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b. San Francisco, 1971

  • Education

    • 2004

      • MFA, Photography, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA
    • 1995

      • BFA, Photography, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Academic Posts

    • 2015

      • Visiting Faculty, Photography Department, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco,CA
  • Solo Exhibitions

    • 2017

      • John Chiara: New Cityscapes, Crown Point Press, San Francisco, CA
    • 2016

      • ​West Side at Tioronda, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY
      • ​In Camera: American Landscapes, NextLevel Galerie, Paris, France
    • 2015

      • Jackson Fine Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA
    • 2014

      • de • tached, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA
    • 2013

      • John Chiara: Los Angeles, Rose Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
    • 2012

      • Crestmont at Coral, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA
      • In Conversation, June Schwartz and John Chiara (two-person exhibition), Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA
    • 2011

      • Fort at Lime Point, Von Lintel Gallery, New York, NY
    • 2010

      • Point Bonita, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA
    • 2008

      • Land’s End, Von Lintel Gallery, New York, NY
      • Land’s End: Starr King, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA
    • 2007

      • Club Sportiva, Sponsored by Gen Art and Johnny Walker, San Francisco, CA
    • 2003

      • BUILD Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • Group Exhibitions

    • 2017

      • Low Fidelity: The Action of Light, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA
    • 2016

      • A Matter of Memory: Photography as Object in the Digital Age, George Eastman Museum, Rochester, NY
      • Boundless: A California Invitational, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA
      • Transphotographiques 2016- These Americans, Le Tripostal, Lille, France
      • Look Inside: New Photography Acquisitions, Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin, TX
    • 2015

      • Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
    • 2014

      • A Sense of Place, Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco, CA
      • Initial Public Offering, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
      • California Dreaming, Von Lintel Gallery, New York, NY
    • 2013

      • Staking Claim: A California Invitational, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA
      • TWISTED SISTERS: Reimaging Urban Portraiture, Museum Bärengasse, Zurich, CH
      • Caspar: FORT BRAGG, LCCM, Fort Bragg, CA
      • The Road, Luis De Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
      • UNIQUE, Von Lintel Gallery, New York, NY
      • Cardinal (SW), Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GA
    • 2012

      • Suspended Disbelief, Von Lintel Gallery, New York, NY
      • Imagining Memory, Pence Gallery, Davis, CA
      • In Conversation, June Schwartz and John Chiara, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA
    • 2011

      • HERE, Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco, CA
      • Science of Sight: Alternative Photography, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA
      • San Francisco Views, Crown Point Press, San Francisco, CA
      • Bending the Light, Oakland International Airport, Oakland, CA
      • Donde El Tempo Se Encuentra, Ana Valasco Gallery. A Coru a. Galicia. Spain
      • California Continued: New Approaches to West Coast Photography, Smith Anderson North, Marin, CA
    • 2010

      • There is a Way in Which, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA
      • Edges of Light, Arts Benicia, Benicia, CA
      • Summer Group Show, Von Lintel Gallery, New York, NY
      • You and Me Living Today / Vol. 2 / The Land, Gallery Four, Baltimore, MD
      • Alchemy, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA
      • Front and Center, Headlands Center for the Arts, Marin, CA
    • 2009

      • John Chiara : Sean McFarland, Swimming Pool Gallery, Chicago, IL
      • An Autobiography of the San Francisco Bay Area, Part One. SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA
      • Live & Direct, Ping Pong Gallery, San Francisco, CA
      • Printing a Photograph as an Etching, Crown Point Press, San Francisco, CA
    • 2008

      • Summer Group Show, Von Lintel Gallery, New York, NY
      • Innovation in Tradition, San Francisco War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco, CA
      • Winter Group Show, Crown Point Press, San Francisco, CA
    • 2007

      • Urban Landscapes, Crown Point Press, San Francisco, CA
      • Visual Alchemy, Oakland Art Gallery, Oakland, CA
    • 2006

      • Awesome: The Contemporary Sublime, Playspace Gallery, San Francisco, CA
      • Landscapes: John Chiara and Tom Marioni, Crown Point Press, San Francisco, CA
    • 2005

      • The Photograph in Question, Von Lintel Gallery, New York, NY
      • Lands End - New Work by John Chiara and Liz Walsh, Adobe Books, San Francisco, CA
    • 2004

      • Masters of Fine Arts Exhibition, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA
    • 2003

      • All College Honors Exhibition, North/South Gallery, Oakland, CA
    • 2002

      • Pin Up Show, Playspace Gallery, San Francisco, CA
    • 2000

      • Z Program - Infinite, Pamela Z Performance / Collaboration, Theater Artaud, San Francisco, CA
    • 1995

      • Fifth Utah Photographic Biennial, Nora Eccles Museum of Fine Art, Logan, UT
  • Grants & Awards

    • 2010

      • Headlands Center for the Arts, Artist in Residence, Marin, CA
      • Gallery Four, Artist in Residence, Baltimore, MD
    • 2006

      • Crown Point Press, Artist in Residence, San Francisco, CA
      • Spark Education Honorarium, KQED, San Francisco, CA
  • Collections

      • Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA
      • Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
      • Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin, TX
      • J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
      • Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
      • Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA
      • National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
      • Pilara Foundation, San Francisco, CA
      • San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
      • Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
  • Selected Bibliography

    • 2016

      • Asokan, Ratik. “John Chiara: West Side at Tioronda, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York.” Photograph Magazine 17 May 2016
      • Knoblauch, Loring. “John Chiara, West Side at Tioronda @Yossi Milo.” Collector Daily 13 May 2016
      • Kurcfeld, Michael. “Photographer Spotlight: John Chiara.” Los Angeles Review of Books 12 May 2016
      • Aletti, Vince. “John Chiara.” The New Yorker 9 May 2016
      • Leland, John. “Big Town, Big Camera.” The New York Times 17 April 2016
      • Rong, Jiang. “Where Shall Photography Go Next—Reflections on the 36th AIPAD.” Chinese Photography April 2016
      • Grow, Krystal. “The Best Investments at AIPAD 2016.” American Photo 15 April 2016
      • “John Chiara Goes East.” Photo District News 14 April 2016
      • Laster, Paul. “10 Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before April 15.” New York Observer 11 April 2016
      • Seymour, Tom. “In Camera: John Chiara’s American Landscapes.” British Journal of Photography 6 April 2016
    • 2015

      • Harren, Natilee. “Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography,” Artforum. September 2015
      • Ollman, Leah. “’Light, Paper, Process’ an inventive subversion of photography,” Los Angeles Times, 1 May 2015
      • Adamek, Pauline. “’Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography’ at the Getty – Los Angeles photo exhibition review,” Arts Beat LA 30 April 2015
      • Schoener, Allon. “Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography at The Getty,” Cultural Weekly 30 April 2015
      • Wallis, Brian. “’Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography,’” Artforum 2015
      • Riefe, Jordan. “Lights! Camera! Bodily Fluids! Photographers bend the rules,” The Guardian 17 April 2015
      • Keats, Jonathon. “Darkroom, Redux? Chemistry Bests Megapixels at the Getty’s New Photography Show,” Forbes 14 April 2015
    • 2013

      • “Staking Claim: A California Invitational,” Museum of Photographic Arts: San Diego, CA, 2013
      • Zellen, Jody. “Uncanny Images, John Chiara in Santa Monica,” Afterimage, 2013
      • “A Sense of Place,” Pier 24 Publication: San Francisco, CA, 2013
      • “San Francisco: Arts for the City—Civic Art and Urban Change, 1932–2012,” Heyday Books: San Francisco, CA, 2013
      • Baker, Kenneth. “A Look Back at the Year in Bay Area Art,” San Francisco Chronicle, 30 December 2013
      • Wood, Sura. “Looking back at the art world, 2013,” The Bay Area Reporter, 26 December 2013
      • Hodgson, Simon. “The Development of John Chiara,” California College of the Arts, 6 December 2013
      • Portfolio Review and Interview, November issue of PEN MAGAZINE, Tokyo, Japan, 2013
      • de Bont, Jan. “Collectors: The Filmmakers,” Aperture, Fall 2013
      • Wood, Sura. “Pier 24 Revisited,” The Bay Area Reporter, 15 August 2013
      • Chiara, John. “Longer Ways to Go,” Harper’s, July 2013
      • Westerbeck, Colin. “Top Finds at Paris Photo Los Angeles,” Art in America, 7 May 2012
      • Scholz, Zachary Royer, “Crestmont at Coral,” Art Practical, 3 May 2013
      • “Haines Gallery announces its first solo exhibition with newly represented artist, John Chiara,” artdaily, 15 April 2013
      • Walker, David. “DIY Camera: John Chiara’s Giant Camera Obscura,” Photo District News, 6 February 2013
      • Alleti, Vince. “John Chiara,” The New Yorker, 2 January 2013
    • 2012

      • “Paris Photo vu par David Lynch,” Steidl: Gottingen, Germany, 2012
      • “Fort at Lime Point,” Von Lintel Gallery: New York, NY, 2012
    • 2011

      • “HERE,” Pier 24 Photography: San Francisco, CA, 2011
      • “Interview with Artist Portfolio,” PHOTO WORLD, Xinhua News Agency: Beijing, China, 2011
      • Jones, Brent Foster. “Aliens v. Venetians,” Art Practical, December 2011
      • Winant, Carmen. “John Chiara at Von Lintel Gallery,” Daily Serving, November 2011
      • Roalf, Peggy. “John Chiara at Von Lintel Gallery,” Design Arts Daily, November 2011
      • Baker, R.C. “Artists Reveal the Tunes They Work To,” Village Voice, 20 July 2011
      • Whiting, Sam. “John Chiara’s Camera Obscura Captures Big Picture,” San Francisco Chronicle, 16 June 2011
    • 2010

      • “An Autobiography of the San Francisco Bay Area, Part One. San Francisco Plays Itself,” SF Camerawork: San Francisco, CA, 2010
      • Bamberger, Alan. “Eleanor Harwood: John Chiara,” ArtBusiness.com, November 2010
      • Johnson, Martin L. “Chewing the Scenery,” Baltimore City Paper, 25 August 2010
      • Dawson, Jessica. “Portrait of an Artist as an Old Landscape,” The Washington Post, 13 August 2010
      • Scholz, Zachary Royer. “Alchemy,” Art Practical, March 2010
      • Vobis, Annelies. “Alchemy, Goup Exhibition,” Art Business, March 2010
      • Scholz, Zachary Royer. “Front + Center: Weather Streams,” Art Practical, January 2010
    • 2009

      • Pearson, Laura. “John Chiara : Sean McFarland,” TimeOut Magazine, November 2009
      • Houston, Johnny Ray. “The Photo Issue: John Chiara,” San Francisco Bay Guardian, 5 August 2009
      • Ishola, Olubunmi. “John Chiara,” SCI Q Magazine, January 2009
    • 2008

      • Bennett, Kim. “Imperfect Beauty, A Conversation with John Chiara,” ARTICLE, 2008
      • Helfland, Glen. “John Chiara,” Art Forum Magazine, November 2008
      • Bennett, Kim. “John Chiara at Eleanor Harwood Gallery,” Art Week Magazine, November 2008
      • Ryan, Christine. “Watch This Space,” 7X7 Magazine, November 2008
      • Bamberger, Alan. “Eleanor Harwood: John Chiara,” ArtBusiness.com, September 2008
      • Wolff, Rachel. “John Chiara is His Own Camera,” New York Magazine, 26 February 2008
      • Aletti, Vince. “Goings On About Town, John Chiara,” The New Yorker, 25 February 2008
      • Roaff, Peggy. “John Chiara - Lands End,” Design Arts Daily Telegraph, 23 January 2008
      • Hicks, Erin. “Camera Obscura,” BlackBook Magazine, 21 February 2008
      • Daily Candy, “New York. See John Chiara,” 21 February 2008
      • Baker, R.C. “Best in Show: Big Shots,” The Village Voice, 12 February 2008
    • 2007

      • “John Chiara Land’s End,” Blind Spot Issue 34: Brooklyn, NY, 2007
      • Alper, Mindy. “Works on Paper Originally in B&W,” ZYZZYVA, Issue 79: San Francisco, CA, 2007
      • “Artist Portfolio,” Eleven Eleven: San Francisco, CA, May 2007
      • Spicer, Jakki K. “On the Wall,” East Bay Express, 21 March 2007
      • Harmanci, Reyhan. “Special pairings, 'Visual Alchemy',” San Francisco Chronicle, February 2007
    • 2006

      • Twomey, Chris. “The Photograph In Question at Von Lintel Gallery,” M: The New York Art World, September 2006