art, Southern Oregon State College, Ashland, OR; McKissick Museum, GA; Museum of Art, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Sea Islands, Linda Cathcart Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Sea Islands, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL
New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA
The Fabric Workshop, Philadelphia, PA

Traveling One Person Exhibition, Carrie Mae Weems, curated by Andrea Kirsh and Susan Fisher Sterling. Traveled to: The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC; The Forum, St. Louis, MO; Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; Afro-American Museum, Los Angeles, CA;Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH; Center for the Fine Arts, Miami, FL; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR; The Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA

Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SC
And 22 Million Very Tired and Very Angry People, Walter/McBean Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
Sea Islands ,P·P·O·W, NY
Family, Pictures and Stories, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH

Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
Trustman Gallery, Simmons College, Boston, MA
And 22 Million Very Tired and Very Angry People, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY
Matrix Gallery, Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, CT
Family Pictures and Stories, curated by Perry Nesbitt, Albright College, Reading, PA
Carrie Mae Weems: Two Works, curated by Phyllis Lutjeans, University of Southern California at Irvine, Irvine, CA
Family Pictures and Stories, curated by Wendy Kaplan, Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA

Calling Out My Name, CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY; traveled October, P·P·O·W, New York, NY

Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

Hampshire College Art Gallery, October, Amherst, MA

Family Pictures and Stories, Multi-Cultural Gallery, San Diego, CA

Awards and Residencies  

Syracuse University Carrie Mae Weems joins SU as artist-in-residence - beginning a yearlong residency in Syracuse University College of Visual and Performing Arts, the first of its kind under the auspices of VPA. The residency, titled Social Studies 101, Syracuse: A Community Dialogue,

Artist in Residence, The Record Shop:A Social Studies Project, Beacon Cultural Project, Beacon, NY

Commission for New Work, Newcomb Art Gallery, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

Pollack Krasner Foundation grant in Photography (Pilot Program)

Artist in Residence, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA

Artist in Residence, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA

Artist-in-Residence, Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna, FL

The Alpert Award for Visual Arts

National Endowment for the Arts Visual Arts Grant

Artists in Residence, Art Institute of Chicago

Artists in Residence, Rhode Island School of Design

The Engelhard Grant

Artists in Residence, Light Work, Syracuse, NY

Massachusetts Artists Fellowship, (finalist)

Artist in Residence, Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY

California Arts Council Grant

University of California Chancellor's Grant

University of California Fellowship Award

Los Angeles Women's Building Poster Award

Teaching Experience  

Visiting Professor, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Visiting Professor, Williams College, Williamstown, MA

Assistant Professor, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA

Visiting Professor, Hunter College, New York, NY

Assistant Professor, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA

Teaching Assistant, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Folklife Program-Festival at the Lake, Oakland, CA

Teacher, San Diego City College, San Diego, CA

Teaching Assistant, University of California, San Diego, CA

Professional Affiliations  
Women In Photography International Board Member

SEE P.P.O.W Gallery for full resume including group Group exhibitions

Charles Guice Contemporary Gallery

Syracuse University Alumni Monthly E-Newsletter Orangebytes - Feb. 2005

Exhibition at University Art Museum, CSU Long Beach, January 29 - April 21, 2002

Syracuse University Sept. 11 thru Oct. 12
Carrie Mae Weems: forms of memory' and 'borders and memory'


Current Exhibitions:
Figuratively Speaking February 5 October 30, 2005 Plaza Level Gallery
Figuratively Speaking includes works from MAMA's permanent collection and key loans from private collections in South Florida.

article / lecture links

Carrie Mae Weems Lecture
LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 21, 2005) -- Internationally renowned artist and photographer Carrie Mae Weems will spend an afternoon in Lexington as part of events sponsored by the University of Kentucky Art Museum and the 2005 Kentucky Women Writers Conference.

UC Berkeley Regents' Lectureship brings array of luminaries, Carrie Mae Weems, Art Practice, March 10, 2005 http://www.berkeley.edu/news/berkeleyan/2005/03/02_lectures.shtml

Contemporary Arts Museum

Artist Lecture: Sunday, Sept. 13, 3pm, George Gund Theater, BAM/PFA

On Edge More Than Meets the Eye The Quiet Revolution of Carrie Mae Weems by C. Carr February 28th, 2003

Women In Photography International Distinguished Photographer's Award - 2005
Carrie Mae Weems

nominees included:
Jane Evelyn Atwood, Anne Geddes, Nan Goldin, Lynn Goldsmith, Heidi Hollinger, Connie Imboden, Sally Mann, Susan Meiselas, Cindy Sherman, Peggy Sirota, Carrie Mae Weems

See Distinguished Photographer's - 2003 Annie Leibovitz & 2004 Sylvia Plachy

Distinguished Photographer's Award
Established to give recognition to an artist who has contributed significantly to the world of photography. Past recipients include:

Eve Arnold, 1983
Ruth Bernhard, 1984
Judy Dater, 1985
Marion Post Wolcott, 1986
Linda McCartney, 1987
Mary Ellen Mark, 1988
Ruth Orkin, 1989
Joyce Tenneson, 1990
Berenice Abbott, 1991
Grace Robertson, 1992
Annie Leibovitz, 2003 (presentation in collaboration w/Lucie Awards by Jean Ferro)
Sylvia Plachy, 2004 (presentation in collaboration w/Lucie Awards by Jean Ferro & Joyce Tenneson)
Carrie Mae Weems, 2005
2006 - 2008, 25th Anniversary One Hundred Distingiuished & Emerging Photographers