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. Her works are held in public collections at DePaul Art Museum (Chicago), Columbia College Chicago, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and the King County Portable Works Collection. 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
 

2019   

Developed Work, Midwest Center for Photography, Wichita, KS     
Terrain Biennial Block Party, curated by Mark Jeffery, Chicago, IL   

Peer Show, Cleveland Print Room, Cleveland, OH     

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

Home, SE Center for Photography, Greenville, SC   

Environment Documenta, Millepiani Gallery, Rome, Italy
 

2018   
Storytelling, Open Call Gallery, Latitude, Chicago, IL
*Unsoiled, 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 SPECIAL PROJECTS

 

2017 
Hixson Lied Visiting 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
Panel Discussion, International Collections of Chicago, with Hipólito Rafael Chacón and Elinor Pearlstein, chair: Onur Öztürk, Midwest Art History Society 2016 Conference, Chicago, IL

2015
Gallery Talk in conjunction with the exhibiton Environment of Concern, Chicago Theological Union, Chicago, IL
Visiting Artist Lecture, Unsoiled, Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove, IL

2014
Panel Discussion, In The Vernacular with panelists Greg Harris, and Jeff Phillips, moderated by James Pepper Kelly, Intuit, Chicago, IL
Lecture show, Procreativity 101, presented by Homeroom at Hungry Brain with presenters Alberto Aguilar, Lise Haller Baggesen, Jennifer Steele, and Tselanie Townsend, 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 Marzena Abrahamik, Alberto Aguilar, Anna Cerniglia, Barbara DeGenevieve, and Justin Schmitz, Latitude, 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
Guest Contributor, Antifoto Magazine, Düsseldorf, Germany

2012 
Guest Blogger, The Seen, Chicago, IL

 
AWARDS AND GRANTS

2020
PhotoNOLA 2019 Review Prize Recipient: 3rd Place (awarded in 2020)

2019
Developed Work Fellowship Recipient, Midwest Center for Photography

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

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