Allison Grant is an artist, writer, curator, and Assistant Professor of Photography at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Her artworks have been widely exhibited at venues including the DePaul Art Museum, Azimuth Projects, Catherine Edelman Gallery and the Weston Art Gallery, among others. She was the 2019 recipient of the Developed Work Fellowship from the Midwest Center for Photography and shortlisted for the 2019 FotoFilmic Mesh Prize. Works by Grant are held in collections at the High Museum of Art (Atlanta), DePaul Art Museum (Chicago), Columbia College Chicago, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Research Foundation art collection, and the King County Portable Works Collection (Seattle). Essays by Grant have appeared in Minding Nature Journal and INCITE: Journal of Experimental Media, Volume 7, as well as numerous artist publications and exhibition catalogs. Grant holds an MFA from Columbia College Chicago (2011) and BFA from the Columbus College of Art and Design (2004).

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EXHIBITIONS
 

2020
NOLA Fete, sponsored by the New Orleans Photo Alliance, New Orleans, LA

Two Way Lens: Portraits as Empathy, Humble Arts Foundation, online

Portfolio 2020, Atlanta Photography Group, Atlanta, GA

Permanent Installation, King County Children and Family Justice Center, Seattle, WA

Convergence: UA Studio Art Faculty, The University of Alabama Gallery, Tuscaloosa, AL

 

2019

Terrain Biennial Block Party, curated by Mark Jeffery, Chicago, IL

Developed Work, Midwest Center for Photography, Wichita, KS 
Peer Show, Cleveland Print Room, Cleveland, OH
Corporealities, PH21 Contemporary Photography Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
UA Studio Faculty Biennial Exhibition, Sarah Moody Art Gallery, Tuscaloosa, AL

Environment Documenta, Millepiani Gallery, Rome, Italy

2018   
Storytelling, Open Call Gallery, Latitude, Chicago, IL
Unsoiled, solo exhibition, Visual Arts Gallery at Governor’s State University, University Park, IL
 

2017
UA Studio Faculty Biennial Exhibition, Sarah Moody Art Gallery, Tuscaloosa, AL
 

2016 
First Light, Public art installation at the Homewood Public Library, Homewood, IL
 

2015
Environment of Concern, Chicago Theological Union, Chicago, IL
Unsoiled, solo exhibition, Arrowhead Gallery, Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove, IL
 

2014
Ctrl+P, Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, IL
Unsoiled, solo exhibition, Performing Arts Center Gallery, Illinois Central College, Peoria, IL
New Landscapes, Gallery 19, Chicago, IL
 

2013
Process of Subtraction, The Chicago Art Department, Chicago, IL 
Loose Cooperation, Deep Ellum, Dallas, TX
Almost Real, two person show with James Bellucci, Azimuth Projects, Chicago, IL
Act of Gravitas, Eyeporium Gallery, Chicago, IL
Climate of Uncertainty, DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, IL

2012 
In Control, MDW Art Fair, Chicago, IL 
Constructed/Ambiguous Space, City Without Walls Gallery, Newark, NJ 
Emerging Artists Auction Exhibition, Daniel Cooney Fine Art, New York, NY 
Curious Construction, Public art installation in the CTA brown line Merchandise Mart Stop, Chicago, IL

2011
Curious Construction, Public art installation in the CTA brown line Merchandise Mart Stop, Chicago, IL

2010 
Disturbing Reality, Weston Art Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

2009 
39 Verbs, Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago, IL 
The Yield, Johalla Projects, Chicago, IL 
Remember Me When I’m Dead, Brooklyn Artillery Art Fair, Fleetwing Gallery Booth, Brooklyn, NY
Weisman Exhibition, Arcade Gallery, Columbia College, Chicago, IL 
In That Gold Land, Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL 
MFA Thesis Exhibition, Glass Curtain Gallery, Chicago, IL 
Next Art Fair, Harold Arts Booth, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL 
Intervention, Vespine Gallery, Chicago, IL 
Lost, Forgotten, Erased or Misplaced, Tugboat Gallery, Lincoln, NE

2008 
I Know What You Did Last Summer, Co. Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, IL 
Chicago Art Open, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL 
Photography School: A Group Crit, Light Work, Syracuse, NY 
31 under 31: Young Women In Art Photography Now, 3rd Ward, sponsored by the Humble Arts Foundation, New York, NY

2007 
Illinois Emerging Artists, McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, IL

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

4Culture, King County Public Art Collection, Seattle, WA
Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Cincinnati, OH
Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL
DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, IL


LECTURES AND PUBLIC TALKS

 

2020

Artist Talk, Portfolio 2020, Atlanta Photography Group, Atlanta, GA

 

2018

Gallery Talk, Unsoiled, Governor’s State University

Presentation, Visual Literacy, Alabama Art Education Association Annual Conference

 

2017
Disruptive Perspectives: Conversation with the Curators, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL
Artist Lecture, Unsoiled, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

 

2016

Panelist, Getting Seen, Getting Shown, with Eric Luta, Bridget Melloy, and Rosann Weiss, moderated by Jess Dugan, SPE Midwest Conference, St. Louis, MO

Conversation, The Elusive Present, with Alice Hargrave, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago,  IL

2015

Artist Talk, Environment of Concern, Mary-Frances and Bill Veek Art Gallery, Chicago, IL
Conversation, Oblivion, with Doug Fogelson, David Weinberg Photography, Chicago, IL
Artist Lecture, Unsoiled, Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove, IL

 

2014

Panelist, New Landscapes with Anastasia Samoylova and moderator Sarah Jamison, Latitude,Chicago, IL

Panelist, Photography: In the Vernacular with Greg Harris and Jeff Phillips, moderated by Pepper Kelly, Intuit Center for Outsider Art, Chicago, IL

Lecture Performance, Procreativity 101: Making Art Babies, with Alberto Aguilar, Lise Haller Baggesen, Jennifer Steele, and Tselanie Townsend, sponsored by Homeroom, Hungry Brain, Chicago, IL

Lecture, Hyperlore, Perspectives Gallery, Chicago, IL

Conversation with Paul-David Young and Jason Lazarus, Crowded House Gallery, Chicago, IL

 

2013

Moderator, Panel Discussion: The MFA and Contemporary Practitioners with panelists Alberto Aguilar, Anna Cerniglia, Barbara DeGenevieve, Marzena Abrahamik,

Justin Schmitz, Latitude, Chicago, IL

Curator’s Talk, Spectator Sports, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL

Conversation with Michelle Grabner, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL

Conversation with Brett Kashmere and Lester Munson, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL

Lecture, Collection, Preservation, and Restoration as Contemporary Art Practice, Latitude, Chicago, IL

Conversation with Randy Harold, DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, IL

 
AWARDS AND GRANTS

2020

CARI Fellowship with collaborators Dr. Teresa Cribelli and Dr. Joan Barth, University of Alabama

Portfolio 2020 Purchase Award, Atlanta Center for Photography

Photo NOLA Review Prize 3rd Place Recipient

 

2019
Developed Work Fellowship, Midwest Center for Photography, Wichita, KS

Shortlisted for MESH Exhibition Grant, Fotofilmic, Buschlen Mowatt Nichol Foundation, Vancouver, Canada

2018
Office of Research and Economic Development Internal Funding Grant, University of Alabama

2016
Faculty Development Grant, Columbia College Chicago

2014
Illinois Arts Council Agency Grant

2012 
Faculty Development Grant, Center for Teaching Excellence, Columbia College Chicago
City of Chicago Community Arts Assistance Program (CAAP) Grant

2011 
City of Chicago Community Arts Assistance Program (CAAP) Grant

2010 
City of Chicago Community Arts Assistance Program (CAAP) Grant


EDUCATION

Master of Fine Arts in Photography, Columbia College Chicago, 2009

Certificate in Museum Studies, University of Cincinnati, 2008

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Media Studies, Columbus College of Art and Design, 2004