Gilian Brown


  • MFA, University of California, Los Angeles, photography
  • MAE, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
  • BA, Brown University, Providence, RI, art major

Awards and Honors

  • 1999-2000 Bunting Fellow in Visual Arts, Radcliffe College, Harvard University
  • 1993, 2009 Iowa State Arts Council Grant
  • 1992 Maryland State Arts Council Grant
  • 1990 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, photography
  • 1990 Art Matters, Inc., New York, NY, Grant
  • 1990, 1987 Maryland State Arts Council Work-In-Progress Grants
  • 1985, 1984 Massachusetts Artist Finalist, The Artists Foundation and Massachusetts
  • Council on the Arts and Humanities (small grants awarded)
  • 1979 Ford Foundation Traveling Scholarship

Selected One Person Exhibitions and Installations

  • 2009 “On Becoming,” St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA and University of Northern Iowa
  • 2007 "Minding matter," Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA
  • 2007 "Fieldwork: Placing Space in the Colorfield Remix," Pyramid Atlantic, Silver Spring, MD
  • 2006 "Five Works on Becoming," Montepelier Arts Center, Laurel, MD
  • 2005 "Parallel Play," Flatfile Galleries, Chicago
  • 2004 "each/other," project room, Flatfile Galleries, Chicago
  • 2003 "each/other: the vanishing point," I Space Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 2000 Rothschild Gallery, Bunting Institute, Harvard University
  • 1997 "The Constructed Photograph," Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA, site work
  • 1996,1992 Troyer, Fitzpatrick, Lassman Gallery, Washington, DC
  • 1990 Notre Dame College, Baltimore, MD
  • 1990 Washington Project for the Arts, two permanent site works
  • 1987,1988 "Constructions," Kathleen Ewing Gallery, Washington, DC and New York, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2007 International Film Festival, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC 2006 "Black/White," Flatfile Galleries, Chicago
  • "The visible and the invisible," Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA 2003 Flatfile Gallery, Chicago
  • 2001 "Sound and Fury," Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago
  • 2000 "Rapture," Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, two projected video installations
  • 1998 "each/other," Des Moines Art Center, projected video installation
  • "22 Dollhouses," Fine Arts Gallery, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • "Paraphotography," Maier Museum, Lynchburg, VA, curated by Charles Hagen
  • 1997 "Meditations," Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, IA
  • "Thresholds: Limits of Perception," Eight Floor Gallery, NY, NY
  • "A Room of Your Own," Eight Floor Gallery, NY, NY
  • 1996 "Anxious Libraries," Photographic Resource Center, Boston, MA
  • 1995 "The Drawing Show," Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA
  • 1995 "Iowa Artists," Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines
  • 1994 "Boston Now," Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
  • "Off the Mall," Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
  • "A View from Baltimore to Washington," Fine Arts Gallery, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • "Doubletake," Hans and Walter Bechtler Gallery, Charlotte, NC
  • 1992-1994 "Proof: Los Angeles Art and the Photograph, 1960-1980," Laguna Museum of Art (traveling);
  • DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA; Friends of Photography, San Francisco; Des Moines Art Center
  • 1991 "Bedrooms," Snug Harbor Cultural Center, New York, NY
  • 1990 "Other Rooms," a Kunstraum project, Morgan Annex, Washington, DC
  • "Photographic Installations," Photofest, Houston Center for Photography
  • "Constructed Spaces," Photographic Resource Center, Boston
  • 1989 "Installation," Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA
  • "In Site," Gallery at the Plaza, Security Pacific Corporation, Los Angeles
  • 1988 "Representation, Perception, Conception," Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies
  • at Fullerton Museum
  • "Site Works by Gillian Brown, Kate Erickson and Mel Zeigler, Dan Graham, Jeff Weiss," St. Mary’s College, St. Mary’s City, Maryland
  • 1987 "Living Spaces," Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art
  • "Poetics of Space: Contemporary Photographic Works," Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe
  • 1986 "Out of LA," Allied Arts Gallery, Allied Arts Council of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas
  • l985 "Celebrating Two Decades in Photography," Frederick S. Wight Galleries, UCLA
  • 1982-1983 "New American Photographs," The Art Gallery, California State College, San Bernadino (traveling)
  • 1982 "Inquiry," Frederick S. Wight Galleries, UCLA
  • 1981 "Five American Photographers," Minneapolis College of Art
  • "Multicultural Focus--A Photography Exhibition for the Los Angeles Bicentennial,"
  • Municipal Art Gallery Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles
  • "Photofusion," Pratt Manhattan Center Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1979 "Contemporary Female Self-Portraits," Marcusie Pfeiffer Gallery, New York (traveling)
  • 1978 "Contemporary California Photography," Cameraworks Gallery, San Francisco

Selected Publications and Reviews of Artist’s Work

(* indicates reproduction of work)

  • 2008 Mahoney, J. W., "Report from Washington, D.C.," Art in America, May
  • 2007 * Magner, J.J., "Artist Profile: Gillian Brown," Hill Rag, Washington, D.C., November
  • 2007 *Photography from the Pompidou Center, 30th anniversary photography catalog from collection, Paris
  • 2004 * Klant, Michael: "An den Grenzen der Wahrnehmung," Grundkurs Kunst 4: Aktion, Kenetik, Neue Medien,
  • Schroedel, Germany (book and DVD compiling new media works)
  • 2003 *Wolf-Krantz, Claire: Gillian Brown and McCaslin Frick at I Space, Art in America, October
  • 2003 *Camper, Fred: Small Victories, The Chicago Reader, Feb 20
  • 2000 McQuaid, Cate: "Artists evoke yearning, seduction, and romance, " The Boston Globe, June 8
  • Asher, Steve (Filmmaker): "Greater Boston Arts -- Rapture at Mass Art" (interview on TV show)
  • WGBH, Jan-Feb.
  • Temin, Christine: "Assorted Artists Capture ‘Rapture’," The Boston Globe, February 2
  • 1998 *Hagan, Charles: Paraphotography, Maier Museum of Art, Lynchburg, VA, catalog
  • *Dorsey, John: "Creating big impact on a small scale," Baltimore Sun, February 18
  • *Torres, Anna Maria & Pelli, Denis: Thresholds: Limits of Perception, NY Arts Magazine, catalog
  • 1997 *Kemmerer, Allison: The Constructed Photograph, Addison Gallery of American Art, catalog
  • 1996 Protzman, Ferdinand: "It’s the Thought that Counts," The Washington Post, March 2
  • 1995 *Renner, Eric: Pinhole Photography, Focal Press, Boston
  • 1994 *Miller, Lenore D.: "Manipulated Environments: Photomontage into Sculpture,"
  • Camerawork, Spring/Summer
  • 1993 *Desmarais, Charles: Proof: Los Angeles Art and the Photograph 1960-1980, Fellows of
  • Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (book published in conjunction with show)
  • 1991 *Louie, Elaine: "Artists Give Bedrooms a Nautical Motif," New York Times, January 31
  • 1990 *Dorsey, John: "Local retrospective explores photography’s illusionistic nature," Baltimore Sun, October 10
  • *Welzenbach, Michael: "Non-Stock Options," The Washington Post, January 17
  • *Dorsey, John: "'Options' offers thought-provoking installations," The Baltimore Sun, January 12
  • *Wise, Kelly: "When photographers create their own fictional worlds," The Boston Globe, Saturday, April 21
  • 1989 Dorsey, John: "Photograph as social commentary," The Baltimore Sun, April 15
  • 1988 *Raczka, Robert: "At About Now," Re: Presentation Conception/Perception, LACPS, catalog
  • *Power, Mark: "Trends & Talent '88 - Photography," Museum and Arts Washington, January/February 1988
  • 1987 *Norklun, Kathi: "Living Spaces," Artweek, June 6
  • Gilroy, Roger: "Gillian Brown, Ron O'Donnell, Calum Colvin," New Art Examiner, April
  • *Thorson, Alice: "Exposing the lie of the photograph - with wit," The Washington Times, February 5
  • *Lewis, Jo Ann: "Ewing’s ’Constructions’," The Washington Post, January 31
  • *Laurent, Amy: "Capturing the Poetics of Space," Artweek, January 17, Vol. 18, no. 2
  • 1986 *Ludlow, Cynthia: "Explorations of Space," The Santa Fe Reporter, December 22
  • Petra, Tina: "Gillian Brown: Mixed Media installations and Silver Gelatin Prints,"
  • Art New England, April, Vol.7, no. 4
  • Wise, Kelly: "A multifaceted look at the art of collage," The Boston Globe, March 4
  • 1985 *Hugunin, James R.: "Uni/Diversity of California, Los Angeles," Celebrating Two Decades
  • in Photography, The Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, catalog
  • Jussim, Estelle and Elizabeth Lindquist-Cock, Landscape as Photograph, Yale University Press
  • 1984 *Sward, Marilyn and Catherine Reeve: Breaking the Boundaries:
  • Alternative Surfaces and Processes for Photographers, Prentice Hall, Boston
  • 1982 *New American Photographs, California State College, San Bernadino, catalog
  • *Keating, Tim: "Performance as Photograph/Photograph as Performance," Inquiry,
  • The Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, catalog
  • *Portner, Dinah Berland: "Photography L.A., The Hot And The Cool," L.A. Weekly, February 5-11
  • 1981 *Multicultural Focus--A Photography Exhibition for the Los Angeles Bicentennial, Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, catalog
  • 1980 *Coleman, A.D.: "Hybridization: A Photographic Tradition," Photofusion,
  • Pratt Institute, New York, NY, catalog
  • *Hugunin, James: "Mocking Objects," Afterimage, October, Vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 12-15
  • *"The Altered Subject," Quiver, no. 6, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia
  • 1979 *Photography Year/1979 Edition, Time/Life Books Alexandria, VA
  • Wilson, William: "Perception: Field of View," Los Angeles Times, May 30
  • 1978 *Artweek, December 8, Vol. 9, no. 42
  • *Insights/Contemporary Female Self-Portraits, David Godine Press, Boston
  • *Contemporary California Photography, Cameraworks Press, San Francisco, p. 53, catalog


  • Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA
  • Art Museum, Princeton University
  • Bibliotheque National, Paris
  • Boston Museum of Fine Art, Massachusetts
  • Stephen Mindich, Boston Phoenix
  • California Institute of the Arts, Valencia
  • California Museum of Photograph, UC Riverside
  • Center George Pompideau, Paris
  • Erie Art Center, Erie, PA
  • Fleming Museum, University of Vermont
  • Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, UCLA
  • John Hechinger
  • Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Art, Japan
  • S.A. Art Collection, Northern Illinois University
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California
  • Seattle Art Museum


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