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b. Hazard, Kentucky, 1950

  • EDUCATION

    • 1986/1989

      • MFA in Photography, Massachusetts College Of Art, Boston, MA
    • 1974/75

      • MA in Photography, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
    • 1969/1974

      • BFA in Photography, Cleveland Institute Of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

    • 2002

      • Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, Canada
      • Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY
      • Bassetti Fine Art Photographs, New Orleans, LA
      • Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, IL
    • 2001

      • Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery, Dallas, TX
    • 1999

      • Bassetti Fine Art Photographs, New Orleans, LA
      • Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
    • 1998

      • Musee de l’Elysee Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
      • Shelby’s Dinner On The Ground and Book Signing, for friends and subjects of
      • “Appalachian Legacy”, music and exhibit, Perry Co. Park, Hazard, KY
      • Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, NY
      • Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, IL
      • Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery, Dallas, TX
    • 1997

      • La Galerie VOX, Montreal, Quebec
    • 1996

      • Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery, Dallas, TX
    • 1995

      • Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
      • Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
      • USVA, FotoGalerie, Groningen, The Netherlands
      • OK Harris Works of Art, New York, NY
    • 1994

      • International Center of Photography, Midtown, New York, NY
      • Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, IL
      • Etherton Gallery, Tucson, AZ
      • Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
    • 1993

      • Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco, CA
      • OK Harris Works of Art, New York, NY
      • University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
    • 1992

      • Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN
    • 1991

      • Photographic Resource Center, Boston, MA
      • University of California, Berkeley, CA
    • 1989

      • Harvard Fogg Museum, Cambridge, MA
      • University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI
      • Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
    • 1988

      • Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY
    • 1987

      • The University of Alabama, University, AL
      • Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA
    • 1986

      • Governors State University, Park Forest South, IL
      • Salem State College, Salem, MA
    • 1985

      • University of Illinois, Chicago Campus, Chicago, IL
      • Project Arts Center, Cambridge, MA
      • Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
    • 1984

      • Southern Light Gallery, Amarillo, TX
      • Photography Eye Gallery, San Francisco, CA
      • Center for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI
    • 1983

      • Photogenesis Workshop and Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
      • Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
      • Governors State University, Park Forest South, IL
      • University of Delaware, Newark, DE
    • 1982

      • The Simon Gallery, Montclair, NJ
      • Light Work, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
      • Silver Bullet Gallery, Providence, RI
    • 1981

      • Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
      • Illinois Central College, East Peoria, IL
    • 1980

      • University of Dayton, Dayton, OH
  • SELECTED TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS

    • 1996

      • Keith Carter & Shelby Lee Adams, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
    • 1992

      • From the Inside, Shelby Lee Adams and Larry Fink, Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, IL
    • 1991

      • OPSIS Pairs: Shelby Lee Adams and Steve Hart, OPSIS Foundation, New York, NY
    • 1988

      • In Pursuit of the Human Spirit: Photographs from the South, Nicholas Nixon and Shelby Lee
      • Adams, Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA
    • 1986-1987

      • A Comparative Portrait of Appalachia: Photographs by Doris Ulmann and Shelby Lee Adams,
      • The Light Factory Gallery, Charlotte, NC, Traveling exhibition, Delivered opening presentation
      • at Society of Photographic Education Southern Regional Annual Fall Photography Conference.
    • 1980

      • Mike Disfarmer-Shelby Lee Adams, San Francisco Camerawork Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

    • 2001

      • Dog is God Spelled Backward, G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle, WA
      • The Alchemy of Light, Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, TN
      • Photoanatomic, Barrister’s Gallery, New Orleans, LA
      • Myth, Memory and Imagination, Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA
    • 2000/03

      • National Millennium Survey, Director, James Enyeart, Center for Photographic Arts,
      • College of Santa Fe, national traveling exhibition, Santa Fe, New Mexico
    • 2000/01

      • American Perspectives: Photographs from the Polaroid Collection, Tokyo Metropolitan
      • Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan
    • 2000

      • Personae: Portraits from the Collection, The Museum of Contemporary Photography,
      • Columbia College, Chicago, IL
      • Laundry, Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
      • Watchful Eyes, Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, IL
    • 1999

      • Treasures for the Permanent Collection, Kalamazoo Institute Of Arts, Kalamazoo, MI
      • ‘99 Friends of Friends Photo Auction, Friends Without A Border, Photography Auction and
      • Catalogue, New York, NY
      • Face to Face: Four Centuries of Portraits, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
      • Faith & Doubt in Contemporary Southern Photography, Lewis Art Gallery, Millsaps
      • College, Jackson, MS
    • 1998

      • Southern Exposure, Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery, Dallas, TX
      • Blue, Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
      • 10 Years, Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, IL
    • 1996/98

      • It’s Us, National Traveling Exhibition, three years, Time Warner, In Association with The
      • American Library Association, opening Washington, DC, 85 sites
    • 1997

      • View South, Photo Americas, Curator, Clint Willour, Tulsa Performing Arts Center, OK
      • Of Blood & Affection, Toronto Photographers Workshop, Curators, Carol Pickering and
      • Robyn Rogers, Toronto, Ontario
      • Backyards, Robert Mann Gallery, New York, NY
    • 1996/97

      • Legacy Of Light, Master Photographers from the Cleveland Museum of Art, Curator and
      • Author , Tom Hinson, Cleveland, OH
    • 1996

      • The South By Its’ Photographers, Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL
      • Contemporary Photographs of the South: A Personal Selection, The Columbus Museum,
      • Columbus, GA
      • Photography in the 1990’s, Wright State University, Dayton, OH,
      • Then and Now: The First Eight Years, Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, IL
      • Beyond Ars Medica, Thread Waxing Space, New York, NY, catalog
    • 1995

      • We Look and See, University Art Museum, Berkeley, CA
      • Streets Seen, Norton Center for the Arts, Center College, Danville, KY
      • Process and Time, Three Photographers, Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
      • Personal Documentary, Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ
    • 1994

      • The Reckless Moment, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL 1994 A Photographic
      • Bestiary, Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco, CA
      • Workshop Instructors, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Aspen, CO
      • Devotion, Faith and Fervor - The Faithful and The Damned, 292 Gallery, New York
      • Selections From the Collection, Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY
    • 1993/94

      • Mutter Museum, Photographs of the Collection, The Book Trader Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
      • World Views, Mother Jones International Fund for Documentary Photography, exhibition with
      • catalog to travel to 15 sites, throughout France and Belgium
    • 1993

      • Photographs for Friends in Deed, AIDS Fund raiser Auction, Sotheby’s Catalog and exhibition,
      • New York, NY
      • Beyond the Walls, Eastern State Penitentiary, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA
    • 1992/93

      • Selection 6, Polaroid International Exhibition, Debut, Cologne, Germany
    • 1992

      • Our Town, Burden Gallery, Aperture #127, New York, NY
      • New England Photographer ‘92, Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA
      • More Reflections on the Meaning of Life, Time, Inc., New York, NY 1992 New, Los
      • Angeles County Museum of Art
      • New Acquisitions, University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, WY
    • 1991

      • 1st Mother Jones International Documentary Photography Exhibit, The Friends of
      • Photography, San Francisco, CA
      • The Circle of Life, Harper Collins International traveling exhibition, debut, California
      • Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA
    • 1990-92

      • Selections 5, Polaroid International Exhibition
    • 1990

      • International Photography Exchange Exhibit with Russia, United Artist Gallery of Kharkov,
      • Ukraine, one of 11 photographers selected from U.S.
      • Photography, Fellow, and Finalist, Artist Foundation, Boston, MA
    • 1989-90

      • Recent Acquisitions in Photography, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
      • The Collectors Eye, Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, NM
    • 1989

      • Southern Photography Exhibition, Burden Gallery, Aperture #115, New York, NY
      • Point of Convergence-Recent Acquisitions, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA
    • 1987

      • Spirit in the Land: Photographs from the Bible Belt, San Francisco Camerawork Gallery
      • Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MS
      • Blatant Image/Silver Eye Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
    • 1986

      • Annual Show, Maine Photography Workshops, Soho, New York, NY
    • 1985

      • Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, Ohio
      • Penn. State University, University Park, PA
      • Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX
    • 1984

      • An American Place, Chicago, IL
      • Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
      • The Simon Gallery, Montclair, NJ
    • 1983

      • Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH
    • 1982/83

      • Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
    • 1982

      • Perceptions, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY First Prize Award Infinity Gallery,
      • Governors State University, Park Forest South, IL
      • Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
    • 1981/82

      • Permanent Collection Exhibition, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH
    • 1981

      • The Finished Print, The Art Guild, Framington, CT
    • 1980

      • American Visions, New York University, New York, NY. Honorable Mention
    • 1979

      • International Center of Photography, New York, NY.
      • Eleventh Street Photo Gallery, New York, NY.
      • Huntington Galleries, Huntington, WV
      • Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
  • GRANTS AND AWARDS

    • 1999

      • Photography Grant, The Peter S. Reed Foundation, Inc. New York, NY
    • 1992

      • Photography Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC
    • 1992/1989

      • Artist Support Grant, Polaroid Corporation, Cambridge, MA
    • 1990

      • Artist Support Grant, The Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, Akron, OH
      • Finalist Award, Mother Jones International Documentary Photography Competition,
      • San Francisco, CA
    • 1989

      • Finalist Award, Massachusetts Artist Fellowship Program, Boston, MA
    • 1987

      • Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, New York, NY
      • Photo communications via Print, National Competition in College Journal Publications
      • Gold Medal in Photography, Sexant Publication
      • Excellence Award Society for Contemporary Photography, Kansas City Art Institute,
      • National Group Exhibition
    • 1978

      • Survey Grant, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC
  • SELECTED FILM AND TELEVISION

    • 2002

      • The True Meaning of Pictures: The Photographs of Shelby Lee Adams, Produced by
      • Mercury Films, Director Jennifer Baichwal, Toronto, Ontario
    • 1997

      • Mothers and Daughters, ABC Documentary Film, San Francisco, CA
      • Gracie Fire Handling, Strange Universe Video, National Broadcast, Burbank, CA
    • 1995

      • Interview and Video Program, Bravo Network TV, Toronto, Canada
      • Review of exhibition, On The Arts with David Gilmore, TV,
      • The Arts with Tom Fulton, Radio interview, National Canadian Radio
      • Altered States, SIGHTINGS, Paramount Pictures, Hollywood, CA
      • America’s War on Poverty, National PBS broadcast, Blackside, Inc., Boston, MA
    • 1994

      • Artifact, Mississippi Educational Network, State Broadcast, KY
  • SELECTED WORKSHOPS, LECTURES, AND SYMPOSIUMS

    • 2000

      • Appalachian Legacy, Lectures, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX; The
      • Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH; Workshops, Anderson Ranch, CO; International
      • Center of Photo, New York, NY
    • 1999

      • Appalachian Photography and the Media, Seminar, Nieman Foundation, Harvard
      • University, Cambridge, MA
      • Appalachian Legacy, Lecture, CONTACT Toronto Photography Festival, Ontario
      • Appalachian Portraiture, Symposium, 30th Annual International Arles Photography
      • Festival, Arles, France
      • Environmental Portraiture, Workshop, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, MI
    • 1998

      • Appalachian Legacy, Lectures, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH
      • Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX; Bates College, Lewiston, ME
      • Environmental Portraiture, Lectures and Workshops, Musee de l’Elysee Lausanne,
      • Switzerland; Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Aspen, CO
      • International Center of Photography, New York, NY; Penland School of Crafts, NC
    • 1997

      • An Insiders’ View, Photography Graduate Seminar, Columbia College, Chicago, IL
    • 1996

      • The Faith and Culture of Southern Appalachia: The Snake Handling Mystique,
      • Presentation with Dennis Covington, author “Salvation on Sand Mt.”, Millsaps Arts &
      • Lecture Series, Millsaps College, Jackson, MS
      • Environmental Portraiture, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Aspen, CO
      • Portraiture, Workshop, International Center of Photography, New York, NY
    • 1995

      • Portraiture, Santa Fe Photographic Workshop, Santa Fe, NM
      • Portraiture, Workshop, USVA, FotoGalerie, Groningen, The Netherlands
    • 1994

      • Portrait Photography, Workshop, Anderson Ranch Art Center, Aspen, CO
    • 1993

      • Photographing The Appalachian Environment, Workshop, Penn. State University,
      • University Park, PA
  • TRAVELING EXHIBITIONS

    • 1998/2001

      • Shelby Lee Adams, Appalachian Portraits, Organized by the Museé de l’Elysee Lausanne, Switzerland
      • 30th Annual Rencontres International Festival of Photography, Exhibition and lecture, Arles, France
    • 1999

      • The Fifth International Photography Biennial, Fotonoviembre 99, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
    • 2000

      • The Victor Barsokevitch Photographic Centre, Kuopio, Finland
  • SELECTED PERMANENT COLLECTIONS

      • The College of Santa Fe, Marion Center for Photographic Arts, Santa Fe, NM
      • Maison Europeenne de la Photographie, Paris, France
      • The New York Public Library, New York, NY
      • The Victor Barsokevitsch Photography Center, Kuopio, Finland
      • Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, IN
      • Kalamazoo Institute Of Arts, Kalamazoo, MI
      • Musee De L’Elysee Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
      • Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
      • Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, OH
      • University Art Gallery, New Mexico State University, Las Couces, NM
      • Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
      • The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada
      • Lamar Dodd Art Center, LaGrange College, LaGrange, GA
      • The Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX
      • Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
      • The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College, Chicago, IL
      • Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
      • Photography Collection III - The Steinman Gift, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL
      • The Graham Nash Collection, Manhattan Beach, CA
      • Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN
      • International Center of Photography, New York, NY
      • Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA
      • Time Life Collection, Rockefeller Center, New York, NY
      • Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
      • The Carpenter Center of the Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
      • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
      • Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ
      • University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, WY
      • Polaroid Collection, Cambridge, MA
      • Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA
      • Bayly Art Museum, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
      • Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
      • University Art Museum, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
      • The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX
      • Smithsonian Institution: National Gallery of Art Library, Washington, DC
      • Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
      • The Museum of Modern Art, NEW YORK, NY
      • University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
      • Clarence John Laughlin-Library and Art Collection, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
      • National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC, Survey Collection
      • Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH
      • The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
      • The Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • MONOGRAPHS

    • 2003

      • Srinivasan, Seetha ed. Appalachian Lives. MS: University Press of Mississippi.
    • 1998

      • Prichard, Jo Anne, ed. Appalachian Legacy. MS: University Press of Mississippi.
    • 1993

      • Smith, Lee. Appalachian Portraits. MS: University Press of Mississippi.
  • SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

    • 2002

      • “Appalachian Time Traveller.” Black & White Magazine
    • 2001

      • “Embracing Appalachians.” Visual ID
      • “On the Back Roads.” PhotoVision
      • Mettit, Raymond and Miles Barth, eds. A Thousand Hounds. Germany: Taschen.
    • 2000

      • “American Photography 16.” Photography Annual, New York, N.Y.
    • 1999

      • Sischy, Ingrid. “Sunday Best.” The New York Times Magazine.
      • “In the South Portfolio.” Mother Jones / International Fund for Documentary Photography
      • Ewing, William A. Love and Desire San Francisco: Chronicle Books.
      • Adams, Shelby Lee ed. “Appalachian Portraits: Two Families.” LensWork.
      • “You Can Go Home Again.” American PHOTO Magazine.
      • Klochko, Deborah and Barbara Hitchcock. eds. Innovation/Imagination: 50 Years of Polaroid Photography.
      • New York: Abrams/ The Friends of Photography.
      • Adams, Shelby Lee. Interbiew. View Camera.
      • Amerika, Magazine portfolio and text, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
      • PHOTO Technik International, Munchen, Germany
      • Spot, Houston Center for Photography
      • Adams, Shelby Lee. Interview. BlackFlash.
    • 1998-99

      • Miller, Denise. Photography’s Multiple Roles: Art, Document, Market, Science Chicago: DAP Art Publishers/
      • The Museum of Contemporary Photography.
    • 1998

      • Tucker, Anne W. ed. The Pictures of Texas Monthly: 25 Years Austin.
      • Reeves, Rhonda. “Gone Home Again.” Ace Magazine
      • Matuschak, Bernhard. “God’s Own Country.” Basler Zeitung.
    • 1997

      • “Fine Art Photography II.” Graphis, Zurich
      • Jeffrey, Ian. The Photography Book. London: Phaidon.
      • “Catalog of Photography.” Tom Hinson, collection of, The Cleveland Museum of Art, OH
    • 1996

      • “The Personal Eye.” Contents, Vol. 14
      • “Is The South Still Gothic?” Oxford American
      • “American Photography.” Vol.XII, New York
      • “Tim Robbins Interview.” Suddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, Munich,Germany
      • “Hooterville.” Long Shot, Vol. 18
    • 1995

      • “Fine Art Photography 95.” Graphis, Zurich, Switzerland
      • “New Works.” Contents, Issue 11
      • “Burning Down the Woods.” Texas Monthly
      • “The Holiness People.” Amerika, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    • 1994

      • “The Picture Man,” Amerika, Amsterdam, Netherlands
      • Brierly, Dean. “Southern Man,” Camera and Darkroom
    • 1993

      • “Portraits from Appalachia.” View Camera
      • “Shelby Lee Adams.” Photographer’s Forum
      • “The Hills Have Eyes.” New York Press
    • 1992

      • “Our Town”, Aperture #127, New York
      • “Neue Rundschau.” Literary Arts Journal, Germany
      • “Aesthetic Tabloid.” Tucson, AZ
      • Friend, David. More Reflections on the Meaning of Life. NY: Time, Inc.
    • 1991

      • Mother Jones Magazine, portfolio and interview, San Francisco, CA
      • Cohen, David ed. The Circle of Life San Francisco: Harper Collins.
      • “World Views.” The First Mother Jones International Documentary Photography Awards, Catalog
      • “The Home Funeral.” Life Magazine, October 1991.
    • 1990

      • “Selection 5.” Fifth Biennial International Polaroid Collection Exhibition and Catalog
    • 1989

      • Featherstone, David, ed. “Close To Home”. San Francisco: Friends of Photography, San Francisco
      • “Myth and Reality of Southern Photographers.” Aperture #115, New York
    • 1988

      • “Woodstock Center of Photography.” Journal, Woodstock, NY
    • 1987

      • San Francisco Camerawork Issue #14, San Francisco, CA
    • 1986

      • The Arts Journal Atlanta, GA
      • “Sextant”, Salem State College Journal, Salem, MA
    • 1985

      • “Maine Photo Workshop Annual Photo Publication,” Rockport, ME
    • 1984

      • Time-Life Photography Annual 1982, Washington, DC
    • 1981

      • “Poudre Review.” Fort Collins, CO,
    • 1980

      • Hughes, Jim. Photography Annual 1980/81. NY: Ziff Davis Publishers.
    • 1979

      • Ewald, Wendy ed. Appalachia: A Self-Portrait. Gnomon Press.